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Avid Studio 1.1 review

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Avid Studio 1.1
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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Unlimited video and audio tracks
  • Correction effects can be applied to clips in the libary
  • Lots of bundled extras, including Red Giant effects and greenscreen sheet

Cons

  • No support for 3D
  • 32-bit engine
  • Slightly expensive compared to competition

Key Features

  • Unlimited video and audio tracks
  • Effects can be keyframed
  • Built-in disc authoring
  • Red Giant effects bundle included
  • Greenscreen sheet included
  • Manufacturer: Avid
  • Review Price: £74.97

If you've been involved with video editing for any length of time, you will know that Avid is such an important company in this field that its brand has almost become a verb. So it's strange that the attempts Avid has made in the past to take its reputation amongst professionals down to a consumer audience have been half-hearted at best. With Avid Studio, however, the company is making its most serious foray yet, perhaps inspired by Apple's repositioning of its Final Cut Pro as Final Cut X, aimed at serious enthusiasts rather than professionals.

It's worth noting that Avid bought Pinnacle Systems, makers of Pinnacle Studio, and Avid Studio is based on the same software engine. However, both Studio applications will continue to coexist (we'll be reviewing the latest Pinnacle Studio in a future week) and are quite clearly aimed at different levels of user. The Pinnacle-branded version will continue to cater for the novice, whilst the Avid iteration provides a greater power for the "prosumer" editing enthusiast. There are a couple of wizards available for automatic movie and slideshow creation included in Avid Studio, but these are more like afterthoughts, and we'd be surprised if most purchasers would ever use them.

Avid Studio 1.1

The main app focuses on editing power, as you would expect, and the interface is very different from Pinnacle Studio, with a number of unique features. The process is divided up with tabs along the top, which is now a ubiquitous configuration for consumer video editing apps. These offer import and export at either end, with the media library, movie editing mode, and disc creation tabs in the middle. But there are enhancements and significant differences all along the way.

Avid Studio 1.1

The Importer is a pop-out dialog which unifies bringing in footage from every conceivable camcorder type. This includes grabbing footage from DVD or Blu-ray (copyright permitting), as well as the plethora of solid-state camcorder formats now available. The dialog is slightly different for tape-based media, as analog devices will give you compression options and DV or HDV camcorders will be provided with tape transport controls. There's also stop-frame import from any attached video device, so you can grab individual files, which the importer will then stitch together into a single video clip, or a photo series, or both.

Friv4

July 20, 2013, 3:54 pm

the purple color brings for the users a good feeling as the faithful in love. so wonderful

Don

November 11, 2013, 10:00 pm

Can you direct me to a Q&A regarding importing to Pinnacle Studio 16.

Fabio Pirovano

January 24, 2015, 11:54 am

So I'm handling video from Pentax K-01/K-30MPEG-4 H.264/AVC compression at all resolutions; MOV file format; and Panasonic FZ 200 1080 60p video recording in AVCHD or MP4 formats running on WIN 7 64 bit may I have any problem with this program?

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