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Studio 10+
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $250

PLEASE NOTE: The star ratings for this product apply once the apparent bugs are fixed.

There is no doubt whatsoever, that the Pinnacle Studio series of editing software is designed purely and simply for folks who would call themselves rookies and enthusiastic novices with primarily one major purpose in mind – archiving their memories onto DVD.

Pinnacle call these folks ?memory keepers?. I prefer to use the term ?us?, as I too shoot loads of footage that is designed purely as a digital video record of the great things in my life.

I have many fond hours working with Pinnacle Studio 8 and a fairly ancient laptop, by last week?s standards anyway. I looked forward to the day the parcel would arrive, as I was expecting Studio 10 Plus (S10+) to be a grown up version of Studio 8.

Let?s not even think about the Studio 9 upgrade. It was so unstable it would not even work, and kept crashing until it was finally uninstalled ? several times.

Pinnacle is now part of the legendary Avid company and it seems Pinnacle has done a good thing over the years to be bought out by such a prestigious firm.

  Simple, uncluttered and logical layout for the novice. Wasted real estate for the experienced or prosumer, but remember Studio 10+ is designed for those starting to find the joys of editing their own footage.

PC requirement

First, I decided to set a few parameters with the review. I was to test it to see if it would ?plug and play? out of the box. Next would be to see if it would capture Standard Definition and how well I could then edit and finally burn the project to disc. I was determined to not let the disaster of Studio 9 get in the road.

Studio 8 used 80 odd Mb of hard drive space plus 460Mb for effects. The Studio 9 upgrade devoured five GIGS and S10+ was to use one gig of space for the editor, and a further THREE gigs for the additional buyware.

At this point, mental note number 1 was made; must have shedload of hard disc space available. Next I looked at the processor requirements – must be fast, oh and also, need at least one gig of RAM for High Definition. Immediate problem. My trusty laptop has 256K of RAM and it cruises with Studio 8 and a couple of other professional NLEs with ease. An alarm bell went off in the back of my mind with the spectre of Studio 9 haunting the mists of the past.

I had no option but to load it onto my PC, a pretty sluggish 3.2Ghz hyper threading P4, two gigs of RAM and half a terabyte of disc space. This should more than cover the basic requirements I hoped.

Get the upgrade patch

Following installation ? a straightforward load the discs-one-after-each-other affair – and after the required reboot, it took a full 64 seconds to load P10+. I was greeted with a screen advising me I needed to get two downloads. The first was to get a 34Mb driver from ATI to make the graphics work. Then a short and polite note saying I will need to download a 62Mb patch (yes, you read that right, sixty-two megabyte patch) from Pinnacle. I breathed a sigh of relief that I had broadband.

I followed the instructions and then installed the patch and driver, all the time thinking that a 62Mb patch could indicate a slight, teeny-weeny problem encountered somewhere. Then I wondered if the product was actually ready for the unsuspecting public, given the end-user was to be the novice and ?memory keepers?.

I rebooted and arced up P10+, again waiting the 64 seconds for it to load. Once done, I chose to have a look at the tutorial, and found this nothing short of brilliant. So good in fact I wish other software manufacturers would take note of how to do a decent job using this as an example.