Watch video Control Hue, Saturation, and Luminance with modal window guides. Easily shift levels on a per-color basis to transform the appearance of scenes and subjects. Adjust color levels across your clip simultaneously, or by individual color for precision with the Tone Curve. Get a pro-level look by controlling your shadows, midtones, and highlights. View, identify, and alter the color profile of clips with new Selective Vectorscope. Correct color shifts between clips to keep skin tones looking natural, draw attention to objects, improve project cohesion, and more. Get creative with overlays Get creative with advanced masking and overlays NEW Video Masks Video Masks are a revolutionary tool for everything from basic fixes like face blurring and subject enhancement, to pro-level edits like removing unwanted objects, creating clones of subjects, blurring faces, and customizing creative transitions or effects.
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My name is Aleco Pors. Video editing has been a serious hobby of mine for eight months. During this time I have created videos for both personal and commercial use with a variety of editing programs and have reviewed many of them on SoftwareHow.
I also had the opportunity to test several editors which are catered towards less experienced users, like Cyberlink PowerDirector, Corel VideoStudio, and Nero Video.
I understand what it means to learn a new video editing program from scratch, and I have a good sense of the quality and features you should expect from an editing program at different price points.
Our SoftwareHow team used our own budget and purchased a full license for Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate see the screenshot below for the purchase receipt so that I could test out every feature of the program for this review. We have not received any payment or requests from Corel that would influence the content of this review in any way.
What Is Pinnacle Studio? It is a video editor for beginner and intermediate level users. The program offers thousands of video effects, templates, and sound effects out of the box, and is best suited for those who are interested in getting all of the media content for their videos in one place.
Pinnacle Studio Basic vs Plus vs Ultimate? You can take a look at an exact comparison of all the features from the official Pinnacle website here. Pinnacle Studio is the cheapest, and this is the version I feel offers the most value. The Plus edition costs a bit more, adds effects, 3D editing, and screen capture tools.
The Ultimate edition is the most expensive and adds several hundred more effects from NewBlue, as well as motion tracking for blur effects and morph transitions. Is There a Free Trial Version? Unfortunately, Corel does not offer a free trial for its latest version.
But it does offer a day money back guarantee. All three versions of the software are available on its official website. See the screenshot above. Does Pinnacle Studio Work on Mac? Unfortunately, it does not. The program is for Windows PCs only. Getting Started with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate The UI for this vide editing program is unquestionably the sleekest, sexiest, and most customizable I have encountered in a video editor. The program is organized into four main sections. Each can be easily accessed at the top of the screen in the bar pictured above.
The other tutorials explain a singular feature of the program, but they are far from exhaustive and seem a little unprofessional at times. The Import Tab The Import tab is where you can permanently link files with the program to be used in your projects.
You can import files from DVDs, your desktop, or directly from a video device which is plugged into your computer. I found this tab to be a little too clunky and slow to be practically useful. It takes the program a decent amount of time to load and import media into the project through this tab.
You can easily drag and drop media from your desktop into your projects in the Edit tab instead of having to navigate through drop-down lists of folders in the Import tab. The toolbar in the upper left changes what is visible in the box next to it. The toolbars along the middle of the screen allow you to perform a wide variety of other tasks and features, including motion tracking and split screen tracking and are completely customizable.
Every button on the middle toolbar can be checked on or off in the Ultimate edition, a welcome addition which I found to be a bit cooler than it was useful. These three windows can be swapped, displayed as two windows in halves or three windows in thirds, or popped out and dragged to a second monitor.
One of my favorite features in the entire program is the Editor window shown above. Here, you are able to set keyframes anywhere in your video so that you can adjust the exact parameters of your clips. You can apply effects, colors, pans, and resizes from this window without having to slice your clips into tons of tiny sections like you would in other programs.
This offers you an extremely high degree of control over your project in a manner which is easy to understand and simple to execute. A progress bar appears above your clips when effects are applied to them. Buttons in the second toolbar from the left in the middle row allow you to hide or show opacity settings and audio levels; tracks can be easily locked, added, and hidden; and a progress toolbar appears above each element in the timeline which is in the process of having an effect applied to it one of my favorite features in the entire program.
All of these features go a long way towards making a clean and comfortable user experience, the greatest strength of Pinnacle Studio. The one major fault I found with the UI is related to the timeline. The default behavior in many situations is to overlap new elements on top of old ones instead of moving old elements out of the way, which is a very different behavior from that of the other video editors I have used. Outside of these quirks with the timeline, the UI of the program is impressive.
Video Effects, Transitions, and Templates When it comes video editors in this price range, most of the primary functions these programs can accomplish are very similar. The way in which you go about accomplishing those primary functions might be different, but every editor should be capable of cutting clips together, adding music and sound effects, applying chroma keys, and adjusting the lighting and color. Outside of the UI, the biggest thing which separates video editors like Pinnacle Studio from its competition are the video effects, transitions, and templated projects available in the program.
As any two programs will produce the exact same result after cutting two clips together, these aspects of the program are what will give your videos the look and feel which is unique to the program. As the versions increase in price so does the number of pre-made effects. Simply drag and drop an effect from the Library window onto a clip to apply it to your video. This will bring up a secondary window which contains all of the parameters for the effect currently applied to your clip, along with a video preview window so that you can see how changing these parameters will affect your clip.
Though I was impressed by the high degree of control you have over the effects in the program, I was generally less than impressed by their functionality. Check out the first two effects in my demo video below, Detail by Chroma and Detail by Luma, and tell me if you can spot the difference between these effects and my unedited video.
On the other hand, the templates and montages included with the software blew me away. While the templated projects in most of its competitors are too tacky to use in professional quality content, you can tell Corel spent lots of effort on making the templates look great.
This brings us to the transitions, which I was also quite impressed by. Morph transitions look great, are relatively easy to implement, practical. The UI is second to none, and the effectiveness of the transitions and templates compares quite favorably to its competition. However, the overall usability of the program suffers from lag as the project increases in complexity and occasional crashes when put under strain.
I also found many of the effects to be either unusable or unnecessary. I think the vast majority of users will get the most value out with the basic version for 60 dollars. Ease of Use: It took me no time at all to figure out how to use the program, as one of its greatest strengths is the exceptional usability of its UI.
I found everything right where I expected it and had no problem discovering how to use new features in Pinnacle Studio. The one knock on ease of use is the tutorials, which are either incomplete at the time of writing this review or are too narrow in their scope to teach how to use the program in its entirety. Corel offers live online chat, phone support, a hour guarantee to respond to any email, and a day money back guarantee on the program itself. You can read my PowerDirector review here.
Its color and audio editing tools are the best in the business, and its ability to integrate with Adobe Creative Cloud makes it an excellent choice for anyone who is already familiar with Adobe products. You can read my Premiere Pro review here. Conclusion Pinnacle Studio looks great, is effectively organized, and offers a plethora of useful tools for making video editing as fast and painless as possible.