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Product: Studio 7
Company: Pinnacle Systems
Estimated Street Price: $99.99
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction & OverView
2: Mounting a Video
3: Special Effects & Exporting

4: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Pinnacle Studio 7.


Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Manual: 80%
Interface: 90%
Performance: 90%
Features: 90%
DV Compatibility: 90%
Ease of use: 85%
Special Effects: 95%
Overall: 87%

What’s left to say? Apart maybe that Studio 7 is a state of the art video editing program that’ll marvellously fit amateur and experienced users’ needs. In fact even Adobe Premiere aficionados have a chance to fall in love with the program for a bunch of reasons, like its unrivalled and unprecedented ease of use, its nice user interface, its editing features, the amazing number of special effects bundled with the software (including highly realistic 3D transitions) and much, much more. Many of the software’s drawbacks have been addressed in this release making it the most valuable, reliable, versatile, powerful video mounting program actually out on the market out coming every competing solution. With such software every user, even video new byes, will reach the coveted producer status by creating superb, breathless and brilliant videos in just a few mouse clicks. The only flat I’d add concerns the price: at $99.99 the software is $20 more expensive than the Pinnacle Studio DV kit that includes a FireWire capturing board along with Studio 1.1. However Studio 7’s price seems to be fair in regards of the numerous and exclusive features it offers along with the support of every video capturing device. In conclusion, Studio 7 combined to a FireWire capture board simply rocks!

Pinnacle users can purchase an upgrade version at a preferential price.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 87%
Version Reviewed Pinnacle Studio 7.04
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 CD-Rom
1 QuickStart Guide
The Good Points New GUI,
MP3 Support,
Amazing 3D Special Effects,
Audio is now dissociated from video.
The Bad Points A bit buggy
Reviewers PC Setup

Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz
Intel D850GB Motherboard
Windows XP Professional
512 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8.1
19" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III 64Mb AGP 4x Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2200E

PC Required Minimum System Requirements

Pentium II 300MHz or higher
Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000 or Windows XP
64Mb of RAM (128MB recommended)
200Mb of free hard disk space with a sustained transfer data rate of at least 4MB/s
800x600 or higher screen resolution
2x CD-Rom drive
DirectX compatible sound card & graphics card

OHCI compliant IEEE1394 capturing board with Mini-DV, DV or Digital 8 camcorder.


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