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Summary: Pinnacle Studio 11  (9/2007)

    by Douglas Dixon

Pinnacle Studio 11
New in Pinnacle Studio 11
Pinnacle Studio 11 Workflow

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Pinnacle Studio 11 was released in May 2007, providing simplified video editing and DVD creation for entry-level users ( 

But Studio also does a great job of supporting the new high-def formats with native editing of AVCHD and HDV video, and burning to HD DVD disc format. And it exports to portable devices with MPEG-4 support, including the Apple iPod and Sony PSP, and provides one-click publishing to the web to Yahoo! Video (for public viewing) or StudioOnline (for private sharing).


Pinnacle Studio 11

Studio 11 is available in three editions, the base Studio application, the Plus version for advanced HD editing, and the Ultimate version with additional professional tools:

Pinnacle Studio version 11, $49
Simplified video editing for entry level users
Built-in DVD authoring and burning
Instant DVD Recorder for direct transfer from tape to DVD with

Pinnacle Studio Plus version 11, $99
Advanced editing, effects and authoring options.
Complete HD workflow
- Native HDV and AVCHD editing, HD DVD disc burning

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate version 11, $129
Combines Pinnacle Studio Plus with fully integrated professional audio and video tools
- BIAS Inc. SoundSoap - audio cleaning tools,
- ProDAD VitaScene filters and FX - dramatic lighting and 'film look' effects
- StageTools MovingPicture - precision Panning and Zooming
- Chroma Key green screen backdrop for easy-to-achieve professional results

        Pinnacle Studio 11 Editor
            Album (left): Store clips, access editing elements
            Player (right): Preview selected clip
            Movie Window (bottom): Arrange clips, apply transitions and effects

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New in Pinnacle Studio 11

Windows Vista compatibility

Scalable User Interface

  • Integrates with widescreen monitors

Simplified Web publishing 

  • One-click publishing to Yahoo! Video for public viewing
  • or upload to Pinnacle private viewing service

Scorefitter music generation tool 

  • create soundtrack to match the length and mood of a video 
  • large sample file size (48k) for higher fidelity results
  • more than 40 source tracks and a wide range of variations

Pinnacle Studio 11 Workflow

Interface has three numbered editing modes:

  1. Capture - Import clips from analog or digital devices
  2. Edit - View, organize, and edit your movie
  3. Make Movie - Save and share your production

Capture mode

Capture video from analog or digital sources

  • Capture from DV, HDV and Digital8 camcorders or VCRs
        (Requires FireWire port)
  • Capture from analog camcorders or VCRs (NTSC / PAL / SECAM)
        (Requires DirectShow compatible graphic board or TV tuner board
            with analog (Composite or S-Video) inputs)
  • Import from AVCHD camcorders 
        (requires USB 2.0)

Edit mode

View, organize, and edit your movie

  • HDV & AVCHD native editing
  • Real-Time effects with preview
  • Assisted movie creation with SmartMovie
  • Video and audio restoration tools
  • Pan & Zoom for animation of still pictures
  • PIP and Chromakey effects (Plus)
  • Keyframeable effects (Plus)
  • Powerful Film looks and FXs (Ultimate bundle)
  • Advanced Sound Cleaning (Ultimate bundle)
  • Precision Pan & Zoom (Ken Burns) (Ultimate bundle)


  • Album: Store clips, access editing elements (left)
        Videos, Transitions, Titles, Photos, Menus, Sound Effects, Music
  • Player: Preview selected clips (Album) or movie (right)
  • Movie Window: Arrange clips, apply transitions and effects (bottom)


  • DVD from disc or disc image (file): select titles
  • Media from attached device: video and photo files
  • Browse folders and files: thumbnails, details
  • Segment clips into sceens
  • Video: AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MOD,
        DivX, MPEG-4, 3GP (MPEG-4), WMV, Non-encrypted DVD titles
  • Audio: WAV, MP3
  • Graphic: BMP, JPG, PCT, TGA, TIF, WMF

Edit in Movie Window

Storyboard, Timeline, and Text views

  • Timeline tracks: Video, Audio, Overlay (titles and videos), Sound Effect, Music

Add clips, effects from Album

  • Videos, Music - clips, Photos - stills and frame grabs
        Sound Effects - built-in collection
  • Transitions - 2D, flying, fun, etc
  • Titles - with backgrounds, roll / crawl motion
  • Menus - for DVD, with chapters, scene index, motion, customization

Preview clips or edited movie in Movie Window

  • With Full-screen playback option

                Pinnacle Studio 11: Make Movie mode, Burn to DVD

Make Movie mode

Save and share your production

Create Disc

  • Burn to Video CD (VCD) or S-VCD with CD burner
  • Burn to DVD and HD DVD disc with DVD burner (supports dual layer)
  • Burn HD DVD on standard discs
  • Burn AVCHD files to standard DVD discs to play on Blu-ray players

Create File

  • Save file as DV, HDV, AVI, DivX, RealVideo 8, Windows Media 9, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
  • Save file with Dolby Digital 2 channel audio and 5.1 channel (additional cost)
  • Save file in Apple iPod and Sony PSP compatible (MPEG-4) formats

Create Tape

  • Output to DV, HDV or Digital8 tape
  • Output to analog videotape

Upload to Web

  • Upload to Yahoo! Video (public) 
  • or Pinnacle StudioOnline (private) - upload videos at HD, wide-screen resolutions

Pinnacle Studio 11