Pinnacle Systems

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Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986)
FoundersAjay Chopra, Randall Moore, Mirek Jiricka
Mountain View

Pinnacle Systems, Inc. is a California-based American manufacturer of digital video hardware and software for the mainstream and broadcast markets. The company was founded in 1986 by Ajay Chopra (CEO), Mirek Jiricka and Randall Moore.

The company completed its IPO (NASDAQ: PCLE) in November 1994. In 1997 Pinnacle purchased Miro Computer Systems GmbH and in 2001 the video editing business of FAST MultiMedia AG. In 2002 Pinnacle purchased VOB Computersysteme GmbH. In 2003 Pinnacle purchased Steinberg, only to sell it off to Yamaha in 2004. Pinnacle was subsequently acquired by American company Avid Technology in August 2005. Avid subsequently sold Pinnacle products to Corel Corporation in July 2012.[1]


Pinnacle products include:

On-air graphics products now under Avid brand:

  • Deko character generators
  • MediaStream servers
  • Lightning still stores
  • Thunder video servers

Divested products:


Discontinued products:

  • SoundBridge
  • Profiler
  • TVCenter PRO
  • Video Transfer
  • PDS Video Switcher
  • ShowCenter
  • Miro Video DC10
  • Miro Video DC10plus
  • Miro Video DC30
  • Miro Video DC30plus
  • Pro-ONE
  • DC1000
  • DC2000
  • DV500


  1. ^ "Corel Acquires Pinnacle Products from Avid". Mediacaster Magazine. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.

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