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- April 17, 2008 at 8:37 PM #46705AnonymousInactive
im new to video prod,i like pinnacle but when i talk to people they say its not a good program,why?
I’ve used Pinnacle for many years. I think I finally gave up on version 8 or something. The program has wonderful features. I particullarly like the music match feature that will perfectly fits royalty free music to any size clip. The program is very user friendly – HOWEVER – and this is a big however, the program is not stable and will frequently encounter corrupted files, crash without warning, drop frames, etc. I was running the fastest and meanest computer I could get my hands on. It seemed I was buying my computer around this program. When I finally gave up I had spend over $4K on a custom built monster and the program acted exactly the same. At that point I switched to Sony Vegas. Now Vegas is not a professional program, but it is very stable and does a great job – even in professional applications. There is a bit of a learning curve, at least for me – but I’m just a bit retarded sometimes. The curve is well worth the climb and it will serve you well. There are, of course, many other great programs in the $100 – $200 range such as adobe essentials, final cut express if you are a mac guy, and many others – I’m drawing a blank now…
I would stay away from Pinnacle (unless it has gotten much better)
Same story here. Loved the features that Pinnacle had to offer. Spent many man hours trying to get thru a complete render. Spent good money on up grades that never came thru with being able to work properly. After years of trying I believe I gave up around version 9. I too went to sony vegas and have been very happy with it. I also have now started playing with an IMAC and I am extremely happy with it. (I have been playing with Final Cut Express) I agree with the above the other post. Unless better stay away!
I’ve used Pinnacle for years… started with 9 and now 11. I had the same issues as others. Totally unstable on my machine no matter what I did for upgrades. I now havea new Dell XPS 420 and installed Studio 11. FANTASTIC!!!! Studio is a top program when it runs. Absolutely brilliant. There are so many bells and whistles and they are relatively easy to learn. I cannot imagine outgrowing this software, it does so much. No one will argue it’s intuitive interface… you just have to roll the dice to see if it will run on your machine. I love it now.
A little different twist on this if I may. I started editing back in the early 80’s with the HUGE VHS decks by Panasonic in a Community Access setting……I have been doing video on and off since then. Over the last couple of years, I have begun getting serious with video Production to the point of selling my sound & light business (D.J. Business) and moving it to video production exclusively. I had been using Pinnacle’s 10.7 with a Gateway GM 5084 until I ran out of memory and upgraded to a Gateway FX-7020 (Gateway’s newest graphics loaded computer). In doing this, I also upgraded to the 11.1.2 Utimate system and have had really good luck with it. Given the fact that I do primarily School programs and church services as well as video work for Non-Profit agencies, I have yet to have it go down during Post-Production. It has a fair array of options even in the”out-of-the-box” formats with several downloads available for a reasonable cost. I know of several people who will swear by “Final Cut Pro”, and to those who have the operating budget, my hats off to you! 🙂 Pinnacle seems to have gotten the bugs out of the earlier versions and ever since their merger with AVID, seems to have mastered a comparable product.
I’m new to the “Lounge” community, and am looking forward to many years of learning from the many pros out there!
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Now Vegas is not a professional program, but it is very stable and does a great job – even in professional applications.
Vegas not professional?? Vegas is used by many studios as well as ABC Nightline…… not professional?!!?