Getting Started with Pinnacle Studio

Getting Started with Pinnacle Studio

Learn the basics and get started in Pinnacle Studio. From beginner to advanced users, Pinnacle Studio has something for you. Creativity meets control with Pinnacle Studio. Edit with precision on unlimited tracks with pro-caliber tools like Multi-Camera editing, screen recording, Split Screen video, sophisticated audio tools and 2000+ filters and effects. Easily share online, export to device or burn to DVD with menus!

Want to learn more? Browse through our collection of Pinnacle Studio tutorials for beginners for more detailed instructions on how to use each of the tools covered in this overview video.

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Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (43)

  • Hana Reply

    dOBRÝ DEN,


    October 8, 2019 at 5:14 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Hana,

      Here is a link to the Czech User Guide for Pinnacle Studio 23.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      October 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Ken Reply

    I am finding it difficult to plugin Vitascene V2 to Pinnacle Studio 23. the program will install to my computer ok, but when I check PS23 there is only one transition showing. Does anyone have any idea to resolve this problem please.

    September 28, 2019 at 6:40 am
  • Joseph Hill Reply

    Installed Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate. Audio okay but the videos I import will not play on the preview screen. In short, no video.

    September 20, 2019 at 9:23 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Joseph,

      Unfortunately Pinnacle Studio 20 is no longer a supported product, and our technicians would be unable to assist with this. We would suggest taking a look at the Knowledgebase, where we keep the solutions to many previously resolved issues, or the User Forums to see if anyone in the community has had a similar problem and resolved it.

      Discovery Center Team

      September 22, 2019 at 6:44 pm
    • rod petit Reply

      have the same problem Joseph. Pinnacle asked me to close and open some data link and rename Pinnacle to Pinnacle old. Then open programme. I did and every programme I had loaded said goodbye. Pinnacle clip sky is the limit still there but everything gone. Am going to import again and see what happens. Very annoying and time wasting. Cheers Rod

      October 2, 2019 at 5:55 am
  • David Reply

    Hello !
    Where can I find the french Pinnacle Studio 23 manual ?
    Best regards.

    August 27, 2019 at 2:52 pm
  • François Reply

    Hello !
    Where can I find the french Pinnacle Studio 22 manual ?
    Best regards.

    August 13, 2019 at 6:29 am
  • Marcus Hoyle Reply

    I have just started but cannot import the file I need. I get..

    Could not import file. Please check event log in control panel.

    Where is the control panel??

    July 24, 2019 at 11:52 am
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Marcus,

      You can open the control panel under the Setup menu (beside File, Edit in top left corner of the interface) or press Ctrl + Alt +C. Event Log is listed in the left column. What is the file type you are trying to import?

      The Discovery Center team

      August 1, 2019 at 7:07 am
  • Steve Baker Reply

    Hi, I am using Pinnacle Studio Plus and already have .srt files to add as captions. I want to import them and add to my video. Do you have a video tutorial showing how to do this?

    Thanks Steve

    May 26, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Steve,

      Thank you for the suggestion! We do not currently have a tutorial on adding subtitles from existing .srts, and have passed your comment on to the Pinnacle team for their consideration.

      Discovery Center Team

      June 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm
  • David Sanders Reply

    Music won’t play while editing but DOES play in the final product. Please help.

    May 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm
    • David Sanders Reply

      To clarify, I am trying to add music to a video montage I created; simple pictures with transitions. That’s it.

      i’m trying to add music from my iTunes library to the montage in EDIT mode. I can’t get the program to play the music. The scroll bar moves, but no sound. I CAN play music on my computer through Windows Media Player and iTunes. Also, when I burn a file of my montage, the music I added is there.

      I’m getting more and more frustrated as the night goes on. This should be an extremely simple step, done countless times on earlier versions of Studio with ease.

      When I call customer support, I get someone overseas who promises to escalate my situation to technical support via email. EMAIL? I need someone to walk me through what’s going on and fix it. I’m too far into the project (and out $70) to start over.

