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1. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe
$83.99 $79.88 list($89.99)
2. Dazzle Digital Video Creator (
$89.99 $74.99 list($99.99)
3. Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus - Video
$159.99 list()
4. Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 AV/DV Deluxe
$84.69 list($99.99)
5. Pinnacle Systems Studio AV/DV
$179.99 $179.88 list()
6. Pinnacle Systems 210100348 Pin
$179.99 $169.88 list()
7. Pinnacle Systems 210100350 Pinnaclestudio
$699.99
8. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition
$499.99
9. PINNACLE LIQUID EDITION VERSION
$145.99 $103.50 list()
10. Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150
$264.68
11. PINNACLE S SHOWCENTER W/ WIRELESS
$173.99 $169.88 list()
12. Pinnacle USB 2.0 PCTV Deluxe Tuner
$112.99 $99.72 list($139.99)
13. Dazzle DVC120 Digital Video Capture
$69.99 $18.50 list($99.99)
14. Pinnacle Systems Studio 9 - Video
$39.99 list($99.00)
15. Pinnacle Studio 8.0 Video Editing
$13.99 list($49.99)
16. PINNACLE INSTANT CD/DVD 8.0
$63.99 $57.99 list()
17. PINNACLE S DAZZLE DVC 80 VIDCAP-USB
$92.99 $89.75 list($99.99)
18. Pinnacle PCTV USB2 ( 210100387
$124.99 $68.50 list($129.99)
19. Pinnacle Studio 9 Media Suite
$69.99 list()
20. PINNACLE S PCTV STEREO ( 210100408

1. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe version 9 - video input adapter - Hi-Speed USB ( 210100429 )

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Asin: B00032Q3XS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1206
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Features

  • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
  • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
  • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
  • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize
  • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more

2. Dazzle Digital Video Creator ( DVC ) 90 ( 210100371) Video Capture Device and Movie Maker
list price: $89.99
our price: $83.99
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Asin: B00028CAL2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1347
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High quality video capture: get the most out of your PC's Hi-Speed USB controller!
  • Works with any video device equipped with analogue video outputs
  • Store hours of videos on your hard disk
  • Restore damaged videos or edit them automatically in a few minutes with Pinnacle Studio┬┐ QuickStart
  • Preserve and share your movies on CDs and DVDs*

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Dazzle DVC 90 and Pinnacle Studio Version 9
I tried 3 different capture devices in one week, and this was by far the easiest to use and the most portable, with good quality images. Set up is simple, install discs, install Pinnacle Studio Version 9, which has a great instruction video for beginners on how to capture,edit and make movies. USB2 device, which I am using in conjunction with a laptop. Captured old analogue video images, and off many monitors at work with images I need to use for presentations. Reasonable price for what you get. ... Read more


3. Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus - Video Editing Software
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002XHAX0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 227
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Features

  • Advanced consumer video editing and disc authoring application
  • On-demand access to hundreds of professional-quality functionalities
  • Special video effects and more than 100 transitions; image stabilization
  • Audio features and effects; advanced video publishing
  • Intuitive interface and seamless workflow

4. Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 AV/DV Deluxe

our price: $159.99
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Asin: B00032Q1L2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1527
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5. Pinnacle Systems Studio AV/DV 9
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0001AU6IK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 780
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes both Pinnacle Studio and PCI analog and digital video capture card
  • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
  • Experience a stunning array of video editing features
  • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music
  • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
I'm very stingy with 5 star ratings, but this product deserves it. First the hardware: the board and its driver were a snap to install. You'll only have a problem if you're uncomfortable opening up the computer to put the card in a PCI slot. Otherwise, you're home free. The board itself has digital and analog (both RCA and S-VHS) inputs. As for the Studio 9 software, it is very easy to use; I was able to able to start doing basic stuff within 15 minutes of finishing the install, and have been able to easily pick up more advanced techniques as I've gone along. The finished DVDs look pretty sharp, with menus and various types of transitions. As a result, I've been able to combine my pile of VHS-C tapes into edited DVDs. The program doesn't have the power and controls of Adobe Premiere, but Premiere is aimed at professional videographers and lists at $699. Studio 9 is for non-professionals. The closest thing I can compare it to for ease of use is Easy CD Creator 5, before Roxio tried to make it a media swiss army knife. Creator 5 was brilliantly designed for ease of use, but Media Creator 7 tries to do too many things and ends up a mess (I've uninstalled it and gone back to 5). Like Creator 5, Studio 9 has a good, clear manual included if you have any questions (and you won't have many). As a book of tips for advanced uses of the program and shooting video, Visual Quickstart Guide to Studi 9 by Jan Ozer is pretty good, but for the basics, the manual included with this product does the trick. Here's the proof: I bought this three months ago, and I have yet to call tech support.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly engineering product - refuses to start.
As I write this review, I've spent about 10 hours total fiddling with my computer (which is an HP AMD XP 1800+ based system with an NVidia GeForce 2 grahpics card) trying to install this product. I spent about 2 hours installing and re-installing the product. The software would not start up and would throw an Windows XP exception error.

