Pinnacle Systems Debuts Studio 9
Posted Jan 13, 2004

Pinnacle Systems , Inc. has announced the release of Pinnacle Studio 9, the next generation of its family home movie-making hardware and software targeted at camcorder owners who want to quickly and easily create and share entertaining home movies. New features for Studio 9 solutions include automatic editing capabilities and one-touch controls for improving old or damaged video. Studio 9 debuts new creative options including audio tools for producing home cinema-quality movies and support for third party developers to incorporate their audio and video plug-ins.

Pinnacle worked with Intel to take advantage of the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology and has delivered an array of new features to restore, enhance, and improve video footage. Studio 9 also features SmartMovie, an automatic movie creator. Users select raw video footage, add a song for a soundtrack, and choose an editing style for their finished movie. With one click, Studio will create a movie with titles, transitions, and special effects, all synchronized to the beat and duration of the music.

Studio 9 gives users a suite of new audio and video enhancement features that restore and enhance video and audio in a number of ways. These include automatic color-correction that rescues poorly lit footage or brightens old movies before burning to DVD; image stabilization which steadies shaky footage; video cleaning tools to remove snow and video noise often seen on older analog tapes; and noise reduction tools that give users the ability to remove background noises, such as wind, from the finished movie. Studio 9's open architecture provides support for third party developers to incorporate their video and audio plug-ins, which over time will extend users' creative options.

Other features include surround-sound, giving users a control to place, or move, the movie's audio elements within the surround sound space. Consumers who shoot video in widescreen (16:9) can edit and export their movies for widescreen playback.

Pinnacle Studio version 9 is expected to be available in US retail outlets such as Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Gateway, Fry's Electronics and MicroCenter in February for a suggested retail price of US $99. Pinnacle will offer a family of hardware/software solutions featuring Studio 9 bundled with a variety of analog and digital video capture devices. Special introductory upgrade pricing is also available for Studio 8 owners.