The history of Studio timeline-
Although the interface looks very basic and ‘clunky’ compared with the ones we know today, its functional layout has changed little. There was the Album, which contains scenes from the captured footage, and where you could select transitions, titles, sound effects, images, and music. The Preview Player showed scenes from the album, transition previews, and played back from the Movie Window. The Movie Window was where you assembled and edited the movie, either in story-
The intuitive user interface, and ease of use, is what endeared me to this program from day one, and is the reason why I have stayed with the product line as my main editor ever since.
The Movie Window
Over the years there have been many new releases of Studio, almost on an annual basis. Behind the scenes there have been many advances, like the means to author DVDs, the inclusion of external plug-
In 2005, Pinnacle Systems became a division of Avid Inc. who continued to release new versions of Pinnacle Studio up to version 15.
In 2010 Avid released a version of its own which it called Avid Studio 1.1, which used a similar code-
Notable differences, however, are that the timeline now includes a virtually unlimited number of A/V tracks, and the Preview Player window can now be freely scaled in size (at the expense of a reduction in height of the Movie Window).
Although this new version of editor follows broadly the same paradigm as earlier versions of Studio, it has lost its intuitive feel, and is not as easy to use without referring to Help, or viewing one of the available tutorials. Once having climbed the learning curve however, it will be seen to be a very powerful and capable program.
In 2012, Corel acquired the consumer product line from Avid, and a second version of Avid Studio, that was currently in the final stages of development, was ultimately released by Corel as Pinnacle Studio 16, which requires as a minimum the Windows Vista operating system. An obvious visual difference, shown below, is that the Source and Timeline preview windows can now be displayed side-
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