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proDAD Mercalli V2

proDAD Mercalli V2 available as an unlocked Studio 14 / Studio 15 / Studio 16 / AVID Studio plugin

Update 30rd July 2011: special prixe, $82 instead of $200 no more available... But you can still obtain 25% discount on normal price by following our link below !!
Update 20th December 2010: very low price on Mercalli for Christmas, hurry up ($82 instead of $200) !
Update 1st November 2010 08h00: the information is confirmed by proDAD !
Update 1st November 2010 19h00: screen capture available (at the end of this article) !
Update 1st November 2010 22h30: few problems with links and discount for upgrade (waiting a solution for tomorrow, because current price are excessive... not coherent with what they should be for an upgrade).


On 31st October 2010, we received from one of our reader, Uwe, a capital information: it seems possible to obtain the unlock Mercalli V2 plugin for Studio 14/15/16. The information has been confirmed by proDAD this morning (01.11.2010 08:00).

So, Mercalli V2 PRO version (either when buying Mercalli V2 PRO ($82 instead of $200) - or the upgrade from Mercalli V1 Expert to PRO or Light to PRO) contains the already unlocked Pinnacle Studio 14/15/16 as well AVID Studio  plugin ! There is no need to buy the plugin at the Avid Shop. For information, you get 25% discount when ordering through our website.


This version include Studio 14/15/16 + AVID Studio plugin already (as well as many other plugins: Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0 to 8.0, Adobe Premiere Pro 1.0 to CS5, Adobe After Effects 7.0 to CS5, Final Cut Pro 7.x, Final Cut Express 4.x, MagixVideo Deluxe 16 to 17, MagixVideo Pro X 2 to 2.5,  Sony Vegas 7.x to 10 Pro, Thomson Grass Valley, Canopus Edius NEO 1.x to 5.x).

On proDAD website, one can read for the Studio plugin : "includes the already unlocked Plugin! (don´t have to be unlocked at Avid store)".

To know more about proDAD Mercalli, to see the screen capture as well as video demo, you can read : proDAD Mercalli new version = V2 (we just updated the article with proDAD Mercalli user guide, as well as the links to the latest service pack - the one who bring the plugin- and the demo version)

As a reminder, here are differences between PRO version 2 and SAL V2:

   Mercalli V2 PRO Mercalli V2 SAL
 3D Stabilization  ok  ok
 Roller Shutter Compensation  ok  ok
 Windows NLE Plugins (Studio plugin ??)  ok  --
 Apple NLE Plug-ins  ok  --
 Direct Show Video Import/Export  ok  ok
 Mercalli SAL contained  ok  ok

So, who is the first one to try ?.... On our side, we managed to have it working, fully functionnal and unlocked. Have a look to the screen capture below:

proDAD Mercalli V2 - AVID Studio plugin

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Monday, November 1, 2010 1:51 PM
Monday, November 1, 2010 11:19 PM
I bought the software when it came out and have it updated to latest version. No luck in getting it to run unlocked in Pinnacle Studio 14. Seems to work fine in After Effects CS5.
Can't get satisfactory results with stand alone version. The output file seems worse than the original. I've heard similar comment about people using SAL version and not being happy with output choices and results.
By the way, when I contacted AVID, I was told that they would not be releasing an unlock feature and this V2 software was incompatible with any version of Pinnacle. They made no promise to ever support this version.
I then bought CS5 to complete a current project.
Also - the plugin doesn't appear to work in Vegas Movie Studio 10 Platinum. "An invalid argument was specified"
You guys must have gotten lucky making it work in Studio 14.
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:42 PM
Hello Alain,

You should contact proDAD again, and I might help you if needed, but for sure proDAD Mercalli V2 *IS* working with Studio 14, I just tried yesterday without any problem. Did you upload the latest version ? Did you install the "plugin add-on" ???

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 6:29 PM
Thanks for the offer to assist. I did contact Prodad (mostly because you guys are never wrong) and they sent me a link to a new plugin download version 2.0.68

It worked - I just had to enter my serial number again.