Upon reading the support forums on the Pinnacle website, I came upon several users with the exact same problem. I tried solutions suggested such as cleaning the registry, defragmenting the hard drive, installing patches, several re-boots, switching the PCI card, IRQ settings, upgrading drivers etc. None of this will work, this software is plain poorly designed. Don't waste your time on this product since I am a programmer by trade and know exactly what I am doing with my computer.

Avoid this product at all cost. One example of poor product design is that the Studio 9 software does not come with an Uninstaller - so you cannot do a clean uninstall. The patches you download from the Pinnacle site will install but do nothing to improve the situation. And guess what? No uninstall facility for them too.

I think this product could use a 'Zero' star rating if there was one.

5-0 out of 5 stars SETUP learning curve but beats anything in simplicity
Been using the product since almost first inception. This version installed much more easily. Best advice: Find other users in your neighborhood/church/workplace. ASK! There are many of us around! Having a mini-forum locally is dynamite for solving those little buggers of problems that crop up.
I videotape and burn onto 2-6 DVDs a week and love to do WMVs with it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Product, Bad Tech Support, Marginal Manual
I have to say that the product does work. In fact, it works pretty well, but because the manual doesn't really cover a lot of the basic problems in setting up the card and the program, I recommend caution in buying this product. If you have computer knowledge and certain degree of perseverance, this is for you. If you get intimidated by changing windows system settings, monkeying around in your device manager and cleaning your registry, you might want to think twice.

On the plus side, the firewire capture worked very well the first time and its pretty easy to do. The analog capture is more difficult to get figured out, but it works well too once you're set up correctly. You'd better have a lot of hard drive space - like an extra 20 gig for a 90 minute video.

I had to contact technical support on a couple of relatively minor issues and found out that technical support is pretty bad. You can get support via email (you need to have your serial number handy to do this). I don't recommend going this route, however, because it's a 24 hour turn-around for each question and response. And the responses are awful -- just quotes from the manual. "Make sure all background programs are closed." "Make sure your chipset drivers are updated." "Make sure you defrag your hard drive..." It goes on and on. And they won't give you a substantive answer until you promise you have done all of the "stock" things that the manual already tells you to do. I'm on day 4 with email tech support over a green line that showed up on one of my captured videos. The tech support person keeps giving me one more little "task" to do before he will address the issue of why there is a line on one video capture but not others. Email support is abysmal in its helpfulness.

Telephone support, on the other hand, isn't bad. I would like to give you the technical support telephone number, but its against Amazon's rules. That's a shame, I could have saved you 20 minutes because that's how long it will take you to find it. From what I can tell you get your first call free and they want $30 for all subsequent calls. Ouch! That hurts, especially when the manual doesn't tell you how to actually capture video using the S-video connector. (You've got to make a change to a setting at an odd place in the software and its not addressed in the manual or in the help file that comes with the product.)

My bottom line is that the product works, but you have to be ready to take your lumps on the technical support side. I've transferred a couple of home videos from MiniDV format as well as a kid's vhs tape for use as a svcd. I'm happy with both. Now that I'm past the initial learning curve, I hope I can enjoy the product more. If you're the faint of heart type or don't have a bunch of computer experience, this product is probably not for you. Once its up and running you're fine, but there is a lot of "tweaking" required to get to that point and you can't expect much help from Pinnacle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the consensus
I bought this 1 week ago and it works well. I've made 6 DVDs from old video tapes already.

I bought an excellent MPC Millenia 910i computer capable of using this package in November, mostly to get SVHS home videos onto DVD, and was scared to buy Studio with AV capability because of the Amazon and other reviews, and by the many complaints on the Pinnacle forum.

I've had problems from tape anomalies. The package has crashed, but Studio 9 and the AVDV board seem not to have introduced problems. I'm pretty sure that many of the complaints are from people with less (or less well designed) computers than my MPC (2.6GHz, 512MB, 120GB single hard drive, XP).

Pinnacle's staff seems to have been stung by the previous "lousy support" comments. They seem to be trying to fix problems.
There have been two patches since Studio 9 came out -- it probably won't work without them for some people.

As I watch the files eat up hard drive I think how ambitious the making of videos is. I can't have anything else running and I throw away old disk files and defragment the hard drive before every big session. I wish I had two drives.

Studio 9 makes editing easy, although I read the manual a lot to learn the many features. I'm working as hard as the computer, but doing this work with Studio 9 is very enjoyable. ... Read more


6. Pinnacle Systems 210100348 Pin Studio Moviebox Dv V9

our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0001AUB08
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 7394
Average Customer Review: 2.14 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Automated editing:Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you!
  • Audio and video restoration tools
  • Support for RTFx video plug-ins and VST audio plug-ins
  • Advanced Video Editing, Transitions and Effects

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Do your self a huge favor and do not buy this product. The tech support is awful, purchase a MAC or if you have a PC get the CANOPUS ADVC-100 it is much better and will work with Windows Movie maker.

