Introduction to Basic Video Editing Techniques

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Introduction to Basic Video Editing Techniques

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Comments (34)

  • Kristie Brown Reply

    I’d really like to see the PinnacleStudioPro guy from YouTube back making updated videos for pinnacle studio ultimate 24 because the older versions don’t match up and his videos were the most informative out there he also took the time to make sure we could keep up and learn the material. I hope someone can step up with the new material.

    July 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Kristie,

      Unfortunately Maliek from PinnacleStudioPro is no longer making tutorial videos for Pinnacle Studio. Are there any specific topics you would like to see for new material?

      Best regards,
      The Discovery Center team

      July 13, 2021 at 6:13 am
  • Mike Reply

    When I rotate a video so it’s right side up, it cuts the edges off. How do I fix this?

    June 25, 2021 at 11:46 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Mike,

      It sounds like the video’s aspect ratio does not match the workspace. When this happens, you can either set the workspace to the clip’s aspect ratio (although this may cause the same problem with your existing footage), or zoom, resize, or crop the rotated video in order to get a better fit. Which option is best depends on the project in question – there is no one right answer!

      Hope this helps,

      Discovery Center Team

      June 29, 2021 at 10:59 pm
  • Nicole Reply


    Le guide utilisateur de Pinnacle 23 et il disponible en langue française svp?

    May 31, 2021 at 1:58 pm
  • Brian Reply

    I’d like to be able to select a section of an existing MP4, then export it. This doesn’t seem to be possible – you have to delete all the other stuff, then export the movie. You then have to start again for the next clip. Is there an easier way where you can just select a part and export it?

    April 25, 2021 at 3:14 pm
  • Joachim Korn Reply

    Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
    ich bin davon ausgegangen, dass ich das Program und die zusätzlichen Hilfsprograme in deutscher Schrift erhalte.
    Ihre zusätzlichen Hilfsfilme und Erklärungen in englischer Sprache sind nicht hilfreich.
    Ferner suche ich in der Anleitung das Kapitel “Lautstärke anpassen”.
    Ich bitte mir umgehend die Erläuterung dazu per E-Mail zuzusenden.
    Mit freundlich Grüßen

    Joachim Korn

    April 14, 2021 at 4:43 am

    I recently purchased a new computer and Pinnacle 23 plus . I have old video tapes which were taken on my old camera CANON MVX 330i which i would like edit on the computer unfortunatly I can not connect the camera to the computer. The computer has got usb ports but the lead from camera is not adaptable. His it possible to purchase a lead? my local tech shop is not helpful. My old computer which i used was connected by firewire port direct from camera to the firewire port on the computer tower. I am now 80 years old and with this lockdown I thought i could update some of my old video`s. Many any moons ago my conputer used HD and the software was pinnacle 9. I would be grateful for any help you can give me.
    Kind regards dennis

    January 27, 2021 at 10:55 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Dennis,

      Unfortunately Firewire is less common these days than it used to be, mostly due to the popularity of USB and the speeds that more recent revisions of the USB standard have allowed. While there are Firewire to USB adapters, we would not recommend these as they are a gamble and users often encounter problems with them – devices aren’t detected, files don’t transfer completely, that sort of thing. What you would likely need is a Firewire expansion card for your computer. While fewer computers come with firewire ports these days you can still find Firewire PCI-E cards that can be installed into an existing tower, provided it has an expansion slot available.

      Hope this helps!

      Discovery Center Team

      January 28, 2021 at 7:28 pm
    • dee Reply

      I bought the Dazzle that is sold on Pinnacle website! It works! I could cry right now! I am finally able to upload my mini cassettes!

      March 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm
  • Mr. Paul Kearney Reply

    I like Pinnacle but I am a beginner with it. How do I find out what is the function of all of the various icons on the screen ? Currently I just kind of feel my way around but I know I am not getting much benefit out of the program. The tutorials are not much help in explaining the Pinnacle desktop.

    December 14, 2020 at 8:20 am
    • Vesa Koistinen Reply

      Hi. Paul, Just take it easy, give yourself time. I bought Pinnacle 24 Ultimate a couple of days ago and first felt like you, trying it out of the blue, ending in – nothing.
      I have used other video editing software before, and after watching the intro videos and testing it with a couple of frames, and reading the intros once again, and that way I have got the feeling that, hey, this is no more difficult than the previous ones. In the how-to intros the functions of e.g. the various symbols are clearly described. Something that remains for you to find out with trial and error is, e.g., what settings (codecs, formats etc.) are best for you. – Just give yourself time, soon you have no problem. – And, I don´t care much for the video acrobatic tricks, just clipping, some basic transitions, and titles are enough for me. – Have a good time.

      January 13, 2021 at 8:27 am
  • alfredo cardona Reply

    can in upload a power point into pinnacle 23? if so, how?

    September 1, 2020 at 3:15 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Alfredo,

      Pinnacle Studio does not currently support .ppt or .pptx files. If you wanted to convert a PowerPoint to a video file, you would need to either record your screen while playing the presentation or save each slide as an image and import into Pinnacle Studio for editing.

