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Pinnacle Studio 15 - What You Should Know [initially published on February 22th 2011]

A similar article describes the information to know about Avid Studio (a different product than Studio 15):
All About Avid Studio


Latest update 9 june 2012: Hooray! Upgrade to AVID Studio and save 250$ !! It's exceptionnal, do not wait and upgrade. Direct link is here (it means you will pay 49$ for upgrading to AVID Studio if you already own Pinnacle Studio). Thanks to Gert Reitner who sent us this information !

By the way, did you know that you can receive by email on a regular basis all information we published ? It's very simple, follow this link... 

UPDATE 9th March 2011: What's new with Pinnacle Studio 15 (YouTube Video).
UPDATE 20th March 2011: Install Pinnacle Studio 15 and its components.
Update 29th July 2011: Patch proDAD Adorage 3.0.92 for AVID and Pinnacle Studio
Update 26th November 2011: Red Giant Holiday Pack is available for AVID Studio & Pinnacle Studio 14/15 (49.95 $) - Thanks to Gert, one of our most frequent visitor who noticed this and tested it ! Gert, do not hesitate to comment the plugin if needed.
Update 10th March 2012: issue concerning menu thumbnails with Creative/Winter Pack fixed with lastest fix - FAQ#435435. Connect on your AVID account and download the latest version (see AVID Account - Merging services).
Latest update 18 March 2012: Hooray! Save 20% Off SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 and 10 Multi-Layer Royalty Free Music tracks (including 46 Sound Effects Hit Files). Use coupon code DECLIC20OFF or use this direct URL. Expires January 31, 2013 !! Thanks to SmartSound for this fruitfull discussion which allow our reader to enjoy SmartSounds products with a very nice discount.

For more information about Studio 15, read the information below.
If you are in ahurry, you can access at once to all the useful links to know:


Avid company just introduced its new range of video editing program, targeted to an audience ranging from novice to advanced amateur. Therefore, two "categories" are proposed:

  • Pinnacle Studio 15 HD / Ultimate /Ultimate Collection
  • AVID Studio

Amateur or enthusiast, the AVID range

The Studio 15 family

The Studio 15 range

Pinnacle Studio 15 (HD / Ultimate / Ultimate Collection) is similar to Pinnacle Studio 14, with some improvements and features.

New features (Studio 15):

  • New "Archive and Restore" for automatic backup of projects.
  • Export to new formats, QuickTime HD, YouTube HD, DivX HD Plus, and AVCHD Lite.
  • A wider selection of transitions, sound effects, 3D animations and background music.

and already existing on Studio 14:

  • Quick Import videos and photos from a wide range of multimedia sources
  • Setting up and creating videos in high definition
  • MotionTitler: predefined templates animated titles
  • SmartMovie: automatic video editing with a few clicks
  • Scorefitter: creating background sounds automatically calibrated
  • Montage: Multilayer predefined templates for a professional result
  • Export in Dolby 5.1
  • Complete export of project to all popular formats: web, CD, etc.
  • Create menu for DVD, AVCHD and Blu-ray

As a reminder, new features of Studio 14 are explained here:

These articles are still relevant, since Studio 15 incorporates all of Studio 14, with some new features described below

New feature in HD Studio V15


  • simplified archive of an entire project into one single folder
  • Automatic restoration projects in one click
  • Quick and easy transfer of projects from one PC to another

The new archiving feature

New features in Studio HD V15

Pinnacle Studio HD v.15
  • The HD editing to everyone
  • Always the same ease of use
  • Share videos directly to YouTube, DVD, internet and more
  • Now includes more than 1,800 effects, titles, transitions, and other content (nearly 2 times more content than in version 14)

Recommended price : $69,95

Studio HD V15

Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate v.15

All features of Studio HD 15,

+ Dolby 5.1 Encoding
+ Authoring Blu-ray
Keyframes and animated titles
+ 2000 effects, titles, transitions and other content
+ Two Red Giant plug-ins for additionnal effects (Knoll Light Factory, Toon-It)

Recommended price: $99,95

Studio HD Ultimate V15

Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate Collection v.15

All the functions of HD Studio Ultimate v.15,

+ 2200 effects, titles, transitions and other content
+ 6 Red Giant plug-ins for effects more bluffing (Knoll Light Factory, Toon, 3D Stroke, Shine, Particular, Magic Bullet Looks)
+ green screen to create effects Chroma Key (keying etc.)