2-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but buggy
Like all video editing equipment for your computer, you'll need a state of the art system. If not, expect to run any rendering overnight. The software is much slower than other programs out there for video editing. Also, make sure you've striped your tapes before EVERY record, or else the box will lock-up frequently. Once you've got everything in place, a systematic way to create your projects, and know how to overcome the poorly designed GUI, the box works great! Oh, and once you've got a stable version running, don't upgrade! This is a flawed product for a hefty price, but if you want to save your VHS tapes to DVD, it works (I've been using it for about six months now).

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly happy
I bought this product hoping to edit my home movies and it was fairly easy and intuitive. I'm happy I got it and I'm sure I'll be using it a lot more to start editing my movies and burning them to dvd.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle Support?
Example of Pinnacle Customer Support,
Studio 8 worked fine, sluggish, but for my needs fine.
Upgraded to Studio 9
Does not work at all.
Customer support wait time 45-80 minutes.
Custom support once you actually get someone.
None
Zero
Zip
Zilch

Pinnacle works great when it works great. As for customer support, I would gladly pay 10 times as much for a product that works AND customer service that is actually there. You'll love Pinnacle Products as long as it works great. But, when you need customer support, you're better off asking your dead great-great-grandmother.

Better Business Bureau have a 1-800 line?

1-0 out of 5 stars Customer Service
I have to agree with the first reviewer who had some significant problems with Pinnacle Customer Service. I have returned a unit to them because of faulty manufacture, and have heard nothing from the Company since. No new box, no repaired box, and no response to e-mails. The next stop is the Better Business Bureau. Suggest that anyone considering Pinnacle Systems hardware go to their online support forum and see all of the examples of poor support. I wish I had done that prior to purchase. ... Read more


7. Pinnacle Systems 210100350 Pinnaclestudio Moviebox USB V9

our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0001AU7Q6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 6908
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Features

  • Automated editing:Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you!
  • Audio and video restoration tools
  • Support for RTFx video plug-ins and VST audio plug-ins
  • Advanced Video Editing, Transitions and Effects

8. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition PRO Upgrade ( Windows )

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Asin: B00067R5VY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 6008
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Features

  • Advanced SmartRT technology produces thousands of 2D and 3D effects for broadcast-quality sound
  • Thousands of compositing effects -- work with up to 10 streams with real-time effects, true 3D color correction, chroma/luma keys and more
  • Integrated DVD authoring -- create your own motion menus, buttons and automatic links
  • CX Color Correction features both secondary and selective color correction, Dynamic Slow Motion and other high-precision effects

9. PINNACLE LIQUID EDITION VERSION 6
list price: $499.99
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B00032Q1M6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 9013
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10. Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device and Movie Maker (210100325)

our price: $145.99
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Asin: B0000C4DVM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 4317
Average Customer Review: 1.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Connect your Camcorder, VCR or TV to the DVC150 to capture DVD-quality video to your PC
  • Features a real-time DVD encoder chip inside that automatically converts video into the MPEG-2 format
  • Built-in analog video outputs connectors for outputting your edited video back to a VCR or TV
  • Studio QuickStart lets you strenghten washed-out colours, restore old analogue tapes or stabilize shaky movies
  • Windows 98SE, ME, XP or 2000

Reviews (12)

1-0 out of 5 stars refund, please!
Oh, boy - this thing is such a dud. I got it installed, managed to copy one piece of video (after several software crashes and restarts), only to discover that it had screwed up my Real Player and Windows Media Player, so now all my other video files wouldn't play! No solution on their site, didn't have the patience to deal with calling tech support, so I did a system restore, packed it back up in the box and it's going right back. What a waste of time and money! It's not even heavy enough to use as a doorstop.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rename it??
I bought a "Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Hi Speed". I had heard high reviews about it's performance, supported by Pinnacle software, so I bought one.

Dazzle is now owned by Pinnacle. They've turned this unit to junk. Now they are trying to rename this unit and sell it as a "PINNACLE S DAZZLE DVC 150 VIDCAP-USB 2.0 EDIT SOL"?

I've been in contact with their tech support over my issues and they are either not willing to divuldge any information or really have no idea what they're doing. I've isolated the problem with my system to a single file and all they tell me to do is uninstall/reinstall. Recently, they have only inquired about my recent findings.

Unless you have the knowledge to create registry switches to use this, as I have done, proceed with caution. Don't rely on any advanced tech support.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't even bother...
This thing is as bad as the other reviews you've read, and in my case *worse*. I can't even get the USB driver for the device to install on any of my systems. Both installers I've tried just lock up as the installer initializes.

I'm taking it back and getting a refund. I recommend you don't even try this thing. The wallet you save may be your own.