      Discovery Center Team

      September 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm
  • Manuel Reply

    Me he comprado el pinnacle studio 23, pero no logro modificar el volumen de los videos, que es una herrramienta que ya venía en la versión más básica del pinnacle 11 que fue el último programa que usé. ¿cómo puedo bajar el volumen del video y luego volverlo a subir sin tener el auto ducking?

    August 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Manuel,

      If you would rather not use Audio Ducking, you can use the audio correction tools to make edits! More information on these tools for your version of Pinnacle Studio can be found in the Pinnacle Studio 23 User Guide.

      Discovery Center Team

      August 19, 2020 at 11:28 pm
  • David France Reply

    Just purchased Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 23. How can I switch to frame by frame on the timeline instead of storyboard?

    July 27, 2020 at 11:03 am
  • Ashley Reply

    How do i extend my Mark Out bar so the full video gets exported? currently i am missing the end and it cuts out at 3.50

    June 24, 2020 at 4:29 pm
  • Colin Bonthuys Reply

    I have scanned through your videos and the downloaded Pinnacle 23 that I have has several icons missing along the central bar… one being able to adjust the music soundtrack volume up and down along the soundbar.
    Advice please

    Kind regards

    Mr Bonthuys

    January 6, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Colin,

      Which version of Pinnacle Studio do you have? Audio Ducking is only available in the Plus and Ultimate versions of Pinnacle Studio, and does not appear in the interface of the standard edition.

      Discovery Center Team

      January 7, 2020 at 11:21 pm
  • linda cooper Reply

    how can I get a baby crying in the background out?

    August 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm
  • Greg Holder Reply

    Love the tutorials. How do I remove the green tint from my dive videos?

    June 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Greg,

      That’s a tough one! We have submitted this to our tutorial team as a suggestion for a more in-depth guide, but here are a few quick suggestions you can take to help balance those colours.

      The problem you’re running into is something all divers run into, and that is that water absorbs light really well, and to make matters worse, different wavelengths of light penetrate to different depths! Reds are the first to go, and can be gone as early as 10 meters down, but the rest will soon follow.

      There are all kinds of tricks to bringing colours back from the dead. The example has PaintShop Pro in mind, and as always, it works best if you still have the RAW files!

      With your photo open, navigate to the Edit tab. Then, right-click your image layer, and select Duplicate. Do this twice.

      Select your middle layer (The first copy), and select the Colour Changer tool (Found under the flood fill tool). Set its tolerance to 100, and pick a medium-grey from the Materials palette. Click inside the image to convert this layer to a greyscale. You can also use a Monochrome tool if you prefer!

      Next, select the top layer (the second copy), change its blending mode to Luminance, and merge it down. You should see a mostly greyscale image with some of the blues and greens back.

      Now create a new raster layer on top of all the others. Flood it with pure red, and set the layer mode to Multiply. Merge it down. This should get you a deep red version of the image.

      Set the merged layer’s mode to Screen, and merge it down.

      Finally, go to Adjust > Smart Photo Fix, and let the auto fix do its magic!

      Now, this won’t get the colours perfectly back to what you saw when you made the shot. But it goes a long way to restoring them, and is a good jumping off point for more colour tweaks!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      June 26, 2018 at 11:10 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Greg,

      In Pinnacle Studio there are a few things you can try to correct the color in your videos. Double-click on the clip in the timeline to bring up the Editor panel. Under Corrections > Enhance you will see some sliders to adjust contrast, saturation etc.

      Also in the Editor panel, under Effect > Color there are several options such as Auto Color Correct, Base Color Correction, RBG Color Balance that could help to get rid of the green tint.

      Discovery Center team

      June 27, 2018 at 8:36 am
  • Sophiya Reply

    The video provided the idea and basic knowledge of video Editing. Transitions and Enhancing the image, Image rendering, Adjusting timeline were few basic editing steps to start the process. Thanks for the informative video.

    May 9, 2018 at 2:37 am
  • Maros Reply

    Nenašiel som funkcie ako spomalenie a zrýchlenie filmu a taktiež stlmenie a zosilnenie zvuku na časovej osi.Na predchádzajúcich verziách to boli také zelené bodky na zelenej zvukovej čiare.V predchádzajúcich verziách to bolo…Zabudlo sa na to vo verzii Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate ???

    April 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Maros,

      In Pinnacle Studio 21, you can find tools for adjusting playback speed and audio correction from the Editor interface, found in the top left of the screen with a video or sound clip selected. For more information, we have a quick tutorial on Audio Correction which you may find helpful!

      Discovery Center Team

      April 26, 2018 at 7:55 pm
  • inkoth thibault Reply

    only 7 titles available ?? no 3d ?? wtf !!

    March 24, 2018 at 11:44 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Inkoth,

      That number doesn’t sound right! Are you encountering this issue in the standard, Pro, or Ultimate edition of Pinnacle Studio, and which version were you encountering the issue in? We can certainly look into this issue with you.

      Discovery Center Team

      March 26, 2018 at 9:49 pm
  • Luana Idalino Reply

    Olá como eu estabilizo a imagem do movimento incerto para mais parado?

    March 10, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Luana,

      Here is a tutorial on Stabilizing Shaky Video that you may find helpful!

      Discovery Center Team

      March 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm
  • walt farran Reply

    I am having trouble with narrate my movie , I would like to talk over each frame as I edit

    January 31, 2018 at 8:30 pm

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