Coming from the same stable as Corel VideoStudio, you may well wonder why Corel also produces Pinnacle Studio. In short, these are products aimed at different markets. While VideoStudio is a powerful accessible tool designed for consumer use, Pinnacle is rather more advanced and high-end. It could almost be considered a professional tool, but it does not have a price tag that reflects this.
The program supports working in both timeline and storyboard editing modes, making it accessible to people who prefer to work in either way – or who like to switch between the two depending on the task at hand. But the workspace as a whole is highly customizable, meaning you can tailor it to precisely suit your workflow.
There is support for multi-camera editing, and you can also record screen activity for those occasions when you need to create tutorials or presentations that require you to reference what's happening on your desktop.
When it comes to editing videos, you can trim, crop, split and rotate, tweak color and add filters. There are lots of corrective tools included so you can fix under or overexposure with ease. Pan and zoom options let you fiddle around the camera movement after the fact, and Time Remapping offers access to tool for speeding up or slow down footage to great effect. This is something that can be further enhanced with motion blur effects.
But Pinnacle Studio is not just about video – there is also audio to consider. It is easy to add a soundtrack you already have prepared, or you can record a voiceover from within the program, as well as adding sound effects.
It is worth pointing out that the trial version of Pinnacle Studio blends some of the features and elements of the three versions of the software that are available to purchase (Standard, Studio Plus and Studio Ultimate). This means that During the trial period you have access to additional option such as support for six cameras rather than two, and you'll also be able to take advantage of 360-degree video editing and other options that will not be available to you should you decided to make the purchase.
Before you do make an investment in the software, it's a good idea to double check the features of the three different editions. There is quite a difference between the Standard and Ultimate versions, and if you need 360-degree video editing, for instance, you're going to have to option for the most expensive version. Opting for this edition also opens up more advanced clips nesting, keyframe effects, video masking and enhance color grading.
Pinnacle Studio 2021 is Windows and 64-bit only.
Includes a 1-Device perpetual license for Windows computers.