1-0 out of 5 stars Totally horrible
After just a little while the program started malfunctioning. The website support information was useless and I could not find a telephone support number anywhere. I am returning this tomorrow and I will never buy anything from Pinnacle again. BEWARE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Think before you buy
This is a great hardware device, the problem is the software. My package did not come with a serial number on the install disk, I had to call Pinnacle to get a number I was on hold for over an hour before I actually talked to a human, by the way it is not a toll free number so you can add that cost the price of the unit another 6 bucks for the phone call and a bunch of aggravation, if you use a cordless phone make sure it is fully charged before calling support that would really stink if you lost them after waiting for an hour.
Every thing is tied to the software number that they didn't include with the product, then you have to fax your receipt to Pinnacle to get them to send you a serial number for the software , which by the way they did not respond to that is why I called. you think they would let you get the drivers on line but no you need that code number for the software. it was misleading as to how to install.
after spending hours trying every possible way you could read the serial number off the dazzle 150 unit and trying to enter it , I gave up and called Pinnacle.
while on hold they tell you to go to there web site to get the answers , but don't bother if you don't have the code number they don't even want to know you.

I found there software to be confusing and difficult to use, I have an older Dazzle Unit DC80 and the software package that came with that was much better unfortunately it will not work with the DVC-150.

I had an over all bad experience with this product, I was ready to take it back , I would recommend that if you purchase this product and have the same problem it would be easier and cheaper to get a key number from a crack site.

By the way if you have trouble after 90 days Pinnicle charges 15 bucks a call for support . I hope more manufactures start to make this sort of product , because the DCV-150 is just not worth the problems.

PS> When I get my phone bill I intend on requesting reimbursement from Pinnacle for that phone call since it was their mess up not enclosing the serial number to begin with. ... Read more


11. PINNACLE S SHOWCENTER W/ WIRELESS G ( 210100422 )

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Asin: B0002XHAWQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 22134
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12. Pinnacle USB 2.0 PCTV Deluxe Tuner and Video

our price: $173.99
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Asin: B00007FCUK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 4145
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Watch TV on your PC
  • High-Quality MPEG Recorder
  • Turn your PC into a Personal Video Recorder
  • Build you own library of video on CD or DVD
  • USB 2.0 compatible

Reviews (16)

1-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle Systems customer service
I have tried this product and found it to be deficient. Could not get it to operate properly within my system. I arranged for a return to Pinnacle Systems and it disappeared into a "black hole", never to return. Repeated attempts to get some response from Pinnacle has not helped. Pretty disgusted with the company and their policies.

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Windows XP
To make a long story short, countless customers like myself have spent months trying to fix the same problem -- "hardware installation failed" -- with not a peep from Pinnacle. There is some problem with Windows XP recognizing the drivers. The bleepin thing does not work. STAY AWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless Garbage
I am very disappointed with this product. I was upgrading my video capture to include the PVR option, so I purchased this product. Big mistake. The remote control didn't seem to work at all, no matter how close I sat to the unit. It seemed to take forever to switch between channels. I am not one to surf, but I was still frustrated. After prolonged use, the box seemed to overheat, causing it to mysteriously change channels, mute the volume, or perform other strange behavior. The software was user friendly, but that is little consolation for a poor piece of hardware. I unplugged it & threw it away, and have since bought an internal card by another manufacturer. Stay away from this one.

1-0 out of 5 stars Software could use some QA
I bought this product wanting to watch TV on my PC. I purchased the USB version since I don't have any PCI slots left on my Dell 8200 running XP.

Setup was easy, however the software is quite buggy. Everytime I would close the PCTV application, I would get the "Windows has encountered an error" popup box.

Also, I purchased a DVD burner and once I installed the DVD burner software my PCTV software wouldn't run. So I had to reinstall the PCTV software to get it to work. After about 6 days, the PCTV software stopped running again.

I checked Pinnacle's website for updated software, however they had an older version on their website than what actually shipped with the product. After all this, I decided to return it, and just go by a small TV to put by my computer.

2-0 out of 5 stars A summer of TV on my PC
I bought this product in March. I was quite happy with the ease of instalation and the quality of the TV picture on my monitor. However, now it is November and the tuner seems to have completely crapped out. I went to the Pinnacle web site, and I found out the guarantee is 30 days and the problem with total failure at 6 months or so is pretty common. I was directed to an on line b-board where there were a number of postings of buyers whose experience was exactly like mine. There seems to be no recourse or fix other than replacement at my cost. ... Read more


13. Dazzle DVC120 Digital Video Capture and Authoring Device
list price: $139.99
our price: $112.99
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Asin: B0002A9SK6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 2511
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Features

  • Import DVD-quality Videos via a standard USB port
  • Works with any video device equipped with analogue video outputs
  • Restore damaged videos or edit them automatically in a few minutes with Pinnacle Studio QuickStart
  • Preserve and share your movies on CDs and DVDs
  • Store hours of high-quality videos on your hard disk thanks to MPEG-2 video compression

14. Pinnacle Systems Studio 9 - Video Editing
list price: $99.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0001AU6I0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 425
Average Customer Review: 2.26 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • PC-based, consumer video editing system--make more dynamic home movies
  • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
  • Experience a stunning array of video editing features
  • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music
  • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent software
I have used 4 different brands of video editing software around this price point. Pinnacle Studio 9 is the winner in most regards. I'd give Microsoft's movie maker a highly defeatured second place for being very easy to use but far less functional.

