Pinnacle Studio Version 7

Studio Version 7, the latest consumer video-editing package from Pinnacle, now supports virtually any OHCI-compatible 1394/FireWire card on the market. All you need is a PC capable of taking in digital video (DV) through a standard FireWire port.

Studio DV keeps the demands on storage space to a minimum by transferring a reduced-resolution preview version of the DV footage to the hard drive. Called SmartCapture, it means that you can work with one hour of preview-quality video using only 150MB of disk space.

Once you've selected and trimmed the scenes to be used and added narration, titles, background music, transitions and special effects, SmartCapture transfers the original footage from the DV camcorder or DV VCR for the scenes needed to complete the movie at full DV quality.

When video files are captured, the clips appear as thumbnails in an Album. You can also locate album scenes from a timeline clip using the right mouse click command. A very handy Razorblade (split clip) button on the toolbar allows you to trim clips without having to access the more complex Trim window.

Many users will find the Variable speed playback feature a nifty effect. With a slow motion speed of 1/10x normal and a maximum fast speed of 10x normal play, users can creatively modify the action in their footage.

Studio 7 supports MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files, with presets also available for S-VCD and Video for the Web. Studio 7 provides a nice combination of wizard-based hand holding for most editing tasks, as well as powerful features and effects to encourage new users to be creative.

Pinnacle Studio 7

This is an excellent introduction to the world of editing for DV camcorder owners. Its ease of use, features and performance compare favourably with any other consumer video-editing package around.

Price: $249; upgrade $205; DV package (software plus FireWire card) $299.

Distributor: Pineapplehead.

Phone: (03) 9852 7444.

URL: www.pineapplehead.com.au; www.pinnaclesys.com.

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