How to Export Videos

How to Export Videos

By Maliek Whitaker

Do you know the difference between saving and exporting your videos? In this tutorial, Pinnacle Studio Pro Maliek reviews the new export interface in Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate and gives you step by step instructions on how to export a video project from your timeline to the file format, resolution, and frame rate of your choice. Maliek shows you how to save the movie to a file format, as a file extension, as a file to view on a device, or online to the web for sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Box, or Vimeo. He also shows you how to customize the resolution, bit rate, frame rate, and audio settings.

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Comments (18)

  • 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.

          Best,
          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.
        Ethel

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

      Adam,

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

      Ethel

      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.
    Poradíte?

    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:
      http://help.pinnaclesys.com/pinnacle/v21/main/cz/user-guide/pinnaclestudio.pdf

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      February 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm

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