Pros of Studio:
- Very flexible
- High quality output
- Version 9 has been completely stable (hardware incompatibilities can cause problems though, as other reviews show, so check if you're compatible -- if you're not, the crashes are a royal pain as I've seen with other video software)
- Burn straight to DVD
- Create DVD scenes in your movie very easily
- Merges in photos effectively
- fades, wipes, effects are outstanding

Cons
- Limited number of tracks for audio/video -- (as with all sw at this pricepoint)
- No pans and fades for photos, only transitions
- No support for WMV format, which is much more compressed but lower quality

Overall, you can VERY easily go from your DV tape into Pinnacle, and then edit/cut/fade add music, etc, then burn to DVD with very professional results. The UI is intuitive and the results are great.

If you're interested in slightly simpler work and don't need great flexibility, the Microsoft movie maker (free with XP) is actually quite good too. As of my last use you can't burn to DVD though so need added software for that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Much Improved over Studio 8
Pinnacle Studio 9 is a vast improvement over previous versions There are a lot of nice features and its ease of use is currently unmatched. It is more stable and faster than ever before.

Studio 9 is easy to install. Basically, put in the requested disks, wait and you are done. Some systems may need to reboot afterwards but after that, you are ready to roll.

Capturing, editing and rendering are all simple to do and you can have a lot of fun doing so. Making cuts and edits were surprisingly simple and the effects that you can add are truly impressive. Rendering is still slow but it seem about 25% faster than Studio 7 or 8. An hour of video rendered for DVD took nearly 5.5 hours to render. That may be kind of slow compared to higher end systems but if you have the time, it is worth it. The end product looks very nice.

I capture with Pinnacles' AV/DV PCI card. It does a good job but if I capture video recorded on slower tape speeds, I sometimes have audio sync issues and I have yet to find out if it is the card or the software.

Pinnacle's support is fair but featues a great, mostly user supported, webboard. However, you may be scared from purchasing this software because of all of the issues people have.

This is a great program with a lot of good features and special effects. You will need to make sure you turn off all of those "cute" programs like screen savers, mouse enhancements, backgrounds and other memory resident programs to make sure you do not crash. You will be quite surprised as the stability of this version compared to past versions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best editor out there
Pinnacle has a winner here!!!!!! A full feature set of tools for the novice to the pro at your disposal. Starting with SMARTMOVIE: 3 step movie making, to the ability to color correct old distorted footage. This is a must have for anyone who is thinking about turning their Home Video's into memories they can cherish forever. Thanks Pinnacle!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars 9.12 has been rock solid
I will admit that when I bought this program as an upgrade to Studio 7 I was looking for DVD authoring mainly and disappointed by the crash crash crash of the interface even when patched to 9.08. The version in the box by the way was 9.04. I waited patiently (only 3 weeks) and then pinnacle came out with the update to take the product to 9.12. Since I've patched to 9.12 I have had no issues with Studio 9. It works as advertised. I mainly use it to make instructional video's, the two to five minute variety and it works nicely. Personally I'm thinking of upgrading to Liquid Edition 5.5. I think with the currently patched software, Studio 9 will not dissapoint 80 - 85% of the DV home user market. Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the rest, buy it and patch it
patch 9.1.2

I have been a long time user of Pinnacle and they have had problems with the early version of their programs but I just purchased v.9 and patched it. Version 9 blows away version 8. Its MUCH faster and renders much faster. I bought the Porsche Fire wire device with it to do my old analog Hi-8 tapes. I have now completed several 2 hour videos and burned them to DVD with absolutely no problem. The program is GREAT. I can do anything I want to the video and it has not crashed yet (unlike V8). All of the problems of 8 are gone, no mismatching sound. It seems much faster. It only took me 7 hours to render and burn the 2 hour video (25 gig avi). Buy it and patch it. It really is a great program. It runs on my system which has a raid 0 setup on WD 8 meg ATA 100 driver. I have 1 gig of DDR PC 3200 ram and P P4 2.6MHZ 800 with htt. My video is a NVidea 5700 Ultra 128 mb. ... Read more


15. Pinnacle Studio 8.0 Video Editing with CD/DVD Authoring
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B000069VAW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 2761
Average Customer Review: 1.87 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (204)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great if you can get it to work...
I started with Studio DV (v 1.0?), after much tweaking was able to import DV, but not export DV to camcorder. Found out on the excellent Pinnacle support webboard (mostly disgruntled users) that my motherboard wasn't supported.. So after an upgrade I finally was able to get a project output to camcorder. Then I decided I wasn't going to hassle with it until DVD R technology was available.
Got a DVD+R/RW, and decided to purchase Studio 8 despite reading the webboard ... Was able to import and edit right away--very easy interface. Then the trouble, wasn't able to render. Decided to upgrade to Windows XP (from 98SE) and NTFS file system. Reinstalled (with 8.5.2 upgrade patch) and project rendered fine first try. Then burned to disc image--great! Then burned to DVD+R--great! Then tried to watch it--first menu popped up--I was in tears of joy! Then tried to move through the menu---"DISK UNPLAYABLE"... UGH.
There are scads of hints and tips and suggestions from other users on the support webboard to fix this and other issues (now I can't render), but the software is unstable and not ready for general consumer use. I may just use it for editing and output MPEG2/AVI, then find another program for DVD authoring. Bottom line is I've been trying to create a project for 4 months and all I have to show is a coaster and [money spent on] computer upgrades. I'm convinced Pinnacle is a front for the PC industry to drive upgrades...

