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Are you a video blogger or a photographer? Or are you just a hobbyist photographer? Do you want to show off your snaps or videos to your friends and fans?
Surely you can’t just post the photos or videos just like that, you may want to polish them off in a presentable manner. To do this, you will need more than just skill at editing, you are going to need a user-friendly video editor.
And we find that Pinnacle Studio is a viable solution for many users. Here’s Why. Pinnacle Studio has a pleasant theme with a dark color and a polished interface. There are three main panes in the GUI.
There is a toolbar on the top of the window, and a side-panel towards the left edge. The pane on the upper left, has two tabs: Library and Editor pane. The content which you add to your projects is displayed on the Library pane.
To add media files, you can create a new Project Bin using the sidebar, and then using the import option on the top of Pinnacle Studio’s GUI, or by right-clicking on the Library and selecting the quick import option. If you have a camera or a phone with which you want to capture videos, you can plug it into the PC, and record videos directly in Pinnacle Studio, for your projects.
This will add your photos and videos to your Library Pane. The thumbnail previews of the images and videos are displayed on the Library pane, as are the names of each file. The side-panel has 11 buttons: Projects, Collections, Effects, Transitions, Sound Effects, Titles, Montages and Templates, Sound Stage, Triple Scoop Music, Muserk Sound Effects and Disc Menus.
The Projects tab allows you to save, load, delete or create new projects. The Collections tab displays the most recently added videos and images, and Smart Creations. You can add cool effects to your videos such as 2D-3D, Artistic, Audio Effects, Camera, Color, Keyers, Steresoscopic, etc from the Effects tab in Pinnacle Studio. The Transitions tab lets you add 2D-3D, Artistic, HFX, HollywoodFX, animations for slideshows.
You can also use the application to add audio tracks to your videos or slideshows. There are several effects from animal noises, instruments, people, etc, to choose from. To add music you can either use the SoundStage , Triple Scoop Music, or Muserks options. The last two of those allow you to purchase various sound and music from within the program’s interface.
You can add even more transitions, from the Montages and Templates tab, which has several templates, and preset themes. Want to add some cool captions to a slideshow? The Title tab has many built-in styles to choose from, including special, standard and 3D titles. The Disc Menu tab, lets you use the burner tool, which has preset menus for creating DVD and Blu-ray video or slideshow discs.
Now that you have a project bin with the media files in it, you need to add it to your timeline to create a video. For example, if you want to make a slideshow, select the photos from the library pane, and drag them to the bottom bar in Pinnacle Studio’s window. This is the timeline, as you can see with a bar representing the time, aka, the duration length for which the video will run.
The timeline displays every photo and video which you have added representing each frame in the video. You can click on any photo or video in the library or the timeline, to see a bigger thumbnail, which will be displayed on the pane on the upper right side. There are two tabs here, Source and Timeline, which displays the preview of the media from the library or timeline respectively. You can detach either pane, and place it anywhere within the GUI.
The media files which you added to the timeline, can be rearranged by clicking and dragging them to the place you want them to be, in the video. And just like you added the videos and images, you can add audio tracks, to the timeline, by dragging them to the A/V track, from the side panel. You also do the same for adding effects, and transitions.
The bar on the very bottom of the Pinnacle Studio window, can be used for moving left or right in the timeline. The clock bar can be used to adjust the zoom view of the timeline’s thumbnail previews. To cut a video, you can either drag it away from its position, or mark a time and then click on the Split Tool.
Let’s say you have added some photos to the timeline, you can add some music to the slideshow from the sidepanel. Clcik on the SmartMovie tool, which is just above the timeline, and the program will generate a slideshow based on the content which you added. You will be able to preview the slideshow using the built-in video player, before saving it.
And of course, you can add effects, transitions, etc before exporting the video. This is an example of how easy it is to use Pinnacle Studio. The program doesn’t require a very high end computer, but it is advised to use a system with a good GPU and processor. We found that the program does not consume a lot of resources, even when we were multitasking with other programs.
Pinnacle Studio be used to save your projects into various formats. You can save the media as photos, videos or audio files too. The project can be exported to DVD or Blu-ray discs using the built-in MyDVD option, or saved on to your computer’s hard drive. Supported file types in Pinnacle Studio include the following formats: AVCHD, DVD (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW, dual layer) DV, HDV, AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP, WAV, MP2, MP3, MP4, H.264, DivX Plus MKV, JPEG, TIF, TGA, and BMP.
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