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Pinnacle Studio 18 Edition Adds 4K Editing

Ottawa, Ontario Corel’s Pinnacle Systems unit launched Thursday the latest family of its popular consumer-targeted video-editing software tools, including 4K Ultra HD Smart Encoding in the flagship suite.

The Pinnacle Studio 18 product family includes: Pinnacle Studio 18, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate, all of which now offer native 64-bit performance extending “across the entire video editing workflow.”

Among the new capabilities built into the new flagship, Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate, edition are 4K Ultra HD Smart Encoding, support for XAVC S, enhanced live screen capture and extras from NewBlue.

The additions help the popular consumer video editing brand answer competitive challenges from Apple, Sony, CyberLink, Magix, ACDSee and others.

Pinnacle said other features offered in the different editions include Intel Quick Sync optimization, a streamlined interface and new music from Triple Scoop Music to provide background compositions.

The three new Studio 18 editions are available now at suggested retail prices of $59.95 for Pinnacle Studio 18; $99.95 for Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus; and $129 for Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate. Upgrade pricing is available for owners of earlier editions. New editions are also available for iPads.

Customers also receive a six-week, all-access pass to Studio, with new Pinnacle Studio 18 training content.

The entry edition, Pinnacle Studio 18, offers a streamlined interface, and faster, more responsive performance. The 64-bit architecture speeds up multi-track rendering and provides smoother file handling. Clips are more easily imported for editing inside the built-in media organizer.

A new SmartMovie feature helps assemble a movie in minutes, or editors can do it themselves and take advantage of the 6-track timeline.

The program includes more than 1,500 2D/3D effects and 17 royalty-free music tracks from Triple Scoop Music.

To enable editing anywhere, Pinnacle integrates cloud access and support for Pinnacle Studio for iPad and iPhone.

Finished productions are also easily uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, iPad, Apple TV and Xbox.

The Live Screen Capture feature in Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Ultimate enables recording directly from the screen, with system audio and microphone sound, to add dynamic content to movies and demo videos.

Videos can be easily organized and tagged in the built-in media library. Also added in the Plus version are 24-track frame-accurate editing, more than 1,800 2D/3D effects, titles and templates, and 17 royalty-free tracks from Triple Scoop Music.

The Ultimate edition offers the ability to make 4K Ultra HD videos with Smart Encoding and support for the XAVC S format. Other features include Live Screen Capture, advanced 3D features, unlimited track editing, and more than 700 presets, 55 plug-ins from NewBlue and 17 Triple Scoop Music tracks. Audio enhancement is also supported using iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner.