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Pinnacle Studio 18

Update 25.07.2015 Bug fixes, change sorting in the library, Windows 10 compatibility improved
Update 26.04.2015 Bug fixes, improving the Smart Rendering, MyDVD : new tool for burning
Update 16.02.2015 Bug fixes, recovery of 28 Creative Pack Volume 1 title, rotating clip directly from TL
Update 06.01.2015 User Manual for New Blue FX + Creative Pack & Scorefitter compatibility
Update 05.12.2014 Publication patch 
Update 23.11.2014 proDAD Mercalli, Adorage, VitaScene, Heroglyph are compatible with Pinnacle Studio 18
Update 08.11.2014 Added a FAQ to find back your previous HFX transitions + TransHFX.bat V4 is available !

As usual, we gather here EVERYTHING you need to know about Pinnacle Studio 18: installation, update, tips and tricks to know, user manual, and much more ... To be informed in timely manner, do not hesitate to subscribe to our free newsletter available here . We will regularly update this article.





  • A tutorial is published, translation : read How to install Pinnacle Studio 18 ULTIMATE
  • Free several GB on your system disk  (might help you to install Pinnacle Studio 18)
  • Our HFX effects and Hollywood FX transitions can be installed in Pinnacle Studio 18:
  • If you encounter an error message during installation process "Database: Can not load table ' launch condition in the SQL query: SELECT ' condition ' , ' Description ' FROM' Launch Status", then it is rather simple: click finisj, and from Start menu select > Pinnacle Studio > install. The installation will continue normally with no error message.
  • Part of previous 32-bit plugins are no longer functional in Pinnacle Studio 18 (64 bits). Wait a little, Boris and proDAD have published 64-bit versions of Pinnacle Studio 18. A new 64-bit ClockDisplay for Pinnacle Studio version, functional in Studio 18 , is available on the hlinke site.
  • 64 bits versions: if you bought the following packs : Creative Pack Volume 2, Creative Pack Volume 3, Winter Pack, RedGiant Holiday pack, Scorefitter Volume 1, Scorefitter Volume 2 or Scorefitter Volume 3 and if it does not appear or you do not managed to install it, you must download the patch here  - Read more: Creative Packs and Scorefitter for PS18 64bits


  • Should you need to export to BluRay, enable the feature in the menu: Pinnacle Studio > Enable export BluRay. And guess what, it's for free !


Discover hidden features of Pinnacle Studio

  • Tips and Tricks for Pinnacle Studio
  • How to re-arrange your title, unlock Pinnacle Studio, group proDAD effects and transitions in library, install an upgrade version, how to enable all activation keys at once when re-installing Studio... >  Consult our Pinnacle Studio FAQ. From the 18.0.2 patch, a reset button allows you to reset the library from the Pinnacle Studio 18 Control Panel.



  • We are in the early stages of Pinnacle Studio 18, beta testers are still at work to correct all remaining bugs ... Read  A message from Corel
  • The following plugins are not working anymore at the moment: Boris Graffiti, JPs Effects, FEX, Canal Plus, RTFx, Mister Z, WLFilter, VDUB2RTFx. We will keep you informed as soon as patch are available (if any). proDAD has updated its plugins, they now work in Studio 18 64 bits. You can download the updates from your download link. Read "Quadruple update at proDAD".
    Boris Graffiti has put online a 64-bit plugin version, but this version is not free.
  • SmartSounds that worked on the 32-bit version now runs on 64-bit version after installing the 18.0.2 patch. If Studio 18 tells you "SmartSound application is not activated properly. Please contact your supplier":
    • Close Studio 18.
    • Open Sonic Fire Pro 5 and verify that the Pinnacle plugin is well marked as enabled (HELP / Plug-in Activation / Avid / Pinnacle Studio (Activated).
    • In the HELP menu / Change Serial number / reenter the Sonic Fire Pro 5 key (the same as the above).
    • Open Studio 18 ...
  • 28 Creative Pack Volume 1 titles disappeared (fixed with patch 18.1.0)
  • The transitions that use the Gradient Wipe filter do not work with 64-bit Easy_FX therefore no longer work either with Studio 18 64 bits. You can work around this by replacing in Easy_FX 64-bit PNG imlages filter by the TGA format.


NEW FEATURES FOR PINNACLE STUDIO 18 compared to previous versions :


  • What's new or what has disappeared with Pinnacle Studio 18 compared to S17 ? Currently all 32-bit plugins are no longer functional with the 64-bit version, so you have to wait a little bit until we have more information...
  • Is Pinnacle Studio 18 is a 64-bit program? YES, but there is also a 32-bit version if desired (not recommended).
  • "Live Screen Capture " is not integrated with Pinnacle Studio 18, it is an independent program
  • " iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner" is not integrated with Pinnacle Studio 18, it is an independent program (dating from 2009 ....)
  • Is it possible to open a previous Pinnacle Studio 16/17 project ? Yes, without major problem. Nevertheless, I urge you to finish your project...



