posted on October 29, 2013 18:13
As we announced yesterday updating our news All about Pinnacle Studio 17, the latest birth in the Pinnacle Studio family is actually released today.
The purchase is immediately available for download on the website of Pinnacle and the first DVD deliveries will take place around November 8th, 2013.
And as at Declic-Video we strive to always be at the top for our loyal readers, we had to get the information as soon as possible and especially to test the software for you as soon as possible.
While waiting for our test, here are the basics that there is to know about this new release and our first impressions.
As usual now the software is proposed in three 3 versions : PS17 $59.95, PS17 Plus $99.95 ($69.95 if upgrade) and PS17 Ultimate $129.95 ($89.95 if upgrade).
As well tell you right away PS17 is a continuation of PS16 but it is not the revolution that we had when we went to PS15 Avid Studio.
The real news are :
- import and export compatibility for 4K or Ultra HD. Currently it's already possible to configure your project in 3840x2160. Pinnacle announced a free patch to come out in December 2013 to implement 4K. Thus, wait & see.
- a screen grab program (standalone version) named Live Screem Capturing. Program already delivered with other softwares from Corel.
- an audio processing program (standalone version) called iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner. This is a denoiser (noise, hum, crackle) as was Soundsoap. Music & Speech Cleaner is no longer developed by iZotope for 3 years but is still available in bundle with other products.
- H.264 smart Rendering. The principle is to re-encode only the parts of an editing that has not been modified (transition or effect). So the encoding time is reduced significantly. It does work this time only for mp4. Hopefully they will extend it to .mts .m2ts and .mov because a lot of camcorders record in these formats.
Early user feedback report malfunctions (Smart rendering unavailable, crash at export, unreadable or pixelated final file). For me the few tests I have done were bluffing. Encoding speed multiplied by 4 or 5 on non-recoded parts. Top of the pop !
- Blu-ray 50p or 60p export. It was time that the software adopts the latest development of the Blu-ray standard.
The improvements :
- hardware acceleration via CUDA compatible graphics cards is back. When your CPU is too low it is supported by the GPU. This feature was disabled in a PS16 patch because there were too many problems with the latest versions of Nvidia drivers. Personally I did not test it because my CPU is very recent.
- elements of the library are more easily identified by a 4 colors set (blue for media purple for projects, green for collections and yellow for content).
- Solo button is now disabled by default.
- .XMF files are correctly imported (at least the ones I've tested).
What remains to be done :
- translation issues in non English localized versions
- still no Multicam, Motion Tracking, or dynamic timewarp.
- no titler improvement.
I feel that this is a release output a little early but I think that Pinnacle will do everything to release free patches to get things done.
A pleasant surprise for those who had already PS16 on their PC they will not have to transfer all their plugins into PS17. This is quite unexpected but if PS16 is already on your PC, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pinnacle\Studio 16\plugins\RTFx and C:\Program Files (x86)\Pinnacle\Studio 16\plugins\RTFXV2 directories from PS16 are used by PS17.
Check out some screenshots below.
Overview of the new interface (everything became straight, no roundness or edge). Note the four colors to identify the elements of the library :
Live Screen Capturing :
iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner :
The Smart feature :