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81. Pinnacle Systems Studio 9 - Video
$22.99 $19.89 list($29.99)
82. PhotoSuite 7 Platinum
$99.99 $96.62
83. Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 Upgrade
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84. ADS TECH INSTANT VIDEOMPX ( USBAV-708
$39.99 list($99.00)
85. Pinnacle Studio 8.0 Video Editing
$269.00 list($469.99)
86. SERIOUS MAGIC DV Rack ( Windows
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87. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 Upgrade
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88. Final Cut Express 2.0
$39.99 $29.99 list($49.99)
89. VideoWave 7 Professional
$299.99 $289.00 list($319.00)
90. Sibelius 3 Cross Platform - Educational
$89.99 $83.88 list($99.99)
91. PhotoImpact Pro 8.5
$299.00 list($549.00)
92. Adobe Premiere 6.5
$159.99 $149.00 list($169.99)
93. Adobe Photoshop CS 2 Upgrade (Mac)
$92.99 $89.75 list($99.99)
94. Pinnacle PCTV USB2 ( 210100387
$199.00 list($269.00)
95. TASCAM US122 Audio/MIDI Interface
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96. Pinnacle Studio 9 Media Suite
$219.99 list($249.99)
97. Ulead Systems DVD Workshop 2 Upgrade
$549.99 $389.99
98. Adobe Encore DVD 1.5
$54.99
99. Muvee Autoproducer 4
$699.99 $679.95
100. Adobe After Effects Standard 6.5

81. Pinnacle Systems Studio 9 - Video Editing
list price: $99.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0001AU6I0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 368
Average Customer Review: 2.26 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • PC-based, consumer video editing system--make more dynamic home movies
  • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
  • Experience a stunning array of video editing features
  • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music
  • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent software
I have used 4 different brands of video editing software around this price point. Pinnacle Studio 9 is the winner in most regards. I'd give Microsoft's movie maker a highly defeatured second place for being very easy to use but far less functional.

Pros of Studio:
- Very flexible
- High quality output
- Version 9 has been completely stable (hardware incompatibilities can cause problems though, as other reviews show, so check if you're compatible -- if you're not, the crashes are a royal pain as I've seen with other video software)
- Burn straight to DVD
- Create DVD scenes in your movie very easily
- Merges in photos effectively
- fades, wipes, effects are outstanding

Cons
- Limited number of tracks for audio/video -- (as with all sw at this pricepoint)
- No pans and fades for photos, only transitions
- No support for WMV format, which is much more compressed but lower quality

Overall, you can VERY easily go from your DV tape into Pinnacle, and then edit/cut/fade add music, etc, then burn to DVD with very professional results. The UI is intuitive and the results are great.

If you're interested in slightly simpler work and don't need great flexibility, the Microsoft movie maker (free with XP) is actually quite good too. As of my last use you can't burn to DVD though so need added software for that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Much Improved over Studio 8
Pinnacle Studio 9 is a vast improvement over previous versions There are a lot of nice features and its ease of use is currently unmatched. It is more stable and faster than ever before.

Studio 9 is easy to install. Basically, put in the requested disks, wait and you are done. Some systems may need to reboot afterwards but after that, you are ready to roll.

Capturing, editing and rendering are all simple to do and you can have a lot of fun doing so. Making cuts and edits were surprisingly simple and the effects that you can add are truly impressive. Rendering is still slow but it seem about 25% faster than Studio 7 or 8. An hour of video rendered for DVD took nearly 5.5 hours to render. That may be kind of slow compared to higher end systems but if you have the time, it is worth it. The end product looks very nice.

I capture with Pinnacles' AV/DV PCI card. It does a good job but if I capture video recorded on slower tape speeds, I sometimes have audio sync issues and I have yet to find out if it is the card or the software.

Pinnacle's support is fair but featues a great, mostly user supported, webboard. However, you may be scared from purchasing this software because of all of the issues people have.

