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Attribute Ratings

  • DaVinci Resolve is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
  • Pinnacle Studio is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.4

DaVinci Resolve

84%
20 Ratings
10.0

Pinnacle Studio

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

DaVinci Resolve

100%
1 Rating

Pinnacle Studio

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.3

DaVinci Resolve

93%
3 Ratings
9.0

Pinnacle Studio

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

1.8

DaVinci Resolve

18%
9 Ratings
10.0

Pinnacle Studio

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackmagic Design

I learned so much from this instructional exercise, and I appreciated how the educator is an expert all-day colorist. The section on sound reduction was particularly instructive. I noticed a few inconsistencies between certain methodologies in this instructional exercise and approaches suggested in the Advanced Color Grading in Resolve 15 instructional exercise (e.g., where to place sound reduction in the hub tree), but this is to be expected given that there is no one right way to do any of this. I also learned a lot about Resolve's "Restoration" modules for working with authentic film. This instructional exercise will come up again and again in my work.
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Corel Corporation

Pinnacle Studio is best for youtubers, teachers, and startups who can't afford the subscription-based software like Adobe Premiere Pro. Pinnacle Studio comes with all many advanced features. However, some precise controls are missing in the software so it is not for those who want every aspect of the video perfect.
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Pros

Blackmagic Design

  • Comprehensive - It has video editing, motion graphics, audio, and export tools in one package. It's probably more than most people need, but you don't have to use all of the tools.
  • Platform and format agnostic - I like that I can work on projects on Mac or PC, and there are regular updates for new codecs and cameras. You can edit pretty much any format with no compatibility worries.
  • Price - They offer a free version which has most of the functionality. It's a great way to try before you buy and learn the tools. The final price is only $300 per license for the full product. It's a bargain for everything you get, and you don't feel like you're not getting your money's worth, even if you don't use all of the tools.
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Corel Corporation

  • Allows for quick and easy "commercials" for our announcements..
  • Used to create pre and post worship service videos to help people begin and end worship.
  • Used to create special videos for special music.
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Cons

Blackmagic Design

  • Some areas of Resolve can leave inexperienced users feeling a bit handicapped. Multiple user sign-ins can be confusing, and determining where to place the database of users might need troubleshooting. The exporting workflow is a bit finicky and will need to be learned to use for even simple capabilities.
  • Resolve is not friendly on a single screen editing workflow, and even worse on a laptop. Ideally, an editor has multiple screens in the first place, but because a colorist needs to see scopes and monitor, handling both on the same screen, along with all tools is a challenge. This software is best with more screens.
  • While the NLE capability of Resolve makes for a quick editing workspace, my little experience with it leads me to the conclusion that unless someone desires a completely free alternative to other NLE software, Resolve is not your best friend. Other programs are better.
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Corel Corporation

  • Pinnacle does have a learning curve.
  • The program occasionally becomes choppy and hangs up.
  • We can't change the cursor size in the screen recording. Other alternatives like Camtasia studio provides this feature.
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Pricing Details

DaVinci Resolve

Starting Price

$0 Free

Editions & Modules

DaVinci Resolve editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
DaVinci Resolve 17$0.001
DaVinci Resolve Studio 17$295.002

Footnotes

  1. Free
  2. perpetual license

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pinnacle Studio

Starting Price

$54.95

Editions & Modules

Pinnacle Studio editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Studio$54.951
Studio Plus$89.952
Studio Ultimate$109.953

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Usability

Blackmagic Design

Da Vinci Resolve is up there amongst the big, professional video editing packages like Apple's FinalCutPro and Adobe Premier Pro. To just be included in this league, the package needs to have a plethora of features that the common man does not need. In essence, this overwhelming amount of features makes the product tricky to learn, but once you have the hang of it, it is a dream.
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Corel Corporation

It could use slight improvements. But overall a wonderful product.
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Support Rating

Blackmagic Design

Not only do they have classes available in Los Angeles, but they'll also allow you to work from home with the manual and demo materials, and then let you test out to get a certification. They get back to you quickly when you email, and they've got a "family" approach to customer service, they make you feel like you're important to them.
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Corel Corporation

I've only had to call one time in several years and they were supportive and helpful.
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Alternatives Considered

Blackmagic Design

It has a free version that is very complete. It lets everyone on the team use a lot of very good tools for video editing that would be very expensive while using other solutions that are equally excellent but not as generous. The cost is a very good reason but not the only one, the software is actually really good.
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Corel Corporation

Pinnacle Studio provides pro level tools, and it is very close to Adobe Premiere Pro in terms of features. Also, it provides a perpetual license for a lifetime version. Overall, it is stable and polished software then the other alternatives present in the market.
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Return on Investment

Blackmagic Design

  • Bringing all our video development inhouse has helped us save over $9,000 annually. And a huge part of doing it successfully has been because of DaVinci Resolve.
  • In our first year, we pivoted between DaVinci and Adobe for which would be our primary video production software. The results of both test runs showed that DaVinci needed half the total time investment needed to take a novice through training to completing their first major project when compared to Premiere.
  • DaVinci's hardware requirements were higher than what we mostly had, so we have had to invest more in better equipment to be able to execute. But overall, it's still a significant positive net return when we consider how much we have saved and earned directly as a result.
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Corel Corporation

  • It saves a lot of costs as it has a perpetual license option.
  • Editing and exporting are fast as compared to some other software.
  • We can make and sell quality video content which is of course profitable.
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