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Product: Studio Deluxe
Company: Pinnacle Systems
Estimated Street Price:
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results And Overall Mark  

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Studio 7
3: Pinnacle Express

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Pinnacle Systems Studio Deluxe.


Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: 80%
Ease of use: 90%
Features: 90%
Hardware included: 90%
Video Editing Software: 85%
DVD Authoring Software: 80%
Price/Value: 80%
Overall: 85%

The Pinnacle Studio Deluxe solution is simply amazing... With this versatile package consumers have everything they need, right out of the box, to seamlessly capture, edit and output analogue and digital videos painlessly. Supporting both AV and DV standards the Studio Deluxe is extremely appealing. It lets DV camcorder users export their production on analog tapes for the broadest compatibility and insert into their digital production scenes from old analogue archive while owners of analogue video devices will be able to backup their video collection on CD-Rom or DVD-Rom. On the hardware side, the Studio Deluxe board is an excellent professional card with evolutive features that might be exploited by future Pinnacle driver/software releases. The software Pinnacle has chosen to include are extremely simple and yet powerful making the process of capturing, editing, outputing videos and authoring DVDs a child’s game. Agressively priced and targeting both home video makers and semi-professional users, the Pinnacle Studio Deluxe is highly recommended for everyone on the look for a complete video solution.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 85%
Version Reviewed Pinnacle Studio Deluxe
Release Date Out Now
In The Box 1 Studio Deluxe PCI board
1 BlueBox
1 DV cable
1 audio loop cable
1 Studio 7 CD
1 Express CD
1 Hollywood FX 4.5 Plus CD
1 Users' guide
The Good Points High Value Package
Great capturing card
Handy BlueBox
Top notch but easy to use video editing software
Extremely simple DVD authoring software
The Bad Points Analogue capture doesn't work with software like Premiere 6
Hardware acceleration for 3D transitions is buggy
No SECAM output
No Micro-MV support
No 3D Titler
Reviewer Specs

Pentium 4 2.53 GHz
Intel D850EMV2 Motherboard
Windows XP Professional
512 MB PC800 RDRAM
DirectX 8.1
19" Sony CPD-E400 Trinitron Monitor
nVidia GeForce 4 Ti 4600
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Adaptec 19160
Adaptec AHA-2400a

DVD Pioneer 106s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW3200S

Alcatel SpeedTouch USB
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
Microsoft TrackBall Explorer

PC Required

Pentium II 350MHz or higher
Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 SP2, Windows XP
96MB of RAM (or more)
200MB of free hard disk space for software and 4GB for every 20 minutes of finished movie
One free PCI 2.1 slot
Quad Speed CD-Rom Drive
Digital or analogue camcorder
DVD burner or CD burner required for Pinnacle Express


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