This is a great program with a lot of good features and special effects. You will need to make sure you turn off all of those "cute" programs like screen savers, mouse enhancements, backgrounds and other memory resident programs to make sure you do not crash. You will be quite surprised as the stability of this version compared to past versions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best editor out there
Pinnacle has a winner here!!!!!! A full feature set of tools for the novice to the pro at your disposal. Starting with SMARTMOVIE: 3 step movie making, to the ability to color correct old distorted footage. This is a must have for anyone who is thinking about turning their Home Video's into memories they can cherish forever. Thanks Pinnacle!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars 9.12 has been rock solid
I will admit that when I bought this program as an upgrade to Studio 7 I was looking for DVD authoring mainly and disappointed by the crash crash crash of the interface even when patched to 9.08. The version in the box by the way was 9.04. I waited patiently (only 3 weeks) and then pinnacle came out with the update to take the product to 9.12. Since I've patched to 9.12 I have had no issues with Studio 9. It works as advertised. I mainly use it to make instructional video's, the two to five minute variety and it works nicely. Personally I'm thinking of upgrading to Liquid Edition 5.5. I think with the currently patched software, Studio 9 will not dissapoint 80 - 85% of the DV home user market. Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the rest, buy it and patch it
patch 9.1.2

I have been a long time user of Pinnacle and they have had problems with the early version of their programs but I just purchased v.9 and patched it. Version 9 blows away version 8. Its MUCH faster and renders much faster. I bought the Porsche Fire wire device with it to do my old analog Hi-8 tapes. I have now completed several 2 hour videos and burned them to DVD with absolutely no problem. The program is GREAT. I can do anything I want to the video and it has not crashed yet (unlike V8). All of the problems of 8 are gone, no mismatching sound. It seems much faster. It only took me 7 hours to render and burn the 2 hour video (25 gig avi). Buy it and patch it. It really is a great program. It runs on my system which has a raid 0 setup on WD 8 meg ATA 100 driver. I have 1 gig of DDR PC 3200 ram and P P4 2.6MHZ 800 with htt. My video is a NVidea 5700 Ultra 128 mb. ... Read more


82. PhotoSuite 7 Platinum
list price: $29.99
our price: $22.99
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Asin: B0001IPY6G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 180
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Features

  • Capture, organize, edit, and share digital photos
  • Quickly import photos from a digital camera
  • Media Manager automatically organizes images
  • Instantly correct common photo problems; advanced editing tools
  • Produce dynamic slide shows; preserve to CD or DVD

83. Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 Upgrade
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00021XI8I
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4611
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Features

  • Professional DVD authoring with unparalleled Adobe integration
  • Import and convert source files automatically; streamlined workflow
  • Create and edit menus in Adobe Photoshop format
  • Flexible interface; comprehensive set of menu design tools
  • Output projects to all recordable DVD formats

84. ADS TECH INSTANT VIDEOMPX ( USBAV-708 )

our price: $63.99
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Asin: B0002Q8T3W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ADS Technologies
Sales Rank: 25013
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85. Pinnacle Studio 8.0 Video Editing with CD/DVD Authoring
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B000069VAW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 2909
Average Customer Review: 1.87 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (204)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great if you can get it to work...
I started with Studio DV (v 1.0?), after much tweaking was able to import DV, but not export DV to camcorder. Found out on the excellent Pinnacle support webboard (mostly disgruntled users) that my motherboard wasn't supported.. So after an upgrade I finally was able to get a project output to camcorder. Then I decided I wasn't going to hassle with it until DVD R technology was available.
Got a DVD+R/RW, and decided to purchase Studio 8 despite reading the webboard ... Was able to import and edit right away--very easy interface. Then the trouble, wasn't able to render. Decided to upgrade to Windows XP (from 98SE) and NTFS file system. Reinstalled (with 8.5.2 upgrade patch) and project rendered fine first try. Then burned to disc image--great! Then burned to DVD+R--great! Then tried to watch it--first menu popped up--I was in tears of joy! Then tried to move through the menu---"DISK UNPLAYABLE"... UGH.
There are scads of hints and tips and suggestions from other users on the support webboard to fix this and other issues (now I can't render), but the software is unstable and not ready for general consumer use. I may just use it for editing and output MPEG2/AVI, then find another program for DVD authoring. Bottom line is I've been trying to create a project for 4 months and all I have to show is a coaster and [money spent on] computer upgrades. I'm convinced Pinnacle is a front for the PC industry to drive upgrades...

