I have some important and accurate information. I will state a few facts here that hopefully will be heard so the right action plan can take place with the assumption of Pinnacle and Avid Studio products to the Corel suite:
I have bought and used every version of Pinnacle Studio since 1999 when it was Pinnacle DC-10, up to Pinnacle Studio 15 HD Ultimate Collection in Feb of 2012.
Fact: The feature and UI is great. I authored many a video file DVD, and recently a couple Blu Rays over the years. It's easy to use, and for the price point allows great results with only a moderate investment of time to learn the interface for the average enthusiast.
But caveat: since 1999 to 2012, I have purchased and installed the various versions of Pinnacle Studio on about 8 brand new PC's. The software is stable and works great for small time videos, and simple style DVD authoring. But those heavy enthusiasts will find once you start creating 45+ minute DVD discs, and really start adding a LOT of edits into your videos, making use of all the tracks, the software will not measure up. The main reason for buying each new version since 1999 to 2012 was in hopes that the stability improved, and I would no longer spend hours on every major project recovering from corrupted project files, program hangs, and crashes, by cuttting out some of the content, and either leaving it out (since it just couldn't handle it up to disc image creation) or deleting and re-adding the clips and editing again, hoping to get around the hangs and crashes with the next export. Again 13 years, 8 new PC's, and every version of Pinnacle Studio in between loaded when the PC was first built, would hang, crash, and corrupt project files exhibiting the same flavor of problems, once the content got very busy with thousands of edits, multiple tracks, pan and zoom applied to every photo, etc. It's great for the beginner or small time editor, but if you are the "stay-up-all-night-type" and "spend hours editing a couple of minutes of video" person, take the next step:
Fact: In March 2012, after finding Pinnacle Studio 15 HD UC could not handle my passionate editing ways, with yet one more new blazing fast PC just purchased (not overclocked), I have now purchased Avid Studio, and learned the new interface from scratch (March 2012).
Avid Studio is a fairly NEW product offering, it's only version 1.0 with a 1.1 patch and a couple of hot fixes. What I found both distressed and excited me, leaving me finally a few months later with excitement only:
Avid Studio is a ROCK SOLID software application (well, aside from the bugs - read on). I immediately hit it with my heaviest editing yet, creating large scale complex edit DVD's and Blu Rays making use of EVERY edit feature, using up to 15 Audio, Video, and effects tracks in one of my projects. I mean hundreds of hours putting together a single Disc type of passion.
Initial Frustration: Along with a small learning curve to learn an entire new interface (which wasn't bad), I ran into EVERY bug in this 1.1 version software. For each issue, I spent time (hours, entire nights) figuring out that it was a bug, not the way I was using it, then finally either found it was a confirmed bug on the Pinnacle Forums for Avid Studio, or if not on the forums, created my own list of bugs with steps to replicate for nearly all the ones I found, and the few I couldn't replicate, posted workarounds. I was very frustrated until I found all of the bugs, then avoided them or used workarounds.
Turned to Excitement: Even though I was furious at spending so many hours workaround around bugs, I slowly realized it was turning to delight because these were reproducable bugs I was hitting, NOT instability. This meant they could be fixed, not prayed for. I have now pretty much mastered the Avid Studio interface, and with many thousands of edits in my first large scale production Blu Ray, not a SINGLE project file got corrupt. I HAVE NOT LOST A SINGLE EDIT YET!. Not to say the software NEVER hung on me, but the very few times it did, it always recovered 100% on its own when restarting and retained my last edit.
I now can crank through the timeline and author DVDs and Blu Rays with fun and excitement, now that I'm aware of the bugs, and put the replication steps into the hands of the developers at Pinnacle. All this for me occured in the last 45 days!
FEAR: Now that I am at this point, I have just read Corel bought Avid Studio! And I am full of questions:
1 - will Corel pick up the open bugs list, and replicate the last handful that have been posted with steps to replicate on the Pinnacle Forums, or is the Pinnacle Forums basically going Baron now?
2 - will Avid Studio be discontinued ever? right away? Morph into another product offering? Costing me more $$?
3 - what about Avid Studio's loyal customer base?
Take it from someone who has spent time to master Avid Studio - this product is great! It needs a new release to fix the open bugs, a few more things documented in the manual, a couple of features to be looked at for maybe an enhancement or two, and this thing can be considered DONE except as market conditions dictate how to offer it. I am one of the MILLIONS of satisfied users of this fairly new product offering recently built from the ground up by the great Avid Programming Masters.
I'll be checking back hoping to find answers as time goes by, maybe I'll get an email since Corel has my contact info from prior purchases.....