How to Export Videos

How to Export Videos

How to Export Videos

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to export a video project from your timeline to the file format, resolution, and frame rate of your choice. You’ll also learn how to export your video as a format specifically for social media sites such as YouTube, Box, or Vimeo.

When your video project is ready to be exported, click on the Export tab at the top.

In the Preview pane on the right, you can click on the Play button to preview your video one last time before exporting.

In the Export Settings pane on the left, you can choose to export either to File or to Disc.

  • Choosing the File option means you can create a new video file that you can view on your computer, upload to a website or transfer to a flash drive.
  • Choosing the Disc option means you can burn your video or project onto a DVD or Blu-ray disc.

For this project, I want to export it to a new file so I’ll click on File.

  • Now under Destination, click on the folder icon to select the File Destination where you want to save the new exported file on your computer. Then change your File Name.

  • Under this, there’s a drop-down arrow you can click beside After Export Actions.
    • Select Sound Audio Alarm so an alarm alerts you when the export is finished.
    • Select Shut Down PC to shut down your computer after the file finishes exporting which is especially useful if you are exporting a very large file.
    • Select Open in Windows Explorer so the file will be ready for you to preview in the destination folder once it’s done exporting.

  • Click Same as Timeline to export the file using the same settings used on the timeline.

  • If you want to view other output format options, uncheck Same as Timeline and select Format from the dropdown menu on the left.
  • Then click on the dropdown menu on the right to see all the different file formats to export as.

  • Click Extension from the dropdown menu on the left to export as a specific file extension.
  • Then click on the dropdown menu to the right and select which extension you want such as .mp4 or .avi.

  • Underneath, you can select a Preset which will determine the quality and size of the file such as HD or 4K.

Under Device, you can export as a file for a specific device.

  • if you select Apple under the Preset menu, you can select to export as a file to watch on your iPad or iPhone.

Select Web to export as a new file for YouTube, Vimeo or Box.

For this tutorial, I’m going to click on Format and select HD 1080p as my preset.  After doing this, the video and audio specs will be locked in:

If you have specific export requirements, click on the Customize icon to the right. From here, you can change the video size, or make any other needed adjustments.

You can also save all your custom changes as a new preset by clicking this icon on the far right. You’ll be able to find this custom preset under the Preset dropdown menu.

To export just a small portion of your video, go to the Preview pane, then drag the little playhead to a point in the video where you want the export to start.

  • Click on the Mark In
  • Now drag the playhead to an ending point and click the Mark Out
  • If you click Start Export, it would only export this small section of video between the mark in and mark out markers to a new file.
  • To export the entire video, make sure there are no marks set or click the Clear Mark In/Mark Out icon.

Once happy with your settings, click on Start Export to export your project as a new file.

Once the file has exported, you can click to open your exported file in the file location in Windows Explorer, or preview it in Windows Media Player or with QuickTime.

And it’s just that easy to export your videos for any device or as any format you need!

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 (28)

  • Dawn Clarke Reply

    My files are being saved as AXP. how do I change it to mp4

    October 15, 2020 at 9:10 pm
  • Erik Håland Reply


    I am missing the option to export to UltraHD/4K in my Pinnacle 22. I only have the options up to 1080P.
    The UltraHD/4K should be an option in my version?

    Erik H

    August 23, 2020 at 4:31 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Erik,

      Are you using the Studio or Studio Plus edition of Pinnacle 22? UltraHD/4k video is a Studio Ultimate feature, and is not available in either of those editions.

      Discovery Center Team

      September 2, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    This tutorial doesn’t tell you how to make a DVD and the settings. My last version I used is 12. so please help

    November 11, 2019 at 8:35 pm
  • stephen Reply

    I am having trouble exporting to a sic . Do you have a tutorial that covers that not just to a file? please help and direct

    August 1, 2019 at 1:13 am
  • Waters Reply

    I have Pinnacle 20 and have recently been uploading to Youtube using the Cloud/Youtube buttons. All good…and quality is fine
    Now the exporting of the finished vid/file stops at 50%. Have i turned something off? Please help.

    May 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Waters,

      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.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      May 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm
  • Robert Jacob Reply

    All of your export tutorials talk about exporting a a file. HOW ABOUT DISCS? That’s what I want to know and I can’t find anything. I want to burn my movie as a Bul Ray. How do I do that?

    April 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Robert,

      In order to export to a disc, just select the Disc option on the right hand side of the Export workspace, and fill in the file details as you would for any export. Once you are ready, click Burn Disc to export your project to a disc right away, or Create Image to output an image file that can be quickly exported to disc later using the Burn Image option.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      May 3, 2019 at 10:31 pm
  • Ethel Reply

    I am using Pinnacle Studio 21 and have completed a video which includes pictures, music, transitions and a menu with Play Movie and Chapter Selection which are located at the beginning of the movie and also 3 unlinked chapter markers and a return at the end. I export to DVD and everything seems to be correct but my DVD player will not play it. The DVD player says it cannot operate the disc. UGGGGGGGGG I have burned my movie without a menu, without different music m4 and mp3, with and without the chapters and even changed the menu in case it had a bug in it. I can’t figure out what I have done wrong. Is there possibly a time limit on how long a video project can be? I figure without a menu, the DVD player has no idea what it is supposed to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated before I scrap the whole Studio 21 program.