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features and easy to use
I had never used video editing software before, and read a lot of reviews, both user and "expert" before settling for Pinnacle Studio Version 8.
Curiously, the 10 digit serial number was printed backwards and it took a while to figure that out. Also it was on the CD sleeve, not on the back of the book where the on screen instructions told me to locate it.
After installing (a breeze) I watched the tutorial video and then made a couple of test movies. One on fresh video footage from my Samsung mini DV camcorder, the other was a compilation of AVI video clips my folks back in Old England have e-mailed to me and I have been saving them on my hard drive.
Both movies were easy to compile and fun to do. I easily added transition effects between scenes and titles, trimmed some scenes and then rendered the whole thing. I found rendering was slow, as many other reviewers have pointed out, but that was my only complaint.
I made one test movie on a CD using MPEG2 which played fine on my DVD player. The other was a compilation of 20 and 30 second AVI movie clips, which was also very easy to put together and played perfectly on my (older) DVD player. Movies can also be made in streaming fashion to display on a web site or in formats suitable for e-mailing. The many formats available is definitley one of its strong points.
This software was pretty easy to use, with nice features allowing a complete amateur like me to impress the hell out of my friends at first try!
I accomplished all of this without any prior experience with video editing software so I give my full approval.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle 8 RUINED MY LIFE.
First of all. Are you wondering if you should buy Pinnacle (8 or 9, the same thing)? Are you looking for a functional or at least friendly editing software? I can give you the answer!

STAY THE HELL AWAY FORM THIS TREMENDOUS CRAAAAP!!!!

Pinnacle made me cry, and I'm not joking or exagerating. It made me cry, when I lost my 43-min project when I'd just reached half of it... Also when I was doing the final render, and WITHOUT MY PERMISSION it'd just change the audio tracks, turn one song into another, repeat video files I didn't even include (sometimes I was just wating for it to include video files I hadn't even captured!), it goes wacko, crazy, mad, lunatic...it's frustrating. Not to mention all those times where I just layed too much of my trust on it, didn't saved every single thing I did and it'd just crash and end itself.

Why oh why, did I EVER thouhgt of buying this? Please listen to me, listen to us all and don't make the same mistake we did. DIE PINNACLE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Would be good if it worked!
The good: Pinnacle Studio is packed with features and is quite easy to use.
The bad: It's JUNK. Full of bugs even with the latest updates. It's slow too. STAY AWAY from this product!
Version 9 is even worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle Studio 8 Rocks!
Despite of all the other bad reviews Pinnacle Studio 8 is a fine product. I got the same advise from a DVD Support site. They advised me that Studio 8 can work with their DVD burners but only if I can make the application work. Good luck! I guess i am lucky because with Studio 8 my DVD movies are of superior quality to those other video programs such as Sonic My DVD or Sony MovieShaker. Also, Studio 8 is a more complete application because enables me to edit sound as MP3 files from Real One Player together in my videos. Therefore, Studio 8 offers a more integral interface with a sexy touch for the digital video lover. I am happy with Studio 8! ... Read more


86. SERIOUS MAGIC DV Rack ( Windows )
list price: $469.99
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Asin: B0006IB1XG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Serious Magic
Sales Rank: 6167
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Product Description

Serious Magic DV Rack Ruined footage. Unusable shots. Disaster strikes even the most skilled video producers. From bad levels, dropouts and audio pops to continuity and framing problems, these real nightmares cost you real money, wasted hours, and worse, lost clients.DV Rack is the first product that can prevent video disasters, help you shoot faster and let you get visibly better quality from your existing camera. It's powerful software that runs on a PC or laptop connected to your DV camera. DV Rack puts ten essential monitoring, production and evaluation tools at your fingertips letting you instantly preview, record, review, and evaluate your shots. Use it once, and you'll understand why so many videographers are talking about DV Rack. It stops problems before they stop you! ... Read more

Features

  • Audio Spectrum Analyzer offers precise visual representation of signal information - giving you a better idea of microphone placement and orientation
  • DV Rack's Digital Video Recorder(DVR) is better than tape and allows instant jumping to any section, for review or scrubbing
  • Professional Field Monitor accepts direct DV input, displaying the image exactly as it will be recorded
  • Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope monitors the post-compression signal as it's being recorded
  • Monitor every video and audio frame for potential problems on your DVR display

87. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 Upgrade
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00021XI4W
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4322
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily create sophisticated titles for all productions
  • Nonlinear video editing for precise control over video/audio production
  • Real-time editing; multiple, nestable timelines; advanced color correction
  • Optimal sound quality with professional Audio Mixer
  • Arrange clips in an orderly grid or in a detail-rich list view

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an upgrade from 1.0 to 1.5 keep that in mind
Should you upgrade from premiere Pro 1.0 to 1.5 that can be a tough call, it is $99.One thing to keep in mind, they will be releasing an HD patch for premiere 1.5 for free so if you have version 1 .5.You will get that.

The new upgrade of the project manager is a really great addition.It enables you to collect all your files together in one folder files that were used in a project.It also trims down video that you have used to just the video that's in your project so it can really help in archiving projects that you have made.

Here adodes site on the changes
/www.adobe.com/products/premiere/newfeatures.html

They really help you get started with premiere Pro.

