There are a couple of interesting improvements to edit mode. The first takes advantage of widescreen displays thereby giving you more editing room to display clips or sections of a timeline - a first for a consumer video editor, yet an obvious improvement for a program which needs to display more data than a screen can hold.
The second improvement is Scorefitter - now bundled with Studio Plus 11 - for adding musical backgrounds to video. Cheesy, but this does a better job than most. You select the type of music, indicate how much of the video you want the track to cover and the software produces music of exactly that length. The instruments sound real and not like something out of a cheap, club keyboard.
In the same way you could record short video to CDs before DVD rewriters really took off, short HD DVD clips can be saved to standard 4.7GB DVD discs. That’s if you don't already have either an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive attached to your PC. You can squeeze up to 20 minutes or so of HD content onto a normal DVD.
If your thing is to go for Internet or MPEG playback rather than HD DVD, Studio Plus 11 helps there too. It now supports output to iPod and Sony PSP and has an improved Web interface so you can export directly to services such as Yahoo! Video. You simply click for the type of output you want: disk, file, tape or Web, and select the file type and a quality preset. It really is dead easy.
There are numerous other little improvements to the software, including literally hundreds of transitions and special effects, very easy titles and DVD front-end menus and advanced effects such as green screen Chroma Key, overlay channels and picture-in-picture.
By making most of the hard work in video editing transparent, Pinnacle has managed to keep the whole process of capturing, compiling and saving a video pretty painless. The new version of the software has boosted the program in line with current hardware developments and the full support for HD formats and best-selling media players keeps Studio well up there with its competition.