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Pinnacle Systems has announced the release of Pinnacle Studio 9, the next generation of its home movie-making hardware and software targeted at camcorder owners who want to quickly and easily create and share home movies.

Pinnacle Systems has announced the release of Pinnacle Studio 9, the next generation of its home movie-making hardware and software targeted at camcorder owners who want to quickly and easily create and share home movies.

To streamline editing, users select raw video footage, add a favorite song for a soundtrack, choose an editing style and with one click, the software will create am edited movie, complete with titles, transitions, and effects. For more advanced enthusiasts, Studio 9 combines a host of creative editing tools and features that include transitions, titles, video and sound effects and automatic or imported music making options.

“Pinnacle is bringing its unique expertise as a world-leader in supplying video editing systems from beginners to broadcasters to Studio 9’s family of solutions,” noted Bill Loesch, vice president of engineering and product management of Pinnacle’s Business and Consumer division. “Studio 9 will be available in a wide array of options as either standalone software or complete hardware/software solutions. We are offering home movie makers a way to easily connect almost any camcorder and PC for a simple yet powerful experience.”

New features for Studio 9 solutions include automatic editing capabilities and one-touch controls for improving old or damaged video. Studio 9 also debuts new tools for producing home cinema-quality movies and support for third party developers to incorporate their audio and video plug-ins. Pinnacle has also worked with Intel to optimise the software to make the most of the Pentium 4 processor.

“Consumers are turning to their computers to enhance, preserve and share their life’s most important memories,” said Brian Fravel, director of desktop platform marketing. “With the power of the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology and Studio 9’s ability to add surround-sound and format for wide-screen, consumers are empowered to create engaging, entertaining home movies for today’s home theatre systems.” Pinnacle Studio 9 is available now for a suggested retail price of US $99.

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