Avid Delivers New Version of Pinnacle Studio Software Family

Reprinted from an Avid press release:

Avid today announced a major update to its family of Pinnacle Studio video editing solutions. Widely regarded as the industrys leading application for home video editing*, Pinnacle Studio software now offers an even broader array of HD capabilities with a new simplified user interface that makes it easier to manage content and an unified capture/import utility for the latest formats and camcorders. Other new features include:
A stop-motion capture for animated and fast-motion effects.
New content and enhancements for Pinnacle Montage.
Dynamic Motion Titler tool that includes a number of new templates.
A new stabilizer effect leveraging the same technology used in Avids professional editing products to fix shaky camera shots.

The new Pinnacle Studio meets the needs of a wide range of consumers, from novices to video enthusiasts and semi-professionals. The family of products includes Pinnacle Studio HD, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection, which offer a complete HDV & AVCHD workflow and allows consumers to export movies to Flash, QuickTime, PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Apple iPod and more. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate and Pinnacle Ultimate Collection also offer Blu-ray authoring with motion menus.

This version of Studio absolutely rocks it’s probably the best advance since the move to digital. New built-in features help to make it very easy for newcomers and hobbyists to create Hollywood-like movies and to turn their family and holiday shoots into something really special, said Pinnacle Studio Beta tester Mike Shaw, an international award-winning amateur movie maker. Shaw also highlighted the new user interface improvements, which make it easier for editors to find their way around, and praised the enhancements of Pinnacle Montage themes, as well as the new import features that make it easier to select the source of the movies consumers wish to import.

Alec Marshall, Director of Segment Marketing for Creative Enthusiasts at Avid, said, A growing number of both video and point-and-shoot cameras now capture high-definition video, creating a burgeoning demand for editing tools that allow for high-quality export to the web, upload to YouTube, and creation of HD files for sharing. The latest version of Pinnacle Studio makes HD editing a breeze, empowering consumers to easily grab photos and videos from video cameras, still digital cameras or camera phones and easily bring that content to life using music, Pinnacle Montage Themes, animations and effects. Once finished, they can share their masterpieces with friends and familyor the worldwith direct high-quality upload to YouTube, or by simply burning a DVD.

Customers who purchase Pinnacle Studio Ultimate software receive two bonus professional plug-ins: ToonIt and Knoll Light factory effects from video masters Red Giant. Those who purchase Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection will receive the most complete solution, including a green sheet for Chroma key effects and six highly acclaimed professional plug-ins from Red Giant:
Shine ultra-fast light ray effects
ToonIt turns video into cartoon style animation
Knoll Light factory creates lens flares, sunsets & more
Magic Bullet Looks generates advanced video styles
3D stroke creates glowing lines, swirling shapes, and 3D camera effects
Particular smoke, explosion, and abstract effects

Pricing & Availability
The price of Pinnacle Studio HD, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection remains the same as previous version: US$49.99, $99.99 and $129.99, respectively. Pinnacle Studio is compatible with Windows Vista SP2 (Both 32-bit & 64-bit), Windows XP SP3 & Windows 7.

The new Pinnacle Studio family of products will be available at the Pinnacle e-store and at e-tail and retail beginning in mid-September. Existing customers currently using Pinnacle Studio versions 9,10, 11 and 12 are eligible for upgrade via Pinnacles website for $69.99 (upgrade to Pinnacle Studio Ultimate) and $89.99 (upgrade to Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection). For more information visit www.pinnaclesys.com

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