NEW Pinnacle Studio 26 Value-packed video editing software for Windows

Create impressive productions and streamline your workflow with reliable tools and plenty of creative templates and effects.

Create with inspiration.
Edit with Pinnacle.

Discover this unique gateway to advanced editing with sophisticated tools, creative filters, an intuitive workspace, and significantly improved stability and performance in Pinnacle Studio™ 26 – everything you need to transform your videos into impressive productions is inside.

Reliable Tools

Reliable Tools

Precision & Flexibility

Precision & Flexibility

Creative Effects

Creative Effects

Passion. Power. Precision.

Edit and improvise with confidence.
Learn the ropes quickly.
Transcend to pro-level proficiency.

Evolve your films by taking your edits to the next level.

Develop your editing skills in concert with the quality of your productions by leveraging sophisticated tools like  Stop Motion Animation, MultiCam Editing, Split Screen Video, and more.

Impress your audience with creative storytelling.

Realize your unique vision and stylize your productions with creative filters, variative color adjustments, smooth transitions, and custom titles - all to bring artistic flair and cinematic quality to your films.

Enjoy endless fine-tuning options and frame-accurate customization.

Enjoy drag-and-drop timeline and storyboard editing across 6 tracks, add keyframes to adjust your edits with exceptional precision, and customize your workspace to your personal preferences – all with better-than-ever stability and reliability.

Features

Screen Recording

Screen Recording

MultiCam Editing

MultiCam Editing

Split Screen Video

Split Screen Video

Title Editor

Title Editor

Keyframe Controls

Keyframe Controls

Creative Effects

Creative Effects

Stop Motion Animation

Stop Motion Animation

DVD Authoring

DVD Authoring

Affordable editing power that brings you closer to pro.

Dive into an editing experience that empowers you to go beyond the basics and doesn’t break the bank.

What’s NEW in Pinnacle Studio 26?

This new version of Pinnacle is faster, better, and more efficient than ever—and we have you to thank. Based on your feedback, we've fortified the product, focusing on core editing processes to bring real improvements to the aspects that truly matter to you, delivering our most streamlined and smooth editing experience in years. Pinnacle Studio 26 brings tangible improvements to the user experience beyond simple bug fixes and interface tweaks—we've upgraded the structure of the product with changes in everything from behavioral logic to resource management, to a brand-new proxy codec. With greatly enhanced stability, performance, and usability, enjoy a streamlined workflow, and fully focus on the creative side of video editing!

IMPROVED

Product Stability

This release focuses largely on product stability and core feature performance, along with dozens of crash and bug fixes for targeted improvements to more than 200 unique user-identified scenarios. Pinnacle Studio 26 is our most reliable and stable version to date. Enjoy smooth and streamlined video editing from the moment you install it!

IMPROVED

Product Performance

Incredible performance improvements have been implemented in user-identified areas such as software launch time, resource utilization, interface and project preview responsiveness, as well as import and export speed. Main performance improvements include:

  • Implementing Apple ProRes* as a smart proxy format for improved preview, playback, timeline rendering, and overall editing responsiveness
  • Changing behavioral logic to avoid unnecessary refreshes and reduce rendering delays
  • A new dropdown to choose from project preview quality options to optimize performance
  • Targeted speed improvements on importing clips into the library and exporting final projects

*Pinnacle Studio Smart Proxy supports the Apple ProRes format, but quality is limited to 4:2:2 8-bit.

OTHER ENHANCEMENTS

With newly added keyframe management options, it’s easy to manipulate groups of keyframes for quick replication of your customizations, such as looping animations, light flashes, custom pan and zoom animations, complex sequences of changes to color or brightness, and more.
Create, copy, paste, and delete groups of keyframes across parameters (brightness, transparency, saturation, etc.) to another clip, or another parameter on the same clip.

Make your story cinematic.

Why limit your creative vision? You choose the story you want to tell and Pinnacle Studio will help deliver professional results with its breadth of features and precise controls.

Let color in!

Expand your color possibilities.

  • Before
  • After
Color Correction

Adjust white balance, correct underexposed scenes, and apply instant corrections. Experiment with Selective Color to highlight a specific object in your scene.

Selective Color

Experiment with Selective Color to highlight a single hue and draw focus to an important facet of your scenery.

LUTs & Filters

Apply instant color grading effects to shift the mood in any scene and achieve creative transformations with LUTs presets.

Pure creativity.

Tap into effects and filters.

  • Before
  • After
Set the atmosphere in your films

Add an artistic touch and use special effects to set the mood in any scene of your production – make it playful, surreal, dramatic, and much more.

Play with themed templates

Elevate your projects and save time with themed templates and overlays – replicate popular styles and layouts, and make your videos look chic.

Action!

Explore motion graphics and effects.

  • Create fast or slow-motion effects with Time Remapping
  • Add motion and visual interest with Pan and Zoom
  • Emphasize motion on screen with Motion Blur effects

Dimensions. Perspectives. Angles. It’s not a linear world.

Check out MultiCam, Split Screen Video, and Screen recording.

