Versions, Pricing & All That Jazz
I generally tend to talk about these aspects of a product toward the end of a review, but since version 16 includes some fairly significant rebranding and regrouping efforts, I think it makes sense to discuss those first.
In addition to the basic standard version, Plus and Ultimate editions of Pinnacle Studio are available. All of my screenshots in this article come from the Ultimate version, for the most part. The suggested retail prices for the line are $59.95, $99.95 and $129.95 for the standard, Plus and Ultimate editions, respectively. Upgrade pricing is available for the Plus and Ultimate versions if you’re already a registered user of Pinnacle Studio 9 or higher, Avid Studio, Liquid Edition v.6 or Avid Liquid 7. There’s also an iPad app for the product, currently free in the iTunes store.
All versions of the software require Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 or Windows 8, and a 64-bit OS is recommended – especially if you plan on taking advantage of the stereoscopic 3D capabilities. Along with all the tools available in the base edition of the product, the Plus version also includes advanced HD/3D editing features, over 1800 effects, 24-track editing, simultaneous source and timeline viewing, Blu-ray disc authoring, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mixing. The Ultimate edition brings the effects count up to over 2000, offers an unlimited number of editing tracks and includes seven premium Red Giant plug-ins as well as a good ol’ green screen sheet.