Video Tool Review: Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Honest Review

Avid accomplished an excellent work when it bought up, restored, and rebranded its Pinnacle Studio Ultimate. Even though it takes the company six years of hard work, it managed to solve the most reliability obstacles of the primary version.

Furthermore, it included best creative effects of any consumer and editors. Thanks to Red Giant, it has a lot of creative effects with a third-party plug-in.

What Is It All About?

The studio 16 Ultimate is the latest version of Pinnacle consumer video editing application. The studio is one of the longest brands in its field and passed through numerous hands.

Installation And Details

Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate is available at three levels. The price started with $60.17 which offers 3D and HD editing and 1,500 effects.

However, it limits you to just three audio and video tracks and doesn’t allow keyframe timing or green screen Chroma keying. After that, there’s the $ 96.31 Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus.

This version removes those limitations and adds 300 more effects and Blu-ray disc authoring. Finally, the $ 116 Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate which ups the effect total to 2,000 and throws in an actual green screen.

The Pinnacle software runs on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. The app is subject to a separate review.

To really take the best of the PC program, you need a computer with at least 2GB of RAM and an Intel Core Duo 1.8 GHz.

How About Interface?

The latest Pinnacle Studio version looks markedly familiar especially when scroll right down to the reel icon at the top left. Despite this similarity, the company has implemented over 300 workflow improvements.

Furthermore, the same main app modes remain. It includes  Import, Library, Movie, Disc, and Export. You even see the same Welcome dialog on the first run offering a guided tour and initial settings such as which folders to watch for new media.

The latest version Pinnacle Studio can handle any video file type you throw at it. These include MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, QuickTime, and MKV.

A new trick is that it can import from the cloud, in this case from the popular Box web service. It allows you to import from an attached camcorder, including AVCHD, DV, HDV, or Digital8 models.



When it comes to Trimming and splitting video. its timeline is intuitive and comes with a Smart Editing mode and Magnetic Snapping. It’s setting does a good job of anticipating how you want to arrange clips and audio that you enter into the timeline.

Even though there is no separate trimmer window as seen in most consumer video editing programs, it allows you to easily trim clips and add in and out markers in the preview video window.