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Powerful, creative video editing software

Create movies that impress with a video editor that combines pro-level editing and unlimited creativity--Pinnacle Studio 20. Start your project with a themed template or edit on the 6 track timeline. Include footage from two cameras with multi-camera video editing and add eye-catching animations with new Stop Motion Animation. Add style with 1,500 2D/3D effects, amazing titles and a custom-fit soundtrack. Then share your movie online, export to popular devices or create polished DVD projects with 20+ menu templates.

Flexible editing
Start your project with templates or combine photo and video and edit on a 6-track timeline. Work with powerful, creative tools to create amazing movies.

Add some excitement
Get creative with 1,500+ 2D and 3D effects to surprise and delight your audience. Right-click to easily add your most-used effects, filters and transitions to your Favorite section.

Correct and enhance
Crop, pan and zoom, and clean up your clips in the library before you make your movie. Then use them again in any movie project.

Make your movie
Drag and drop elements to make a movie automatically with SmartMovie or start with themed video templates. Plan your movie with Storyboard editing, then use the timeline for precision editing.

Express yourself
Create amazing animations frame by frame with Stop Motion Animation. Sync and edit two cameras with our Multi-Camera editor.

Share the memories
Upload your movies online or to the popular devices directly from Pinnacle Studio. Easily create discs with menus and chapters using 20+ templates in Pinnacle MyDVD.

Pinnacle Studio 20 Features

Multi-Camera Video Editor

Multi-Camera Video Editor
Work with footage from 2 cameras to create more dynamic videos. The Multi-Camera Video Editor lets you screen your footage, switch angles, cut and delete, and add transitions. Align clips automatically with Audio Syncing or use markers, date/time or manual syncing. Even use your multi-camera results to create a Picture-in-Picture effect.

Drag and drop HD video editing

Drag and drop HD video editing
The SmartMovie tool is like an automatic video editor, creating stunning movies for you in a snap. Just drag-and-drop the videos, photos and music you want to see in your project, then let Smart Movie do the work. Preview your movie and edit in the timeline to further to customize your project. Create a polished movie ready to impress in no time.

Stop Motion Animation NEW
Create big screen-style animations and full-HD videos. Gather your props, plug in your camera and tap into the processing power and unique lens capabilities of your DSLR to capture your story frame by frame. Control camera settings, see overlay frames, set distances and capture frames automatically or manually from within your video editing software.

Enhance with 1,500+ effects, transitions and templates
Add excitement and polish with over 1,500 2D/3D effects, animated titles and transitions. The included Montage video templates that provide preset themes—weddings, sports, holidays, sci-fi, comics and more—for fast pro-level results with just a few clicks. Customize them for just the right look.

Easy controls for dynamic effects

Easy controls for dynamic effects
Turn a static image into a compelling part of your video with simple controls for Pan and Zoom. Add interest and excitement with the easy Picture-in-Picture effect. We’ve also made Audio keyframing easier, changing knobs to slider controls.

Timeline Editing (6-tracks)

Timeline Editing (6-tracks)
Set source clip trim in/out points, then send your trimmed clips to the timeline. Six tracks let you create sophisticated picture-in-picture and multi-layer effects in HD with frame accuracy and keyframe editing—just like a pro. Or try Storyboard editing to visualize how your story will unfold.

Easily import media
Import your videos and photos manually or automatically from virtually any device—camcorders, digital cameras, webcams, tablets, mobile phones, handheld audio recorders, and more. Pinnacle Studio 20 also supports for VFR videos from iPhone 6 and other new-generation cameras. Import from tape-based1 and analog devices1, as well as audio files in 5.1 surround format.

Easily import media

Save your Favorites
With a simple right click, you can easily add your most-used effects, filters and transitions to your Favorite section to quickly find and reuse them anytime. Rate effects using our 5 star scale to easily sort your library and quickly find your favorites or frequently used effects.

Quick fixes for common problems

Quick fixes for common problems
Do you need to rotate your video or enhance the color? No problem! Pinnacle Studio has you covered with video rotation tools. Crop, zoom, and eliminate red eye from photos. Color-correct video and stabilize shaky footage.

Titles and overlays

Titles and overlays
Add titles to your photos and videos, or overlay graphics on your clips. Control motions and durations. With a diverse selection of title animations, you are guaranteed to find the perfect look to complement your video.

Pinnacle MyDVD
Experience a new and easier way to burn to DVD and AVCHD disc. Get a stylish look with 20+ themed templates to add menus, sub-menus and chapters to your video. Turn your videos into pro-quality multimedia disc projects with image-rich menus and music.

