Before I get into this Pinnacle Studio 22 review fully I have to mention that this is only the fourth time I have included it as one of my recommended video editing software programs.
There are some important historical reasons for that so before you read any further let’s address the elephant in the room.
It is highly likely that you may come across some “less than enthusiastic” reviews or commentary about the software!
Pinnacle Studio was one of the first commercially available video editors aimed at the average home user way back at the dawn of the digital video age.
It has had a chequered history since then for a number of reasons and it has only been until recently that some major overhauls by Corel have pulled it all together into the product it always promised to be but never quite was.
If you want to read the full story, I did a blog post on it a while back which covers all the whys and wherefores of the product’s history and you can see it here.
The ONLY reason I have a Pinnacle Studio review on this site is because Corel, since taking it over back in 2012, have done a mighty job in getting it back on track, running smoothly and are now moving into forward development.
I could have safely added a Pinnacle Studio review at around version 18 or 19 but left it until version 20 to make absolutely sure Corel were serious about it.
So here we are at Pinnacle Studio 22 and with this newest update it is safe to say that the backlog of stabilization and modernization tasks are complete and we have moved into straight out development mode.
This latest update is another milestone in Pinnacle’s development which marks the point where the program has stopped playing catch up and is set to lead the pack again.
I feel very confident in recommending it to anyone looking for video editing software at the more sophisticated end of the consumer or prosumer video editing market.
Why Pinnacle Studio?
If you hadn’t already gathered it, the basic purpose of every review on this site is to only include software I have tested myself and found to be acceptable.
This is all in an effort to try to at least simplify the decision making process in choosing a video editor.
The difficulty in this field is that there are about 6 or 7 main contenders, all of them good at what they do and the differences between them are minute.
This apparent “sameness” makes choosing the right one for you very difficult because it is so hard to tell them apart.
So before I get into the Pinnacle Studio 22 review proper let’s just cover what makes it different to the rest of the pack.
The answer to that question could be summed up in one word, control.
Pinnacle Studio does not pack any different features or capabilities than any of its main competition so let’s be clear on that.
What it does offer are those feature designed and presented in a way that allows the user to exert a level of control almost at the standard of fully professional software.
In fact Pinnacle Studio 22 is as close as you can get to a professional video editor while still staying within a “what you see is what you get” style interface without the complication and hefty price tag.
So as is my habit let’s first take a look at the obligatory slick marketing promo video to get a bit of a feel for what the program can do and how it looks.
What’s New and Improved?
Lower on the page and on page two of this Pinnacle Studio 22 review I will go over the individual features of the program but first let’s take a look at what’s new in this latest version.
This is not a new feature but is the biggest talking point you will hit if you look at the reputation of Pinnacle anywhere else online stemming from its past.
Early versions of Pinnacle always had a pretty bad reputation for being, shall we say quirky?
Translated into straight talk that means it was buggy and had a tendency to freeze and crash generally at the point where you really didn’t want it to do that! (Not that there is ever a point where you want it to!)
Through versions 18 and 19 Corel concentrated the majority of their efforts into getting the software right as it stood rather than trying to madly add new features.
Although it took a few versions to get it done, they have turned the program around and have gotten it working as a stable platform upon which they could embark on future development.
The days of glibly stating that “Pinnacle Studio is buggy” are well and truly over.
Pinnacle Studio 22 (The basic version.)
Color Grading and LUTs
A new simplified Color Grading module which extends the existing color correction capabilities through to color grading and also allows you to use LUTs.
MultiCam Capture for screen recording and devices attached to your computer which allows you to capture footage from different devices or source simultaneously.
Bear in mind that using this feature will depend almost entirely on your computer’s ability to carry out the tasks being asked of it.
A Selective Color filter allowing you to select a color and retain it whilst stripping out all other color. Sort of a Sin City effect.
Pinnacle Studio 22 Plus
All of the above plus:
Three and Four Point Editing
Three and four-point editing which allows for the precise and very fast addition of clips to the timeline which are required to be of a certain length.
Hard to explain, easier to see! Check out the video below.
Not a new feature but the entire module has had an overhaul to makes it easier to use both from the perspective of its visual presentation through the actual controls on offer.
Pinnacle Studio 22 Ultimate
Again, all the above plus:
Advanced Color Grading and LUTs
A new(ish) advanced Color Grading module allowing complete control over all aspects of color in any video for the purposes of correction as well as the ability to apply LUTs.
Customized Split Screens
A Split Screen video module that allows you to create animated split screen effects plus the ability to use key frames.
Enhancements to the 360 video editing features adding a couple more effects.
Again, not strictly a new feature but one introduced in Pinnacle Studio 21.
The Seamless Transitions module lets you design and create transitions based on the clips you already have on the timeline rather than using some cheesy pre-packaged transition from the effects library.
3D Motion Objects in Titles
And finally we have the introduction of 3D Motion Objects able to be added to your titles.
So that’s about it for all the new stuff and a catch up on how we got here with Pinnacle Studio 22!
Use the links below to either read the rest of this review or go to the Pinnacle website to take a look at the software for yourself.