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Pinnacle Studio 19 - All-In-One Editing

The next entry in our round-up of autumn releases of video editing software is Pinnacle Studio 19. (See also posts on Adobe Premiere Elements 14 and CyberLink PowerDirector 14.)

Now owned by Corel, Pinnacle Studio is another long-standing name in video editing (as you can tell from the version number). It's an all-in-one tool, available in three editions -- designed to be easy for beginners but also upgrade to professional power and features.

The new version 19 adds pro features including project bins to organize your files, a Favorites tab, multi-cam editing, automatic audio ducking, and support for additional camera formats.

The multi-cam editing allows you to screen footage, automatically align clips with audio syncing, switch angles, cut and delete footage, add transitions, and then save the result to the timeline for further editing.

        Multi-cam Editing

The base Pinnacle Studio 19 for $59 provides 6 tracks for HD editing, 1500+ effects, transitions and templates, and easy DVD authoring with Pinnacle MyDVD (Blue-ray is a separate plug-in). Version 19 also adds multi-cam editing for 2 cameras.

Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus for $99 steps up to 24-track editing, 1800+ effects, and 4-camera multi-cam. It also supports 3-D video and Dolby 5.1 audio editing, and more advanced features like keyframe effects. Plus also adds the enhanced screen capture and new audio ducking to lower the ambient background sound for clearer narration and dialog.

The full Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate for $129 ($85 street) piles on more power, with unlimited tracks to edit up to 4K Ultra HD video, 2000+ effects with new effects from NewBlue, and 6-camera multi-cam. Ultimate also adds new support for XAVC and DVCPRO HD decoding, and VBR (variable frame rate) video from the iPhone 6 and other cameras.

Pinnacle Studio continues as a powerful all-in-one video editing tool, scaling from consumer to more professional use. Unfortunately, there's still no trial download, although you can download manuals for version 18 to review.

Find Pinnacle Studio 19 on Amazon.com

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