Have some fun and get it done ... Read more


88. Final Cut Express 2.0
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00019TAZG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 725
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Plug in and go with your miniDV camcorder and FireWire
  • Non-destructive, non-linear editing--the freedom to edit like a pro
  • Transitions, filters, and effects with real-time previewing
  • Advanced titling, including Boris Calligraphy
  • In-canvas compositing with motion key frames

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Digital Video Editing Becomes My Passion
Storyboard to Final Cut Express

Final Cut Express Storyboard gives me a visual look at my movie. I control-click the Final Cut Express browser and choose large icon new. Then, I drag the clips into the order that I want them to be played. Next, I click on the projectÕs tab in the Browser and save it. Finally, I save the entire project.

Now to add my new storyboard to Final Cut Express sequences. Draw a marquee around the Storyboard clips. Next, I drag the clips from my Final Cut Express Browser to my Timeline and save the project. To protect them, I can lock them to make sure that they cannot be modified. I can lock and unlock them with the F4 key for video tracks and the F5 key for audio tracks.

Working with Final Cut Express

Creating titles and credits with Express is important. The key is the Video Generator. You can create synthesized clips that you superimpose over your existing video clips in the Final Cut Express Timeline.

For good-looking titles, you can use san serif fonts such as Arial, Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica and Impact. I have found using bold, red or blue 30 point fonts effective for my titles.

You need to watch for the 20 percent factor. The 'Title Save Boundary' is 20 percent smaller than your television screen. To see the boundaries in Final Cut Express, go to View then to Show Title. Best to keep your titles within the safe zone.

Final Cut Express allows you to create rolling credits like the credits at the end of a movie. You can set the duration of your video clips plus set the in and out points for speed of the text and scrolls.

Pro Reaction

Final Cut Express is wonderful for making storyboards, titles, transitions and effects using software digital tools. Final Cut Express 2 supports up to 99 video and audio tracks. Express has various editing tools from Ripple editing, Razor Blade Tool, Pen Tool to Slip and Slide editing.

Express allows you to import iMovie projects. You can also import your Final Cut Express project to iDVD complete with special chapter marker. Express comes with an excellent hardcopy paper manual for learning how to use Final Cut Express 2. The manual is easy to follow without computer jargon.

Con Reaction

You have to work at learning how to use the Final Cut Express application. You have to spend the time to read and work with the Final Cut Express manual.

You cannot capture DV across time-code breaks. You cannot import your Final Cut Express project to iMovie or QuickTime with chapter markers and comments.

Final Remarks

Express is better than iMovie applications and gives you professional storyboard, title and video effects. ... Read more


89. VideoWave 7 Professional
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0001IQN6Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 636
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Author and burn professional-quality DVDs, VCDs, or SVCDs
  • Add music, transitions, special effects, text credits, and sound
  • SmartScan saves time and space; captures selected scenes only
  • Advanced Timeline tools support up to 14 tracks and in-place editing
  • CineMagic for a polished music video complete with transitions

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars It is sad
Videowave 7 is an extreemly difficult program to use.

The company appears to be deceptive in its marketing by leading a customer to believe that they can be contacted by e-mail with help questions. When a question is sent to the company they send back a form response to look at there website.

The program that is supposed to help you learn is beyond difficult. It makes no sense and tells very little.

They also pretend to have a video training program that comes to assist the customer. This tells almost nothing and just stops.

I was going to contact the company but I am sure they are well aware. How could they not be? Someone that they know must have tried to use the program.

Their success in sales may have more to do with customers thinking that they alone are having such a difficult time.

If you would like an experience in frustration have fun.

David Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing ... Read more


90. Sibelius 3 Cross Platform - Educational Edition
list price: $319.00
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0001WY5ZS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 614
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Software for writing, playing, printing, and publishing music notation
  • Scan in printed music; high-quality sounds for playback
  • Saves time; elegant and intuitive; school feature sets
  • Publish music world-wide or create personal CDs and MP3s
  • Designed for students, educators, and professional composers

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best in the world
This software is absolutely the best out there.
It does notation, scanning and web publishing, and includes world class sounds and the ability to burn CDs. ... Read more


91. PhotoImpact Pro 8.5
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00017X2U2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nova Development
Sales Rank: 745
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Everything you need to organize, edit, and share digital photos
  • For those new to digital photography and for seasoned professionals
  • More options for digital photography and creative design
  • Produce Web graphics, Web animations, and Web pages
  • 45-minute video tutorial and productivity tools for fast results

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Color Me Stupid--But Impressed
After reading what other reviewers said about this product, I couldn't wait to get it. Well, it didn't take long after installation for me to realize what a total idiot I am. There's a whole lot of great effects that are fun to work with, but the basic editing tools seem unbelievably complex to me. It comes with a nice thick manual which is also as clear as mud to me. A good basic glossary would be helpful. I have been humbled, and will return to my simple Picture It and Adobe Photo Deluxe where I can crop a picture and adjust the tint without feeling helpless. I am sure this is a wonderful program, and will probably use it more when I have several free weeks to devote to clicking and dragging.

