Pinnacle Studio Version Comparison

The Studio comparison chart is an important tool which provides a clear view of the available features of each version of the software. Whether you have the basic, plus, or ultimate version of PS 17 you'll find this chart helpful.

Is the version with the most check marks the best? Not really. The version with the most check marks simply has the most features. As I always say, it's all about you and your needs. Only you know what's best for you. Do you need all of the features in the Ultimate version or can you consistently get the job done with the Plus version? If you're looking to purchase the software this chart will save you time, buyers remorse, and possibly some heartache by providing information to assist you in deciding which version is right for you. The comparison chart doesn't tell you which title to pick. It assists in guiding you to your decision.

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Comparison Chart

Pinnacle Studio Version Studio 17 Studio 17 Plus Studio 17 Ultimate
iZotope Music and Speech Cleaner

Red Giant Filmmaker's Toolkit and Motion Graphics Toolkit

4K Ultra HD Video Support

Blu-ray™ Authoring

Live Screen Capture

3D MVC File Format Import

Simultaneous Source and Master Windows with Drag-and-Drop

Keyframe-Based Effects

Dolby 5.1 Native Support (Import/Export)

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts

Stereoscopic 3D Import, Editing and Export

Stereoscopic 3D Depth Control

Advanced NVIDIA 3D Vision Support

Dual-Monitor 3D Support, "Side by Side" Export

Trim Editor for Source Clip In/Out-Points

Up to 10x Faster Video Rendering1

Included 2D/3D Effects, Transitions, Titles and Templates




Video/Audio Tracks for Multilayer Editing

6 (3/3)

24 (12/12)


Media Asset Rating, Advanced Tagging and Collections



Import and Polish Projects from Pinnacle Studio for iPad

Cloud-Based Media and Project Access/transfer from Box (50GB included)

Easy Sharing to Facebook®, YouTube® and Vimeo®

Export to Apple® iPad, Apple® TV, Microsoft® Xbox®, and More

Export Popular Files: Flash®, DivX®, AVCHD™ 2.0 and MPEG-4

Storyboard and Timeline Editing

SmartMovie Drag-and-Drop Automatic Moviemaking

Project Packages for Easy Archive/Restore

64-Bit Optimized

NVIDIA CUDA Hardware Acceleration

Intel® Quick Sync Video Hardware Acceleration

Scorefitter Music Library for Custom-Fit Soundtracks

Integrated Media Asset Library

Video/Photo/Music Correction and Enhancement in Media Library

Frame-Accurate Timeline Editing

Color Bars and Tone Generation

Transition Editor

Editable Themed Montage Effects/Transitions Templates

3D Auto-Color Adjustment for Both Eyes

DVD Authoring

Different Tools

Have you ever tried to create a specific effect or use a certain tool you thought was in the program and you couldn't find it?  It may be because your version of Pinnacle Studio doesn't include that tool or effect. Many of the tools, options, and effects available in the Plus and Ultimate versions of the software are not listed in the table above. If you need to know which specific effects, options, and tools are available in each version of the software check out the Differences in Pinnacle Studio Versions file.

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