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Import MP4 to Pinnacle Studio

Import MP4 to Pinnacle Studio

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Pinnacle Studio MP4 importing issue

The Pinnacle Studio allow users to author video content in Video CD, DVD-Video, AVCHD or Blu-ray format, add completely menus and burn them to disc. Have downloaded some MP4 files from online video sharing sites or shot with some device recorders and wish to load the MP4 files into Pinnacle Studio but encounter black screen or no video issue listed below:

“I am creating MP4 movies from video recorded off of my Sony Handycam. It uploads fine via PMB and it seems to make movie OK with Pinnacle Studio 12. I’m running XP. However, when the movie plays in the WMP it is all black – I get sound but no picture. There must be something wrong but I cannot resolve it.”

Why Pinnacle Studio not import MP4?

From Pinnacle Studio supported file formats, we can see that although Pinnacle Studio has include native importing support for MP4 files, however, you can only load MP4 files encoded with MPEG-4 codec into Pinnacle Studio. However, it is well known that MP4 is a multimedia container file format, which can be encoded with various different video and audio codec as below:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, AAC, AC-3, DTS,ALAC, DTS-HD

Transcode unsupported MP4 for Pinnacle Studio

To load unsupported MP4 files to Pinnacle Studio, you will need to perform a codec or format transcoding process. Here, you can get the job easily done with a powerful yet simple to use application called Pavtube Video Converter, the program can assist you to batch convert multiple MP4 files to Pinnacle Studio compatible editing formats listed below:
Video formats: AVI(.avi), MPEG-1/2(.mpg, .mpeg, .mod, .m1v, .m2v, .mp2), MPEG-4 (.mp4), TOD(.tod), WMV(.wmv), MOV(.mov), 3GP(.3gp, .3g2, .skm), Digital Video File(.dv, .dvsd), iTunes Video File(.m4v), YUV Files(.yuv, .2vuy), ASF(.asf), Internal Video Files(.dif, .ts2), Matroska container files (.mkv)
Audio formats: AC3(.ac3), M4A (.m4a), MP2(.mp2), MP3(.mp3), MPA(.mpa), WAV(.wav), WMA(.wma)

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To get better output video and audio quality, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Edit MP4 files with built-in video editing package

Don’t want to move the whole MP4 footage into Pinnacle Studio, you can use the trim function to remove unwanted parts or segments, there are black bars around the video frame, you can use the crop function to

Before loading MP4 files into Pinnalce Studio for professional video editing, you can complete some simple video editing by using the program’s built-in video editing function. You can trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts from video, merge separate video clips into one file, split large files into small parts by file size, count or length, crop off the black borders around the video frame, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, change video color effect or apply special rendering effects to video.

For Mac users, please download the Mac version – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to perform the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite.

Step by Step to Convert and Edit MP4 Files with Pinnacle Studio?

Step 1: Add unsupported MP4 files into the program.

Run the program on your computer and click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to add unsupported MP4 files into the program.

Load unsupported MP4 files

Step 2: Set output file format.

From “Format” drop-down list, choose one of Pinnacle Studio supported editing formats such as “HD Video” > “AVI HD Video(*.avi)”.

Output Pinnacle Studio supported editing formats

Step 3: Edit video(optional).

Check an item to active the “Video Editor” function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the “Video Editor” window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Edit MP4 video

Step 4: Start MP4 to Pinnacle Studio conversion.

Once the conversion is finished, you can click “Open Output Folder” button to get the output files effortlessly, and now you will have no problems to import and edit MP4 files with Pinnacle Studio.


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