Recommended price : $129,95

Studio HD Ultimate Collection V15
The complete range of Avid Solutions

The full range

Minimum System Requirements for Pinnacle Studio v.15

  • Windows® 7, Windows Vista® (SP2), or Windows XP (SP3)
  • Intel ® Pentium ® or AMD Athlon ™ 1.8 GHz (2.4 GHz or higher recommended)
    • Intel Core ™ 2 Quad 2.66 GHz Intel Core ™ i7 i5 or 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD
  • 1 GB RAM recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD
  • Graphics card with DirectX ® 9 or 10 with 64 MB (128 MB or more recommended)
    • Plug-in Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks: NVIDIA or ATI graphics card with 128 MB of RAM (or higher) recommended
    • 256 MB of memory required for HD and AVCHD *
  • Graphics card with DirectX 9 (or higher)
  • Required disk space
    • 3.2 GB for Studio HD
    • 3.8 GB for Studio HD Ultimate
    • 5.7 GB for Studio HD Ultimate Collection
What should we remember?

Studio 15 seems very close to Studio 14, but in addition:

  • New "Archive and Restore" for automatic backup of projects (keeps an entire project and transfer it from one computer to another - including the footage).
  • Export to new formats, QuickTime HD, YouTube HD, DivX HD Plus, Lite and AVCHD.
  • A wider choice of transitions, sound effects, 3D animations and background music (we are not certain of having discovered where they hide new effects, we think that the content is twice the content of Studio 14 but if you already own packs like Premium, you should not see any difference...)
  • The possibility to integrate new SmartSound (we will be testing soon, but the holidays coming, it will be difficult to say more before 2 weeks .... We also need a rest! First information: SmartSound in Studio 15 seems a little bit different from what we know with Studio 12)
  • No, Studio 15 has not been re-written for being a full 64 bit program, and it does not use the capability of 64 bits OS (nevertheless, it's fully functionnal on 64 bits OS)
  • Some people find this version more stable, with fluid animations, AVCHD rendering faster, while other people do not see any difference... On our side, it's difficult to give an idea in such a little testing time, nevertheless we found that the existing list of bug that was reported to Pinnacle is still uncorrected (excepted 2 items). That's difficult to understand...
  • All plugins that you already have are compatible with Studio 15! Good news, the tool: Transplug-S14-S15 or Transplug-S12-S15 (to easily transfer your content from S14 to S15 or S12 to S15) are available on our site.
  • Tooll HFX: Repare-HFX-S15 (to solve some HFX problems with Studio 15) is also available here!
    25 th September 2011 : the patch Repare-HFX is replaced by Repare-HFX-11-12-14-15, see "Avid Studio, Pinnacle Studio and 00 - Declic-Video Transitions".




With all this information, you should be able to make an informed choice.

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Gert Oskar Reitner
#Gert Oskar Reitner
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:33 AM
What is the difference between the Red Giant in Ultimate 14 and 15 ?
Are there any new motion titles ?
Are there any new Titles ?
Taking away HFX ( 1or2or3 ) are there any other new Transitions ?
What is the additional sound is it Scorefitter ?
Are there any new Menus ?
Are there any new Montages ?
In short if you have purchased ALL the packs sold seperately in the past and using ultimate 14 what are the NEW items if any in 15 ??????
Gert Oskar Reitner
#Gert Oskar Reitner
Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:26 PM
There is NO Motion titler listed in Studio 15 ! Will the Motion Titler ( Titles ) transfer from Studio Ultimate 14 into Studio 15 ?? Will the Red Giant from the Ultimate Version 14 transfer into Studio 15 ???
Friday, February 25, 2011 1:23 AM
Hey guys, here is the link to the free 30 day trial for Studio 15 from the AVID site.
I just downloaded it. Please let us know your reactions. Download the free 30 day trial
Saturday, February 26, 2011 4:12 AM
SmartSound within Pinnacle Studio 15 (SmartSound link) Price €29.95
Buy the SmartSound plugin for Studio 15 (29.95 US $)
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Sunday, March 6, 2011 7:03 AM
Hello Jan,

SmartSound within Pinnacle Studio 15 (smartsound link) is 29.95 $ (switch the currency to see the correct price).

