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Pinnacle Studio 14 / Studio 15 installation By Déclic Vidéo FX - Last updated on Monday, November 19, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Installation  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Sunday, September 27, 2009
Created on Friday, September 25, 2009 12:22 PM

This tutorial shows you step by step how to install Studio 14/15 Ultimate Collection. Initially, we will detail the basic installation of Pinnacle Studio 14/15, then the plugins Ultimate Collection.

Before beginning installation, be sure to finalize your current works in Studio (render a DV Encoder AVI or MPEG depending on your source). We advise to temporarily inhibit your antivirus software once you download Studio 14/15, before starting the upgrade process.

One last thing if you install Studio 14/15 on a new configuration and you own activation keys : read the article How to enable all activation keys at once when re-install Studio? in our FAQ Studio.

Let's go !

The installation of Studio14/15 (basical) is complete.

Now proceed with the installation of RedGiant plug-ins.

After inserting the Pinnacle Studio 14/15 DVD, this window opens, click on "Studio 14/15" to begin installation... Studio 14 installation
You have this message, asking you to proceed to install Windows Installer. Click on "OK". Windows Installer message
The installation process will run. installation process
When it is finished, restart your PC by clicking on "OK". Restart message
Now you can proceed with the strictly speaking installation by clicking on "Studio 14/15" a second time (if this window does not show up, re-insert the DVD). Window after DVD S14 insertion
But before proceeding, choose from the list box, the installation language (Chinese if you dare !). Langage list box
The S14/15 installer configures Windows Installer (previously installed). Windows Installer configuration
A few seconds of waiting and registration window appears, complete all fields. Registration form
This window lets you choose between 2 modes of activation : immediate of delayed (for my part, I recorded later, so I do not present the screenshots associated, but it's very simple). Activation window
You are now in the installation wizard that will perform several procedures : calculating the space required, initialization directories, etc... calculating the space required
The collection of some informations will start by clicking "Next".
Welcome install Wizard
Then read and accept the license agreement by checking the appropriate box. Licence agreement
Then, choose the folder where you want to install Studio 14/15, it is strongly recommended to install in the main disk C:\ (so do not change anything !). Target folder

Choose the users of this application, by checking the appropriate box if you are several to use the same PC. With Vista, we recommend you to check the second option because of problems related to UAC.

Users window
Remove shortcuts by unchecking the options that do not interest you. Shortcuts
Everything is now ready for installation, click "Install". Install window
The process begins, then follow the calculation of space required, validation of the installation, the new files copy... Status window
Windows will also (re) configure the video driver from Pinnacle. Video driver configuration
Then delete the earlier versions of it. Note that you may be asked the location of the file MarvinBus.sys, in this case tell him the path C:\Windows\System32\drivers. previous files deleting
After few minutes of patience, the installation is finally over. If you don't want to view the Read me file uncheck the box. I strongly recommend to read it, there are several interesting parts like chapter 2 regarding SmartMessenger, chapter 4 - graphic card memory, chapter 5 for the screen resolution (must be above 1024 x 768), chapter 6 about transfer content, chapter 7 for opening old Studio projects, chapter 8 regarding AVCHD editing, chapter 15 for viewing your movie on a second monitor, chapter 18 for Scorefitter with 5.1 sound using Vista and finally chapter 19 regarding plugins ! Read me file
Now that the installation of Studio 14/15 is completed, install the plugins by clicking "OK". Plugins installation window
In the "Installer" window click on "Studio plug-ins". Plug-ins installation
After choosing the installation language, you have several screens as the configuration of Windows Installer, the license agreement...
Language choice
You reach this window. Choose "Standard installation". For those with more experience, "Custom Setup" allows you to choose which plug-ins to install. We strongly recommend the standard installation. Installation choice
After this choice, the installation window appears, click on "Install" to start the installation process. Installation startup
From there, several screens appear : elimination of current application, new files copying...
Installation status
And last, the end of the installation of RedGiant plug-ins. RedGiant installation
It's over, you only have to click on "Finish". Finished

Here is what has been installed during this phase:

