Edition Teases What Could Be

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-07-29 Print this article Print

Pinnacle's Edition is a sweet, nonlinear video editing product plagued by inconsistent performance.

Pinnacles Edition is a sweet, nonlinear video editing product plagued by inconsistent performance.

On the plus side, Edition is loaded with features, including semi-integrated DVD editing and publishing and just about everything a corporate video producer would ever want. It has unbeatable performance and support for multiprocessor systems and is a bargain, to boot, at $699. If only it werent plagued by erratic performance, it would beat its main competition—Adobe Premiere—hands down.

Alas, Pinnacle is pushing the limit on Windows technology with Edition, and that tends to lead to instability. In addition, the product alters the interface of Windows slightly, which usually doesnt bode well for many users.

I ran into several glitches with two different systems—one based on a 1GHz Pentium III with 512MB of RAM and the other with a dual-processor AMD Polywell screamer with 1GB of RAM (both running Windows XP).

With the Pentium system, Edition often did not recognize the camera device. This is especially interesting because Pinnacles other products, including the low-end Studio, worked just fine in this regard. With the AMD-based system, Edition was more stable, but it occasionally froze, forcing me to quit the application.

Still, for users who want to spend some upfront time debugging this beast, Edition is an extremely powerful tool, and it comes bundled with more features than Adobe Premiere.

Premieres performance is more reliable; in tests it was slower on rendering, and it lacks the panache of Edition.

Pinnacles product has a long learning curve for those familiar with Avid and Premiere, but after 20 minutes of intensive experimentation, Edition became easier to use. If only ...

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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