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Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Editing Mode Selection Buttons

The editing mode selection buttons are located within the Classic Title Editor in Pinnacle Studio. You will find these editing mode selection buttons on the bottom of the Edit Window. This guideline will go over...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Object Toolbox

In Pinnacle Studio, the Object toolbox is located within the Classic Title Editor. There are four tools that are contained within the Object toolbox. The tool cluster is located below the Edit Window in the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the DVD Player Control

In Pinnacle Studio, the DVD player control is located within the Player. You will use the controls to preview movies that contain menus. This guideline will go over the main functions behind each of the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Video Scenes Section

In Pinnacle Studio, the Video Scenes section is located in the Album. The footage that you captured during the capture process is automatically sent to the Video Scenes section. The scenes that are displayed in...[more]

Adobe Premiere: How To Use the Timeline Window

Using a drag and drop technique, Adobe Premiere makes it easy for editors to add, move and edit videos. Understanding how to use the timeline is one of the basics of editing. Here are a...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Work With Multiple Capture Files

It is very easy to work with multiple capture files in Pinnacle Studio. When you are working on your project, you may find that you need to incorporate scenes that are from multiple source tapes....[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Audio Toolbox

The audio toolbox in pinnacle Studio has 6 tools. Those tools are clip properties, volume and balance, voice-overs, CD audio, background music and audio effects. This guideline will go over the main functions of each...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Select Scenes and Files

In Pinnacle Studio, there are several ways that you can select scenes and files. This guideline will go over the five ways that you can select scenes and files that are located in the Videos...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Trimming with Slip, Slide, Ripple, and Roll Tools

There are a number of trimming tools which you can use in final cut pro to manage and convert the clips which you are editing. These different tools have a number of functions which can...[more]

6 Tips for Getting Great Rainforest Photos

Trying to take really good rainforest photos is no easy task. There are many factors that you have to consider, whether your subject is animate or inanimate. The rainforest is a great location for nature...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Buttons Section

In Pinnacle Studio, the Buttons section is located in the Classic Title Editor. The basic buttons that are found in the Buttons section are normal, thumbnail, previous and next. To use a button from the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Backgrounds Section

In Pinnacle Studio, the Backgrounds section is located in the Classic Title Editor. The Backgrounds section allows you to change the appearance of a title or menu. The four types of backgrounds available in the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Looks Browser

In Pinnacle Studio, the Looks browser is located within the Classic Title Editor. The three sections that are contained within the Looks browser are: standard, custom and favorite. This guideline will go over the purpose...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Object Layout Buttons

In Pinnacle Studio, the object layout buttons are located within the Classic Title Editor. There are four object layout buttons available. This guideline will go over the purpose of each of those buttons in the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Change the Effect Parameters

To change the effect parameters in Pinnacle Studio, you must select an effect from the effect's list. The parameters of that effect will be displayed on the right hand side of the video effects tool....[more]

Pre-Production: Understanding Talent Costs

In pre-production, you will need to decide how to pay your talent. There are many ways to go about this depending on what you can afford. Day Rate The most common arrangement for an actor...[more]

Pre-Production: Understanding Crew Costs

Paying your crew is a huge expense of production. Though you may want to cut corners with this cost, remember that you get what you pay for. Above the Line Above the line crew members...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Old Film Effect and Stained Glass Effect

Pinnacle Studio is an easy-to-use video editing software program that offers its users a ton of video effects to enhance their work. Two of these are the Old Film Effect and the Stained Glass Effect....[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Emboss Effect and Mosaic Effect

Pinnacle Studio is an easy-to-use, non-linear editing program that gives users a ton of effects to choose from. Two of these effects are Emboss and Mosaic. Emboss The Emboss effect is a decorative design that...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Blur Effect

Pinnacle Studio is an easy-to-use video editing program that offers users a ton of video effects to choose from. One of these effects is the blur effect. Camera lenses operate on the science of optics....[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Water Drop Effect

Pinnacle Studio is an easy-to-use, non-linear editing program that offers its users a ton of video effects to choose from. One of these is the water drop effect. What Is the Water Drop Effect? The...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Noise Effect

Pinnacle Studio offers it's users a wide range of video effects to apply towards their clips. One of these effects is the noise effect. What Is Noise? When we talk about noise in digital photography...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding Posterize

The posterize effect is a very interesting video effect available in Pinnacle Studio that gives your image a very stylized look. What Is the Posterized Look? The effect is created by reducing the total amount...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Black and White Color Effect

Pinnacle Studio offers its users a ton of video effects to choose from when editing their projects; one of these is the black and white color effect. The black and white color effect takes a...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding Strobe

If you've ever been to a dance club, then you've seen a strobe light before. A strobe light is a very bright light that flashes at intervals, making a room go from light to dark...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding Stabilize

