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- October 18, 2005 at 9:18 AM #46441
I am thinking to buy the new Pinnacle Studio Plus V10. Can anyone enlighten me a fair review about this this new version from Pinnacle. Although I have read many bad reviews on Pinnacle, are they bias or the software is really not that good. Thanks.
Studio 9 and prior haven’t really been up to par with other ConsumerNLE products. The interface has been easier to work with, but the stability issues have really kept the Studio line of products out of most folks NLE line up. I’ve only read a couple of things about Studio 10 and so far it hasn’t been all that bad. Studio 10 uses the same rendering engine that Liquid 6 carries and is a proven performer. The intercae to Studio 10 retains the ease of use and layout the previous products excelled in. It “should” be a really nice match up. I’ve been hearing of a few bugs and think the software came out prematurely. It shouldn’t take too long to work out the bugs and wait on a couple of patches and you very well have a really decent piece of software.
For performance, look at reviews of Liquid Edition 5.5 and 6. That will give you an idea of the render engines stability and how it woks. Go to their consumer web boards and read about the issues Users are having and what’s being done to fix those issues.
Thanks Okie34. Will look into the info you provided. I am still wondering if anybody out there has virtually used the Studio Plus 10 so the experience can be shared.
I am currently using Adobe Premiere Pro 7.0 and DVD encore for my most 16:9 video shots. The quality is fantastic. However, it requires a much longer time of learning and many steps involved to brun the DVDs.
I have used Studio9 Plus for its life and have been okay with it, no, it is not a professional grade of software but then neither am I.
I purchased Studio10 Plus and found that most of the new features are good and nice to have but and a big BUT is it is very slow (and I do not have a slow machine or not enough memory). It wants to background render continually and even when background render is turned off it still does. What this causes is very slow response to any input you want to use while editing, click on a menu and wait 1-4 seconds for it to open, etc.
I went back to version 9.4.3
My advise is to wait until the first service pack is out then try it.
Very good feedback and I appreciate it. I may wait for the further revision or upgrade from Pinnacle for Studio Plus 10.
By the way, can your Studio Plus 9 version handle widescreen 16:9 format?
I’ve been using Studio 9 plus (and the AV/DV deluxe pci card) for almost a year… it was a very painful experience. It does seem to support 16×9 format, but I’ve never used it.
We did manage to get useable results from this very flawed product, but it was not worth the hassle. Severe Audio/Video Sync issues, won’t import large MPEGs (crashes on 650mb MPEG import), the color actually turned to B/W at times during capture, the SmartSound on finished DVD’s glitches towards the end of the disc, a thousand and one patches and betas, and it still doesn’t work very well.
Being REALLY, REALLY stupid, I went and bought Studio 10 plus. Eeeek!
Right out of the box, it needed a patch. (10.1) It doesn’t work on my existing Studio 9 projects. (10.1 patch was supposed to fix that)
It also seems really slow even on a 3.0ghz P4 with 2gb memory and a fast 160gb SATA. (FRESH WinXP pro SP2 install on a dedicated-for-Studio HDD)
At least it does import large MPEGs, but the finished discs won’t play on a generic DVD player. (NTSC). (Studio9 discs did)
I’ve had it.
I’m switching over to Sony Vegas.
I’m not looking forward to a whole new learning curve, but Pinnacle taught me a lesson: Always research a product BEFORE commiting to it.
If I had gone online and researched Pinnacle instead of listening to the sales clerk at the computer store, I would’ve bought the competing product bundled with PowerDirector.
Studio does seem “friendly” to use and they do have an active support system, but their products seem seriously flawed.
My advice would be to get on eBay and buy a cheap version of Studio9SE, and see how it works on your computer BEFORE commiting to the “plus” version. Actually, you could probably d/l it for free on a peer to peer network… just remember the “plus” features require activation keys, and registration with Pinnacle.
Burnt by Pinnacle TWICE,
(Actually THREE times… My Radeon AIW came bundled with Studio9)