    January 19, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Ethel,

      What video format are you rendering into on the DVD? Most DVD players can only read specific formats, with the most common being MPEG-1 or MPEG-2. We would suggest checking the manual for the DVD player to see what formats it supports, to make sure you are burning a disc that the DVD player can read!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      January 20, 2019 at 10:33 am
      • Ethel Reply

        Hi Adam,

        Thank you so much for your reply. I don’t think that I am rendering my video??? I am going from Author to Export, then I choose Disc. Format: DVD Preset: Best Quality Video: Auto detect. I could not find an option for MPEG-1 or 2. I have made a successful video before and I think that I did exactly the same with my previous video that I did with this one, the only exception was different formatted music. My previous Studio that I worked with was Studio 12 and I jumped to Studio 21 so I feel like I am way over my head. So should I just export my video with MPEG-1 or MPEG-2? If I do that how do I find that exported file and how do I burn it on a DVD disc?
        Thank you.

        January 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm
        • Adam Reply

          Hello Ethel,

          Apologies for the confusion! In a video context, rendering is another term for when you export a project to a single file, whether that file is on your computer or burned to a disc as part of the export. As for the DVD settings, those autodetect settings sound good! Since they are no longer working as expected, we have set up a case with technical support to help look into this. They will be in touch directly to help.

          Discovery Center Team

          January 26, 2019 at 12:01 am
      • Ethel Reply

        Hi Adam,

        Thank you for getting back with me. I am not rendering my video, I am just burning it to disc. I have done a video project before and it has played on my DVD player and I thought I had done the same process as I had before but it will not play back on the DVD. I could not find an option when burning a disc of MPEG-1or2. Would it be better to render it to a file first? I will not be using this video after it is burned and will just delete it. I use a re-writable disc to do a trial on to make sure it works before I burn it to a regular DVD disc. My project is about 36 minutes, is that too long? Any suggestions are very welcome!
        Thank you.

        January 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    • Ethel Reply


      I can’t seem to be able to post a reply, so this is a test!


      January 25, 2019 at 4:18 pm
  • Ronit Reply

    Hi, I use Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 21. I have a shot taken by mobile, vertically. What should I do (before, during, after editing or by export) in order to be able to watch it in the mobile just like it was taken?

    October 21, 2018 at 11:53 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Ronit,

      While it may vary depending on the phone you are using, the usual “true” vertical video aspect ratio is 9:16. If you want the video to be able to play on the majority of smartphones, we would suggest a 1080 x 1920 vertical resolution.

      To set up your project to fit those parameters, just open Pinnacle Studio, click ‘Setup’ in the top right corner, go to ‘Project Settings’, and select the aspect ratio from the dropdown. Now you can import videos and fit them to your 9:16 project space!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      October 29, 2018 at 9:42 pm
  • Jimmy Reply

    I am running Studio 21 Plus and I don’t have a “Disc” option when I go to Export. I only have an option to export to a file.

    June 24, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Jimmy,

      The default method for rendering a project to disc is by using the MyDVD application. You can export from Pinnacle Studio to MyDVD by selecting the Open Author Toolbar button, and selecting Export to MyDVD below the timeline toolbar. More information on exporting to MyDVD, and what you can do from within myDVD, can be found on page 330 of the Pinnacle Studio manual.

      Alternately, if you would prefer to use the old Pinnacle Studio authoring tools, they can be enabled by navigating to Setup > Control Panel > Legacy Options and enabling Legacy Author Mode. This enables the Author tab within Pinnacle studio, which you can use to set up and export your project to a disc.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      June 26, 2018 at 11:34 pm
  • Diana West Reply

    Where was the instructions for DISC? I am having problems getting my video to go on the DVD for DVD viewing on a computer.

    May 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Diana,

      Was there a specific problem or error message you were encountering when burning to DVD? We can certainly look into that with you.

      If you are uncertain where the options for exporting to DVD, you can find the options for burning to a DVD by using the Disc option at the top of the Export Settings window.

      Discovery Center Team

      May 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    • John Reply

      Hi Diana,

      If you don’t have a disc option when you go to export meaning your Authoring TAB is inactive. Make sure to activate your Authoring TAB. Go to program setup > control panel > Legacy options and enable authoring TAB. After enabled the Authoring TAB, go back to export and there is a disc option already.

      August 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm
      • FREDDY PARRENO Reply

        thank you your advise when directive to were i need to find the DVD burning

        August 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm
  • Andi Reply

    TnNks for the info. Just wondering why it takes so long to export.. new computer i 7?

    May 22, 2018 at 2:14 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Andi,

      What video card do you have installed in your computer? While a powerful processor never hurts, the best way to speed up the final export process is a good video card. Rendering videos involves exactly the sort of rapid, simple, simultaneous math that is a video file, while your CPU is designed around complex, multistep processes, like running Pinnacle itself.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      May 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm
  • Kde najít návody v češtině ! Reply

    Jelikož nejsem znalý angličtiny- jsem zklamaný jak mám zjistit jak s pinnacle 21 pracovat??
    Včetně videí.

    January 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Thank you for the feedback! We want our tutorial content to be as accessible as possible, and while we do not currently offer videos for Pinnacle Studio 21 in Czech, it is on our list for future consideration for subtitles and videos.

      In the meantime, you can find the Czech manual here:

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      February 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm

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