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Pinnacle Avid Studio

B&H # PIASQ Mfr # 8210-30008-01
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Advanced Video Editing Software
  • Powerful Library to Organize Media Files
  • Smart Edit Mode & Timeline/Media Editor
  • 100 Additional HD Video Transitions
  • Unlimited Timeline Tracks
  • Advanced Red Giant Plug-in Package
  • Complete Avid Content Package
  • 5.1-channel Surround Sound Import/Export
  • DVD/Blu-ray Disc Authoring/Burning Tools
  • $40 Mail-in Rebate (US)

The Pinnacle Avid Studio movie production software allows you to edit professional movies and multimedia projects using sophisticated photo and video correction tools such as Smart Edit mode and timeline editor, and comes with a powerful library that organizes all media files in one place. It features a Media editor, and enables you to edit videos, photos, and audio.

In addition to the unlimited timeline tracks for advanced composting and editing, the Avid Studio comes with professional add-ons and plug-ins. The movie production software offers 100 additional HD video transitions and a wide-ranging collection of how-to videos from Class on Demand. It is optimized for 64-bit OSes, and allows you to create multi-layer effects and play multiple tracks in real time.

The Avid Studio software features advanced Red Giant plug-in and Avid content packages. In addition to the audio tools for professional sound quality, it comes with a function for 5.1-channel surround sound import/export. It allows you to add animated graphics and text using the Motion Titler, and enables you to apply chroma-key effects via the 5' x 6' green screen sheet. Providing support for various export formats, the software features AVCHD burning as well as DVD and Blu-ray disc authoring and burning tools.

This purchase enables you to receive a $40 mail-in rebate after upgrading or switching to Avid Studio (between February 15, 2011 and June 30, 2012). You should have a full retail version license of Pinnacle Studio (any version), Sony Vegas Movie Studio (any version), Adobe Premier Elements (any version), Magix Movie Edit (any version), Corel Video Studio (any version), Roxio Creator (any version), Roxio Easy VHS to DVD (any version), or Honest Technologies VHS to DVD (any version) to qualify for the rebate.

Avid Studio

Movie production software
Allows you to edit professional movies and multimedia projects
Sophisticated photo and video correction tools such as Smart Edit mode and timeline editor
Powerful media management library - organizes all media files in one place
Media editor - enables you to edit videos, photos, and audio
Unlimited timeline tracks for advanced composting and editing
Comes with professional add-ons and plug-ins
100 additional HD video transitions
Wide-ranging collection of how-to videos from Class on Demand
Optimized for 64-bit OSes
Allows you to create multi-layer effects and play multiple tracks in real time
Advanced Red Giant plug-in and Avid content packages
Audio tools for professional sound quality
5.1-channel surround sound import/export functionality
Motion Titler - allows you to add animated graphics and text
Enables you to apply chroma-key effects via the 5' x 6' green screen sheet
Provides support for various export formats - AVCHD burning as well as DVD and Blu-ray disc authoring and burning tools

Avid Studio Rebate (US)

Enables you to upgrade or switch to Avid Studio and receive a $40 mail-in rebate (between February 15, 2011 and June 30, 2012)
You should have a full retail version license of Pinnacle Studio (any version), Sony Vegas Movie Studio (any version), Adobe Premier Elements (any version), Magix Movie Edit (any version), Corel Video Studio (any version), Roxio Creator (any version), Roxio Easy VHS to DVD (any version), or Honest Technologies VHS to DVD (any version) to qualify for the rebate
System Requirements
Operating Systems
  • Windows 7 32/64-bit
  • Windows Vista 32/64-bit (SP2)
Processor
  • Intel Core Duo 1.8 GHz, Core i3, or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz or higher
  • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz, Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD*
RAM
  • 2 GB of RAM or higher
  • 4 GB for Windows 64-bit
Graphics DirectX 9 (or higher) graphics with Pixel Shader 3.0 support, such as:

