Pinnacle Studio earned a spot in our review of the best video editing software because it offers an impressive selection of editing, organizational and publishing tools. Its efficient workflows and firm coding make these tools relatively easy to use and learn. From importing your footage to building your project and sharing it with an audience, this video editing software provides the tools and resources you need to create a compelling project.
Most video editing programs have at least two separate editing modes – timeline and storyboard. Timeline allows you to arrange your clips and other media by length, while storyboard offers a more simplified canvas that shows you each element without regard to how long it runs. In most cases you can switch between these two modes with your changes intact. Pinnacle takes a different approach. Rather than allowing you to utilize only the timeline or storyboard at any given time, Pinnacle lets you use both simultaneously by placing the storyboard above the timeline canvas. This rather innovative feature cannot be found in any other video editing software we reviewed.
Pinnacle Studio offers six tracks on your timeline for editing. This is enough space for you to compose most simple projects. If you’ve ever used video editing software before, you’ll see that there’s nothing particularly special about how the timeline itself works. However, there are some ancillary features that make it stand out. For example, Pinnacle makes it quite simple to adjust your timeline settings. Properties such as aspect ratio, size and frame rate can be easily accessed and adjusted with a single click from the timeline.
Additionally, this video editing software allows you to build highly customized workflows. This is accomplished by creating personalized tabbed media bins and what Pinnacle Studio refers to as “Watchfolders.” These specialized folders are monitored by Pinnacle, and whenever new media is inserted into them the application will automatically import them into your media bins.
This video editing program comes preloaded with more than 1,800 effects, titles and templates, transitions and other objects. This is far more than any other video editor on our side-by-side comparison. The sheer breadth and scope of the libraries offered by Pinnacle make it one of the best applications you can buy.
The newest version of this video editing software employs 64-bit architecture. This means that if you have a 64-bit machine, the application will be able to take true advantage of your system’s resources.
Exporting your project is a relatively simple affair with Pinnacle Studio. You can export your finished video to a good number of file formats and upload them to sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook pretty easily. You can also create a DVD, but this application lacks the ability to author Blu-rays. And while Pinnacle Studio lacks 4K (ultra-high def) support, if you upgrade to the Ultimate version of the software you have the ability to export in extremely high resolution.
Pinnacle Studio 18 has a great deal to offer. It has more effects, transitions, titles and effects than any other program we reviewed. It offers a unique timeline/storyboard dynamic and is highly customizable. However, while it is relatively simple to use, it can frustrate first-time users and it lacks the ability to burn Blu-ray discs. But on the whole, it is excellent video editing software that shouldn’t disappoint those who want to build complex projects.
It comes with more than 1,800 effects, titles, templates and transitions.
This application only offers six editing tracks.
This is powerful, highly customizable software that will satisfy more advanced users.