You then transport this archive to a new system running Pinnacle Studio HD 15 and import it. The software will prompt you for a new location to put the media files, which must be on a drive fast enough for video editing. So if you have used a Flash memory key for transportation, you won't be editing the project on that. Instead, it will be transferred to the local disk of your choice first.
The archive tool is undoubtedly a useful feature, but we're not entirely sure how many Pinnacle Studio users will be moving projects between multiple machines, or working collaboratively. It's definitely great for mothballing your work ready to be reloaded in the future if needs be, though.
Most of the remaining new features revolve around keeping format support as fresh as possible. You can now import MKVs, and Studio HD 15 will even search them for scenes. With the increasing popularity of MKVs as the format of choice for Internet video sharing, this is a welcome addition, although we have to admit that not all MKVs are legal in provenance.
The improved importing is surpassed by the additional export formats. QuickTime can now be exported at up to Full HD, as can DivX Plus HD, which is the official name for DivX's MKV-based H.264 HD video format. The MPEG-2 TS export category now offers an AVCHD Lite option, as well as standard AVCHD and Sony PS3-compatible HD. The YouTube presets now include presets all the way up to Full HD, too. So all of the currently most popular ways to watch video are covered.
Pinnacle is also claiming considerable performance improvements over the last version. However, this is still a 32-bit app, when half the competition has now moved over to 64-bit, notably Adobe Premiere Elements 10 and CyberLink PowerDirector.
Another notable absence is support for any form of 3D. Whilst the jury is still out whether 3D will really become popular, particularly as a consumer video shooting format, not having the option does place Pinnacle Studio HD behind some of its competitors if you do like to try out the latest trends. CyberLink's PowerDirector 10 Ultra particularly stands out here.