  • ATI X1000 series (or higher)
  • Nvidia GeForce 6 series (or higher)
  • Intel GMA X3000 series (or higher)
VRAM 128 MB VGA VRAM; 256 MB or higher recommended, required for AVCHD*
Display Resolution 1280 x 800 or higher
Sound Card Windows-compatible sound card (surround output required for surround preview*)
Disk Space 5.8 GB of disk space
Optical Drive DVD-ROM for installation
General
Input Options
  • Capture from DV, HDV, and Digital8 camcorders or VCRs (requires a FireWire port)
  • Capture from analog camcorders, 8 mm, HI 8, VHS, SVHS, VHS-C, SVHS-C, or VCRs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) (requires Pinnacle or Dazzle video hardware)
  • Import from AVCHD* and other file-based camcorders, digital still cameras, mobile devices, and webcams
Import Formats
  • Video: AVCHD*, AVCHD Lite*, BD Blu-ray*, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX®*, MPEG-4*, 3GP (MPEG-4, H.263)*, WMV, non-encrypted DVD titles (incl. DVD-VR/+VR), QuickTime (DV, MJPEG, MPEG-4*, H.264*), DivX Plus MKV*
  • Audio: MP3, MPA, M4A, WAV, AC3*, WMA
  • Graphic: BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PSD, TGA, TIF, WMF, PNG, J2K
Export Formats
  • AVCHD*, AVCHD Lite*, BD Blu-ray*, DVD (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW, dual layer)
  • Apple iPod, Sony PSP/PS3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox-compatible formats*
  • DV, HDV, AVI, DivX*, RealVideo 8, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4*, Flash, 3GP*, WAV, MP2, MP3*, QuickTime, MP4*, H.264*, YouTube HD*, DivX Plus MKV*
  • Dolby Digital 2/5.1 channel audio*
Note: *Requires free product activation via the Internet
Pinnacle Avid Studio
  • Avid Studio Install DVD
  • Scorefitter Volumes 1 and 2
  • Creative Pack Volume 1
  • Avid Studio quick-start Guide
  • Avid Studio Installation Guide
  • Green-screen Backdrop
  • Special-edition Getting Started with Avid Studio Training DVD by Class on Demand
  • Note:Training available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PinnacleAvid Studio
     
    3.5

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to navigate (7)
    • Easy to customize (6)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Professional quality (4)
    • Easy to collaborate across programs (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (8)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Annoying Activation

      Avid Studio is a great product but you will need a lot of work to make it work. The activation keys (required to activate what you paid for) are a pain in the...Read complete review

      Avid Studio is a great product but you will need a lot of work to make it work. The activation keys (required to activate what you paid for) are a pain in the neck because while you are editing, you click on a menu or button and a requester pops up demanding an Activation Key. Sometimes it is automatic but others (MPEG-2 codecs) leads to dead end (a bug?). After hours of search you email to customer support (after support activation) and get the keys by reply some 24 hours after. Up to now I have more than 8 keys and hope it's the last of it. Good search to you.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      What Were They Thinking?

      It has everything going for it except its stupid looking, "dog-eared" interface and the fact that you can't read the audio tracks without blowing them up to max view. If you're...Read complete review

      It has everything going for it except its stupid looking, "dog-eared" interface and the fact that you can't read the audio tracks without blowing them up to max view. If you're trying to sync tracks, forget it.

      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      No Customer Support

      By Phil

      from Tysons Corner, VA

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult to Navigate

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

          As a 30-year professional photographer I also shoot and edit video for personal and some professional applications. Tried Pinnacle but it couldn't handle the complexity of some of my projects so I moved up to Avid. Great content but after many hours of time on a project it would not open, but just "hang" there with no access to project. Searched the forum, tried to access customer support, tried to buy support "keys" to no avail. Reviewed computer settings on my i7, 8GB, 1TB computer, reinstalled the program. Nothing. Something is definately deficient with this software and I could never reccommend it. Meanwhile, 20-30 hours of editing inaccessable and the work and time lost.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          Powerful program, and easy to use

          By JT

          from Riverside, CA

          About Me Journalist, Video Editor, Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

            This software was purchased to create videos for our government agency. I would not consider myself a professional editor, but am much more experienced than a beginner. The creative software that comes with the system is powerful and elaborate. The controls are easy to use, and like many electronics can be switched from an easy creator to a manual one to use more of your own creativity instead of templated ones. This is a powerful system with a great name on it. You do need to follow the computer specs they list as you will need a slightly more powerful machine than your everyday computer. Overall, this is a great product that will help me make professional videos at a lower cost.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent!