ScoreFitter sounds & music
No movie is complete without a soundtrack. Add music with the included ScoreFitter library of royalty-free sounds and songs—they even automatically adjust to perfectly fit the length of your movie.

Robust performance

Robust performance
See results sooner with native 64-bit architecture that lets you make the most of your PC’s processing power and memory. Enjoy faster multi-track rendering and better file handling. Pinnacle Studio 20 video editing software is also optimized for Intel’s 6th Generation processor (Skylake).

Photo slideshows and videos

Photo slideshows and videos
Use your video editor to create amazing photo slideshows complete with transitions, titles and effects, or combine photo and video for the perfect montage. Start with themed montage templates or create from scratch on the multi-track timeline.

On-the-go video editing software

On-the-go video editing software
Work on projects anywhere with Pinnacle Studio for iOS2, then transfer them to Pinnacle Studio for further polishing. Try Project Packages to bundle together all of the media files related to a given movie, taking the work out of organizing and assuring that you always have all the files you need.

Share anywhere
Pinnacle's simple video editor allows you to easily share your HD videos with family and friends on Facebook®, YouTube®, and Vimeo®. You can also easily create DVDs and export to popular formats like Adobe® Flash® FLV, MPEG-4, and DivX®, as well as popular devices like Microsoft® Xbox®, Sony® PlayStation, Nintendo™ Wii™, Apple® TV and Apple® iPad®.

Includes FREE training!
Learn how to make the most of your video editing software with a 21-day, all-access pass to, featuring brand-new Pinnacle Studio 20 content, loads of other training and a royalty-free stock library. Visit our Discovery Center for help getting started or to access tutorials on specific techniques and projects.

Additional plugins and effects available
Expand the power of your video editing software with additional plugins and effects that you can purchase directly within Pinnacle Studio! Preview and purchase high-quality, royalty-free music from Triple Scoop Music and sound effects from Muserk. Burning to Blu-Ray? Purchase the Blu-Ray plug-in directly within Pinnacle Studio.

System Requirements

  • Internet connection required for installation, registration and updates. Registration required for product use.
  • Windows 10 recommended, Windows 8.x, Windows 7, 64-bit OS highly recommended
  • Intel Core i3 or AMD A4 3.0 GHz or higher
    • Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD & Intel Quick Sync Video support
    • Intel Core i7 or AMD Athlon A10 or higher for Multi-camera
  • 4 GB of RAM or higher, 8+GB highly recommended for Multi-camera
  • DirectX graphics device recommended:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 200 series or newer (CUDA enabled required for CUDA support)
    • ATI 4xxx series or higher
    • Intel GMA X3000 series or higher
  • HEVC (H.265) support requires Windows 10 and supporting PC hardware or graphics card
  • Minimum 256 MB VGA VRAM, 512 MB or higher recommended
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Windows-compatible sound card (multi-channel output required for surround preview)
  • 8 GB HDD space for full installation
  • Downloadable if DVD-ROM drive not available for installation


  • DVD burner for creating DVD and AVCHD discs

Input Options

  • Capture from DV, HDV and Digital8 camcorders or VCRs (requires a FireWire port)
  • Capture from analog camcorders, 8mm, HI 8, VHS, SVHS, VHS-C, SVHS-C, or VCRs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) (requires Dazzle video hardware – sold separately)
  • Import from AVCHD and other file based camcorders, digital still cameras, mobile devices and webcams

Import Formats

  • Video: MVC, AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1/-2/-4, DivX, Flash, 3GP (MPEG-4, H.263), WMV, Non-encrypted DVD titles (incl. DVD-VR/+VR), MOV (DV, MPEG-4, H.264), HEVC (H.265), DivX Plus MKV
  • Audio: MP3, MPA, M4A, WAV, AMR, AC3, AAC, Vorbis, WMA
  • Graphic: JPS, BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PSD, TGA, TIF, WMF, PNG, J2K

Export Formats

  • AVCHD, DVD (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW, dual layer)
  • Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad/TV, Sony PSP/PS3/PS4, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox compatible formats
  • DV, HDV, AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP, WAV, MP2, MP3, MP4, H.264, DivX Plus MKV, JPEG, TIF, TGA, BMP
  • Dolby Digital 5.1-channel

Blu-ray Support

  • Requires purchase of a separate plug-in from within the product
  • Requires Blu-ray Disc reader and/or burner

Supported Languages

  • Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish