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Supported Media File Types for Pinnacle Studio 20 Platinum/Standard/Plus

With Pinnacle Studio 20, you can create movies that combines pro-level editing and unlimited creativity. However, before you start your video editing work, one of the big concern you care about is the media compatibility of your footage with Pinnacle Studio 20. The following article will list the import formats supported by Pinnacle Studio 20 Standard, Pinnacle Studio 20 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate three different versions and how to load unsupported file types into Pinnacle Studio for smooth post editing workflow.

Pinnacle Studio 20 supported file formats

Pinnacle Studio 20 supported file formats

Supported import media formats by Pinnacle Studio 20 different version

Pinnacle Studio 20 Version




HEVC (H.265)(new)

4K Ultra HD video support



XAVC S support



XAVC and DVCPRO HD decoding



Import MXF files



3D MVC file format import









3GP (MPEG-4, H.263)

MOV (DV, MPEG-4, H.264)

DivX Plus MKV

Non-encrypted DVD titles

From above lists, we can see that both Pinnacle Studio 20 standard and Pinnacle Studio 20 Plus lack input support for the popular HD or 4K video footage format such as HEVC, XAVC, XAVC S, DVCPRO HD, MXF, recorded by camera/camcorders. You will need to pay more money to buy the more advanced version - Pinnacle Studio Ultimate to overcome the media incompatible issues.

Import unsupported format to Pinnacle Studio 20 Standard/Plus

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Edit video with built-in video editing application

Before loading video files into Pinnacle Studio for professional video editing, you can do some simple video editing with 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, deinterlace interlaced video into progressive form, crop off the black borders around the video frame or change video output aspect ratio, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, change video color effect or apply special rendering effects to video.


How to Import Unsupported Video File to Pinnacle Studio for Editing?

Step 1: Load unsupported video files into the program.

Run the program on your computer click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to add unsupported video files into the program.

Add unsupported video

Step 2: Set output file format.

Click the pull down menu of "Format", from its drop-down list, choose one of Pinnacle Studio supported editing formats such as "HD Video" > "AVI HD Video(*.avi)".

Output Pinnacle Studio supported file 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 video with built-in video editing options

Step 4: Start video 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 any videos files with Pinnacle Studio 20 Plus/Standard version or previous Pinnacle Studio version.

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