            By Luis Anzo

            from Huntington Park, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Customize
            • Easy to Navigate
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

              I use it to make home videos of my family, and it works great. Is versatile and complete.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Avid Studio

              By Kyle

              from Alvin, Texas

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
              • Easy to Customize
              • Easy to Navigate

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Educational Purposes
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                VIdeo production is great and easy. It has built in graphics that i don't have to create and they are an easy plug in. Over all a great product. Can't find anything bad a bout this product other than i wish i had found it sooner.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Annoying Activation

                By Rambob

                from Montreal

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                  Avid Studio is a great product but you will need a lot of work to make it work. The activation keys (required to activate what you paid for) are a pain in the neck because while you are editing, you click on a menu or button and a requester pops up demanding an Activation Key. Sometimes it is automatic but others (MPEG-2 codecs) leads to dead end (a bug?). After hours of search you email to customer support (after support activation) and get the keys by reply some 24 hours after. Up to now I have more than 8 keys and hope it's the last of it. Good search to you.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  non existant customer support

                  By Rambob

                  from Montreal, QC

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality
                  • Limited Compatibility
                  • Poor Performance

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                  Avid Studio is a great product when it works. The activation keys (required to make what you paid for work) are a pain in the neck. You can't create DVD's even if they claim it will because the activation web link is a dead end. But most of all there is no customer service, no support team, NOTHING!! A knowledge base is your only help but it doesn't talk about activation keys. Good luck to you.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  What Were They Thinking?

                  By Red Diamond Pro

                  from Phoenix

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Goofy Audio Knobs
                  • Poor Audio waveforms
                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                    It has everything going for it except its stupid looking, "dog-eared" interface and the fact that you can't read the audio tracks without blowing them up to max view. If you're trying to sync tracks, forget it.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Avid won't help if you lose your key

                    By russn

                    from Chicago, IL

                    Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                    I purchased an earlier version of this product. It worked fairly well, but overwrote all of the other DVD write drivers on my computer.

                    Additionally, when my computer crashed, they would not renew my activation. They accused me of pirateing the software, even after I sent them photos of the original install CDs and AV/DV Card. But they did give me the option of buying an upgrade.

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                    4.0

                    Step up to more editing power

                    By Bodha

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                      I needed more options for editing than the standard "basic" programs could provide. Avid fills the need for a more "hands on" approach without too many extras that I dont need. I am able to make very pro looking projects for clients web sites. Love the unlimited tracks and correction options.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good program with the right computer

                      By Kyan

                      from Lakeland, FL

                      Pros

                      • Lots of good features

                      Cons

                      • Still a few bugs

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                      This is a very good program that is simple to use. Initially, I had Avid Studio problems on a cuputer with an i7 processor, 6 gigs of memory but a simple video card. I was about to give the progam away and called it useless. I upgraded to a computer with an i7 2600 cpu, 8 gigs of memory an Nvidia GTX video card with 1 gig of memory on it and now the program works great. I see a few minor bugs, but have not installed the update yet.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      import of 3/4 inch videotape pixelates

                      By jeff

                      from Chicago

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                            After deleting an earlier version of Pinnacle to install Avid studio, my footage was dropping frames like crazy and the results were pixelated. I then re-installed Pinnacle version 12 to capture my archive footage from my Sony 3/4 inch SP video editor. I am using a Toshiba Dual Athlon processor 64-bit with Windows 7. It's time to consider Apple.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Used it from day One!

                            By Video editor

                            from Indiana

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                            • Easy to Customize
                            • Easy to Navigate
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Educational Purposes
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                              I produce a show that's been on two tv stations and online for over 5 years. I use the product to create everything that's video. It's powerful when installed correctly. I've used it since the first day it came out. Still am unable to use all the functions and features. The set of features they give is enormous. The Sonic Fire plug in is a worth while buy. I do wish it had a multi-cam edit mode. It really can not be beat in this price range though. The library function is invaluable. It makes it easy to find an organize clips. I really can't say enough about it. It's my regular video editor. I do wish that it worked better with my Bella DV Keyboard. That's on Bella not creating a set of short cuts. It's very quick when it comes to rendering on a 64bit operating system. Just don't try to get by with the minimum system requirements. That goes for any video editing software. If you can't afford the pro version of Adobe or Vegas Pro your only options are this and the professional version of Magix. A very solid sophisticated program as well for the price but almost three times as much. I could ramble on and on. Bottom line is this is the best editing software for under $399

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Avid rocks!!