Several weeks after writing this review, I feel compelled to edit it to note that in response to my initial review, I was personally called by a Nova Development representative to offer technical assistance. I still haven't mastered the program, but am very impressed with this kind of customer service, enough to upgrade by rating by a star.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really Great Program
I bought a Canon PowerShot and wasn't thrilled with the software I got free. Very limiting. So I got Photo Impact Pro, and it's just head and shoulders above what I had. I could spend months and still not uncover all the cool features in there ... it's just overwhelming the number of things you can do. But at the same time it's very easy to use. I'm a retired machinist with only 18 months experience even using computers, and it's a cinch for me ... so that says a lot. :-) A friend of mine turned me on to Photo Impact - a guy in our users' group - and he says it's more sophisticated than Photoshop Elements (the other program I was considering). From what I can see, he's right. I use Photo Impact to edit and print the photos I take. And I've added captions and some effects. Haven't made a CD slideshow yet, but I expect to. I hope this review is helpful to you. I don't think you can go wrong with this program.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough good things ...
PhotoImpact Pro is simply outstanding software. It's the best thing I've found for organizing and fixing photos. Very powerful stuff. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Heavyweight
You might call me a collector of photo editing software. I seem to buy just about everything that becomes available; this area is kind of a hobby of mine.

I bought a copy of PhotoImpact Pro, having not heard all that much about it, and I was really surprised. I didn't expect the software to be so incredibly full-featured, but it puts even full-blown Photoshop to shame in many areas.

This program is brilliant when it comes to fixing and enhancing digital photos. But it's power-packed in so many ways. It's a veritable candy jar of special effects. I've been using it for two months and find cool new features hiding below the surface just about every time I run it. And it's every bit as phenomenal when it comes to creating original works from scratch as it is for editing existing photographs.

Slender Fungus (proof that all the good names are taken :-) is absolutely correct in the preceding review: You can't go wrong with this software.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PROGRAM
This is the best graphics program I have ever used, and I have used most of the programs that are available. The interface is easy to use, the effects are outstanding and included content makes this a great product. For print graphic creation, web graphic creation, web page creation and photo manipulation you can't go wrong.

Although I have other graphics programs loaded on my machine, I am now using PhotoImpact Pro every day, exclusively. The other programs are just taking up space on my drive at this point. Don't let the low price fool you, PhotoImpact Pro could easily sell for more than two-hundred dollars. ... Read more


92. Adobe Premiere 6.5
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B00006GTEL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1308
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The latest upgrade to Adobe Premiere adds useful improvements to this well regarded digital-video editing application, including real-time preview and a title designer. Premiere can take video input directly from digital and analog video cameras, store it on your hard drive, edit it, and output to a variety of video formats, including MPEG-1.

Premiere 6.5's editing screen consists of a number of free-floating windows that contain such tools as a video preview and the all-important timeline and storyboard. The basic operation of Premiere is to load in a series of video clips taken from a camera or a CD, or previously stored on your hard drive, and then drag and drop icons for them onto the timeline. You can then add a soundtrack, transitions, effects, and titles. When all is complete, export the finished video in a format suitable for use on a DVD, Video CD, or for the Internet.

Premiere 6.5 introduces several new features, the most useful of which is probably real-time preview. The ability to see the edits you've made to your video before you render the final version is a huge timesaver. While this feature has previously been available using special hardware, this is the first time it's been available from within the software. You need a fairly powerful PC to take full advantage of the real-time preview. You'll also need a computer with two hard drives, one to hold Premiere and the other for your video files.

Being able to add well-designed titles can make the difference between an amateur and a professional production. Adobe's new Title Designer, included in Premiere 6.5, provides many of the tools users of Illustrator and Photoshop will recognize to add text, rules, and shapes as overlays to videos. Adobe has bundled 90 fonts with Premiere 6.5, selected to produce clear and attractive titles.

