Pinnacle Studio is an affordable video editing program compatible with the Windows operating system. The program is published by Avid, a company who also makes professional-quality video editing software and hardware. Pinnacle Studio features many of the same powerful tools available in its more expensive software programs.
The Timeline is the area of the Pinnacle interface that allows you to sequence video clips, photos, transitions and audio in the way you want. Savvy Pinnacle users, however, will be able to manipulate the Timeline in additional ways, better suiting their video editing needs.
Click and drag on the orange header above the Timeline. This will allow you to expand or contract your view of the Timeline. In this way, you can alternate between viewing your entire movie sequence at once and honing in on a particular edit or transition you are attempting to adjust. You can also hide or lock tracks using two buttons to the right of the Timeline. This can be useful if you have perfected one track and do not wish to alter it while working on another track.
Just above the Timeline on the right side of your screen, you will find two buttons representing Toolboxes. Select the Camera Toolbox and it will open a bevy of additional functions. You can use these Toolboxes to add transitions, trim clips, add titles and menus or add filters and special effects. Pinnacle Studio comes with several basic effects and advanced users who are looking for additional filters can purchase effects plug-ins from Pinnacle Studio’s website.
Exporting Your Finished Movie
When you are happy with the video you have made in Pinnacle Studio, choose the “Make Movie” tab. If you wish to burn your movie to a disc, click the “Disc Type” drop-down menu and choose your media, whether it is a DVD, Blu-ray, HD DVD or something else. Alternatively, you can click the “File” tab on left of your screen if you would like to export your movie to a file on your hard drive. Choose from the variety of file types, including MPEG-4, Windows Media, MOV, Flash Video, AVI and more. Most users will find that an MPEG-4 video is ideal for uploading to YouTube or other video hosting sites. You can also choose the “Tape” button if you plan to export your movie to a DV tape.
This menu will also confirm the settings you have selected for your movie, including the resolution, bit rate and frame rate, as well as audio settings. You can alter these settings by selecting the “Video Quality” drop-down menu.