Strange thing is that when I downloaded the plugins using the original download link over the past few weeks, I got version 2.064, .069, 071 but never 2.068.

If you install these other versions then the plugin for Pinnacle isn't installed. These other versions only install plugin for Premier Pro CS5, Sony Vegas and Magix.

I don't think the newest .71 version installs a new Pinnacle plugin.

Here are my results.

Pinnacle Studio 14 works, 28 f/s sustained on HD content - similar to Premier pro however not all CPU cores at 100% more like 70 percent each.
Pinnacle appears to outperform Premiere on this task

Magix Movie Edit Plus 16 HD works, 60+ f/s sustained on HD content and 100 % Core utilization peaks at 75+ f/s

Vegas Movie Studio doesn't work but also not supported

Premiere Pro CS5 works, 29 - 30 f/s sustained on HD content - odd with CUDA support active can't beat Magix performance

After Effects CS5 with CUDA works, 70 f/s sustained on HD content

Mercalli Stand Alone Version best was 30 f/s sustained and 100 % core utilization

Mercalli Stand Alone SAL - works fine, Output seems fine in preview window, artifacts appear with interlaced content, and strange thing with desktop shortcut - icon is missing. You can't even create a new shortcut with a working Icon. Must be something to do with 64 bit OS.

I do a lot of work where a handycam isn't always possible so I rely on image stabilization.

I end up using many different packages because each has its own merits. Magix seems to win this round cost/performance wise

thanks for the help

Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Monday, December 20, 2010 7:15 AM
For your information, very low price on Mercalli V2 for Christmas, hurry up, it's a very very low price....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:46 AM
Well here it is 2 months later and I am having the same problem. It doesn't seem to me that these guys have all their ducks in a row. I was provided with a link to download version 2.0.39 and another for plugins. The Stand alone version seems to work although I have not really given it any scrutiny. The plugins do not work or even show in Studio 14. No PROdad what so ever. In Studio 12 I have PROdad icon that shows version 1 which I have never used. I am seeing some strange things when trying to access PROdad plugins. This is becoming a pain real fast.
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Friday, January 7, 2011 4:49 AM
Hello Cliff-f,

Sorry, I forget to post here the update, but you are right, there was a problem with Studio plugin. It's solved, and you can find the download here.

Should solve your problem,
Friday, January 7, 2011 5:55 AM
Hello and thank you. Everything works great. Nice application and well worth the wait.


Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Saturday, January 8, 2011 2:56 PM
Thanks for keeping us informed, appreciated.
Have a nice day,

Friday, July 22, 2011 10:59 AM
Is there a way to install Mercalli Expert (Ihave the CD-ROM) in Avid Studio?
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Friday, July 29, 2011 4:01 PM
Hello Bandl,

Sorry for answering so late, I was on holidays. Mercalli Expert is also called Mercalli V1. Please read our FAQ here regarding differences between Mercalli V1 and Mercalli V2.

But basically, Mercalli V2 is fully compatible with AVID Studio. Some users reported that Mercalli V1 is working with AVID Studio if I am not wrong (you should modify manually an XML file - check our article which might help as well: Transfer into Avid Studio your old plugins still functional)

Saturday, March 10, 2012 6:22 AM
I installed and when I say start Mercalli expired. What should I do? I downloaded what you put above and requires a serial number I do not find him .. Can you help? I'm from Romania so sorry for my English
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Sunday, March 11, 2012 12:55 AM
Hello Alex,

You are still using the trial version, and you need to enter your serial to unlock it. So, if you bought proDAD Mercalli with proDAD, you should contact their support team and they will help you. If you have difficulties, I may get in touch for you with them, and try to help you. In such case, please contact us.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:55 PM
he instalado mercalliV2 en avid studio pero al abrir el mismo no puedo localizar que estoy haciendo mal¿como lo debo instalar?
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:03 PM
Hello Raul,

Can you speak english ?? Will be easier to communicate and to help you.

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