Adobe produces a series of effects plug-ins that can be used with Premiere (sold separately as After Effects). Five of these effects (channel blur, blend, lightning, ramp, and twirl) are now included standard with Premiere 6.5, adding to the appeal of this very attractive package. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Mini Final Cut.
Oh man, was I relieved when I found Premier 6.5 (after using Crapinnacle Studio 8). You'll find almost all of Final Cut's and after effects's pros here. The whole package, the great effects, includig Adobe's well known and fabulous color distortion and everything. I reccommend this. Totally.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great cutting tool
Adobe Premiere 6.5 is far from the most advanced non-linear video editing package you can get however let me make this one comment.

- Editing is all about cutting and not fancy effects. The strength of the project is what is in front of and behind the camera not fancy effects.

I would never recommend using any of the effects on any of the non-linear video editing packages anyway. Get dedicated effects packages if you really want to do your special effects well.

In short Adobe Premiere is the BEST cutting software and the EASIEST to use. The learning curve is slightly steep but you will be cutting your footage within a day or two with this one.

An editors cuts and arranges media. Adobe Premiere does that perfectly. I recommend this like no other but if you are looking for pro packages then go elsewhere and be prepared to pay five figures.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review by a Newbie
Most people reviewing this product are reviewing it from an expert's viewpoint. I will review this product from someone with a little digital editing experience on lesser featured products, however a "newbie" to Adobe Premiere 6.5

First of all, this program is quite complex, and it is not intuitively obvious how to use this product or how to find a productive workflow. I tried using the supplied 6.0 userguide however I got frustrated pretty quickly.

I also ordered a SAMS Teach Yourself book for 6.5, and again became frustrated. It was obvious to me that the "drag and drop" interface can hardly be described by a book.

Luckily the product came with a video DVD called "Introduction to Adobe Premiere 6.5" by Total Training. I watched this video for an hour or two and shadowed some of the instruction on my own footage. I was able to produce a passable editing job on a five minute production after two hours (excluding time to capture footage), interleaving watching the Total Training video and trying some of the moves shown on the video on my own footage.

I bought the follow-up 16 hours of Total Training instruction for another $131 (including postage). If I get through this video instruction, I will have a pretty good handle on the product, but by no means an expert.

Premiere 6.5 is chock full of features, which means there's still plenty to learn six months or a year down the road. What is a little disconcerting about this product is all the "new features" that came with 6.5, however some of these features have already been available for some time in much cheaper software packages.

For example, I did not buy the bundle including DVDit, and Premiere 6.5 itself can't burn to DVD without having DVDit installed. Instead, I create the MPEG video and audio files using Premiere, then import files into a much cheaper video editing package that came with my DVD burner to complete the DVD burn. Hmmm. And now I'm supposed to fork out $300 for DVDit on top of paying for Premiere - I don't think so.

The bottom line is you can produce fairly professional results with Premiere 6.5. The big question is do you want to invest the 20 hours effort to learn the not so intuitive interface and working methods?

Well, I bought Premiere 6.5 with a firewire card for $200 so I'd say it's well worth it. And if another $130 worth of video training by Total Training and 20 hours effort to get me up to reasonable speed on most of the features I would ever use in Premiere, then $330 for software and training is a pretty good deal.

By the way, Adobe customer service seems to be pretty good. You can call them for up to 30 days after buying the product. After that, you have to pay for support. I never did like this pay for support idea, since basically your paying them because their manuals aren't so good or their software is not easy to use. And sometimes your paying them to report a bug in their software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for professionals and beginners!
I started editing video several years ago using Ulead Mediastudio Pro, which is pretty good. Then I moved on to Premiere, and it's much better. You can find many more plug-ins and there's lots more support on the web from users. I strongly recommend this for advanced and beginners. It is not difficult to use, and always gets met the output I expect. Just need to put in time to get to know its functions, like any other software. I use it to create MPG2 for DVDs and occassionally realvideo or quicktime. Also, it's the only software that allows me to easily and extremely quickly convert a sound file into 48khz sampling rate. All other software, even sound software, only gives 44khz option, which is not compatible with DVD.

Ernesto
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good investment for video fans (rookies also)
I am a complete ignorant in video edition and mastering. I was looking for a program that would help me edit and mix my home videos.

Premiere helped me out a lot with it and it was easy to grab the basics. It is not complicated to start using it and in no time you'll be adding effects or transitions to those videos of yours.

You do not need a super PC with lots of RAM to use it (128 is enough for starting) although it's advisable with these kind of programs to have many Megs of RAM backing you up.

