Vista compatibility was added in version Studio 11[ edit ] Studio 11 was released in June It features three versions: All three are designed to be compatible with Windows Vista and feature a new scalable interface and replace Smartsound's music generation with Scorefitter, a midi-based version written in-house.
Keyframing became possible on most effects. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate became the new top-of-the-line consumer video editing application. It included Soundsoap PE, an advanced sound-cleaning tool, Dolby 5. A green-screen sheet to produce the chroma key effects with is also included in the full Ultimate version, or can be purchased separately.
Studio 12[ edit ] Studio 12 was released in June Enhancements to the editing features included markers that can be placed on the timeline "on the fly", improved audio controls and the addition of Montage, which allows multi-layered video and still composites to be generated within pre-defined templates.
The Plus and Ultimate versions also added full Blu-ray disc burning with menus. A new addition was the Content Transfer Window which should allow you to import any plug-ins or premium content purchased for Studio 10 or Studio 14[ edit ] Studio 14 was released in September With this series, the low-end version is now billed as "Studio HD", and is essentially identical to the regular low-end version of Studio, but with the overlay video track and high-definition capabilities available previously, the only way to be able to use these was to upgrade the software to the Plus or Ultimate version.
The "Plus" version is now known as the "Studio HD Ultimate version", and includes a few special third-party plugins. Studio 15[ edit ] Studio 15 was released in February Another added feature is Studio 15's reintegration of SmartSound quick tracks, a feature disabled in v14 but available on versions 10 through Studio 16[ edit ] Studio 16 was released in August Optionally adjust pan and zoom of the image; you may use keyframes in the mini-timeline at the bottom and audio adjustments at the left -- but see warnings about this pan-and-zoom function, below.
Click on Apply -- the unexpected step -- out of line with the other clickable items and easy to miss. The "snapshot" is saved at this step. That's confusing because other effects and corrections do not have this "apply" step.
The "apply" step does let you save more than one Snapshot in an Effects Editor session. Click on OK to exit the Effects Editor. Unlike the "Grab Video Frame" command in Pinnacle version 15 or the timeline function in version 16, "Snapshot" in the Effects Editor extracts a still image from the video clip which you have opened -- not from the Timeline. That is useful if it is what you want, but if you want to create a still of a composed image such as a picture in picture, this is much easier to in either version of Pinnacle Studio than in Avid Studio, where you would have to recompose the image, copy it from an exported file or maybe from a "subproject" -- a feature I haven't explored yet.
The snapshot functions in the Effects Editor have their own Pan and Zoom commands, but I avoid these because they do not integrate with the ones used for video clips and in the timeline. Between keyframes or start and end locations, the Pan and Zoom function in the Snapshot dialog box in Avid Studio generates curves which reveal areas outside area of the start and end frames or keyframe locations. This can bring black borders or video from underlying tracks into your image. Worse than that, the same parameters do not give you the same results for two consecutive keyframes.
I wanted to zoom in on an image and then hold it at the same size. I was unable to do this by using the same settings for the second-to-last and last keyframes.
I haven't checked yet whether the same issues occur in Pinnacle Studio v. Once I have inserted a still image into the timeline, then I can used the integrated pan and zoom command, making it possible, for example, to match a freeze-frame to the video clip from which it was taken. The "Snapshot" example is too typical. Explanations in the help and the manual often say to click on an icon without showing it.
Commands are strewn around the screen; in many cases, the next step is not obvious. Many of the help screens have no graphics to show the icons, or to indicate where to click. Pinnacle version. I was able to make progress even when this happened, because of the priceless feature of resuming editing after a crash.
If Avid Studio, and its successor, Pinnacle Studio v. More Usability issues In Pinnacle v. In Avid, and Pinnacle v. A G clef could have any of a number of meanings. Again, you need to know the right words "Scorefitter", "Audio Creation tools" to look up the help on this topic -- "Music" doesn't get you there --, though in this case, the icon is shown in the Help.
In Pinnacle v. The lookups shouldn't be necessary. The actual clicking and dragging is easier to use, once you have figured it out. This is an improvement, because it avoids the need to readjust parameters if those of the previous keyframe have been changed.
There are some odd, obsolete or off-topic items in the manual's glossary in Avid, and in Pinnacle v. A non-interlaced image most computer monitors flickers much less than an interlaced image most TVs. The manual needs a complete rewrite. Some Audio Issues I record voice-over narration while editing, usually one sentence at a time, and I often have to re-record a sentence several times before I get it right.
I like to have controls which speed this process. Oddly enough, Pinnacle Studio v. Step by step: To delete and re-record a voice-over in Pinnacle Studio Click on the STOP button in the recording dialog box.
