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The Pinnacle Studio Package Option

The Pinnacle Studio Package Option By Le Papy - Last updated on Sunday, January 18, 2015
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Sunday, January 18, 2015
Created on Monday, November 17, 2014 7:38 AM

Since Studio 16, a new way of saving projects has emerged. Looking back a bit, there is very little discussion on the forums and we could, in effect, deduce two things:

  • This is an unknown and unused functionality.
  • It is used but there is no problem for its users.

I would lean towards the first hypothesis, and even if you use it, I'm not sure that you have mastered the whole process really well.

Step 1: Creating and Saving a Classic Mini Project
  1. To start with a specific example, create a mini project about 30 seconds long in Studio 18 which will include, for example, a portion of a video clip and 3 images. On the timeline you can see 20 seconds of "The Sky is the Limit" and three stills from the public folder.

  2. Then use "Save Movie" to save your project as "TutoPackage" for example.

The *.axp file that will be created will not contain any media. It will contain only settings changes for the clips on the timeline, links and access to the various media that comprise the project paths. When you open the *.axp file, Studio uses the data contained in the *.axp file to find the media on your hard drive and to apply settings changes on the time line.

 Traditional backup mini project

Pinnacle Studio offers to save your project:

  1. In the storage location corresponding to Studio Movie Projects, set in the Control Panel.
  2. As TutoPackage.Movie.axp Type.


Conventional Window recording format * .axp

Just replace "New Film" by the chosen title, "TutoPackage" for example, and your movie will be registered under the name of "TutoPackage.Movie.axp."

Step 2: Saving the Mini Project as a Package Type
  1. To save your project as a package, use the command "Save Movie As Package" to save your project as "TutoPackage" as an example .

The *.axx file that will be created will contain links and access to various media paths, all media that make up the project, and all settings changes made to the timeline. When you open the *.axx file Studio unpacks the *.axx file and analyzes it for missing media on the computer to reconstruct the project. We will see this in more detail a little later in this tutorial.

Save as package

Pinnacle Studio offers to save your project in the package format:

  1. In the storage location corresponding to the Studio Projects folder, set in the Control Panel.
  2. As a "Studio Package Project" (* .axx) Type.
  3. As TutoPackage.Movie.axx.
File save window as package to * .axx Format
Studio confirms the package file creation. Confirmation of package creation

If you look at the storage location in Windows Explorer corresponding to Studio movie projects as set in the Control Panel, you will see:

  1. Your project saved as *.axp.
  2. Your project saved as *.axx.

Take note of the size difference between the two formats ...

Consideration of Pinnacle project folder using Windows Explorer

Now that you have saved your project in the classic form and in the package form:

  1. Close the Movie.
Close Movie

And we'll conduct a little experiment to help you understand the process.

  1. Select one of the 3 images that is part of your project.
  2. And delete it. In this case I chose penguins.jpg
Complete removal of media content in the project

Studio will ask you to confirm your action:

  1. If you just want to only remove the media in the library or if you want to delete from the library and from your hard drive. Go ahead and select the second option (Library and hard drive).
  2. You will then be shown a second confirmation and caution. Go ahead and click YES again.

Alarms Studio before deleting media
  1. And the penguins have disappeared from the library and your hard drive ...
Deletion is effective in the library
Step 3: Opening the Mini Project Package

To open your mini project package, simply use the normal "File/Open" menu option.

  1. Studio will open the projects folder as set in your configuration settings.
  2. Select the desired file type (Studio Project Package);
  3. Select your package file and open it.
Opening a package from the File / Open menu
  1. You can also open a "Studio Movie Projects" tab in the library.
  2. In Studio projects.
  3. You can then select your package (purple), right-click, and select "Unpack Project Package".
Opening a package from the "Film projects" tab of the library
  1. Studio confirms the package was unpacked.
  2. The image that no longer existed on your hard drive was recreated.
  3. Studio used the "Restored Projects" folder set in the Control Panel.
Decompressing a package
  1. As soon as you click OK, your mini project will be reloaded on the timeline.
  2. The penguins are still missing in the original directory and remain missing...
  3. Unless you help a bit to find their nest...

Instead of deleting penguins, if you removed the "The Sky is the Limit" clip in the library, the result would have been the same. After unpacking the package, the full "The Sky is the Limit" clip would have shown up in the "restored projects" folder, your project would have been opened on the time line, you would have even gotten your exact 20 second length video since the complete "The Sky is the Limit" clip is included in your package file.


Restoration of the missing media extracted from package
Step 4 : Why Save as a Package?

Officially, as quoted from the Pinnacle User Guide...
" Sometimes, however, it is convenient to have all the resources recruited for a project gathered into a single, manageable unit for hassle-free archiving, file transfer or upload "

  1. Manageable unit for hassle-free archiving : this means that by saving as a package you won't have to worry about opening an old project and getting a "Missing Media" message if you have played a bit with the original files in the meantime...
  2. For file transfer: if you want to work on your project on another computer or if you work on another computer or if your hard drive is on it's last legs...
  3. For file upload: this is a great way to store a current project safely in the Cloud ...

For the moment, we have discovered the benefits of saving as package, but there are also some disadvantages:

For a 90 minute video project it produces a robust configuration:

  • The axp file will be about 15,000 KB.
  • The axx file will be about 28 million KB.
  • It will take about 6 minutes to save the movie as a package (with a high hard disk usage).
  • it will take about 7-8 minutes to unzip the package on another computer. (Unpacking happens immediately on the same computer if all the media used in the project are still present).

So, to package or not to package? Only you know the answer to that, depending on your organization and your personal work flow, your equipment, your hard drive capacity, whether or not you use the Cloud, and finally how much of your precious time you devoted to your video.

With the knowledge you've gained, make the choice that's right for you, so you won't regret it the next time you open a project you have spent many hours working on. Remember, when Studio alerts you that some media is missing, it may be too late... angry

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 12 by TechSmith}

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casper01 By # casper01 @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 2:12 PM
it was still known in STUDIO16.
suppose this has improved studio18 UT and the fault is corre

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 3:10 PM
Casper01, that's what we say at the very very beginning: "Since Studio 16, a new way of saving projects has emerged"
Nothing new, we just make a tutorial about this function, still valid with S18.


Some guys, might not know it.


Johan37 By # Johan37 @ Monday, January 19, 2015 6:04 AM
I Always save my projects in axx-mode, safety first!
If you have disc space enough, this is no problem and it gives you a relaxed feeling.

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