PS: Sorry for not answering sooner, I was on holidays...
Sunday, March 6, 2011 8:34 AM
Hello DV FX,

It's the link to AVID, Price €29.95. There is no currency to switch, Rest of Europe (EU).
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Sunday, March 6, 2011 9:43 AM
Helo Jan,

I am using this link: SmartSound within Pinnacle Studio 15. Then, there is a link which is called Click here to purchase SmartSound plugin. At the top, you can switch to USA and currency US Dollar. Then, you obtain the 29.95$

Hope it helps,
Monday, April 11, 2011 12:11 PM
Pinnacle Studio 15 looks promising (currently using 14 ultimate) and the new Avid is even more appealing. However I wonder about their pricing schema.
1. EU customers pay approx 20% more than US customers for the same web download (using € to $ rate)
2. Download costs 1 EU more than boxed product.
Any insights ?
Gert Oskar Reitner
#Gert Oskar Reitner
Friday, November 11, 2011 1:59 PM
I have purchased and received this week my Studio 15 Ultimate ( Not Collection ) and to my surprise it came with Scorefitter 1 & 2 and a NEW item by Red Giant called " Holiday Pack " and when loaded can be found with the Montages . It is nicely done and is an asset in Holiday creations !!
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Friday, November 11, 2011 3:29 PM
Good news Gert, can you tell us more regarding Holiday Pack, so we can promote it if needed ? On my side, I am also contacting AVID/Pinnacle, I saw the announcement in the Pinnacle FAQ, you are right !! Thanks for the information, seems that it does not exist for AVID Studio users !!...

Thursday, February 9, 2012 4:36 AM
I have an AVCHD format video camera which is causing me problems when I try to edit it in Final Cut Pro.

I am looking for a reasonably priced basic editing software (That allows me to edit the sound separately - which iMovie does not!)

Most Importantly : Is this software compatible with a Mac system????

Secondly: You do have control over the sound??? (editing, adding, removing, changing volume levels etc)

Thanks for any information or advice on other editing software that you can offer.

Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Friday, February 10, 2012 5:02 PM
Hello Locws,

Unfortunately, AVID / Pinnacle Studio are *NOT* compatible with Mac..... But you can install Windows on Mac ? I know, not so cool.

And yes, you do have full control over the sound.
Have a look to our tutorial, you will see that you can do plenty of things with sounds.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 7:51 AM
When i will get pinnacle studio new version (v.16)?
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:13 AM
Studio 15 has been launched recently, so I doubt that Studio 16 will come in a near future...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:07 PM
Hello, First time I’ve ever written to one of these discussion / blogs so please excuse any of my format or structural technique errors in this first correspondence? But I had to say a BIG thank you! I followed every detail and suggestion from “All about pinnacle studio 15”, and “What you should know” as best I could. It took me all night long but was so nervous to hit the install disk with so many and conflicting opinions out there.
I used pinnacle studio 12 several times with my brother and finally we got really great reviews presenting at my uncles 70th, so of course now I think I’m a pro:) I had to buy a studio upgrade since I recently departed with my win 98 and PS1 (joking, but very old pc) and now I have the i5 Dell (talked out of i7, but wish I got it). So I wanted to ask about all the changes I made on my new pc from the “Increase performance before installing 15” discussions around the web. When do I restore them to original settings, or do I not? I don’t know enough about some of the changes to know if I need it back.
Also, I was doing a cost analysis for Avid and if I was going to buy the tutorials for studio 15, I could spend the same and get Avid and free tutorials according to a 9 June 2012 update. Well…Should I?? I was so excited to hear about that new archive function because my brother and I ran into so many problems and locating files, I thought I was rewriting the code! When we did the 70th party project together, we thought we could just copy files when we were working separately and add to a main one when back together, and run on each computer. However, if they are in different locations, look out!! Outstanding! I thought to myself. The “Archive/Restore tool” seems to be the huge solution. I bought Studio 15 instantly without hesitation or any more review! The only problem now is I didn’t see it on Avid???? What??
Also, I don’t see BIAS Soundsoap anywhere either.
Well thanks so much for everything and I hope this makes some sense!
Tobie van den Berg
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:30 AM
Jes, my question is in connection pinnacle studio, but the training for 14 and 15. Why is it so difficult to get a training package in South Africa? Who can I contact here to purchace the training pack?

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