Press the Delete key, or click on Delete in a right-click menu. This is faster than using two Undo steps. The recording dialog box stays open. In Avid Studio, or Pinnacle v. Click to stop recording Press the button to keep or cancel the recording. Close the recording dialog box If you kept the recording, use Undo or Delete to remove it.
If this location had to be precise, you will have to have set a marker before you started recording. Re-open the recording dialog box. Probably because, as with the Effects Editor, the recording function is an applet in its own dialog box rather than working directly in the timeline. One thing about voice-over recording that is better than in Pinnacle v.
This makes it easier to start speaking just as recording begins. In all versions, recording is delayed, resulting in silence at the start of a clip which must often be deleted in order to avoid unnaturally long gaps between clips. You must also wait a moment to stop recording after you have finished talking, or else the end of your voice-over will be clipped off. Recording will overwrite and delete the start of the next clip, but you can drag the start of that clip to recover it.
This is an important reason to upgrade from Avid -- whose overwrite mode doesn't work for voice-overs. If you insert a new voice-over ahead of others, they all are pushed to later times. You can prevent the later clips from being moved in time by dragging them to a different track before your record ahead of them. But if you forget to do one of these workarounds, every clip later in your voice-over track will have moved. In both Pinnacle versions and in Avid, voice-overs post promptly.
In the supposedly very fast Cyberlink PowerDirector, by way of contrast, even the shortest voice-over takes 10 seconds to post on my Intel i5 machine. This behavior makes for very slow work. PowerDirector would be a topic for another article if I hadn't given up on it in exasperation. In Avid, I had trouble locating this feature. The same can happen after you upgrade from Pinnacle v.
I opened the effects dialog box and didn't find any way to use keyframes in an audio clip. Another hunt through the help The same operations can also be accomplished with the Audio Mixer panel, which pops out to the right of the timeline header when you click its access button.
After a bit of a search, I found them. The audio mixer button is the one with a little bar graph, above the left end of the timeline.
Audio keyframing is the button with the zigzag line, near the right end. So, audio keyframing is accessed differently from video keyframing, and maybe that's necessary but it is unnecessarily confusing. The mixer uses rotary controls, imitation knobs. Knobs are great to turn with fingers.
Sliders are much easier to work with the mouse. But actually, the rotary knobs work like sliders if you mouse across the tops of them. Even with volume keyframing turned on, the knob which is labeled "adjust volume at the current location in this clip" adjusts volume for the entire clip. After 15 minutes of searching: OK, now I found the solution, in the Avid Manual, page You have to click and release on the audio track to create a keyframe.
Then you can drag to increase or decrease the volume. Actually, clicking first is better -- it avoids creating unwanted volume handles, but still, this example shows how minor changes in the interface can lead to annoyance.
These need to be robustly documented. Avid Studio, and Pinnacle Studio v. Storage of voice-overs in Pinnacle v. Resizing and splitting clips In all versions, resizing or splitting a clip makes the positions of keyframe proportional to the new length of the clip. It is very unfortunate that this behavior can't be turned off. You have precisely located your keyframes, for example, to pan and zoom a clip, and if you shorten or lengthen a clip, the changes move to different times.
I split clips ahead of time, either side of the place where I will be using keyframes, so as to confine the damage. Another workaround is to leave the clip the same length and overlay it on a different track, rather than to split it. You split clips in Pinnacle Studio v. In Avid Studio and Pinnacle v.
They are not the same. In Pinnacle Studio v. I didn't find any way to recombine clips in Avid Studio or Pinnacle Studio v. Maybe there is, but I have yet to find it. File storage, backups and crash recovery File storage, backups and crash recovery are different in Pinnacle v. It is important to know how to manage these when saving, archiving or deleting files, and to avoid losing a project due to a crash or other problem.
Any video application is pushing the envelope of performance on today's home computers, and even more so with high-definition video. Even the fastest home computers do not respond instantly to commands in video software. Some processing tasks cannot be managed quickly enough to allow editing to continue. You may have to wait through lunch, or overnight. Expect this. Cues explaining that the computer is busy, and how long it will take, can be useful.
Video files are huge, and HD video files are bigger. Even with the best data compression, an hour of HD video will be several gigabytes in size. By default, all Pinnacle and Avid versions store your work on the C: I place the source files, project files and render files each on a different physical drive, so a drive doesn't have to shuttle back and forth among bits of different files.
Each of the drives I use is at least one terabyte in size. The application loads faster from a solid-state drive, and putting render files there speeds rendering somewhat -- though rendering actually works the CPU much harder than storage.
In older versions, its size is zero bytes, and in newer ones only a few bytes. Editing instructions, as well as items generated or processed during editing, are stored in a subfolder of the folder where the project file resides. The subfolder has the same filename as the project. Deleting projects in Pinnacle v. In this way, you can delete older versions of a project once it nears completion, in order to free up disk space.
The placeholder file and subfolder must stay together. You must be careful not to edit or delete either or you will be unable to open your project.