  • Hollywood FX effects (like Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3). our free HFX effects.
  • Title Extreme
  • Scoreffiter (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
  • Premium Pack (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
  • RTFx Volume 1
  • Creative Pack Volume 1
  • Winter Pack Volume 1
  • Magic Bullet Looks from Red Giant
  • Knoll Light Factory, ToonIt, Particular, 3D Stroke, Shine from Red Giant

Of course, there are also proDAD, NewBlue, BWPlugins, BSEffects, Bravo Studio Pack, Dziedzic's effects, PE Camera POV, Stage Tools, Vance Effects, RTFx Vol2, Boris Graffiti and third parties plugins like JPs effects to install,but that's another story that you can consult in our next tutorial: Plugins installation for Studio 14 or Studio 15.

Meanwhile, just run Pinnacle Studio 14/15 to explore what's new ....

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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Sunday, September 27, 2009 9:20 AM
You did this very well !

Howard Woodard By # Howard Woodard @ Wednesday, September 30, 2009 3:04 PM
Can I really uninstall all other versions and content? Even though I was told that I could after installing s12 it always caused problems when I did.

Are you sure that after installing s14 that I can uninstall all previous installations and not experience any problems with the new s14 installation?

Thanks in advance,


Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Thursday, October 1, 2009 9:24 AM
Thanks Gert !!

@ Howard,
Yes you can, but only AFTER S14 installation...
On my side, I have uninstall S10/S11 when I upgraded to S14, without any problem. I have only S9, S12 and S14 on my computer. I would recommend to stay with S12 for a few weeks, just to be sure that no content is missing. In addition, you can use SmartSound in S12 (which is not possible in S14).
But for sure, if you uninstall S12, you won't have any problem (excepted if you have no luck and a non-standard configuration). A 100% answer is never possible with computer, sorry... I would say that I am 98% confident !


Edwin By # Edwin @ Monday, October 12, 2009 8:02 AM
I installed PS14 Ultimate Collection. Transferred the content from PS11.
But, how can I use Smartsound in PS14 UC?
Now I can only see Scorefitter. No Smartsound is available anymore.
Thanks for the cooperation!
(Reebok at the Dutch Pinnacle forum)

saby By # saby @ Monday, October 12, 2009 8:24 AM
I guess there's no way to use Smartsounds with S14 !

Etienne Kinnaer By # Etienne Kinnaer @ Monday, October 12, 2009 9:15 AM
Hi Edwin (Reebok),
Pinnacle does not support Smartsound anymore. It's a pitty but it's like saby wrote, no way to use Smartsound in S14.
Rgds, Etienne (The angel on the dutch forum)

Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Monday, October 12, 2009 10:30 AM

Have asked SmartSound re Pinnacle Studio 14 and this was their reply !!

Hello Gert, That is correct, Pinnacle did not include the SmartSound Quicktracks plugin in Studio 11 or 12, but it would still work if you installed the plugin on your own. This is not the case in the upcoming Studio 14, which will specifically disable Quicktracks. Unfortunately there will be no way to access SmartSound music from within Studio 14. However, you can use our standalone software, Sonicfire Pro 5. Sonicfire Pro 5 can use all of your SmartSound music and will generate an audio file at the length you need. You can then take that audio file and import it into Studio to use. The full Scoring Edition of Sonicfire Pro also gives you much more flexibility when it comes to customizing your tracks. If you like, you can download a free demo of Sonicfire Pro from the link below to see what it can do. Although you may lose some workflow efficiency by having to change between programs, you gain much more control over the music. If you want to use SmartSound music in Pinnacle Studio 14, this will really be the best option. You can download the demo of Sonicfire Pro 5 here:http://www.smartsound.com/sonicfire/demos/go5.html You can view some online tutorials on using Sonicfire Pro here:http://www.smartsound.com/sonicfire/tutorials/index.html Hope this helps, if you have any other questions, please let me know. Regards,Frank -----------------------------
SmartSound " how to " clarification !!
Is there a way ( looking for step by step instruction ) on how to extract what is already sitting in Pinnacle Studio into your STAND ALONE ? I think you might want address this since there are a large number of Studio users around the world who don't want to loose anything by upgrading to Studio 14 !! Best Regards Gert Reitner> Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:48:40 -0700> To: gert.r@bell.net> From: support@smartsound.com>
Hello Gert, It should be seamless. Both Sonicfire Pro and the Quicktracks plugin use the same folder to store sound files, so you should only have to install Sonicfire Pro and it should detect all of your previous music. If you store your music in a separate folder other than the default SmartSound location, you will need to go into the options menu and click the Folders tab, then click Add and browse to the folder where your sound files are stored. Once this is set, Sonicfire Pro should detect all of your SmartSound music. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Regards,Frank -----------------------------