  • Internet connection required for enabling Blu-ray functionality, online activation and online services
  • Windows 8, Windows 7 (64-bit OS recommended)
  • Intel Core Duo 1.8 GHz, Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz or higher
  • Intel Core2 Duo 2.66 GHz, Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD* & Intel Quick Sync Video support
  • 2 GB of RAM or higher, min. 4 GB for Windows 64-bit
  • DirectX 9 (or higher) graphics device with Pixel Shader 3.0 support like: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or higher (CUDA enabled required for CUDA support), ATI X1000 series or higher, Intel GMA X3000 series or higher
  • 128 MB VGA VRAM; 256 MB or higher recommended, required for AVCHD, stereoscopic 3D & CUDA
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 600 or higher
  • Windows-compatible sound card (multi-channel output required for surround preview)
  • 5.8 GB HDD space for full installation
  • DVD-ROM for installation (box version only)


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


  • 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), QuickTime (DV, MJPEG, MPEG-4, H.264), 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


  • AVCHD, XAVC S, BD Blu-ray, DVD (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW, dual layer); 3D: DVD, AVCHD, AVCHD2 (incl. MVC), Blu-ray
  • Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad/TV, Sony PSP/PS3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox compatible formats
  • DV, HDV, AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP, WAV, MP2, MP3, MP4, QuickTime, H.264, DivX Plus MKV, JPEG, TIF, TGA, BMP; 3D: MVC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, DivX Plus, MJPEG
  • Dolby Digital 2-channel and 5.1-channel audio


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



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Saturday, November 1, 2014 3:53 PM
SmartSounds is no more working in Pinnacle Studio 18, more news soon...
This is only valid for the 64 bit version.
SmartSound does work with the 32 bit version.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 3:58 PM
I wonder if it's time for Pinnacle to up the Minimum System Requirements......
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Saturday, November 1, 2014 4:19 PM
Thanks plemmens, I modified the article accordingly.
Geza Petho
#Geza Petho
Monday, November 3, 2014 8:53 AM
Ladies & Gentlemen

What about windows 8.1

Thanks for your help: Geza
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Monday, November 3, 2014 2:42 PM
Well, Windows 8.1 is a personal computer operating system, developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating sytsem.

PS: Studio 18 works with Windows 8.1, hopefully
Miroslav Polner
#Miroslav Polner
Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:20 AM
Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate - does not inport from IEE1394, I tried multiple cameras.
Miroslav Polner
#Miroslav Polner
Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:51 AM
Pinnacle Studio 18 can not be used, why do you sell? Neither one of three computers can not be done export DVD !!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:06 AM
Hi all I found out what is wrong with the titles from the Creative Pack V1, V2 & V3. I you look at the new folder: 'C:\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Studio18\Content\Titles 16x9\Creative Pack V1' The .axt files are wrong and empty - for example: Your Text Here 179.Temp.axt (V2) with no reference in the file. Solution: Delete all the *Temp.axt files from 'C:\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Studio18\Content\Titles 16x9\Creative Pack V1' (and V2 & V3) and copy all the *.axt files from 'C:\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\Titles 16x9\Creative Pack V1' (and V2 & V3) to the folder of Studio 18. Sort the file types in the explorer that makes it much more easier. Riddle solved - Next.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:09 AM
Where and how to get pinnacle studio 18 ultimate 64bit trial version.
Le Papy
#Le Papy
Sunday, November 23, 2014 2:36 AM
It is written a little higher in the news:
Pinnacle Studio 18 Trial: does not exists yet. If you buy the software and you are not satisfied with it, you can ask for a cancellation and refund...
Déclic Vidéo FX
#Déclic Vidéo FX
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 5:13 PM

Consult the update at the top of this article. New patch for Creative Packs as well as Scorefitter... :-)
Enjoy, and thanks to saby for the information,

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 4:08 AM

Purchased v18 ultimate upgrade few days ago.
Download and install quick and no problems.

Mostly editing avchd and with previous version export to lossless magic yuv or ut and then would transcode renders using x264 before blu- ray authoring with taw5.

With this version the 64bit vfw codec are not available for export yet the manual appears to
Advise that should be possible.

I have managed to export to high bitrate mpg2 but would prefer to have lossless option other than 1.2 gbps uncompressed avi.

Reinstalling the codecs has not helped and the latest version of gopro cineform installed
Does not appear as an export codec also.

Hopefully someone may be able to shed som light on ths topic.

Jean-Philippe Lord
#Jean-Philippe Lord
Friday, January 9, 2015 5:50 PM

I am interested too in exporting in lossless format. I find that titles are not very sharp when exporting and was looking for a way to have pin sharp titles in 1080p. Anyone else finds the titles a bit blurry even if blur is set to zero in the title ?
George Drew
#George Drew
Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:57 AM
Just downloaded patch v6 for Pinnacle 18, now the program will not load!
WIN7 Pro, 2.9MHz CPU, 8Gb RAM, NVidia GT240 card 1Gb RAM
500Gb HDD - any ideas?
George Drew
#George Drew
Thursday, August 6, 2015 4:44 AM
Hi all, I just re-loaded the Pinnacle 18.6 patch, and again the program now refuses to load. (18.5 was working OK)
WIN7 Pro 64; 8Gb RAM, 2 x 500Gb HDD (Int); 2 x 1Tb ext; CPU Intel 7 2.8Mhz; NVidia GT240 1Tb RAM
Any ideas?
Mukesh Sharma
#Mukesh Sharma
Friday, August 21, 2015 8:56 AM
Pinnacle studio is the world best with amazing feature very easy to use for every new user I am using form last 10yrs and buy every update presently i have Pinnacle studio 18 But Canopus Xplode Fx in not working like Swati Fx, Virinchi Fx if canopus xplode will work in pinnacle studio then wonderful.

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