Adjusting playback speed in Pinnacle Studio

on Friday, November 14, 2008

Pinnacle Studio gives you pretty fine control over playback speed. You can also adjust Strobe if you want to create a stop-motion effect that you may or may not find useful. The only way to really know is to experiment, which you can do by following these steps:
  1. Switch to the timeline (if you’re not there already) by clicking the timeline view button (refer to Figure).
  2. Double-click a clip in the timeline to open the Clip Properties window.
  3. Click the Vary Playback Speed tool on the left side of the Clip Properties window (as in Figure). The Vary Playback Speed controls appear as shown in Figure.
  4. Move the Speed slider left to slow down the clip, or move it to the right to speed up the clip. An adjustment factor appears above the slider. Normal speed is shown as 1.0 X. Double speed would be 2.0 X, and so on. If you slow the playback speed down, a fraction will appear instead. For example, half speed will be indicated as 5/10 X.
  5. Move the Strobe slider to add some strobe effect.
  6. Click Play in the preview window to view your changes.
  7. If you don’t like your changes and want to revert to the original speed or strobe setting, click one of the Reset buttons.
  8. Click the Close (X) button in the upper-right corner of the Clip. Properties window when you’re done making changes.
The Clip Properties window closes. If you speeded up playback of the clip, the clip will now appear narrower in the timeline. If you slowed down playback speed, the clip will be wider in the timeline.