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I want to buy the ordinary Pinnacle Studio 16 (not the Plus one), because it's cheaper. But I would be dissapointed if it lacked the features I need.

The questions are about the simple version:

1) Will I be able to cut a video from one exact frame to another? I need high precision based on frames. (The comparison shows that the simple version doesn't have "keyframable effects," I'm not sure what it means.)

2) Will I be able to put text in a video?

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Keyframeable effects means that you can set values for the effects at various points along the timeline. For example, you could tell a dissolve that you want to start at 100% opacity, then move to 50% opacity 5 frames in and then sit at 50% for 20 frames and then dissolve the rest of the way to 0% by another frames. The effect will make sure it hits each value on the frame you specify and blend the values automatically to get to that value.

Without having it, you should probably still have frame accurate control, but you'll only have a begin and end point to work with, no control over how it progresses in between those points. It's a nice feature to have, but shouldn't be critical for your described purpose.

Chromakey would seem to indicate that you can do your titles in either, but you may have to produce the title in an image editing program outside of it. I'd guess that it will let you do static titles inside the program, but it sounds like it won't let you easily make the title move without going to the Plus version.

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Can I do montage with the precision over every single frame? –  Graduate Jul 27 '13 at 4:59
    
@Graduate I would expect you should be able to. I don't have the software, but I don't see anything in the comparison that indicates you wouldn't be able to. You just can't control effects and transition values on a frame by frame basis, but start and end points should be frame accurate or the software would be useless. –  AJ Henderson Jul 27 '13 at 16:42

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