Pinnacle Studio 20 Basic Video Editing

Pinnacle Studio 20 Basic Video Editing

By Maliek Whitaker

Pinnacle Studio Pro Maliek gives you an in-depth look at the interface and basic editing tools in Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate. You’ll learn how to properly adjust the project settings to the correct resolution and frame rate for your movies, how to use features in the Media, Preview and Timeline windows and how to customize the Timeline toolbar, settings and mode.  Maliek also shows you the basic editing tools on the timeline like the Audio Mixer, Scorefitter, Title Editor, Voice Over, Audio Ducking, Multi-Camera Editor and Transparencies, plus the tools to mark, split and delete clips and create a snapshot. If you are new to video editing, this is the tutorial you need to get started.

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Comments (25)

  • Paul van Riet Reply

    Hi Adam,

    I just started with Pinnacle 20 but I don’t see anything in the preview window, although I have composed a complete timeline with pictures and MOV files.

    Can you give me a clue?

    Thx, Paul

    June 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Paul,

      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

      June 10, 2019 at 11:00 pm
  • Dirk Gorter Reply


    I cant hear the sound in my movie in the pinaccle program, where can i make it louder,


    using pinACCLE 20

    November 25, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Dirk,

      No problem! Here is a tutorial on how to use the Audio Ducking tools to adjust the audio within a video clip.

      Discovery Center Team

      November 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm
  • John Ainsworth Reply

    Can you please explain why , when I import avi files from my computer they only display as green screens

    October 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello John,

      Which version of Pinnacle Studio are you using? We can certainly take a look at why that could be happening.

      Discovery Center Team

      October 31, 2018 at 10:43 pm
  • W.Lion Reply

    hoe kan ik zwarte balken links en rechts verwijderen zo dat mijn foto.s groter worden

    August 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello W.Lion,

      To remove those black bars, all you need to do is crop the video! In Pinnacle Studio 20, the Crop tool can be accessed from the main screen, by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner of the video preview. Then just drag the corners of the rectangle that appears over your video to match the boundaries of your screen. Once you have cropped out those black bars, the button next to the Crop tool is the Resize tool, which lets you quickly resize the cropped selection to fit your chosen resolution!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      August 7, 2018 at 9:59 pm
  • LAMBERT Daniel Reply

    Pourquoi que je n’ai pas d’images dans le plan de montage en haut a droit mais décharger mon film provenant d’un camescope JVC EVERIO GX les images sont en fichier mts cela fait 4 mois que je galére est ce que quelqu’un peut m’aider

    May 1, 2018 at 11:18 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Daniel,

      Are you trying to open the video files directly from your camera? We would suggest copying them to your hard drive and then trying to open them in Pinnacle again. While Pinnacle can often access videos directly from a video camera, copying them to your hard drive reduces the number of errors that can occur in the import process, and also provides a generally faster and smoother import.

      Hope this helps!

      Discovery Center Team

      May 1, 2018 at 10:41 pm
  • Moses Agabi Reply

    thank you Malek, it indeed helpful

    August 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • David Fishburn Reply

    How do I save a prpject while editing and after I have finished the movie

    July 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello David,

      You can save a project you are not quite finished with by using the Save options found in the File menu, in the top left corner of the screen.

      When you are finished with a project, the Export button in the top right has everything you need to export the project in just about any format, burn it directly to a disc, and more!

      Hope this helps,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      July 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm
  • Howard Cart Reply

    The tutorials that I have viewed so far, with Maliek Whitaker, are absolutely outstanding. For once an instructor that doesn’t move at the speed of sound and leave the student wondering what he said. Can’t say enough good things about this program. I am now on the road to really learning this program.

    July 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm
  • Joe Nowosielski Reply

    Good intro. I have used this product in version 14, but I have always stabbed around until I got a movie. I am now committed to learning how to use the software. However there is no thumbs up button when I watch the tutorial out of the Pinnacle Studio TUTORIAL tab.

    May 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm
  • Mary Reply

    I am trying to make a picture DVD for a graduation. Not sure how to set up when just using pictures.

    May 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm
  • Sabine Reply

    Danke, ich fand die Vorstellung gut.

    April 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Les Reply

    Very helpful thanks

    April 25, 2017 at 12:49 am
  • LEMUE Jean Marie Reply

    C’est bien beau tout cela mais si nous avions la possibilité de le lire en français cela serait beaucoup mieux

    April 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Thank you for the feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our training materials, and feedback like this is important for us to learn what languages are most in demand. We have passed your comment on to our tutorial team for their consideration!

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      April 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm
  • Remigio Perez Reply

    No entiendo nada, agradecería la opción de español

    April 21, 2017 at 5:03 am
    • Adam Reply

      Thank you for the feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our training materials, and feedback like this is important for us to learn what languages are most in demand. We have passed your comment on to our tutorial team for their consideration!

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      April 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm
  • Karol Hrebicek Reply

    Super simply and nclearly and understandably pronounced !!!
    Werry helpful !!!!!!!!! Many thanks !!!!!

    April 20, 2017 at 5:27 am
  • Petra van den Bongart Reply

    16-11-2016 Thanks a lot for this tutorial. It was very helpfull toe me!!

    November 16, 2016 at 5:06 am
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    August 29, 2016 at 6:10 am

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