      May 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm
      • Adam Reply

        Hello David,

        Our apologies for the frustration! While we are happy to give tips and advice on how to use Pinnacle and other products, this sounds like an issue best solved via technical support. They typically do some initial investigation and information gathering via email, as depending on the problem some of the initial steps may need to wait on downloads, installs, and other things that prevent any other actions for the duration. In order to allow our technicians to assist as many users as possible, these first steps are typically done by email. Contact via phone is also possible, and something that the technician assigned to your case can schedule as needed once you are in touch!

        Discovery Center Team

        May 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm
  • Núria Reply

    Hello Adam.
    I’m a new user of Pinacle Studio 22. I have inserted at the end of a movie some photos and a musical soundtrack thah I’ve applied only to the photos.
    I Have adapted the music to the duration of the photos presentation but I would like the music to gradually decrease as it reaches the end of the presentation. Can you please let me know what tool and how should I use it, to decrease the volume gradually? I haven’t found it on the manual
    The soundtrack and the photos have to end at the same time but the volume of the music should be decreasing as the end of the presentation arrives

    Thank you so much for your assistance.

    March 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Núria,

      You can do that with audio keyframes! Just set the first keyframe at where you want the audio to start to decrease, and another where you want it to reach zero. On the second one, adjust the volume to zero. Now during playback, Pinnacle will automatically reduce the audio during the time between keyframes. For some more detail on how this works, check out our tutorial video on Adjusting Volume with Volume Keyframing!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      March 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm
    • Núria Reply

      Thanks a lot Adam!!

      I’ll try it this way.


      March 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm
  • Jim Pashkot Reply

    Is there a printed version of the manual?
    If so, how do I get a copy?!

    February 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Jim,

      Thanks for the feedback! While we are working on expanding our selection of tutorials paired with written instructions, we don’t currently have a written version of this tutorial available. We have submitted your comments to the tutorial team for their consideration.

      Discovery Center Team

      February 21, 2019 at 7:45 pm
  • renzo Reply


    January 27, 2019 at 4:33 am
  • Jose Antonio Lopez Reply

    La falta de cultura que hay en Corel, se nota mucho, el mejor programa de edición de video, manuales en inglés, algunos programas de Pinnacle en italiano, alemán japonés y la segunda lengua mas hablada del mundo la ignoráis el español, vuestra cultura en la rama de las letras es la de saber cuantas veces se ha resbalado su presidente al bajar del avión y la hora, pero el tener conocimiento sus directores que el español es la segunda lengua lo ignoráis. Pinnacle 22 es maravilloso, pero es una lástima no venga en español, solo su propaganda, no todo el mundo estudia inglés estudiamos griego latín francés etc. como segunda lengua. Les informo de Méjico para abajo menos Brasil se habla el español sin contar islillas y zonas de Ingleterra y Francia, Guayana, Maldivas etc., espero os halláis instruidos, De Méjico hacia abajo menos Brasil se habla español sin contar EEUU Filipinas etc. os regalo cultura gratis. Saludos eso sí buenísimos programadores.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:55 am
  • Andre Langlois Reply

    As a new user, your “Guide to getting started” video is very hard to pick up on because you rush through the procedures with lightning speed. After watching it multiple times, I still can’t figure out how to edit out a middle section of my movie project that I don’t want. Where can I find that information in the PDF user manual?

    January 6, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Andre,

      Thanks for the feedback! We have passed your comments on to our tutorial team for their consideration. In the meantime, we have a separate tutorial on How to Split, Cut, and Trim Videos that you may find helpful. The presenter and delivery style is all different, and we’d love to hear your feedback on that one as well.

