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Pinnacle Studio HD 15 Ultimate - New Video Format Support

By James Morris



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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.

Pinnacle Studio HD 15 Ultimate

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.

Pinnacle Studio HD 15 Ultimate

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.

Glyn Martin

February 14, 2012, 5:33 pm

I am looking to get this software to edit footage from my new Panasonic HDC SD80 camera on the top setting. Will this program run on a laptop with i5 2410 processor, 6 Gb Ram and a 1GB graphics card? Off their webpage they recommend Intel Coreā„¢ 2 or i7 2.4 GHz required for AVCHD* (2.66 GHz for AVCHD* 1920)

Many Thanks


February 14, 2012, 6:16 pm

I see no reason why that system should have a problem running that software. Might be a bit slow (though I doubt it) but it should run.


May 20, 2012, 11:26 pm

Pinnacle Dazzle STUDIO HD DVD is an extremely resource-intensive application. On my Core-i5 with 6GB RAM, the CPU stays peaked between 60% and 94% of CPU while rendering videos that are a mere 500MB. That's a resource pig. Also, the user interface where media is chosen and the video timeline is assembled is very sluggish; the context menus and option property windows are VERY slow to open. The #1 complaint I have, however, is that the rendering process HALTS if the screen-saver launches and/or you manually lock (WINDOWS KEY+L) the computer. That is absolutely the biggest oversight yet; no one wants to wiggle the mouse or disable screen-saver preferences just to suit one application.
Lastly, despite have purchased a license, in-app nag advertisements are STILL presented and nearly 90% of features are considered PAY-FOR add-ons.
In summary, I would not recommend this sluggish, limited product to anyone. I've used PROSHOW GOLD in the past and felt that it out-performed Pinnacle's product, hands down.


May 21, 2012, 4:20 am

To continue with my prior comments, there are significant bugs in the Pinnacle Dazzle STUDIO HD DVD Version 14 release, as of May 2012, and they are eaily replicated.

Amongst the list is a GREEN SCREEN that suddenly appears in the Preview window, while working in the Edit pane, instead of the photo or video that is otherwise shown in the timeline at that location. The only way I was able to get rid of the green screen was to click FILE then DELETE AUXILLARY FILES (ALL). And, no, I didn't have Chroma Key enabled.

The other consistent issue I have experienced is, again; while editing, the Preview window will only show the photo or video that is at the currently-selected location in the timeline when Play was clicked.

I am forever in wonder if companies like Pinnacle have a QA quality assurance department at all. If it weren't for needing the Dazzler hardware, I would certainly be returning this product for a FULL refund.


November 28, 2012, 8:53 am

Yes it is true this program is one slow program, i am using 14 ultimate on I7 latest window processor and still it get stuck and i have a lot of ram, so i am moving to adobe cost more, get a student version or even sony is much better.
Avid you need to improve your platform of making your program,

Nic Adair

September 29, 2013, 5:48 pm

Another 'also ran' piece of editing software.
A poor man's Sony Vegas.


February 25, 2014, 11:13 pm

would this program be good for editing video from a gopro? we just got the GoPro and cant edit via movie maker

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