                              By Jschill

                              from Chandler, AZ.

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                                    I've been using Pinnacle for many years and finally switched over to Avid Studio and all I can say is wow, you get tons of features for one low price and the program renders video very fast. One of the cool features is that you can upload HD videos straight to YouTube without having to re-render somewhere else then upload, saves lots of time.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Powerful Software

                                    By Frank the Byte Meister

                                    from Tucson, AZ

                                    About Me Computer Enthusiast, Small business owner, Video Editor

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Customize
                                    • Easy to Navigate
                                    • Logical Design
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • None yet

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Multimedia
                                    • VideoAudio Transfer

                                    Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                                    I couldn't give the software a 5 star rating yet. So far, I've only "tinkered" with it but there's real potential under the hood. I plan to use this product to create and produce final media for my video transfer and editing business. It installed and runs fine on my Windows 7 64bit system.I also purchased the 290 page Avid Studio Reference Guide. [...]There are a lot of powerful and flexible features and I recommend looking at the "Getting Started with Avid Studio" DVD included with the software. This was created by Class on Demand and it does an excellent job of showing all the main features and explains how they fit in a project cycle. They also offer a complete DVD training course and I've ordered that set as well. [...]This software has great potential and offers incredible flexibility. I usually just work my way in and figure out what software might do. However, in this case, I highly recommend the Avid reference manual as well as the training DVDs to help you access the many features that will let you make professional quality media presentations.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    Liked using it not installing it

                                    By JJ

                                    from Canada

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                                          For home use & very fancy & easy to use
                                          What i don't like is installation & pc only ...why??
                                          after installing on vista it was not running .
                                          Spend 4 hours with online support then updated to newer ver. & worked fine.
                                          So install & update right away then startup
                                          you will save 4 hours.
                                          Rest is good as expected enjoy!!!!!!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Super Editing Program

                                          By Scotty21015

                                          from Bel Air, Maryland

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                          • Easy to Customize
                                          • Easy to Navigate
                                          • Multi-track editing
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Multimedia
                                          • Semi-Professional

                                          Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                                          I have been looking to move up in editing features and abilities. I am not one to read the book, ha ha. But, i would recommend reading a little. However, very easy to use. Full featured! This is what I would call a Pro Consumer editing package that has a lot of titles set up for consumers, but enough for business as well. I want to do green screen at some point and this software supports it well. I have even used photoshop making green screen images for logos etc. WORKED Great!

                                          As I am getting ready to use a digital recorder for audio this supports multitrack features. I had no problem loading the program, and no crashes. Avid is a well known company. If you dont have a Mac like me or a $699 budget this program gives you lots of power in the pro consumer recording.

                                          I really cant say enough about the program.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great price easy to use

                                          By Faceman

                                          from St. Louis, MO

                                          About Me Business User

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Customize
                                          • Easy to Navigate

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Direct Upload to YouTube

                                            Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                                            I have been using this for several months now and it really works great. Did not take me long to learn and directly uploads to YouTube.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • PC

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                                            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            2.0

                                            Vote of no confidence!

                                            By LP

                                            from Avenel, NJ

                                            About Me Professional Photographer

                                            Pros

                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Multimedia

                                              Comments about Pinnacle Avid Studio:

                                              This looks like a great program on paper. In practice it's a different story. I had numerous error messages on installation. I called Avid support and was told to copy files off Installation disk to my hard drive manually to get the installation to work. Then I was unable to load the extra plug-ins. It was these plug-ins that made the program attractive to me. Again, I called support and was told to manually copy files from the installation disc. This is the first time I have ever had installation problems like this in all the years I have been computing. But the topper was when I attempted to look at the "Getting Started" disc. My virus protection software warned me that a Trojan was present. That was it for me. I feel like I just flushed my money down the toilet.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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