New training video gives expert instruction on creating HD movies with dazzling animated graphics, montage themes, 5.1 surround sound and more

Hoffman Estates, ILOctober 28, 2009 - Class on Demand®, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, announced the availability of “Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio (for version 14).” Avid’s new Pinnacle Studio™ family (Pinnacle Studio HD, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection) adds a number of advanced editing, effects and authoring options as well as more than 80 Hollywood style montage themes, a more streamlined user interface and the option to export directly into YouTube widescreen. Class on Demand founder and instructor Paul Holtz spearheads the training release, offering expert instruction on its integrated tools and furthermore, his own helpful tips-and-tricks. The new self-paced training for Pinnacle Studio provides users of all levels an ideal guide for mastering the simple, yet powerful application techniques.

“My work with Pinnacle extends over the past 15 years. Now as an instructor, I am able to help reveal its amazing editing power,” says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. “Each new release includes stunning features and tools that are brilliantly engineered to increase productivity and improve end results. I enjoyed sharing my own editing tricks, while enabling users the skills to produce animated movies with the same techniques seen in feature-length films all around the world. I have no doubt that this training will help both novice and advanced users grasp Pinnacle Studio’s amazing capabilities.”

“Video-based training makes a lot of sense for us and our customers,” says Markus Duerr, Avid’s Director of Product Management, Creative Enthusiasts Video. “With all the new features to learn about in the new Pinnacle Studio HD, Studio Ultimate and Studio Ultimate Collection, we are happy to provide Class on Demand’s training for this product to our users. Paul’s friendly and experienced approach helps teach the fundamentals through to the more powerful features of the new Pinnacle Studio family.”

“Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio (for version 14)” delivers exceptional viewing quality combined with over 8-hours of highly engaging instruction by Holtz. The 13-part training covers all Pinnacle Studio capabilities, including: audio editing and 5.1 surround, static and motion titling, chroma key, pan and scan, stunning animations and transitions, and DVD authoring. The Class on Demand training methodology provides a modular approach to learning the tremendous editing power of Pinnacle Studio, giving users of all levels the option to pick and choose the components they want to focus on. Broadcast quality lesson clips as well as bonus lessons to create custom overlay graphics and wipes are included within the comprehensive training providing an end-to-end curriculum for maximum information retention.

For a comprehensive sampling of Class on Demand’s “Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio (for version 14)” including Training Overview, Creating an Animated Wipe and Montage Themes, please visit:

Pricing and Availability

The new Class on Demand training for Pinnacle Studio is priced at $49.99 USMSRP and is available to purchase as a DVD from Class on Demand (

About Instructor Paul Holtz

Paul Holtz is the President/CEO of Class on Demand. Paul has been a visionary in the creative and media industry for 20 years. Paul is widely recognized as an expert in real-time compositing and 2D/3D effects creation. His wildly successful plug-ins, HoltzFX I and HoltzFX II, made him a highly respected artist on Pinnacle and SGI Hardware. Holtz was also Editor in Chief of "The Lamp Magazine" from 1997-2001, which was the first publication that focused real-time compositing for concert tours IMAG (Image Magnification) and television TD’s. Credits include Art Director, IMAG, for Tina Turner’s “24/7 Tour" and Bette Midler’s “Miss Divine Tour", Technical Consultant at ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, CNN, The Weather Channel, and a host of others.

About Avid

Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and movies made at home. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid Unity™, Interplay®, Oxygen 8, Sibelius® and Pinnacle Studio™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit,, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube; connect with Avid on Facebook; or subscribe to Avid Industry Buzz.

About Class on Demand

Class on Demand is a leading producer of education and training programs. Its products and services address the needs of individuals, professionals and corporate training. Current programs cover a broad spectrum of content including video capture and editing, computer animation, federally mandated training, customized corporate training and vocational education. Please visit for additional information.

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