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.

Download a printable PDF of the Pinnacle Studio User Guide.

Des sous-titres sont disponibles pour ce didacticiel en français. Pour afficher ces sous-titres, cliquez sur l’icône Paramètres dans la fenêtre de lecture et sélectionnez la langue de sous-titrage à utiliser. | Dieses Videotutorial ist mit Untertiteln auf Deutsch verfügbar. Um die Untertitel anzuzeigen, klicken Sie im Wiedergabefenster auf das Symbol für die Einstellungen und wählen Sie die gewünschte Sprache. | Este tutorial en vídeo tiene subtítulos disponibles en español. Para mostrar los subtítulos, haga clic en el icono de configuración de la ventana de reproducción y seleccione el idioma de los subtítulos que desee. | Per questa esercitazione video sono disponibili sottotitoli in italiano. Per visualizzare i sottotitoli, fare clic sull’icona Impostazioni nella finestra di riproduzione e selezionare la lingua desiderata. | Voor deze studieles op video zijn ondertitels beschikbaar in het Nederlands. Als u deze wilt weergeven, klikt u op het pictogram Instellingen in het afspeelvenster en selecteert u de gewenste taal.

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 (89)

  • Ronald Grude Reply

    Far to fast und important Things are not explained

    January 3, 2022 at 6:13 am
  • Salvatore Reply

    ciao a tutti
    chi mi può aiutare a come posso fare a individuare i file dei MEDIA MANCANTI?
    Grazie per la risposta.

    December 7, 2021 at 1:31 pm
  • samuel Reply

    Vocês tem um manual em Português do Pinnacle Studio 23? Do you have a portuguese manual for a Pinnacle Studio 23?

    September 8, 2021 at 10:54 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Samuel,

      Unfortunately there is not a Portuguese manual for Pinnacle Studio 23.

      Best regards,
      The Discovery Center team

      September 13, 2021 at 10:53 am
  • ADT Rémy Reply

    Existe-t-il un manuel en français pour Pinnacle 24 ?

    July 1, 2021 at 4:14 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello ADT Rémy,

      Of course! Here is a link to the French user guide.

      Discovery Center Team

      July 1, 2021 at 11:09 pm
  • Přemysl Časar Reply

    Nedaří se mi klíčování se zelenou barvou. Postupuji podle příručky na straně 119. Podle bodu 3/ kliknu kapátkem na barvu, která se má stát průhlednou, ale nic se neděje, průhlednost nenastane. Dříve jsem používal Pinnacle Ultimo 19 a tam to bylo velmi snadné Děkuji za pomoc.

    March 22, 2021 at 3:58 pm
  • José Antonio López Silva Reply

    Porqué no existe un manual en español o solamente para los alemanes chinos y japoneses

    March 12, 2021 at 3:49 pm
  • Gpe. Reply

    Pinnacle studio 24, no reconoce o aparece unidad optica bluray, que es lo que puede estar sucediendo?

    February 21, 2021 at 1:10 am
  • Gerhard Ahrens Reply

    Hallo man hat mir Mitgeteilt das man für das Studio für Dazzle unter Win10
    das Patch_1.0.2.exe anwenden soll.
    Wenn ich das mache wird mir Mittgeteilt das das Programm nicht installiert sei oder das Patch ist falsch.
    Was ist denn das für ein Kram.

    February 18, 2021 at 3:54 pm
  • tomas Reply

    hola quiero saver si pinnacle ay una posivilidad de avrir el formato de la camara marca jvc Quick Time es el formato gracias

    January 25, 2021 at 8:05 pm
  • erik colijn Reply

    Is there a manual in Dutch for Pinnacle 24 ?

    January 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Erik,

      Of course! Here is a link to the Dutch user guide.

      Discovery Center Team

      January 20, 2021 at 9:40 pm
  • Ulf Zetterlund Reply

    Can projects produced in Pinnacle version 9 be compatible to Pinnacle 24?

    December 20, 2020 at 12:47 pm
    • Kent Stävholt Reply

      Nej det är absolut inte kompatibelt, hade stora problem att ens gå ifrån Pinnacle Studio +18 till Studio 24 Ultimate.
      För det första måste du numera ha Windows 10 sedan får det inte finnas någonting, jag menar verkligen ingenting kvar av det gamla Pinnacle.
      Gör det det kommer inte det nya att installeras korrekt.

      January 17, 2021 at 5:46 am
  • Rogelio Reply

    Estoy buscando el manual del Pinncacle Studio 24 en Español ,

    December 2, 2020 at 1:44 pm
  • Michele D'Ambrosio Quaranta Reply

    Ho acquistato Pinnacle studio 24 ultimate.

    November 29, 2020 at 12:28 pm
  • Martin Reply

    Gibt es das Benutzerhandbuch Studio 24 auch in deutsch?

    September 17, 2020 at 10:18 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Martin,

      Of course! Here is a link to the German user guide for Pinnacle Studio 24.

      Discovery Center Team

      October 13, 2020 at 5:21 pm
  • Fitschu Reply

    Hi, can I create timelines in Portraitmode 1080×1920 (not 1920×1080) in Ultimate 24?

    September 16, 2020 at 11:20 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Fitschu,

      Did you mean creating or exporting videos in a 1080 x 1920 format? This can be done by using a custom video format instead of a preset when setting up the project and selecting output options. For the most part, the preset formats assume the user wants a horizontal display.

