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How to Open and Edit .AVI files in Pinnacle Studio


Pinnacle Studio is the fastest, easiest, and most accurate video editing software available for everyday use. With the extensive included video tutorials, you'll be editing HD and 3D movies like a pro in no time. While, many users are having trouble opening AVI files in Pinnacle Studio. In this article we outline the best workflow for importing AVI into Pinnacle.

We searched widely and found that some typical issues occurred while loading AVI to Pinnacle Studio:

Q1: I have captured all my VHS and VHS-C cassettes using Virtualdub in AVI format. If I open Pinnacle and locate the AVI files to edit, it shows up with a big question mark in Pinnacle. If I drag the clip to the time line or storyboard and play the file, I can hear the sound, but there is no image.

Q2: I have been using Pinnacle Studio for some time & have gotten use to it. I have another source which captured a video file as AVI, BUt I do not see how to correctly put it to pinnacle so it can recognize it.

Q3: I got some source DV file captured by Movie Maker, but I found these .avi DV files cannot natively be imported into Pinnacle studio to produce DVDs.

Although Pinnacle Studio 12.0 and higher can import AVI format as it official claimed, Pinnacle Studio will not load the .avi files captured by Windows Movie Maker, VHS, CamStudio or other source, even though it will tempt you into doing so.

The basic reason is that AVI is a container format with different video audio codecs and possibly the AVI File format is not what Pinnacle wants to see. Possibly there could be a flavor of AVI it is expecting. Here you can view the Video codecs in use. Once isolate the import source, you can look at options to import it directly, or try to find software to convert the AVI files to MPEG (mpg).

Brorsoft Video Converter is a professional tool that can deal with most kind of AVI videos regardless of the different codec to MPEG for Pinnacle Studio editing without quality loss. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. Now just download its free trail version and follow the below guide to convert AVI for playing and editing in Pinnacle Studio.

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How to Convert AVI to MPEG for Pinnacle Studio

Step 1: Load AVI files

Run AVI to Pinnacle Converter and load AVI clips to it by clicking "Add" button.


Step 2: Choose Pinnacle compatible format

Hit the "Format" bar and select "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" as output format on the drop-down menu. It ensures the smooth editing with Pinnacle. Or you can choose MPEG-1, MPEG-2 as the target format from "Common Video".


Tip: You can also click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs, that you can play and edit AVI movies in Pinnacle Studio easily.

Step 3: Edit your AVI videos (Optional)

By clicking "Edit" button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.


Step 4: Start conversion

Tap "Convert" button to start encoding AVI to MPEG(mpg) for importing and editing with Pinnacle Studio.

After the conversion, click the "Open" button to locate converted files, and then you can load the output .mpg files into Pinnacle Studio for editing smoothly with the best quality.

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