Pinnacle Studio: How To Select Colors for Effects

Pinnacle Studio is an easy to use program full of effects. If you're new to video editing, then this is a great program to get your feet wet with. It's simple interface allows anyone to create edits worthy of a Hollywood movie. It's wide range of video effects can quickly be added to your clips. One category of Pinnacle Studio's effects deal with your video's color. The color affects allow you to modify the coloration of your video both dramatically and subtly. 

There are four main color effects in Pinnacle Studio that you can apply to your clips. Those are Black and White, Color Correction, Posterize and Sepia. 

Applying Effects

To add an effect to a clip, you must first select the clip and then open the Video Effects Tool Box. Check the box next to the effect to have it applied to your clip. You can modify the effect in the parameters field next to the effects box. Once an effect is applied, it needs to be rendered so that Pinnacle Studio can create a preview file that will allow you to watch the video with smooth play back.

Black and White

Black and white subtracts some or all of the color information in your clip. This ranges from a desaturated faded color look to full monochrome black and white. The intensity of this effect is controlled by a slider with full monochrome occurring when the slider is dragged all the way to the left.

Color Correction

The color correction effects in Pinnacle Studio allow you to quickly alter the coloration of the selected clip. Color Correction is composed of four sliders. These are Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation. 

Brightness controls the overall brightness of the image without altering the color. Contrast controls the ratio between bright and dark spots in the video. Moving the contrast slider to the left balances out the ratio while moving to the right creates a higher contrast ratio. Brightness and contrast can be used together to "fix" over and under exposed video clips. 

Hue is used for distinguishing colors. When the slider is moved all the way to the right, the hue of the clip favors a red color scheme, and when it is moved to the left, green is favored. Saturation refers to the intensity of the colors in your clip with it's lowest value being black and white.


This effect allows you to control the number of colors rendered in each frame. This ranges from the full color spectrum that your camera and computer are capable of to black and white. As the number of colors are decreased, regions of similar color are combined into flat regions.


This effect creates the appearance of antique photography by adding sepia tones to your video. The most well known example of sepia in a movie is the Kansas scenes in The Wizard of Oz