Pinnacle Studio online training course

Pinnacle Studio lesson 1, Introduction


This is a beginners course for Pinnacle studio for people who have no experience in using Pinnacle studio yet.

The videos you can make with Pinnacle Studio can be saved in many different extensions to your computer.
The one that is used most is most probably the AVI file type.
AVI however doesnt mean more then Audio Video Interleave and tells us nothing about the used coding also known as Codec.
Other forms that can be used are for example MPEG, WVM or DivX these are either compressed more or less.
If a video is compressed this can result in quality loss.
The DV ( Digital Video ) from the camera will be saved digitally on your computer.
Thanks to the compressing one hour of video will still cost you about 12 Gigabites of harddisk space.

Main functions

Pinnacle Studio knows three main functionalities :

1. Recording, This is recording your film from camera to the computer.
2. Editing, While editing you can remove parts of your movie, adjust and expand sound, add titles, music, voice and much more.
3. Making movie, This function is used to put your results on DVD or tape but can also be saved on your computer to save it or to publish it on internet.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements are different for each Pinnacle Studio version but for the version which i am using namely Pinnacle Studio 15 the minimum requirements are as followed but recommended to be better for faster and smoother video editing.

Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP2) or Windows XP (SP3)

Intel Pentium or Amd Athlon 1.8 GHz (2.4 or higher is recommended )
Intel Core 2 duo 2.4 required for AVCHD
Intel 2 Quad 2.66 GHz or Intel Core i7 required for AVCHD 1920.

1 GB system memory recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD

DirectX 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with 64 MB (128 MB or higher recommended)
256 MB required for HD and AVCHD.

DirectX 9 ( or higher ) compatible sound card

3.2 Gigabyte of disk space

DVD-ROM drive to install software

Once again these are the minimum requirements for Pinnacle Studio 15. If you are using another version of the software you should check the Pinnacle Studio website : for more information about your versions system requirements.
And a better system will of course give you an improvement in how fast the software works.