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features and easy to use
I had never used video editing software before, and read a lot of reviews, both user and "expert" before settling for Pinnacle Studio Version 8.
Curiously, the 10 digit serial number was printed backwards and it took a while to figure that out. Also it was on the CD sleeve, not on the back of the book where the on screen instructions told me to locate it.
After installing (a breeze) I watched the tutorial video and then made a couple of test movies. One on fresh video footage from my Samsung mini DV camcorder, the other was a compilation of AVI video clips my folks back in Old England have e-mailed to me and I have been saving them on my hard drive.
Both movies were easy to compile and fun to do. I easily added transition effects between scenes and titles, trimmed some scenes and then rendered the whole thing. I found rendering was slow, as many other reviewers have pointed out, but that was my only complaint.
I made one test movie on a CD using MPEG2 which played fine on my DVD player. The other was a compilation of 20 and 30 second AVI movie clips, which was also very easy to put together and played perfectly on my (older) DVD player. Movies can also be made in streaming fashion to display on a web site or in formats suitable for e-mailing. The many formats available is definitley one of its strong points.
This software was pretty easy to use, with nice features allowing a complete amateur like me to impress the hell out of my friends at first try!
I accomplished all of this without any prior experience with video editing software so I give my full approval.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle 8 RUINED MY LIFE.
First of all. Are you wondering if you should buy Pinnacle (8 or 9, the same thing)? Are you looking for a functional or at least friendly editing software? I can give you the answer!

STAY THE HELL AWAY FORM THIS TREMENDOUS CRAAAAP!!!!

Pinnacle made me cry, and I'm not joking or exagerating. It made me cry, when I lost my 43-min project when I'd just reached half of it... Also when I was doing the final render, and WITHOUT MY PERMISSION it'd just change the audio tracks, turn one song into another, repeat video files I didn't even include (sometimes I was just wating for it to include video files I hadn't even captured!), it goes wacko, crazy, mad, lunatic...it's frustrating. Not to mention all those times where I just layed too much of my trust on it, didn't saved every single thing I did and it'd just crash and end itself.

Why oh why, did I EVER thouhgt of buying this? Please listen to me, listen to us all and don't make the same mistake we did. DIE PINNACLE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Would be good if it worked!
The good: Pinnacle Studio is packed with features and is quite easy to use.
The bad: It's JUNK. Full of bugs even with the latest updates. It's slow too. STAY AWAY from this product!
Version 9 is even worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle Studio 8 Rocks!
Despite of all the other bad reviews Pinnacle Studio 8 is a fine product. I got the same advise from a DVD Support site. They advised me that Studio 8 can work with their DVD burners but only if I can make the application work. Good luck! I guess i am lucky because with Studio 8 my DVD movies are of superior quality to those other video programs such as Sonic My DVD or Sony MovieShaker. Also, Studio 8 is a more complete application because enables me to edit sound as MP3 files from Real One Player together in my videos. Therefore, Studio 8 offers a more integral interface with a sexy touch for the digital video lover. I am happy with Studio 8! ... Read more


16. PINNACLE INSTANT CD/DVD 8.0
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000D8ISB
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 975
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easy enough for beginners, powerful enough for professionals
  • CD/DVD authoring application for data management and disc creation
  • Create, burn, and copy CDs and DVDs quickly and easily
  • Encode MP3 files; compose music; build photo and video slideshows
  • Copy and backup important files with drag-and-drop simplicity

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars NOTHINGBUT JUNK !!!!!!!!!!!
If this program would do HALF of what it advertises, it might be a good deal, lol----but this so called "software" doesn't do ANYTHING right. I have downloaded all of the so called fixes I could find on their web site, still won't work or constantly hangs up, Oh yea----just try to call teck support for help----WORTHLESS. I threw mine in the trash, I didn't have the guts to re-sell it to someone for a couple of dollars, I still have to look at myself in the mirror.

1-0 out of 5 stars Program Crashes Very Frequently
I bought this SW to burn VHS source material onto DVDs.Prior to burning, the program performs its rendering of the clips.9 times out of 10 the program hangs after a few hours of rendering. The one time it did not hang, I killed the program since it was only 10% done with a two hour video after 4 hours of processing.The Product is useless!
I am using Windows XP and have 1 GHz Pentium 4 Processor.