      Discovery Center Team

      September 26, 2020 at 12:16 pm
  • Alessandro Reply

    dopo anni ho riacquistato il programma pinnacle, la versione studio 23.
    Vedo che alcune cose che davo per scontato non ci sono: gli effetti per i video, quelli preimpostati; le classiche transizioni tra video, immagini etc..
    La domanda è: è la versione che ho acquistato che non riporta queste funzioni, oppure ho sbagliato qualcosa quando ho installata il programma? Scusate, per molti di voi può essere una cosa scontata e stupida, però per me che dopo anni si riaffaccia a questo bel programma no!
    Grazie in anticipo per chi mi vuole rispondere
    Un saluto cordiale 😊

    September 15, 2020 at 7:27 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Alessandro,

      Which version did you purchase previously? It sounds like you may have used a Pro or Ultimate edition before, and have purchased a less comprehensive version than the one you have previously used. For a more detailed comparison of what is included in the different editions, please see this comparison chart.

      Discovery Center Team

      September 26, 2020 at 12:18 pm
  • JOSE RAMON Reply

    Acabo de adquirir Pinnacle 24 Ultimate y el manual de usuario viene en inglés, dónde puedo consultar uno en Español?.
    Vengo usando Pinnacle desde la versión 7 y siempre tenía un manual en Español, la versión anterior a ésta (24 Ultimate ha sido la 17). Es la primera vez que no viene en Español.

    September 14, 2020 at 6:17 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Jose,

      Our apologies for the confusion! Here is a link to the Spanish user guide for Pinnacle Studio 24.

      Discovery Center Team

      October 13, 2020 at 5:22 pm
  • Joseph Warner Hayhurst Reply

    What is the best Intel processor for Pinnacle Studio 23 with a $1000 budget? I need to use the 2066 socket. If you don’t want to say which is the best what do you recommend for Pinnacle Studio 23? Thank you

    July 22, 2020 at 7:04 pm
  • Tom Steele Reply

    How do I get a pdf version of the PS23 user manual? According to a training video I’m supposed to click on User Manual in the Help menu. Apparently the instructor has never clicked on that link, because it takes you online to, where you can print individual pages to a pdf, but no way to download the entire manual.

    June 17, 2020 at 7:04 pm
  • Nicole Motteux Reply

    Hi, Does Pinnacle Studio 23 also do photo editing or just video

    April 22, 2020 at 2:38 am
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Nicole,

      Pinnacle Studio is video editing software only. If you are interested in photo editing software, you can download a free 30-day trial of PaintShop Pro photo editing software at

      Hope this helps!
      The Discovery Center team

      April 22, 2020 at 12:52 pm
  • businessantony7 Reply

    Is there any manual in Romanian for Pinnacle Studio 23 Ultimate? or can one create one?
    Thank you very much

    April 11, 2020 at 4:47 am
  • Schemmel Ágnes Reply

    Magyar nyelvű oktató anyagot szeretnék.Hol találok?Korábbana 10-es változatot használtam, de ez a 23-as teljesen új.

    March 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm
    • Varsányi István Reply

      Kedves Ágnes!
      Küld el az E-mail címedet, átküldöm a magyar nyelvű fordításomat, nem teljesen tökéletes, de remélem segíteni fog.
      Üdv István

      April 10, 2020 at 10:25 am
      • Kálmán István Reply

        Kedves István!
        Ha lehetek olyan pofátlan, én is szeretném elkérni a fordításodat, amit Ágnesnek igértél.
        Nagyon sokat segítene ennek használata nekem.
        Előre is köszönöm:
        Kálmán István

        April 26, 2020 at 8:05 am
      • SZ Reply

        Szia István,
        Szeretném én is elkérni a fordításod, ha lehetséges.

        December 4, 2020 at 5:30 am
  • Markovics András Reply

    I’m curious that the Pinnacle Studio 23 manual in English can be found somewhere?

    December 24, 2019 at 4:29 am
  • Sünnemann Reply

    Ich hätte gern das Tutorial in deutscher Sprache.
    Herzlichen Dank im Voraus.

    Eckard Sünnemann

    December 16, 2019 at 10:49 am
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Dieses Videotutorial ist mit Untertiteln auf Deutsch verfügbar. Um die Untertitel anzuzeigen, klicken Sie im Wiedergabefenster auf das Symbol für die Einstellungen und wählen Sie die gewünschte Sprache.

      December 17, 2019 at 9:32 am
  • Klaus Reply

    Ich habe PS23 installiert. Meine ersten Film in von der Videokamera. Import war in IO. Nur in der Bearbeitungsleiste erscheint der Film als Ganzes, nicht in einzelne Szenen. Ich kann keine Szene einzeln anfassen und bearbeiten. Was habe ich falsch gemacht? Wie kann ich es besser machen?
    LG Klaus (deutsch)

    November 6, 2019 at 6:08 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Klaus,

      Were these different videos you transferred, or one long one? If it was several clips that the direct import process combined into one, you may want to manually copy the contents to your computer, and import them from a folder.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      November 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Impossible de visualiser le montage dans l’écran de contrôle, que faire?

    November 1, 2019 at 6:03 am
  • 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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