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Pinnacle Studio is one of a very few programs to make it all the way to version 23. The venerable video editing software has become steadily more powerful and speedier with each iteration. Corel also develops VideoStudio video editing software, with Pinnacle positioned as the higher-end of the two product lines. Pinnacle is aimed at near-professional-level enthusiasts, with excellent editing features and effects such as stop-motion video, multicam editing, and motion tracking. Pinnacle also supports 360-degree VR content, and its rendering speed is among the best in our testing.

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For those familiar with all the ins and outs of Pinnacle's interface, processes, and capabilities, here's a crib sheet of what's new in version 23. Several are features that professional video editors expect.

  • Video Masking. This tool lets you create overlay effects based on shapes, text, and selections.
  • Clip Nesting. This lets you group a timeline sequence for easy reuse. Pros commonly use this for things like intro and outros.
  • Creation of Animated GIFs. Anyone who's tried creating an animated GIF from a video in Photoshop knows it's harder than it should be, requiring creation of hundreds of still images.