1-0 out of 5 stars There are better options available
I would not recommend the purchase of this product to anyone. It does not perform all of the functions that the packaging leads you to believe. And, tech support is virtually non-existant, so trying to get any assistance from the company is an effort in futility. If you do choose to purchase this product, I sincerely hope that you have better luck than I did. ... Read more


17. PINNACLE S DAZZLE DVC 80 VIDCAP-USB ( 210100316 )

our price: $63.99
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Asin: B0000C4DW1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 11576
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Too many problems setting up.
I tried to install on a Windows ME system with USB 2.0. Analog video worked but I could not get S-Video connection to work which was the main reason I bought it. Also, the software or its installation process did something to Windows that it started requiring a password on boot-up. I uninstalled the software and used System Restore to go back to the settings before trying to install this gadget.

If you buy it, make sure you set a restore point prior to starting installation.

1-0 out of 5 stars W. Slater
Don't waste your money on this product. I purchased it hoping to finally transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. After a lot of effort and more good money after bad, all I can get is video and no audio. The manufacturer's website is of no help. I couldn't find an email address to get some help with this product. It doesn't surprise me, if I sold a product like this I'd avoid customer contact too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do Not Waste Your Money
I installed this software as instructed and then connected USB cable. My new XP computer started to perpetually reboot every few minutes. Finally I realized I could stop this by disconnecting USB Cable. I checked website and found several references to the problem by frustrated buyers. These buyers had tried a patch download which did not fix problem. Same story with me. It appeared author was not doing anything to resolve. I finally tracked down a support phone number and received a recorded message that typical wait time was 40 minutes. The video tutorial looked great but while browsing website it looked as if this software was loaded with problems. After several hours of dealing with this mess I packed everything up and hope I can get a refund.

1-0 out of 5 stars the worst
First of all I bought it about a year ago. And I tried to burn the cds on my system which is a dell PIII 700 MHz, with 512 MB ram and win2000 OS. For some reason it used to get stuck when I am trying to created the VCD after rendering the movie and creating the mpeg file. I thought may be something wrong with my system. So I upgraded to dell P4 2.4 GHz, with 768 MB ram and Windows XP home. Now when I try to install the hardware, I get the windows blue screen. The error is some kind of problem with security and authorization. I go on to the dazzle website and try to download any patches. In this process I am asked to register, and rightly so I try to register. Guess what! the site throws invalid number error, so cannot register. So going with the only choice I have, I override everything on XP and install the hardware. Now capture the movie from my VCR again. This time I dint get any audio and the movie is in snaps as opposed to a smooth roll of the scenes. I am still trying to convert this cassette to a VCD. Apart from this burning a movie takes about 8 hrs. To top it off did I forget to mention that I am trying to convert one casette to a VCD for the past one year with this equpmment... :-).

4-0 out of 5 stars works for me
I've used this with a laptop to capture video from a VCR. It has worked perfectly for this. No problems experienced.
I haven't used the software that comes with it for anything other than capture, so I can't comment on it.
It doesn't capture a very high resolution, and it can't output to a VCR, but it doesn't claim to.
For the price I paid, it does a pretty good job. Its a decent, entry level, hobbyist, video capture device. It's not for professionals, but it does what it claims to. ... Read more


18. Pinnacle PCTV USB2 ( 210100387 ) TV Tuner and Video Capture Device
list price: $99.99
our price: $92.99
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Asin: B00028CAJ4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 8785
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Amazon Product Description

The Pinnacle PCTV USB2 TV tuner and video capture device lets you watch, control, and record live TV (cable or antenna) on your PC. You can also use it to import video footage from other sources likea VCR, camcorder, or DVD player. Video can be recorded using MPEG or DV real-timecompression. An interactive setup assistant makes installation fast andeasy.

This external Hi-Speed USB TV tuner is compatiblewith both analog cable and antenna TV .

The Pinnacle PCTV USB2 is an affordable external TV tuner/personal video recorder (PVR) that plugs into yourcomputer's USB 2.0 port. Offering easy, one-button recording and CD/DVDburning, it's small, compact, and perfect for mobile users.

You can pause the show you're watching and resume viewing where you leftoff. You can also rewind and fast-forward through recorded live TV, such as sports broadcasts. Just activate Time Shifting at the start of the game and you can pause and replay important action at any moment. At thepress of a button, you can return to the game in progress.

The PCTV USB2 lets you use your computer like a VCR. Just schedule therecording of your favorite program and the included Pinnacle Vision5 software handles the rest.


You can watch TV shows in full-screen mode or in a moveable, scalablewindow, which lets you enjoy TV while you use other applications. Youcan watch programs broadcast in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The PCTV USB2features real-time de-interlacing and a digital noise-killer for best-in-classvideo quality. The device draws power from the Hi-Speed USB port, thereby eliminating the need for a separate power supply.

Burn Recordings to Disc
You can archive your recordings to CD and DVD thanks to built-indisc-burning capability. Create anthologies of your favourite TV seriesand collections of sports highlights. It's also perfect for protectingprecious video memories--just copy your old videotape footage to yourhard drive and burn it to disc.

