Pinnacle Studio: Understanding Source Folders for Album Content

In Pinnacle Studio, most of the content that you will find in the Album is grouped into source folders. Content that you will find in the Album source folders are titles, photos and frame grabs, disc menus, sound effects and music. The Files mode of the Videos section also has a source folder in the Album section of Pinnacle Studio.

Content that is Not in Source Folders

There are three Album sections that you will not find in the Album source folders. The first item is the Scenes mode of the Videos section. The purpose of the Scenes mode of the Videos section is to display segments within a particular video file. You also will not find source folders for transitions and themes in the Album. The reason for that is that transitions and themes are special resources that are associated with specific aspects of Pinnacle Studio.

About Source Folders

The name of the source folder that you are viewing is displayed towards the top left of the Movie Window. You can navigate between the five different source folders by clicking on the downwards pointing arrow. When you click on the arrow, a drop down folders list will appear.

When you open a source folder, you will see many thumbnail icons. The icons represent the files that are stored in that specific source folder. It is very easy to use the content that is located within the source folders in the Album in your movie. All you have to do is click and drag the icon and drop it somewhere within your movie. You can also preview the content that is located within the source folders by simply clicking on the various thumbnail icons.

If you are opening file-based media from a source folder in the Album, the file will be opened in a separate Windows Explorer window. This is known as a Open Containing Folder context menu command.

Switching Folders

The source folders are automatically created by Pinnacle Studio. If, for example, you created your own title, you may not have saved that title to one of the source folders provided by Pinnacle Studio. You will notice that there is a small folder icon located to the right of the source folders drop down list. By clicking on that folder icon, you will be able to browse the hard drive on your computer so that you can locate the folder that contains the file you need. When you select that file, Pinnacle Studio will automatically place it into the Album section.

Parent Folder Buttons

When you open a source folder in the Album section of Pinnacle Studio, you may notice that there is a parent folder button. The parent folder button is a small folder icon that has a plus (+) sign inside of it. The purpose of the parent folder button is to inform you that there are various folders within the source folder that you have opened. You will need to click on each parent folder to display the content that is saved within that folder.

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