PINNACLE SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES STUDIO 8
Enhanced Consumer Video Editing Software Records to DVD/VCD/SVCD or
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, June 25, 2002 - Pinnacle Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLE),
a leader in digital video solutions, announced today Pinnacle Studio
version 8, the platform for Pinnacle Systems' consumer line of video
editing solutions. Based on the technology that has earned Pinnacle
Systems eight Emmy Awards for Technical Achievement, the Studio products
have been ranked as the industry's top-selling products for the last
Pinnacle Studio version 8 adds integrated DVD/VCD/SVCD creation tools
as well as real-time transcoding from DV to MPEG2. The powerful new
features will appeal to customers who have never edited before and to
individuals who use existing Studio or competitor products and want
to advance their movie-making capabilities.
"Creating videos should be fun, not frustrating," Bill Loesch,
vice president of marketing and technology of Pinnacle System's Personal
Web Video Division, emphasized. "With the new features we've added
to Studio 8, creativity isn't limited by a tight budget or a lack of
experience. Pinnacle's Studio 8s new disc creation capabilities makes
the power of Pinnacle's professional DVD technology accessible to consumers
in a friendly and intuitive interface"
Unlike other consumer video products that require users to handle video
editing and disc authoring as two separate steps, Studio version 8 provides
a seamless editing/authoring environment, providing unparalleled ease
of use and creative flexibility. The full version of Studio 8 allows
the creation of true Hollywood-style DVDs, with advanced features previously
found only in professional DVD authoring packages costing hundreds or
thousands of dollars more. Discs created with Studio version 8 can include
menus with looping background music, moving video backgrounds and moving
video in the menu buttons. Users can easily create multiple linked and
nested menus for complex interactivity. Finished projects are burned
to a DVD or CD simply by clicking on the Make Disc tab from Make Movie
and selecting the VCD, SVCD, or DVD preset option.
Pinnacle Studio version 8 will be available as a standalone software
product through select resellers in August for SRP $99. Bundled with
a FireWire card, Studio DV 8 has a suggested list price is $129. Studio
version 7 owners can upgrade to Pinnacle Studio at a discount.
"Pinnacle's Studio DV 8 takes advantage of the inherent processing
power of the Pentium 4 processor," said David Brown, director of
Intel's platform enabling group. "The new application from Pinnacle
running on the Pentium 4 processor gives consumers the video and audio
performance they need when creating and editing videos."
Studio 8 will be available as a standalone software product through
select resellers in August for $99. Studio DV 8 including a FireWire
card and Studio AV 8 which includes an analog capture board, each have
a suggested list price of $129. For the ultimate home movie making system,
Studio Deluxe 8 includes a board with FireWire and analog inputs and
outputs and a suggested list price of $299. Studio 7 owners can upgrade
to Pinnacle Studio at a discount. For more information go to www.pinnaclesys.com.
About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
Pinnacle Systems provides cutting-edge digital video creation, storage,
streaming and viewing solutions for broadcasters, video professionals
and consumers. Pinnacle Systems solutions help enable the creation,
management and distribution of video via cable, satellite, video-on-demand
(VOD), digital video discs (DVDs) and the Internet, along with consumer
editing products for home movie making and DVD creation. The company
has won eight Emmy Awards for its technical innovations for broadcast
products and carries its commitment to technology throughout all of
its product lines. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at (650) 526-1600
or at www.pinnaclesys.com
*Studio products were the top-selling retail DV editing solutions in
the US for 2000 and 2001 based on NPD Intellect's (formerly PC Data)
January 2001 and 2002 Reports.
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owners, 2001-2002, Pinnacle Systems.