An Introduction to Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio is one of the most powerful video editing software packages currently available. This software makes it really easy to edit and add various effects to videos. You might, however, want to know the basics of this software so that you can decide whether or not it's worth buying. Pinnacle Studio is quite an expensive piece of software; can you make do with free software tools?

What Is Pinnacle Studio?

Pinnacle Studio is a very powerful professional video editing package. The software makes it easy to perform a variety of different tasks. It's possible to edit a video with a few clicks of the mouse. Unlike many competing products, Pinnacle Studio can handle HDTV videos.

Pinnacle is a very capable program. With this capability, it is a very complicated piece of software. If you want to learn how to use it properly, then it will take a considerable investment of your time. The software offers lots of features which will take time to learn.

Easy to Use

Pinnacle Studio Plus is a very complicated program, but installing it is very easy. You will be guided through a tutorial which will take you two hours. Most people will skip through this, but it really is a good idea to sit through it. The tutorial contains lots of useful information, which will help you to create your first video.

There will be plenty of times that you won't be able to do something. The help files are very useful though, and these contain lots of useful information to get you back on track.

Editing Tools

There are many useful tools which are included with Pinnacle Studio. One of the best is the metering tool. This will measure the amount of hard drive space available, which will ensure you don't run out of space midway through an edit.

Pinnacle offers SmartAudio, which is a very useful feature. This makes it possible to add music easily to your video tracks. It is easy to stretch the audio track to make it end at the same time as the video. There are also sound effects which can be used to add fun little quirks to a video you are producing.


Transitions are the effects between frames. These add interest to your finished video project and will make the whole thing much more professional. Studio has a number of transitions, which are great. However, for some reason it is not able to animate any text.


Pinnacle Studio also makes it really easy to design your own DVD menus. You can choose from a library of menus, buttons and music, or you can import your own and build your own menu around them.


The tutorial is invaluable to help you learn how to use the software. If you do run into problems later on down the road, then you will also be able to use the help files. It's possible to contact the support team using phone, email or chatting on the Internet.

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