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 below is a simple step-by-step procedure you can follow.

Step 1: Open the Video

Click the Start Capture button to upload your video to the Pinnacle Studio program. Once your video has been uploaded, you can edit the video and add music to your video.

Step 2: Highlighting the Scene

If you want to add instant music to your video, you first need to choose the scene you want to add music to. This will highlight the scene.

Step 3: Opening the SmartSound

Once the specific scene is highlighted, go to the upper portion of the monitor and click the Toolbox tab. Here you will find the SmartSound tab. Point your cursor to the Generate SmartSound Music tab and click it. A menu will appear. At the bottom of the third column, click the SmartSound button.

When you click the SmartSound button, a dialog box will appear. In this dialog box, you will see 3 main columns listing the Style, Song and Version of each song.

Step 4: Choosing the Music Source

With SmartSound, you can choose where you want to retrieve the music you will add to your video. To do this, move your cursor on the bottom part of the SmartSound dialog box. Here, you will see 2 drop down boxes: Type and Scope. Go to the Scope drop down and click the arrow beside the box. You can either choose to retrieve music from the Internet or choose On My Computer if you already have a playlist.

Step 5: Choosing the Music Style

After choosing where the music should be sourced from, you can now choose the music. On the Style column, you will see the different music style or genre available in the SmartSound tool. Pointing and clicking each genre will give you a list of songs available for each style which you will see on the Song column.

The music styles in SmartSound are available from classical to country or folk music. Other styles available are fusion, jazz, Latin, new age or easy, orchestral, pop or dance, rock, R and B or Funk, as well as world music.

Step 6: Choosing the Song

After choosing the genre or music style you want, the songs available in this genre will be generated on the next column labeled Song. You can then select the song you want.

The 3rd column in the SmartSound dialog box also allows you to choose different versions of the song. Before you add the music to your video, you can hear a preview of this song by clicking the Preview button.

Step 7: Adding the Music

Once you are satisfied with the style and version of the music you have chosen, you can now add the music to your film. To do this, all you need to do is click the Add to Movie button. The music you have chosen will automatically be generated to fit the clip you have selected.

Step 8: Updating the SmartSound Music Library

From the SmartSound dialog box, select the Internet tab. After clicking this tab, click the Check for Updates button. This will automatically update the music library of SmartSound.

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