Tons of video effects. Disc authoring with lots of menu templates. Decent audio correction and content. Fast rendering performance. Cons Multi-track preview is sluggish on AMD graphics hardware. Some interface procedures less intuitive than in other apps.
Studio is one of the longest-standing brands in its field, and has passed through numerous hands. The latest owner, as of about a year ago, is Corel. So Studio 16 sits alongside VideoStudio 16 , with which it used to be a direct competitor, and in some ways now is even more so.
After all, it has been a pretty equal fight between the two applications for over a decade, and both have large followings. As usual, there are multiple editions of Studio, with a range of features and bundled extras. The basic version provides three audio and three video tracks, whilst Plus increases this to 12 apiece, and the Ultimate version on test here is unlimited. There are more effects, transitions, titles and templates as you move up the range, and if you want to author Blu-ray or import and export 5.
Effects keyframing is also only available with Plus or higher. The Ultimate version justifies its additional premium with some third-party extras as standard. In fact, although the interface looks superficially similar, Studio 16 is based on the code base of Avid Studio , which was developed by previous Pinnacle owner Avid. You can import projects from previous versions of Studio. We tried this with a project created in Pinnacle Studio HD 15 and it came in without a hitch, preserving transitions, effects and titles in their original forms.
The different approach to tracks used by the previous Studio was also preserved, with tracks renamed according to their more specialised roles in the earlier software. A leaf has been taken out of professional video editing software, and Studio now gives the option of having preview windows for both the source clips and the timeline on screen at once, rather than having to switch between them.
This does mean reduced space for the media and effects pane, but will be a familiar arrangement for anyone with professional aspirations. The pop-out effects monitor of Avid Studio is still available, though, letting you tweak a clip and change effects parameters with a larger video preview.
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