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Roxio 9 versus Pinnacle Studio 9 or 10


BonzaiDuck

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I've had licenses to both Roxio and Pinnacle software, and discovered how to use them both on the same machine without fouling up the machine or each other. [Close drag-to-disc, for example, if you are going to use Pinnacle].

 

There had been some features in Roxio 7 or 8 which I liked and was able to use, and other features in Pinnacle Studio that seemed lacking in Roxio.

 

I'm thinking to dump my Studio software. The upgrade for version 9.x to version 10.5 will not install. I would need to call tech support to "get there." If Roxio does everything Pinnacle did, I can dump Pinnacle and follow the K.I.S.S. principle.

 

Studio seemed better for editing and trimming video clips, and you could "re-synch" the audio and video tracks. I have not fully explored this feature in Roxio yet.

 

Any observations?

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I've had licenses to both Roxio and Pinnacle software, and discovered how to use them both on the same machine without fouling up the machine or each other. [Close drag-to-disc, for example, if you are going to use Pinnacle].

 

There had been some features in Roxio 7 or 8 which I liked and was able to use, and other features in Pinnacle Studio that seemed lacking in Roxio.

 

I'm thinking to dump my Studio software. The upgrade for version 9.x to version 10.5 will not install. I would need to call tech support to "get there." If Roxio does everything Pinnacle did, I can dump Pinnacle and follow the K.I.S.S. principle.

 

Studio seemed better for editing and trimming video clips, and you could "re-synch" the audio and video tracks. I have not fully explored this feature in Roxio yet.

 

Any observations?

I haven't used Pinnacle since many versions back but found it extremely buggy and yes, tech support was the pits. EMC9 is similar to 8 in many ways but I find Videowave much faster when working on MPEG files. I have had some audio sync issues but they are few and I get around them by working with smaller sizes of files.

I'm not sure what you like in Pinnacle or what you like in EMC but as it's obviously video you do mostly, why not give the Trial a try.

I'm also one who removes drag to disc after installation as I don't use it.

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I haven't used Pinnacle since many versions back but found it extremely buggy and yes, tech support was the pits. EMC9 is similar to 8 in many ways but I find Videowave much faster when working on MPEG files. I have had some audio sync issues but they are few and I get around them by working with smaller sizes of files.

I'm not sure what you like in Pinnacle or what you like in EMC but as it's obviously video you do mostly, why not give the Trial a try.

I'm also one who removes drag to disc after installation as I don't use it.

 

Going back to version 8 of Pinnacle, I quickly discovered that Drag-to-Disc needed shutting down before loading Pinnacle (assuming both installed) -- or it would cause a freeze with Pinnacle. Once you got into the habit of closing all Drag-to-Disc -- the program-box and the systray icon -- never a problem.

 

Yes, larger files would cause a synchronization difficulty between audio and video. With Pinnacle, you could separate the tracks and trim the audio and video respectively by fractions of a second until they were back in synch. It takes much time. I would be able to produce an MPG file of the appropriate size, and then incorporate it into Roxio, from which I could burn a playable DVD.

 

Can you separate tracks in Roxio and work on them this way? I haven't explored that possibility yet, either with EMC 9 or even in version 8 when I was using it as I was.

 

These sorts of things come up when you capture a 3-hour marathon from "Deadwood" and want to trim out the video between the episodes -- any number of things -- even an hour-long capture with commercial interruptions. But of course, the smaller the raw MPG file, the less trouble with synchronization. With Pinnacle, after much trouble learning how to do it, you could fine-tune the audio and video until they were synched. It shows how -- if you want to capture something and polish it that is already available on commercial DVD -- it's better just to buy the #$^@ thing.

 

Now the HBO-Jack-Valenti Nazis will be out to get me. I knew those Deadwood captures would cause me trouble . . . :)

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