MultiCam Editing

Edit video across two cameras to show the scene from different perspectives and with different details.

MultiCam Capture and Screen Recording

Easily and seamlessly record your screen and capture webcam footage with enhanced MultiCam Capture 2.0 Lite. Add audio overlays to produce engaging tutorials, gaming videos, or to record webinars. Leverage this go-to tool for vlogging, channel content creation, or business video production.

Split Screen Video

Combine two or more actions filmed separately—on one screen. Use this popular video editing technique to create promo videos or comparison videos, to show different gaming strategies, or to better illustrate any of your stories.

Music can make a good video, great!

Get to know Audio Editor.

Master your sound:

  • Fade audio in and out, or mute and even detach audio in just a few clicks
  • Record your own narration and voiceover with included recording tools
  • Access royalty-free music and sound effects that take videos to the next level

Always go for ‘extra’ options.

Find more in our value-packed feature sets.

Video Stabilization

Eliminate shaky footage altogether! Whether it was captured while riding a bike or skiing the slopes, you can easily fix it with the Video Stabilization tool available inside Pinnacle Studio.

Stop Motion Animation

Nowadays, Stop Motion Animation is a mainstream filmmaking tool. Support your digital storytelling with this amazing functionality that enables you to animate people and objects inside your productions.

Lens Correction

Explore built-in Lens Correction tools to remove lens distortion (e.g., fisheye in wide angle) from your footage.

Title Editor

Add text to a video to bring out important details like business information, compelling captions, and generally add some depth to your content.

Green Screen

Create all kinds of incredible effects while “traveling” without going anywhere—just rely on Green Screen post-production for compositing two video streams together and making your preferred destination a reality.

8K Import

8K Import

Import 8K videos and enjoy unrivaled quality content with significantly higher resolution, greater color, and incredible sound.

Play with formats. Easily.

  • Convert videos into the most popular file formats.
  • Share easily across different platforms and devices.
  • Burn to disc and select from more than 20 customizable menu templates.

What’s included:

Main Applications:

  • Video editing software
  • Video capture and screen recorder
  • Slideshow maker
  • Audio editor
  • DVD authoring
  • Video converter

Creative Content:

  • Hundreds of filters and effects
  • Library of animated overlays, graphics, creative fonts, and titles
  • Themed templates and video montages
  • Royalty-free music and sound effects

Documentation & Tutorials:

  • User Guide PDF
  • Search Help Files
  • Built-in tutorials & learning videos
  • 10-day FREE all-access pass to StudioBacklot for first time users, includes training and royalty-free content

Learning & support

We’ve listened to you.
We’ve learned and improved.
We’ve got the tools in place to train you.

Get the most out of Pinnacle Studio and stay supported with our learning content that’s updated on an ongoing basis: video tutorials, written “How to” tutorials, User Guide.

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Which version of Pinnacle Studio is right for me?

Pinnacle Studio makes it simple to create movies and edit video like a pro. Whether you are new to video editing, or already an experienced producer, there is a tier of Pinnacle Studio that is fully suited to your editing needs.

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Highlight Features

Storyboard and timeline editing 6 Tracks Unlimited tracks
Keyframe effects and motion
Title Editor
Screen recording and video capture
Multi-camera editing 2 Cameras 6 Cameras
Color Grading Simplified Full featured
Blend Modes
Motion Tracking
Smart Object Tracking
Video Masking
360 Video Editing
Export with Alpha Channel

Storyboard and timeline editing
Drag-and-drop video editing
Import HD videos
Export resolution HD HD, 4K
Number of video/audio tracks 6 Unlimited
Three and four-point editing
Customizable workspace and keyboard shortcuts
Group and nest clips
Keyframe effects and motion

Hundreds of video effects, transitions, titles, and templates
Video Templates
Green Screen / Chroma Key
Selective Color
Automatic slideshow maker: Smartmovie
Split Screen video
Video Capture and Screen Recorder: MultiCam Capture Lite
Multi-Camera Editing 2 Cameras 6 Cameras
Stop Motion Animation
Time Remapping
Motion Tracking
Track Transparency
Blend Modes
Video Masking
Smart Object Tracking
Seamless Transitions
Morph Transitions
Paint Effects

Video Stabilization
Lens Correction
Color Grading SIMPLIFIED FULL FEATURED
Hue & Saturation
HSL Color Tuning
Luminance
LUT Presets
Image Tone Curve
Color Wheels
Video Scope
Selective Vectorscope

Royalty-free music library with ScoreFitter
Sound effects library
Audio filters
Record voiceover
Fade-in/fade-out audio
Detach audio
Audio Ducking to easily layer audio tracks

360 video editing
360 video freeze frame
360 titles and transitions
Convert 360 video to standard video
Convert single or double fisheye to equirectangular
Convert 360 video to Spherical Panorama (Tiny Planet and Rabbit Hole effects)

Add project notes to working files
Burn to disc* with chapters and menus with MyDVD 20+ templates 100+ templates
Insert chapter points in timeline
Export to all common video formats
Export to specific video extension
Export to device (smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles)
Export to web (YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo)
Convert video to popular formats
Project packages for easy archive/restore
Save projects as templates
Export Animated GIFs
Export Alpha Channel video
Export 360 video

