Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection v.14 - 82101006371

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poor video quality if you make avchd disk

by A customer on 8/30/2010

it is useless if you try to edit and make avchd disk. Very poor video quality.

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A Fine Program

by Red Diamond on 10/28/2010

Pinnacle v14 makes BluRay, HD-DVD and DVD's perfectly and quickly with a great rendering engine. It also uploads to any social site you'd want to. So it doesn't make AVCHD discs well. No-one makes those anyway. What system did they have? Pinnacle revamped V12 using the rendering and other engines from AVID Liquid a well know professional editing system. New V14 compliments this with TONS more of FX add-ons, producing professional looking results. I use AVID Media Composer 5, AVID Liquid 7 and Pinnacle v14 and Cyberlink Power Director 8 for various projects, depending on the complexity. None of them has the set of tools v14 has but you can buy them for an addition $1,500 which makes v14 a fine program at a great price point. It can produce projects that look like real movies with professional looking menus, transitions, titling , effects, color correction and credits that have photos, JPEGS, split windows, etc. All the things that make a project look professional. It's only drawback is that it has only two tracks of video - but any multi-track compositing you'd do are already done with the FX that come with it. Take the Montage FX for instance. Some of the included montages are complex ten track FX already done for you. If you've never done your own montage they can take up to 40-100 hours to create, debug and perfect. Power Director 8, has other strengths but it can't do this. It has a nice selection of menus and transitions but the end results are amateur looking and unauthentic. Avid Liquid is very powerful and very complete, but is an end-of-life program that can't do BluRay or upload to Facebook. AVID Media Composer can do anything but it is complex to use, too expensive for 99% of the consumer market, and can't do photo pans/zooms as elegant and easy as Pinnacle v14. So if I was you, I'd get v14 over Power Director 8 and Adobe Premier Elements 8, which is quirky and will lock your computer into cyber hell with insidious updates and offers. Once you look past the simple interface of v14 you'll see the power behind it that most reviewers miss because they don't have the time to discover. Most of them use Adobe Premier Pro CS3, 4 or 5 (a very nice program) or Apple's Final Cut Pro (another nice program) and are fairly biased towards AVID/Pinnacle products. Check out Pinnacle v14, you'll be glad you did.

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Product Overview

Boost your visual creations with the top-tier release from the Pinnacle Studio Family, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection 14. The collection includes a complete set of dynamic plug-ins from Red Giant and a Chroma key greenscreen for advanced HD video effects, editing, and production, in addition to feature-rich Studio Ultimate software. With a redesigned, simpler interface then previous versions, you can create top-quality movies in high-definition video with stunning effects, transitions, animation, and incredible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound—enabled by new tools from Avid's professional line of film-editing products. Then, you can dazzle your audience when you share your sensations in widescreen format. The sharing options with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection 14 HD video software are as limitless as your creativity, including Blu-ray and AVCHD, YouTube, iPod, Nintendo Wii, and more.


Manufacturer Avid Technology
Mfg Part# 82101006371
SKU 212205212
UPC 613570225836
UPC 14 00613570225836
Motion titling, plus exciting new title designs, DVD menus, effects and over 80 Montage templates*
Stop-motion capture for amazing animations and fast-motion effects*
Fluid image stabilization technology from Avid used in major motion pictures*
Dolby Digital® 5.1 sound
Share straight to Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD, YouTube (with wide-screen export)*, the web, MP3 sound files and more
Export movies for Flash, QuickTime, improved AVCHD*, PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox and more
Add Hollywood-style animations, transitions and effects with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate and a complete set of Red Giant plug-ins
Tech Specs
Windows ® 7, Windows Vista ® (SP2),Windows XP (SP3)Intel ® Pentium ® or AMD Athlon ™ 1.8 GHz (2.4 GHz or higher recommended)
- Intel Core ™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz required for AVCHD*
- Intel Core ™ 2 Quad 2.66 GHz or Intel Core ™ i7 required
for AVCHD* 19201 GB system memory recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD*
DirectX ® 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with 64 MB (128 MB or higher recommended) - 128 MB required for Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks Plug-in: Pixelshader 2 required, Intel GMA integrated graphics not supported. - 256 MB required for HD and AVCHD*DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card
3,6 GB of disk space
DVD-ROM drive to install software
CD burner for creating Video CDs or Super Video CDs (S-VCDs)
DVD burner for creating DVD and AVCHD* discs
Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray discs*
ound card with surround sound output required for preview of surround sound mixes*
Input Options
Capture from DV, HDV and Digital8 camcorders or VCRs (requires a FireWire ® ; port)Capture from analog camcorders, 8 mm, HI 8, VHS, SVHS, VHS-C, SVHS-C, or VCRs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM). (requires Pinnacle or Dazzle video hardware)Import from AVCHD* and other file based Camcorders, Digital Still Cameras, Mobile Devices and Webcams via USB
Output Options
Output to DV, HDV or Digital8 tape (requires camcorder with FireWire Input port and a PC with a DV/FireWire port)
Output to analog videotape (requires DirectShow compatible device with video output)
Import Formats
Video: AVCHD*, BD Blu-ray*, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX ® *, MPEG-4*, 3GP(MPEG-4)*, WMV, Non-encrypted DVD titles (incl. DVD-VR/+VR), QuickTime ® ; (DV, MPEG-4*, H.264*)Audio: MP3, MPA, WAV, AC3*, WMA
Export Formats \
Product Attributes
License Type Full Product
Media Format DVD-ROM
Operating System Family Windows XP Home
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