You can import from digital cameras, VHS, and almost every known format (AVI, MOV, MPG, etc) and export your projects to almost every format too. You can add extra images or sounds to enhance your own "pieces of art".

I can never forget that huge big smile on my face after editing a home video and watching it on TV with transitions, still images, and recorded comments on it! It felt so good! ... Read more


93. Adobe Photoshop CS 2 Upgrade (Mac)
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Asin: B00094OT5Y
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 3765
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Adobe Photoshop CS 2, Upgrade ... Read more


94. Pinnacle PCTV USB2 ( 210100387 ) TV Tuner and Video Capture Device
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00028CAJ4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 10079
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Amazon Product Description

The Pinnacle PCTV USB2 TV tuner and video capture device lets you watch, control, and record live TV (cable or antenna) on your PC. You can also use it to import video footage from other sources likea VCR, camcorder, or DVD player. Video can be recorded using MPEG or DV real-timecompression. An interactive setup assistant makes installation fast andeasy.

This external Hi-Speed USB TV tuner is compatiblewith both analog cable and antenna TV .

The Pinnacle PCTV USB2 is an affordable external TV tuner/personal video recorder (PVR) that plugs into yourcomputer's USB 2.0 port. Offering easy, one-button recording and CD/DVDburning, it's small, compact, and perfect for mobile users.

You can pause the show you're watching and resume viewing where you leftoff. You can also rewind and fast-forward through recorded live TV, such as sports broadcasts. Just activate Time Shifting at the start of the game and you can pause and replay important action at any moment. At thepress of a button, you can return to the game in progress.

The PCTV USB2 lets you use your computer like a VCR. Just schedule therecording of your favorite program and the included Pinnacle Vision5 software handles the rest.


You can watch TV shows in full-screen mode or in a moveable, scalablewindow, which lets you enjoy TV while you use other applications. Youcan watch programs broadcast in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The PCTV USB2features real-time de-interlacing and a digital noise-killer for best-in-classvideo quality. The device draws power from the Hi-Speed USB port, thereby eliminating the need for a separate power supply.

Burn Recordings to Disc
You can archive your recordings to CD and DVD thanks to built-indisc-burning capability. Create anthologies of your favourite TV seriesand collections of sports highlights. It's also perfect for protectingprecious video memories--just copy your old videotape footage to yourhard drive and burn it to disc.

The PCTV USB2 requires a PC with with Pentium III or Athlon (1 GHz) orCeleron/Duron (1.2 GHz) processor, Windows XP (Home or Professional), DirectX8-compatible graphics controller (or higher), DirectX 9-compatiblesound controller (or higher), and a minimum of 5 GB of free hard drive space.

What's in the Box
This package contains the PCTV USB2 external TV tuner with hyperband cableTV support, a 6-foot USB 2 cable, an infrared remote-control transmitter, twoAA batteries, and a CD-ROM with PCTV Vision WatchTV and PVR applications and PCTV Assistant.

The PCTV USB2 lets you watch TV shows in full-screenmode or in a moveable, scaleable window, which lets you enjoy TV whileyou use other applications.

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Features

  • Turn your PC into a personal video recorder (PVR); burn recording to disc
  • Plugs into the USB 2.0 port of your computer
  • Video can be recorded using MPEG or DV real-time compression
  • Watch, record and pause live TV; import video footage from other sources like a VCR, camcorder or DVD-player
  • Small and compact, and draws power from the USB port

95. TASCAM US122 Audio/MIDI Interface with Free Software
list price: $269.00
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Asin: B0002DOXIK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Tascam
Sales Rank: 5846
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Features

  • 2 XLR-fed phantom-powered mic inputs with inserts
  • 2 line level inputs(switchable to guitar level)
  • 16 channels of MIDI I/O
  • Adjustable zero-latency direct monitoring
  • Two line outputs and headphone output with level control

96. Pinnacle Studio 9 Media Suite - Video Editing Software Suite
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0002XHBZ2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 3247
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

3-Port FireWire Host PCI AdapterPinnacle Studio MediaSuite is the best choice for video editors and multimedia enthusiasts. It features Studio Plus, the most advanced version of Pinnacle’s award-winning video editing application, Studio. The rest of the integrated suite includes software for recording and editing audio for your movies soundtrack. You can also retouch photos before integrating them into a film or turning them into a slideshow, complete with professional-looking menus. Once the movie is made, you can burn it to CD/DVD and make multiple copies quickly and reliably using the included burning and disc duplication software. ... Read more

Features

  • InstantCinema; Burning and disc-duplication software
  • Video-editing software suite for video editors and multimedia enthusiasts
  • Advanced consumer video-editing and disc-authoring application, Studio Plus
  • Photo editing with Corel Photobook; audio editing with WaveLab Lite
  • Sophisticated media-management application; Instant Backup

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not spend your money for this Software
This software has serious memory problems. It can not run smoothly and froze my computer on a regular basis. If you buy, you have to spend time for rebooting your computer.



