Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate is fully-functional and very capable editing software. New with version 19 is multi-camera editing, automatic audio ducking, support for new file formats and loads of effects and transitions. Overall, it’s a great value for the entry-level editor looking to up their game.
When it comes to editing programs, the conversation is always on one of three programs; Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro. The problem with only talking about those three products is that not everyone is in need of an edit software that’s meant for editing as a professional. What about those who just want to go a step past capturing family memories, history and vacation video?
Pinnacle Studio 19 is a fully functional, simple to use and very capable video editing program.
With the release of version 19, Pinnacle Studio has been upgraded with multi-camera editing for up to six cameras, optimization for Intel 6th generation processors, a new automatic audio ducking feature, support for XAVC and DVCPRO HD decoding, support for VFR Video and loads of effects from NewBlueFX.
The three main new features that make this release relevant are multi-camera editing, automatic audio ducking and XAVC and DVCPRO HD decoding.
Let’s start with multi-camera editing. As we explained above, the process is not as intuitive as it could be. However, it’s still a neat feature and most definitely would be helpful when cutting between multiple cameras. It’s just a bit clunky, and we would have liked it to have a few less steps to achieve the same result.
Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate multi camera editor
Next is the new automatic audio ducking feature. It was very easy to use; tell the program the relationship you want the main audio and the background track and you are done. It will lower the secondary audio below your main track, giving you automatic audio ducking. This is a great feature for those who want to add a little bit more professionalism to their edit. Smoothing out the audio will keep your audience’s attention and not distract from your story. We did experience, however, that it’s not always accurate, so it might be best to use it and then tweak for the best results.
Last is the expanded decoding options with XAVC and DVCPRO HD codecs. Both are prevalent codecs encountered often via many different cameras. XAVC and DVCPRO HD can be found in professional and high-end consumer cameras and are good quality codecs. Our view of version 19 wouldn’t be the same without this option, as it’s almost a requirement if using many high-quality cameras on the market, even in the consumer space.