Pinnacle System 19 is powerful, highly customizable software that will satisfy more advanced users.
Pinnacle System 19 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.
Pricing and Starting Up
Like most video editing software lines, Pinnacle Studio is available in good, better, and best levels, with the entry level Pinnacle Studio 19.5 listing for $59.95, Plus for $99.95, and Ultimate (reviewed here) for $129.95. If you need to edit 4K content, such as that shot in Sony XAVC format, you’ll need to spring for Ultimate, which also adds high-end effects from NewmBlue and music and speech cleaner tools from iZotope. There’s no free trial download version.
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 automatically imports 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 of the other video editors on our product lineup. 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 can take true advantage of your system’s resources.
Getting Started and Interface
When you first run the program, a dialog on top of its window tells you that its Importer is your friend in that it lets you record or open media files. Under that is another window asking whether you want to participate in the product improvement program by sending anonymous application data. The software can import 4K content, and you can star-rate and keyword-tag any content items, which facilitates searching for them, but the search bar lets you find content you haven’t marked thus.
The interface design in the Importer window has been updated with flat, 2D icons, and a pleasant black and gray color scheme. Unlike VideoStudio and more in the vein of a pro-level app, Pinnacle Studio uses the concept of Project Bins, in which stash all the content for a given movie project—clips, photos, and sound files, but not effects and transitions, which more-pro-level apps such as Final Cut Pro X include. The whole window is topped by three mode-switching buttons: Organize, Edit, and Author.
Pinnacle offers one of the finest knowledge bases in our review of the best video editing software. Their website has hundreds of articles, video tutorials and forums to help you use this software to its fullest potential. If you have a problem with the software or need to learn how to use a feature, this should be the first place you look.