Setting Up Your Project

Setting Up Your Project

Setting up your Project

Before you get started creating slideshows and video projects, it’s helpful to understand the basics of setting up your project. In this tutorial we’ll review some key information such as how to adjust your project’s default settings, create project bins, import, and choose storage locations.

Open Pinnacle Studio then click on File > New > Movie. This will open up a new timeline where you can start building your slideshow or video.

Creating a Project Bin and Importing Media

We want to build a Project Bin with all the media we’re going to use for this project. Click on the Project Bin icon in the left toolbar, then select the Create a New Project Bin icon. Name your new Project Bin whatever you would like to call your project, for example Family Fun Slideshow.

Now we can add our media to the new Project Bin.

Click on the Quick Import icon and browse to the file folder that contains your assets, such as video clips, photos, audio tracks or music. Hold down the Shift key and click to select all the media you want to use, then click Open.

Tip: if you click and hold down your left mouse key, you can drag your mouse around the files to select them all at once.

You can also add media from a file folder open on your computer by dragging and dropping it directly into your Project Bin.

Adjusting Default Project Settings

Go to Setup, then select Control Panel.

In the Control Panel window there are a number of options. Let’s start by clicking on Project Settings.

  • Under New Movie Project Format, you can select the default resolution for every newly created project.
  • You can also select the option to Detect format from first clip, so that the first clip added to the project will be used as the default format.

Note: The movie project format can be changed at any time by clicking on the Timeline Settings icon at the left of the Timeline toolbar.

Under Project Settings, you can also set the Default Duration for new titles, stills and transitions.

Enabling Ruler Zooming will allow you to zoom in on your timeline when you drag to the right along the ruler (and zoom out by dragging to the left).

Adjusting Import Settings

Let’s look Import next. This is where you can view and change the default storage locations for media and projects that are physically copied when you use the Importer to import into your library.

Note: if you use the Quick Import feature, this will simply link to existing files without relocating them.

To change the default video, audio, image, and project directory, click on the browse button and select a new folder.

Once you have selected a base folder, you can also optionally set up a subfolder. Choose Custom to name the folder, or select to have imports filed by:

  • Today (subfolder named with the current date YYYY-MM-DD)
  • Creation Date (subfolder named with the creation date of the asset)
  • Current Month (subfolder named with the current month YYYY-MM)

Adjusting Storage Locations

This section allows you to choose where to save media and projects that you create, including your movie projects, disc projects, titles and more. To change where you’d like these projects to be stored, simply click on the browse folder to select a new folder.

Changing Default Startup Page

Here you can select which workspace tab will display when you launch Pinnacle Studio such as the Edit or Author tab.

By default, the Welcome page is selected. We suggest keeping the Welcome page as your default startup page since it is regularly updated with new tutorials, special offers, product updates, contests, freebies and more.

Once you have finished making any adjustments to the settings, click Apply to save your new settings. Then click OK.

Now you are ready to start creating your first Pinnacle Studio project!

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 (6)

  • Christy Reply

    I am trying to make a DVD that I can play on my TV but everytime the DVD player is not picking up the disc and I can only play it by plugging my computer into my smart TV. I am sure that I am doing something wrong during the set up process. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    September 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Christy,

      Which format are you using to export the vide to DVD? DVD players will only recognize specific formatting. We would suggest taking a look at the DVD player’s manual, which should include a list of the formats it can read, and then select a matching format from the export menu.

      Discovery Center Team

      September 26, 2020 at 12:08 pm
  • Luis Lacy Corral Reply

    Is it possible to apply the same transition to many slides or snapshots at the same time? If possible, how is it done?
    I ask because when you have a lot of slides, it takes a lot of time to apply the same transition to each one of them.

    July 14, 2020 at 8:29 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Luis,

      Of course! To do this, drag the transition you wish to apply onto the timeline. If you want the transition to be customized, edit it now before we apply it to the entire project. Next, select the clips you want to apply it to. If you want to apply it to all clips, use the hotkey CTRL+A. Finally, right click on the transition on the timeline, and select “Ripple” from the dropdown. This will apply the transition to all selected media.

      Discovery Center Team

      July 31, 2020 at 7:27 pm
  • Harris Capps Reply

    Several questions: 1) i just upgraded to Paintshop Pro 2020 Ultimate. In scanning tutorials it looks like you have something similar to powerpoint….”Pinnacle”… Is that in my software? Is it similar to Powerpoint? 2) How do I organize my photos? 3) In the webinar tutorial for paintshop Pro, it was a bit dated since it showed 2018 version. On my new version (2020 ultimate), How do I get the screen to show ALL the tools along the side with rulered edges similar to that tutorial? Thx!

    February 29, 2020 at 4:50 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Harris,

      It sounds like you need to enable the Complete workspace! The default workspace in a fresh PaintShop Pro install is the Essentials workspace, which hides some of the more advanced tools. To switch to the Complete workspace, navigate to File > Workspace, and select “Complete”.

      For photo organization, there are many schools of thought on this, and it really comes down to what suits your workflow best. A common one is to group your photos into folders for each photoshoot or project, and then using the Manage interface in PaintShop to navigate between them.

      As for Pinnacle Studio, this is a full video editing suite. While you could use it to create a powerpoint-like visual, it is not a slide deck style presentation program.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      March 9, 2020 at 12:21 am

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