Gert Oskar Reitner

Edwin By # Edwin @ Monday, October 12, 2009 12:51 PM

Thanks for all the quick reply. I know about Sonic Fire Pro though, but to put a Smartsound file directly into the project is much more easy.
Another thing I tried and it worked is to convert all the Smartsound files into .WAV files.
WAV files you can use in PS14.
What you cannot do then as to create an end to the music like Smartsound automaticly does when you adjust the lenhgt to the scene. So you'll have to fade the music out.

Thanks again and to bad that Smartsound is not directly available in PS14. In my opinion it is a short coming.
PS14 UC,....the new Pinnacle software more functions,...more this,....more that,.... Ooh, we forgot to mention,....." You will have less music files !!!!"


TheBan By # TheBan @ Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:34 PM
I managed to solve problems with Bias SounSoap (invalid XML - error 4) for Windows XP with proceduree explained in your article: Use VirtualDub's filters in Studio. "delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
..Documents and Settings\all users\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 11 (or 12)\Programs\Plugins\RTFx"

Tor Hellberg By # Tor Hellberg @ Saturday, October 24, 2009 3:13 AM
It's a pity you cannot use Smartsound with Pinnacle Studio 14. Smartsound has very good film musik and it have worked fine several years from now. I uppgraded to Studio 14 but regret it now and use the studio 12 Ultimate instead. I cant understand they were so stupid not to work this out. I am sure they both will loose market segments on this!

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:40 PM
Thanks TheBan for your feedback, very interesting !!! That's funny that you find the information (I was not able to have it working on my side...)


Vincenzo Soncini By # Vincenzo Soncini @ Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:27 AM
Hello there. I am writing from Italy so please excuse any mistake I will make. I have installed Pinnacle studio 14 Ultimate collection upgrade (previous version 9, 10, 11 and 12 ultimate. I worked out a dvd based on normal piucures I scanned and everything worked out. Now with nmy furst film I get a dvd which cannot be read by my dvd equipment and also on pc I get mediaplayer reading it only on my laptop and not on PC... (maybe video set up) I can only read it on pc via asus dvd player. What mistake did I do? what is wrong in my settings? Any help will be very very much appreciated. thank you all

Kurt By # Kurt @ Saturday, November 7, 2009 8:39 AM
Hello and thanks for any response in advance.

You mention at the end of this article the following...

"Here is what has been installed during this phase:

* Hollywood FX effects (like Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3). our free HFX effects.
* Title Extreme
* Scoreffiter (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
* Premium Pack (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
* RTFx Volume 1
* Creative Pack Volume 1
* Winter Pack Volume 1
* Magic Bullet Looks from Red Giant"

However, I don't see many of these installed? I have Studio 14 Ultimate Collection and in the video/aucio effects sections I can only seem to find the free HFX effects, Scorefitter(but I don't see where it indicates V1 or V2), Magic Bullet, RTFX V1. I DO NOT see Hollywood FX packs, Title Extreme, Premium Packs, Creative Pack or Winter Pack. WHERE ARE THEY??

Steve By # Steve @ Friday, November 13, 2009 3:14 AM
Very disappointing that Studio 14 does not recognize Smart Sound. I've been collecting them since Studio 9 and have a few hundred $$$ worth of the CD's. If I had of known Studio 14 didn't have the ability anymore, I would have stuck with Studio 11.
This is ridiculous Pinnacle. Will not be encouraging any users to Studio 14!