Intel® Quick Sync Video hardware acceleration
AV1 import
HEVC (H.265)** Import and Export Import and Export
GoPro LVR
64-bit architecture
Support for VFR video
XAVC S support
XAVC and DVCPRO HD decoding
Import MXF files
4K video
8K video
360 video

* Blu-ray Disc authoring available for purchase in Pinnacle Studio

**HEVC (H.265) support requires supporting PC hardware or graphics card

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Highlight Features

Editing speed and performance enhancements
Resource management and stability enhancements
Timeline Preview quality options NEW
Keyframing on Editor/Title/Mask ENHANCED
Timeline editing across unlimited tracks
Webcam and Screen Recorder MultiCam Capture Lite MultiCam Capture Lite ENHANCEDMultiCam Capture 2.0 Lite
Webcam Face Effects NEW
Multi-Camera Editing 6 cameras 6 cameras 6 cameras
Color Grading
Alpha Channel & GIF support
Video Masking
Smart Object Tracking
Blend Modes
8K Video Import

Storyboard and timeline editing ENHANCED
Keyframe effects and motion ENHANCED
Built-in media library with project bins
Customizable workspace and keyboard shortcuts
Three and four-point editing
Project nesting

Smart Object Tracking ENHANCED
Dynamic Video Masking ENHANCED
Webcam and Screen Recorder: MultiCam Capture Lite Two Streams, Upgradable Two Streams, Upgradable Two Streams, Upgradable
Multi-Camera Editing 6 cameras 6 cameras 6 cameras
Motion Tracking
Stop Motion Animation
360 Video Editing
360 Video Tiny Planet Effects
360 Video Freeze Frame
Seamless Transitions
Morph Transitions
Split Screen Video

Hundreds of video effects, transitions, titles, and templates
Paint effects
Selective Color
Green Screen / Chroma Key
Color Grading
Hue & Saturation
HSL Color Tuning
Image Tone Curve
Color Wheels
Video Scopes
Selective Vectorscope
LUT Presets

Volume controlls
Record voiceover
Royalty-free music & sound effects library
Audio Ducking
Audio Filters
Noise Reduction
Pitch Scaling
Multi-channel 5.1 sound mixing

Export to all common video formats
Export to devices (smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles)
Export to web (YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo)
DVD authoring with custom menus and chapters
Export Animated GIFs
Export Alpha Channel video

Tech Specs

System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 11, Windows 10, 64 bit only
  • Processor*: Intel Core i3 or AMD A4 3.0 GHz or higher
    • Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD & Intel Quick Sync Video support
    • Intel Core i7 4th generation or later or AMD Athlon A10 or higher for Multi-camera
  • RAM: 4 GB or higher, 8+GB highly recommended for Multi-camera
  • Graphics card: Minimum resolution: 1024 x 768, minimum 256MB VGA VRAM, 512MB or higher recommended for hardware decoding acceleration
    DirectX graphics device recommended:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 700 series / Quadro 600 (Fermi-based) or newer (CUDA-enabled required for CUDA support)
    • ATI Radeon HD 5XXX series or higher
    • Intel HD Graphics from Ivy Bridge or higher
    • 3D Titler requires DirectX 11
  • Sound card: Windows-compatible sound card
  • Hard drive space: 10 GB HDD space for full installation
  • Internet connection required for installation, registration and updates. Registration required for product use.

Import Formats

  • Video: AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP (MPEG-4, H.263), WMV, Non-encrypted DVD titles (incl. DVD-VR/+VR), MOV (DV, MPEG-4, H.264), HEVC** (H.265), GoPro LRV
  • Audio: MP3, MPA, M4A, WAV, AMR, AC3, AAC, Vorbis, WMA
  • Image: BMP, GIF, JPG, JPS, J2K, PCX, PNG, PSD, TGA, TIF, WMF

Export Formats

  • Disc: DVD, AVCHD, Blu-ray ($)
  • Video: DV, HDV, AVI, WMV, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP, H.264, MOV, M2TS, FLV, 3GP
  • Image: BMP, JPEG, TIF, TGA
  • Audio: AC3, MP2, MP3, MP4, WAV

Accessories

  • DVD burner required for creating DVD and AVCHD discs
  • Blu-ray burning requires purchase of a separate plug-in from within the product

Supported Languages

  • English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Russian, Finnish, Danish, and Swedish.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

* For 8K video support, an Intel 7th generation or newer CPU with Quick Sync, an NVIDIA 10 series or newer CPU, or an AMD 4000 series or newer CPU is recommended.

** HEVC (H.265) support requires Windows 11 or 10, supporting PC hardware or graphics card and Microsoft HEVC video extension installed.

Upgrade Qualification
Previous owners of Avid Studio or Pinnacle Studio 9 and higher qualify for upgrade pricing. Qualified versions include: Studio 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Integrated editing experience.
Solid feature sets.
Boosted performance.