Can’t Load AVI Files to Pinnacle Studio for Editing – Fixed!

Can’t import AVI files in Pinnacle Studio 12/14/15/16/17/18 for smooth editing? Simply follow this tutorial to find the reason and the best way to fix AVI and Pinnacle incompatible issues.

Although Pinnacle Studio claims that it supports AVI format, sometimes you will find it a painful experience to load AVI files to Pinnacle Studio for editing. There are two typical issues quoted as below:

Q1: only sound no image shows – 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: “error opening file” – I am experiencing problems when I export as a movie and bring it into Pinnacle Studio ver 12.1. My settings are NTSC-DVD, uncompressed AVI with transperency. When I bring it into the album of Pinnacle, it sometimes says “error opening file”, sometimes it just won’t play and other times it will not allow me to bring it into the timeline.

.AVI files are container format with different video and audio codecs inside. Generally, Pinnacle Studio won’t import AVI files created by Windows Movie Maker; captured from VHS, CamStudio or other source smoothly. To fix the AVI and Pinnacle Studio incompatility issues, the best and easiest way is to transcode AVI to a more editing-friendly format like MPEG-2 for Pinnacle.

Now I share the guide with you how to convert AVI video to Pinnacle Studio friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter. With it, you can effortlessly convert AVI to Pinnacle Studio compatible MPEG-2 codec without quality loss. Meanwile, the output videos will seamlessly fit Pinnacle Studio 12/14/15/16/17/18. Here is how to do it.

How to convert AVI to MPEG-2 for Pinnacle Studio

1. Download, install and run the AVI to Pinnacle Studio Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source videos.

2. 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.

3. Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

4. Hit the convert button, it will start converting AVI for importing to Pinnacle Studio immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Pinnacle Studio 9/11/12/14/15/16/17/18 perfectly.

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