An update of Pinnacle Systems’ popular Studio video editing
software is out, with mixed results. On the plus side is improved background
Pinnacle Studio Version
9, you can now continue working on an edit without having to wait until
the last one renders completely. However, I found a shipping copy of version 9
to be buggy.
Other updates include a basic surround-sound editor and the ability to
edit wide-screen video. The program’s interface is now scaled to run at 1024 by
768 resolution, compared with Studio 8’s maximum of 800 by 600. Moviemaking in
this program, which is aimed at beginning and intermediate users, still is
divided into three phases: video capture, editing, and writing to DVD or
Version 9 also provides a selection of new video and audio effects, as
well as automatic color correction, which does a reasonably good job of
improving video shot under bad lighting conditions. The SmartMovie feature will
automatically edit video in a number of styles to fit with a song track.
But as nice as these features are, they don’t make up for the quirks.
The dialog boxes (such as those for opening video and audio files) always
default to the drive where Studio 9 is installed. This is annoying if you store
your data elsewhere, as you have to go into another dialog box to get to your
I also encountered intermittent crashes when creating videos, several
leading to lost edits. The problems seemed to crop up mostly when video was
being rendered in the background. (Before I completed this review, Pinnacle
issued one patch, which didn’t clear up my bugs; it is working on a second.)
Studio 9 was rather slow, too: On my test PC (with a gigabyte of RAM), it
sometimes took several seconds to update the screen when editing long videos
composed of a large number of files. Before you buy, wait until Pinnacle fixes
Pinnacle Systems Pinnacle Studio Version 9
Bugs and quirks drag down easy-to-use video editing software.
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