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Friday, December 18, 2009 1:18 PM
Sorry Kurt,

Your comment has been probably lost in our system... Just to let you know, if it's not too late, that you need to BUY these effects if you want them to be transferred from your previous content. Otherwise, of course, you can not obtain them for free.
Hope it helps,

PS: I love your avatar...

Alexandra By # Alexandra @ Sunday, December 20, 2009 11:20 PM
Great program!

Nico By # Nico @ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:02 PM
After installing Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate under Vista Home Premium my computer continues to configure it when I'm not using it under an administrator account, but as a regular user.
What can I do to stop this from happening

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:32 PM
It depends how you did the installation. Check our tutorial: "Choose the users of this application, by checking the appropriate box if you are several to use the same PC. With Vista, we recommend you to check the second option because of problems related to UAC."
Studio need to be launched with UAC deactivated.


Nico By # Nico @ Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:50 AM
Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately it does not give a good answer to the problem. UAC is an important feature of Vista, which I do not want to disable.
I would appreciate a solution that works in a normal way under Vista without disabling security options.

So, I hope for further action from Pinnacle.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, January 24, 2010 6:13 AM
Hello Nico,

Sorry, there are currently no solution without disabling UAC... Just as a reminder if you are not aware, we are *NOT* Pinnacle Team nor do we represent Pinnacle. We are just some amateur, trying to give the most of Pinnacle. Try to contact Pinnacle through the support or forum ? Have a nice day,


Nico By # Nico @ Sunday, January 24, 2010 7:08 AM
Dear DV,

Thanks for your reply. I thought somehow you were connected to Pinnacle.
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I hope Pinnacle itself will respond to concerns brought forward through the forum.

Andrew By # Andrew @ Sunday, April 18, 2010 2:10 PM
Hi there.

I purchased studio 14 a few days ago and installed it successfully onto my laptop. Today I tried installing it onto my normal computer, but I got an error message that goes: "The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personal for assistance." I looked online and couldn't find anybody else that had experienced this problem. I've tried re-downloading Windows Installer 4.5 online, but it still gives me this message. I'd really appreciate any help with this, I'd like to get it up and running.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, April 24, 2010 4:53 AM
Hello Andrew,

Have a look to Microsoft knowledge base, there is an article concerning your problem, called "Windows Installer Service could not be accessed".

Finally, if it's still fail, this can happen when your installation file is corrupted. In such case, try to download it again and again. Or request the media. Take note that it can also happen when you have an anti-virus running (during download or installation). In such case, try to disable it for few minutes.

If you still have problems, please visit forums. This comment section only relates to the current article. All technical and/or general questions regarding software detailled in our article *MUST* be asked through various forums. Thanks in advance for your comprehension,


Onlineonfyah By # Onlineonfyah @ Monday, May 17, 2010 8:11 PM
Hi DV, I am confused about Hollywood FX. It seems like the newer versions are not for Pinnacle studio 14, but hosts are Premier etc. Which Hollywood FX volumes/Versions work with Pinnacle studio ultimate 14? And after installed, does everything work under the Pinnacle userface or do you open Hollywood FX seperately to use it?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11:23 PM
Hello Onlineonfyah,

Hollywood FX pack have never worked with Pinnacle Studio when sold "as is" (alone). You always need to purchase it through Pinnacle to have it working. That's the way it works for all plugins concerning Studio.
Nevertheless, I did not know that a new pack was released recently, do you have any reference ?


Flyingwriter By # Flyingwriter @ Monday, September 20, 2010 7:28 PM
Hello there. I just discovered your web site. Nicely done and seems genuine. I am using Studio 10.8 because Pinnacle disabled Quick Tracks after that and I have several hundred dollars invested in the Smartsound/Quicktracks music. I am really angry with Pinnacle over this.