      All the best,
      Discovery Center team

      January 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm
  • Tadeusz Pyszka Reply

    How to perform motion masking in Pinnacle 22 is tracking traffic but it escapes beyond the area that should be masked. How to do it manually in previous versions on the axis marked out the dots and the mask moved. Regards Tadeusz

    December 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Tadeusz,

      While the starting shape options are a circle or a square, you can add a new node by clicking on the edge of the mask area, and then you can drag that node into place as needed!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      January 8, 2019 at 10:14 pm
  • Roy Leonard Reply

    I’m having trouble after a movie is finish, being able to copy it to a DVD. Some of the videos are over two hours long. When I was using Pinnacle 14 I was able to see a pie graft which would show the percentage of quality and how it change with the length of the movie. We were able to see a breakdown of option like disc File etc.

    I have been working Pinnacle 21 and now 22 and do not see an easy way to put the produce movie to a DVD that can be used on and seen on any PC.

    I like using the Pinnacle program for it ease of reworking these movies.

    If there is simple way to make these copies from Pinnacle 21 or 22 like there is in Pinnacle 14 would you advise me how?

    Thank you

    November 7, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Roy,

      The DVD authoring tools have been consolidated into Pinnacle MyDVD, which is included with Pinnacle Studio. Here’s a tutorial with information on how to use MyDVD to help get you started!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      November 11, 2018 at 11:29 pm
      • Craig Reply

        I have been using Pinnacle studio since version 8 and currently using version 22 ultimate. The disc authoring in version 22 is more complicated than heck, (You removed the Author Tab). There are no great tutorials to be found for disc authoring in 22. The so called consolidation into “MYDVD” do not explain very well, how to get from your edited video you created in pinnacle 22 into “MYDVD”. The so called tutorial entitled (how to use MYDVD) only focusses on how to make menus and sub menus, and that has become complicated than ever before. Wasted my money on this one! Where is Maliek Whitaker when you need him, now there is a guy who knows how to put together a tutorial that editing for dummies can understand

        January 17, 2019 at 7:19 pm
        • Adam Reply

          Hello Craig,

          Thanks for the feedback! We have passed your suggestion of a more thorough MYDVD tutorial on to the Pinnacle team for their consideration.

          If you would prefer the Author tab in the meantime, it is still in Pinnacle 22 as a legacy feature! To enable it, go to Setup > Control Panel > Legacy options, and click the Enable button for the Legacy Authoring Mode.

          Hope this helps!
          Discovery Center Team

          January 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm
  • Henri Reply

    Muziek importeren in een film van een CD

    October 23, 2018 at 4:43 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Henri,

      In order to prevent any potential link errors in Pinnacle Studio, we would suggest you start by ripping the audio from the CD to your computer. Once it is stored locally, you can import it into Pinnacle Studio like any other media file! We have a tutorial on Importing and Managing Media that you may find helpful for this step.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      October 24, 2018 at 10:42 pm
  • bollestan Reply

    Is er ondersteuning voor CR2 fotoformaat in studio 22 ?

    October 10, 2018 at 5:39 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Bollestan,

      Pinnacle Studio 22 does not currently support Canon RAW image files. If you wanted to use images from your Canon DSLR, you would first need to convert them to a supported format, which includes: JPS, BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PSD, TGA, TIF, WMF, PNG, and J2K.

      Discovery Center Team

      October 10, 2018 at 11:51 am
  • Gilbert Grosse Reply

    Je decouvre pinacle. Comment importer les images a partir d’un camescope numerique ? merçi de votre reponse

    October 9, 2018 at 10:25 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Gilbert,

      Unless you wanted to copy them manually and organize them yourself, the simplest way to import files from your camcorder would be let the Pinnacle Importer handle copying those video files! From the Importer (open the importer by clicking ‘Import’ at the top of Pinnacle Studio), set the Import Mode is set to Copy (so that you don’t have to have your camcorder plugged in every time you edit a video), select your camcorder from the tabs at the top of the Importer, and find your videos on the right hand navigation menu!

      You can find a more thorough explanation of importing files and the Importer screen itself in the user guide, here:

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      October 12, 2018 at 1:16 am
  • Livio Reply

    vorrei avere con urgenza, il manuale in Italiano di Pinnacle 22

    September 11, 2018 at 7:35 am

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