The PCTV USB2 requires a PC with with Pentium III or Athlon (1 GHz) orCeleron/Duron (1.2 GHz) processor, Windows XP (Home or Professional), DirectX8-compatible graphics controller (or higher), DirectX 9-compatiblesound controller (or higher), and a minimum of 5 GB of free hard drive space.

What's in the Box
This package contains the PCTV USB2 external TV tuner with hyperband cableTV support, a 6-foot USB 2 cable, an infrared remote-control transmitter, twoAA batteries, and a CD-ROM with PCTV Vision WatchTV and PVR applications and PCTV Assistant.

The PCTV USB2 lets you watch TV shows in full-screenmode or in a moveable, scaleable window, which lets you enjoy TV whileyou use other applications.

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Features

  • Turn your PC into a personal video recorder (PVR); burn recording to disc
  • Plugs into the USB 2.0 port of your computer
  • Video can be recorded using MPEG or DV real-time compression
  • Watch, record and pause live TV; import video footage from other sources like a VCR, camcorder or DVD-player
  • Small and compact, and draws power from the USB port

19. Pinnacle Studio 9 Media Suite - Video Editing Software Suite
list price: $129.99
our price: $124.99
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Asin: B0002XHBZ2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 3171
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

3-Port FireWire Host PCI AdapterPinnacle Studio MediaSuite is the best choice for video editors and multimedia enthusiasts. It features Studio Plus, the most advanced version of Pinnacle’s award-winning video editing application, Studio. The rest of the integrated suite includes software for recording and editing audio for your movies soundtrack. You can also retouch photos before integrating them into a film or turning them into a slideshow, complete with professional-looking menus. Once the movie is made, you can burn it to CD/DVD and make multiple copies quickly and reliably using the included burning and disc duplication software. ... Read more

Features

  • InstantCinema; Burning and disc-duplication software
  • Video-editing software suite for video editors and multimedia enthusiasts
  • Advanced consumer video-editing and disc-authoring application, Studio Plus
  • Photo editing with Corel Photobook; audio editing with WaveLab Lite
  • Sophisticated media-management application; Instant Backup

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not spend your money for this Software
This software has serious memory problems. It can not run smoothly and froze my computer on a regular basis. If you buy, you have to spend time for rebooting your computer.



1-0 out of 5 stars Possible the worst software I even bought!
Do not, under any circumstances, buy this software! It has been a source of frustration from day one! First, this software has serious memory problems. It cannot run smoothly and froze my computer on a regular basis. The fact that I have a new Sony VIAO with all the bells and whistles, and the fact that subsequent video editing software run perfectly, has to point to an inefficient memory use by this software. Also, the videos that I tried to edit were your plain vanilla family trip clips, nothing extraordinary. Still this software couldn't handle them.

To add insult to injury, this software is full of locked features, yes even at that price! For example, if you want MPEG-4 computability, you need to purchase additional drivers ($10). If you want to use MP3 files, you need to purchase additional drivers. MP3? Isn't that an industry standard? Anyway the list of "premium" locked features goes on and on, even downloading the latest patch (9.4 at the time of this writing) doesn't help.

There are other serious flaws with this software, primarily around burning the DVD's. I can't fully report on these since unfortunately I only got to briefly sample these issues. Why you might ask? Because my computer kept on freezing before I ever got to finish editing the movie...

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice video editing but beware of the audio
I have used Pinnacle Video editing software professionally for several years.My experience with Pinnacle has been positive and I have produced a lot of work with their software.I think Pinnacle has really pioneered video editing for home use as well.Indeed I'm quite familiar with their versions of Studio 7, 8, 9 and 9 plus.I recently purchased their STUDIO MediaSuite for home use.It seemed like a nice package to have video, audio and photo editing all in one.Actually, I didn't need the photo editing because I use Adobe's Photoshop Elements (a really solid piece of software).

The short answer is that the video component works quite well.The interface is easy to understand and use.I'm sure most folks would be up and running in no time.Don't forget to check their web site for product updates.

The sound editing capability is another story.Pinnacle has (apparently) licensed Steinberg WaveLab Lite as the audio editor.WaveLab Lite is a home version of its more robust professional software.The first big problem I ran into using WaveLab is that it has no ability to rip CDs.None.This is quite surprising since that is one of the claims Pinnacle makes for this software on the outside of the box.So if you purchase MediaSuite you will have to purchase a separate software for ripping CDs.The second problem is that neither Pinnacle nor Steinberg will support WaveLab Lite.This makes a certain kind of business logic sense Steinberg doesn't sell it and Pinnacle doesn't own it.Yet it's an orphaned software that no one will claim as their own and will not support. So be forewarned that if you purchase MediaSuite then you are on your own if you have any problems with it.

Other than that, this seems to be a fairly good product all in all. ... Read more


20. PINNACLE S PCTV STEREO ( 210100408 )

our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0002XHBKC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
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