Anyway, since I am sticking with Pinnacle 10.8 does anybody know if there is a plug in, or way to edit HD video from my Sanyo Xacti HD 700 mini cam in 10.8?

manny By # manny @ Tuesday, October 5, 2010 6:15 AM
Sir I would appreciate some help please. I burned studio 14 content disk as an iso but I cannot open this although it has a autorun and content setup and 4 bin files but cannot open anywhere what can i do.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Thursday, October 7, 2010 11:23 AM
@ Flyingwriter: Studio 10 is not compatible with HD video, sorry...
@ Manny, this comment section only relates to the current article. All technical and/or general questions regarding software detailled in our article *MUST* be asked through various forums. Thanks in advance for your comprehension.


tomthumb By # tomthumb @ Sunday, January 9, 2011 10:07 AM
is it true that s14 movieboard will not capture i.e. the P.C. crashes if you try to capture vhs tapes this only applies if you have more than 2gig memory and you are running win 7 64bit the capture driver is the problem and the P.C. will crash when u open up import and apply the settings if u get that fare, nothing shows in the capture window, and when u go to close the application it locks up or bsod. And I believe Pinnacle have known this for past year from reading a lot of posts.
I have just sent my movieboard back to Amazon for a refund.
will now buy the ADVC CANOPUS capture device which works straight out of the box. Would you make other potential buyers aware of this Please
Tom Gilfeather

Krishna By # Krishna @ Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:29 PM
i have install S14 but
Hollywood FX effects (like Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3). our free HFX effects.
* Title Extreme
* Scoreffiter (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
* Premium Pack (Volume 1 / Volume 2)
* RTFx Volume 1
* Creative Pack Volume 1
* Winter Pack Volume 1
* Magic Bullet Looks from Red Giant"
are not appear how to get it on S14

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:39 PM
@ Krishna, please read Plugins installation for Studio 14 or Studio 15
@ tomthumb, please join the forum to ask your question.


Jeff By # Jeff @ Tuesday, February 8, 2011 6:55 AM
Studio 14 Unltimate Collection crashed my computer at the make movie cycle. When I reopened my file, all of the video capture shows on the line with a big "!", the rest of the lines of pictures and audio are okay. All of my capture files and previously finished AVI files look okay, but Studio won't show them in the preview screen, on the preview "!", in the file box "?".

I imported new capture video and it does the same thing. If I uninstall Studio and reinstall it, will I lose all of my capture and video files?

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Tuesday, February 8, 2011 7:38 AM
Hello Jeff,
This comment section is generally reserved for discussions related to :
- errors on our part
- effects which are described in our article and not possible for any reason
- asking details regarding a particular point
- approval that you were able to find and apply this article, or on the other hand, your disapproval

Unfortunately, your question is not covered by any of the above. Since we are receiving more and more requests, we do not have the ability to answer on a case by case basis. I suggest that you contact the forums listed on our home page so you will receive a prompt answer to your question. As specified in our contact page, all questions related to Pinnacle Studio, HFX, Boris Graffiti, Magic Bullet Looks, VitaScene, Heroglyph, Adorage or Mercalli proDAD "How to...." or "I can not..." must be asked in the appropriate forums.
Our ability to answer through the forums is dependent on how much free time we have. Best Regards,
DV FX Team

Htay By # Htay @ Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:43 PM
I use HD 14 one year nearly.
I just problem with sound .
After I add to extra sound from Microphone.
sound was gone. no more sound from any video from HD 14 .
I setup Studio 11 again. Sound come back again.
But HD 14 still stop sound .
I try to delete and setup again HD 14 ,
Pc show Msi network .
I have no Idea.

Mimitech By # Mimitech @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:33 PM
I installed Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate Collection on my desktop and would like to install it on my laptop too, will it install on two personal PC's? The EULA said that I could only install it on one computer.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:00 PM
Hello Mimitech,

You have the answer... You can only use Pinnacle Studio on ONE computer only....


tvews By # tvews @ Friday, February 24, 2012 4:24 AM
I had Studio Ultimate Collection 14 on my computer. I bought it at the end of 2010. My computer recently crashed. I started fresh and formatted my hard drive and re-installed Windows 7. I need to locate the program online so I can download and install fresh. Can ayone point me to were I can download it? I login to my accound and I had me serial number sent to me. And I see the link to click to generate key. But I can not find a link to download the program. Thanks

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:46 AM
Hello Tvews,

You will find here the download link for Studio 15 trial.


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