Pinnacle Studio is video editing software that provides you with the basics. If you want to edit videos but your computer can't handle a complex application, this software might be a good choice for you. It is HD and AVCHD compatible. In addition to that, you can add audio and images to your videos.

Although this application is a lightweight when it comes to advanced features, it still has important tools. For instance, it comes with more than 1,500 effects, transitions and other items. Some of the effects are 3D. You'll also find themes such as Holiday, Tropical Vacation, Waves and Historical Architecture.

You can use up to three audio tracks on your movie. This is nice if you want to add background music, voiceovers and sound effects. Some movie editing applications we reviewed have much more than this. However, they also require more computer resources. And if you just plan to create simple movies, you may not need more audio tracks.

With Pinnacle Studio, you can import from cameras and camcorders, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and smartphones. The export options for this video editing application include DVD, Flash, AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, DivX Plus HD, QuickTime, QuickTime HD, PS3 and Xbox. One of the few features missing is the ability to burn movie projects to Blu-ray discs. Since the software has HD capability, being able to burn Blu-ray would be a useful feature to have.

Pinnacle Studio provides a knowledgebase, a forum and email for technical support. You also receive 30 days of free support when you register your video editing software. For additional assistance, you have to purchase Priority Support.

Pinnacle Studio Summary:
8/10

When you're looking for video editing software, we understand the importance of having a well-rounded application. With Pinnacle Studio, you get an application that has all of the basics you need to create stylish home movies. Although it doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that some other movie editing software has, we are impressed with the selection it has. There are a few drawbacks to this software, such as the absence of Blu-ray burning capabilities, but overall, you will be pleased with what this application has to offer.

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Pros
This video editing software comes with more than 1,500 transitions, effects and other material. You can choose themes to go along with your movie. Pinnacle Studio also comes with three audio tracks where you can place audio files.

Cons
The help and support for this software is not as effective as the support for other products we reviewed. Some options cost money, and it takes a while to receive a response with the free email tech support.

The Verdict
: 7.98/10

Pinnacle Studio has more effects and transitions than other video editor applications we reviewed; however, it only has a few tracks where you can place video, audio and effects. This may not be a problem if you want to create simple projects only. If you want to add many clips that overlap one another, this software may not be up to the task.