Pinnacle Studio offers users a ton of effects to enhance their videos. In fact, some of these effects can even fix mistakes made when shooting; one of these effects gives you the ability to stabilize...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding Noise Reduction

Noise reduction is an audio effect available in Pinnacle Studio. The purpose of the effect is to help users clean up poor audio tracks that were recorded with their video. The effect is very general...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Storyboard View

Pinnacle Studio is unique because it offers two views for editing your video projects, timeline and storyboard. A project in timeline view, which is used by most video programs, can be edited down to the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Capture Hardware

In order to transfer your digital video tapes to your computer's hard drive, you need the proper capture hardware. Your capture hardware is what makes it possible to play back footage from your camera and...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Make Disc Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, the Make Disc settings allow you to adjust the settings for creating various discs. The disc formats that you can create in Pinnacle Studio include: VCD, DVD, S-VCD, Blu-ray and HD DVD....[more]

Pre-Production: Understanding Location Permits and Fees

Finding locations is a key part of the pre-production process. Though you may find the perfect shooting location, you will still need to take steps beyond merely reaching an agreement. Insurance Though this is an expensive...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Make Windows Media File Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, you will use the Make Windows Media File panel to adjust the settings for Window Media Player files. To create custom settings for your Windows Media Player project, select Custom from the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Make RealVideo File Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, you will use the Make Real Media File options panel to set up the RealVideo file settings. RealVideo files are created to be played back with the RealNetworks RealPlayer. This guideline will...[more]

Production: How To Organize Wardrobe

The wardrobe department carries a great deal of responsibility. Keeping things organized is critical in order to maintain order. Step 1: Organize by Character Each character will need to wear a number of outfits throughout...[more]

Pre-Production: Planning for Transportation

A major part of pre-production is planning for transportation. There are many elements that need to be brought together for a day of shooting. Ask yourself how they will get there. Step 1: Equipment The amount...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Make AVI Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, the AVI settings are located under the Make File settings. The Make File settings are used for many file types, including AVI, DivX, and MPEG. The Make File panel allows you to...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Make Tape Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, there is no need for you to manually set up the make tape settings. Pinnacle Studio will automatically configure the Make Tape settings for you based off of the hardware you have...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Voice Over Tool

A voice over is the voice of an unseen commentator in a video or broadcast. The voice over is often used when a scene is shot that requires a description or narrative. Pinnacle Studio allows...[more]

Production: How To Organize Props

Missing props can ruin a day of shooting. Keeping these items organized will keep the production moving efficiently. Step 1: Go through Script The first thing a prop person should do is go through the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the SmartSound Tool

The SmartSound tool in Pinnacle Studio allows users to create precise timing of music for their videos. The have access to thousands of music tracks. Using this tool in Pinnacle Studio is quite easy, and...[more]

Production: How To Organize Makeup

Makeup can consist of many different items getting jumbled into one bag. Keeping your department organized will keep you from making mistakes or losing time. Step 1: Compartmentalized Bag Rather than throwing all of your...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Timeline Audio Tracks

There are four main audio tracks in the Timeline in Pinnacle Studio. Those audio tracks are the original audio track, the overlay audio track, the sound effect and voice-over track, and the background music track....[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Edit Menus on the Timeline

In Pinnacle Studio, you can edit menus directly on the Timeline. If you need to trim menus, you can trim them just like you would any other clip by using the handles. To view directions...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Make a Disc Menu

Pinnacle Studio is one of the best and most professional video editing packages currently available. It also simplifies the process of creating a disc menu. This makes editing all sorts of videos very simple. No...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Frame Grabber Tool

In Pinnacle Studio, the frame grabber tool is located in the video toolbox in the Player. The frame grabber tool is represented by a small hand that is holding a camera. You can use the...[more]

Pre-Production: Planning for Animals

A script that calls for animals will require some extra work in pre-production. Animals and children are two of the most challenging types of actors to work with. Step 1: Training Your animal needs to...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Preview Transitions

Pinnacle Studio makes it very easy for you to preview transitions. All of the transitions in Pinnacle Studio are stored in their own section of the Album. Once you access the transitions section in the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: About Transition Types and How To Use Them

There are many different transition types in Pinnacle Studio. A transition is an animated effect that is placed in between two clips. The purpose of the transition is to make the passage from one clip...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the The Chroma Key Tool

The Chroma key tool in Pinnacle Studio allows users to superimpose an image onto any video or background recorded through a green or blue screen. The video editing software in Pinnacle Studio 12 is used...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the the Picture-In-Picture Tool

The Picture-In-Picture tool in Pinnacle Studio allows users to show more than one video on the same screen. Picture-In-Picture, or PIP, can also show multiple video shots in a single screen to simulate a simultaneous...[more]

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