Pinnacle Edition DV review: Pinnacle Edition DV

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The Good Unique Windows-style interface; precise editing controls; includes programs for custom transitions, DVD authoring, and motion graphics.

The Bad Steep learning curve; no audio CD import; no Mac version; clunky menu interface.

The Bottom Line Pinnacle Edition DV delivers powerful video editing and a great value for intermediate to advanced users, but beginners will struggle with its unique interface and abundance of features.

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Look out, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro: there's a new kid in town. Pinnacle Edition DV is the first offspring of Pinnacle's acquisition of Fast Video, a Germany-based company primarily known for professional video-editing software. Edition sports a revolutionary contextual-menu interface--you right-click for everything, with no pull-down menus anywhere--a diverse feature set, and bundled programs that make it solid competition for any other video-editing program. At $699, the Edition DV package presents an incredible value to intermediate or advanced moviemakers. But despite Edition's consumer packaging, this app's unique features and precise editing controls make it too tricky for beginners, who should turn to Pinnacle Studio DV or Video Explosion Deluxe. Look out, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro: there's a new kid in town. Pinnacle Edition DV is the first offspring of Pinnacle's acquisition of Fast Video, a Germany-based company primarily known for professional video-editing software. Edition sports a revolutionary contextual-menu interface--you right-click for everything, with no pull-down menus anywhere--a diverse feature set, and bundled programs that make it solid competition for any other video-editing program. At $699, the Edition DV package presents an incredible value to intermediate or advanced moviemakers. But despite Edition's consumer packaging, this app's unique features and precise editing controls make it too tricky for beginners, who should turn to Pinnacle Studio DV or Video Explosion Deluxe.

Extraordinary interface
We guarantee that Edition's interface will throw you for a loop. Gone are the pull-down menus and tool palettes of most editing systems--heck, of most software applications. Instead, Edition emulates Windows itself, complete with a Pinnacle Start button in the lower left-hand corner. It's a bit hard to get used to this OS-within-an-OS setup, but once you do, you'll never miss clunky toolbar menus.

Edition offers two separate views: Project and Sequence. In Project view, you collect your media (film clips, still shots, and music) and organize your material, while Sequence view displays a traditional timeline interface for fine-tuning your project. Each time you switch between Project and Sequence, the icons embedded in the interface also change to match the new operation. We like the interface recycling, since it maintains interface consistency throughout the program.

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