1-0 out of 5 stars Possible the worst software I even bought!
Do not, under any circumstances, buy this software! It has been a source of frustration from day one! First, this software has serious memory problems. It cannot run smoothly and froze my computer on a regular basis. The fact that I have a new Sony VIAO with all the bells and whistles, and the fact that subsequent video editing software run perfectly, has to point to an inefficient memory use by this software. Also, the videos that I tried to edit were your plain vanilla family trip clips, nothing extraordinary. Still this software couldn't handle them.

To add insult to injury, this software is full of locked features, yes even at that price! For example, if you want MPEG-4 computability, you need to purchase additional drivers ($10). If you want to use MP3 files, you need to purchase additional drivers. MP3? Isn't that an industry standard? Anyway the list of "premium" locked features goes on and on, even downloading the latest patch (9.4 at the time of this writing) doesn't help.

There are other serious flaws with this software, primarily around burning the DVD's. I can't fully report on these since unfortunately I only got to briefly sample these issues. Why you might ask? Because my computer kept on freezing before I ever got to finish editing the movie...

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice video editing but beware of the audio
I have used Pinnacle Video editing software professionally for several years.My experience with Pinnacle has been positive and I have produced a lot of work with their software.I think Pinnacle has really pioneered video editing for home use as well.Indeed I'm quite familiar with their versions of Studio 7, 8, 9 and 9 plus.I recently purchased their STUDIO MediaSuite for home use.It seemed like a nice package to have video, audio and photo editing all in one.Actually, I didn't need the photo editing because I use Adobe's Photoshop Elements (a really solid piece of software).

The short answer is that the video component works quite well.The interface is easy to understand and use.I'm sure most folks would be up and running in no time.Don't forget to check their web site for product updates.

The sound editing capability is another story.Pinnacle has (apparently) licensed Steinberg WaveLab Lite as the audio editor.WaveLab Lite is a home version of its more robust professional software.The first big problem I ran into using WaveLab is that it has no ability to rip CDs.None.This is quite surprising since that is one of the claims Pinnacle makes for this software on the outside of the box.So if you purchase MediaSuite you will have to purchase a separate software for ripping CDs.The second problem is that neither Pinnacle nor Steinberg will support WaveLab Lite.This makes a certain kind of business logic sense Steinberg doesn't sell it and Pinnacle doesn't own it.Yet it's an orphaned software that no one will claim as their own and will not support. So be forewarned that if you purchase MediaSuite then you are on your own if you have any problems with it.

Other than that, this seems to be a fairly good product all in all. ... Read more


97. Ulead Systems DVD Workshop 2 Upgrade
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00019JGWS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ULead Systems
Sales Rank: 6582
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Features

  • Powerful and intuitive authoring software for professional DVD creation
  • Design dynamic DVDs with the extensive set of built-in tools
  • Straightforward workflow; visually intuitive storyboard interface
  • Add multiple subtitle and audio tracks like Dolby Digital AC-3 audio
  • Preview in real-time; enhanced input and output options

98. Adobe Encore DVD 1.5
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Asin: B00021XI4M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4446
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Features

  • New Styles palette makes applying styles to your DVD menu easy -- just drag-and-drop
  • Enhanced Library palette -Organize your own text layers, vector shapes, background layers, and layer sets; custom library sets for buttons, images, and menu templates, with a click
  • Verify your project at any point of production -Encore checks navigation, bit rates, and subtitles for problems any time you need it done
  • QuickTime support for a broader choice of import options
  • Work without interruption as source files are transcoded in the background

99. Muvee Autoproducer 4
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Asin: B00094OT5O
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: JACK OF ALL GAMES
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100. Adobe After Effects Standard 6.5
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Asin: B00021XI1U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 5731
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Features

  • Advanced clone tool removes unwanted elements from multiple frames - five presets plus the ability to overlay a source frame while you paint
  • Animate text with built-in Animation Presets -- Set blend modes between characters, randomize text, write scripts and more
  • Color correction tools -Adjust the color of footage and other elements with Color Finesse
  • Special effects plug-ins add dramatic power to your compositions -Over 60 new plug-ins to choose from
  • New disk caching tools speed up your interactive work

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