The project file in Avid, and Pinnacle v. There is no separate folder with processed clips. The format in Pinnacle v. You also can choose "Save As" and put a project file wherever you want. Choices for other types of files -- titles, menus and voice-overs -- are more limited because Pinnacle creates these files automatically -- there is no "save as" option.
All of the titles, menus and voice-overs from different projects are stored in the same folders, unless you change the folder setting for each project. The locations for audio and snapshots are under the Import heading in setup, though these also are storage locations! The option on where to store voice-overs is not in Setup at all, it is in the voice-over dialog box.
You can move and relink files later, but you must be careful to keep track of them. While snapshots are named with reference to the project in which they are created, voice-over files in Pinnacle v. If you reinstall Windows and Pinnacle, then load your documents folder from a backup.
Pinnacle wild start the numbering again from zero and overwrite earlier voice-overs! For this reason, it is very important to move the voice-overs from a project to a location where Pinnacle will not overwrite them.
Really, it would be much better to store the files in the same folder with the project. You can manage this manually, though. If you would like to keep all the files which Pinnacle v. Change al lthe settings for each project you work on, so the files are stored in that project's folder. Edit only one project at a time, and when you are done with it, gather the files from their various locations and place them in the same folder with the project file. Sorting files by date modified is very helpful in order to keep track of which is which.
You can re-link to these files for further editing. Use the "Save Project as Package" option in the file menu. This will create a single file in the. The package will, however, include the contents of all of the input files and can be very large.
Then when you unpack the project, you will be copying out the input files again! If you use the same input files in multiple projects, you will be copying them over and over. Voice-overs are are stored openly as. WAV files, so you can at listen to them in Windows Media Player or another application to help identify them.. Because these are uncompressed audio, they are rather large.
Snapshots are stored as JPG,. TIF or Targa, and so they can be edited in another application, if you like. When you save a file in Avid or Pinnacle v. This saved my bacon once when Avid wrote an incomplete and unreadable project file.
Avid doesn't direct you to the backup if the project file won't open -- you have to go to the folder with the backup, and rename it with the appropriate. Both the project file and the backup file get overwritten with each save, and so, in Avid as well as Pinnacle, it is useful to store a project under a new filename every once in a while during editing.
However, Avid and Pinnacle v. This saves disk space. The Library imports input files either by copying them -- which is very wasteful of disk space as already mentioned, and puts them all in the same folder -- or by linking to them. The links are absolute -- they only hold if the input files remain in the same location. You can, however, re-link either within a project or in the Library itself.
If you transfer your Pinnacle installation to another computer, you need to keep all of the file locations the same, or you will have to re-link them. You will also have to copy the Library database, and instructions on how to do that are online at http: All versions generate render files which they use to display the edited video.
These files serve only to smooth playback during editing. They may be deleted to free up disk space once editing is complete. The software reconstructs them if you return to editing later. This takes time, but you will not have lost any of your work. Copying and Pasting Between Projects These applications can only have one project open at a time. It is, however, possible to copy and paste material between projects by opening the source project, copying, then closing that project, opening the destination project, and pasting.
Both projects need to be in the same file format, and the source files must be where the destination project can find them. In this way, you can copy and paste multiple clips at once, along with the the formatting instructions from the source project.
One you have exported a video, you can use it, or part of it, as a clip in another project, but you can't change the edits in it. Avid Studio and Pinnacle Studio v. Some bugs and pointless annoyances.
These occurred in Avid Studio. I'll indicate which ones I have. Checked The splash screen sits in front of anything else while the program is loading, taking up to 20 seconds on my fast desktop computer -- a serious case of bad manners.
Opening files from earlier versions is not intuitive. Most software just lets you click on the file in Windows Explorer. The section on "Video Tools" in the Help is emblematic of my issues with the Help. This section reads like a specification written for programmers assigned the task of creating a graphic user interface, when the interface does not yet exist. Each function of the Video Editor preview is described in detail in words, but there is no image to illustrate most of them.
All of the controls for the Preview window are described as being below it, but the time code display is actually above it. There's nothing in Help about how to exit loop mode which plays a clip repeatedly. You must click on the Exit Trim Mode icon above the timeline -- or click on the loop icon a second time: However, if you place a market in a clip in the Effects Editor, that marker will stay in the same place in the clip, and even if you adjust the start or end time, and also will be visible in the timeline.
This is covered somewhere in Naylor's book, but it it not intuitive and not covered in the Help -- or in Naylor's index. The "import from" panel pushes everything else in the import dialog box to the right, occupying an entire column on the screen even though it only sits at the top of the column.
The parameters dialog box occupies the entire right column. They could both be at one side or at the top and then the entire remainder of the screen could be filled with content. There can be hundreds of photos or clips in a folder, and it doesn't make any sense to waste screen space.
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