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Plugins installation for Studio 14 or Studio 15

Plugins installation for Studio 14 or Studio 15 By Déclic Vidéo FX - Last updated on Sunday, February 2, 2014
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Installation  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Sunday, September 27, 2009
Created on Saturday, September 26, 2009 9:08 AM

You saw in the previous tutorial Pinnacle Studio 14 / Studio 15 installation how to install Studio 14 or Studio 15 and RedGiant plugins, now we are going to see how to install other plugins proDAD, NewBlue, BWPlugins, Bravo Studio Pack, Dziedzic's effects, PE Camera POV, Stage Tools, Vance Effects, RTFx Vol2, Boris Graffiti as well as third parties plugins (like JPs effects, BS Effects and WL Filters).

It's not the only method, but the one who worked for me, and which seems the easiest one to follow by most of you. Others technics exist as well, like the one presented by Francis57 which propose files manipulation, which consist to copy and paste .fex and .xml files from Studio 12 to Studio 14/15 (check Step 6 below for all explanations).
We advise to temporarily inhibit your antivirus software once you download Studio 14/15, before starting the upgrade process.


Step 1 : RTFx Vol 2 installation

If you do not own RTFx Volume 2, this installation is not necessary. RTFx Volume 2 are available as a separate purchase, but also on some DVD Bonus Content of previous Studio version and usable after purchasing a key from Pinnacle.

Insert Studio DVD, then in the "Installer" window of Studio 14/15, click on "Transfer content. Content transfer
The wizard window opens, click "Next". Wizard
In this window answer "Yes" and select either "Studio 10" or "Studio 11" depending on which version you have. Studio version choice
You are now in the final wizard window, click "Finish". Wizard finished
You're back to the "Installer" window, that's normal ! Insert your RTFx Vol 2 DVD or DVD Bonus Content. Back to content transfer
Installing preparation begins. Installation begins
Choose "Repair" option. Repair option
The installation starts, this may take a few seconds. Installation status
Installing RTFX Vol 2 is completed. Installation finished
To take it into account in Studio 14/15, you must restart the "Tranfer content" again. Back again to content transfer
After the wizard window, you reach this window, click "Next". Version found
The transfer process is running. Transfer process
Now, RTFX Vol 2 is transferred to Studio 14/15, click on "Finish" and once back to the "Installer" window click "Exit". End

This part concerns proDAD, NewBlue, BWPlugins, Bravo Studio Pack, Dziedzic's effects, PE Camera POV, Stage Tools, Vance Effects, RTFx Vol2, Boris Graffiti as well as third parties plugins (like JPs effects, BS Effects and WL Filters).

Step 2 - proDAD, NewBlue, BWPlugins, BSEffects, Bravo Studio Pack, Dziedzic, ... plugins installation
In the "Installer" window of Studio 14/15 click on "Transfer Content. Transfer content window
The wizard window opens, click "Next". wizard window
In this window answer "Yes" and select either "Studio 10" or "Studio 11" depending on which plugins you own.
Version selection
You are now in the final wizard window, click "Finish". final wizard window
Back to the "Installer" window, you can insert your DVD Bonus Studio 10 or Studio 11 depending on which version you have. Installer window back again
The preparation of installation begins. Preparation of installation
Choose the "Repair" option to install plugins already present on your system, or "modify" if you want to add plugins not already present on your system (in such case, proceed in two steps, modify and then repaire, followed by the transfer content validation in each case). Repair option
The installation is done, this may take a few seconds. Installation running

Installing the previously listed content is completed.

Installation finished
But for it is taken into account in Studio 14/15, you must restart the "Tranfer content" again. Content transfer again
After the wizard window, you reach this window, click "Next".
Window S10
The transfer runs. Transfer running again
It is over, click "Finish", you're back again to the "Installer" window but this time click "Exit. Transfer completed

It's not finished, for proDAD we need to install Service Packs.

Step 3 - proDAD Service Packs installation
In our download page, in ProDAD / Service Pack, select Service Pack you want to download, for this tutorial we chose Adorage (take care and choose the correct service pack, for some applications, two versions exists). Download page
You reach the page ProDAD Adorage - Service Pack, choose "Download Service". In this case, download Service 3.x if you own Adorage Volume 10 (which correspond to V3) or Service 2.x if you do not own Volume 10 (in such case, you are running V2). Adorage service pack page
The download process starts, click "Run" when you have this window. Run window
From there, several screens scroll up until this window appears, click "Install now". Install now proDAD window
By clicking "Setup", the installation proceeds. Setup begins
You reach the Welcome window, click "Next".
In the next screens you must accept the license agreement and select the installation language.
adorage welcome window
And you get to this window, but before you click "Start installation procedure, check that you have: C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio14\Plugins\RTFX or C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio15\Plugins\RTFX  in the list (or similar file path depending of your system).
Check S14 path
The installation is finished with this window, click "Finish".
Installation complete

WARNING: it's necessary to repeat this procedure (step 3) with Heroglyph, VitaScene and Mercalli. Once done, you have proDAD plugins installed, as well as all other previously listed plugins (see the end of the tutorial for the full list).

Last step, with the installation of the plugin Boris Graffiti.

Step 4 - Boris Graffiti installation
Insert Studio 14/15 DVD, in the "Installer" window of Studio 14/15 click on "Transfer Content. Content transfer again
The wizard window opens, click "Next". welcome in wizard
In this window answer "Yes" and check "Studio 11", then "Next" (I know, Boris is present on S12 DVD...). Yes and S11 window

Back to the "Installer" window, you can insert your Studio 12 DVD Boris install.

But do not let the CD autorun start by itself.

For this, as soon as you insert the CD into the drive, you hold down "Shift" key (the one with the up arrow) to open the folder and view files using Windows Explorer.

Installer window

Under the root of the CD, you have 4 folders. Open the folder Graffiti and to get this window, you must double click on the program "Setup.exe" located in the folder Graffiti. If you do not perform this procedure, you will not be able to repair Boris Graffiti.

In this window, select "Repair" then "Next".

Repair Boris window
The Boris Graffiti installation begins. Boris installation

When you have this window, click "Change".

Some users reported that they do not see this window.

Its because they did not prevent the automatic CD installation as explained now previously.

Change window
Then in that window in C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio12\Plugins\RTFX, change the "2" of Studio 12 by a "4" for Studio 14 or "5" for Studio 15. Path modification
You get this and click "Ok". Right path
In this window, you are confirmed that Boris Graffiti Studio will be installed in 14/15, then "Next". Boris install confirmation
Boris moves to Studio 14/15. Boris installation progress
This installation is now complete, click "Finish". Boris finished
You're back to the "Installer" window, restart the "Transfer Content".
Transfer content again
The wizard window opens, click "Next". wizard window boris
After the wizard window, you reach this window, click "Next". S11 wizard boris
The transfer takes place.
Transfer progress status bar
Boris Graffiti is now in Studio 14/15, once again you get in the "Install" window but this time click "Exit." Boris completed
Step 5 - third parties plugins installation

For JPs effects, WL Filter as well as BS Effects (see our link page , video plugins section), there are some file manipulations to do on fex and xml files. I urge you to backup your system before any modification.

Plugins are usually installed with .fex and .xml files extension.

you will normally find in folder: C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 12\Plugins\RTFx the JPsEffects.fex file and in folder: C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 12\Plugins\RTFx\XML multiples .xml files (like for example JPEColorAdjust.xml, JPEColorGlow.xml, ...). You will copy the .fex as well as all .xml that you wish to transfer, into Studio 14 folder:
In C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 14\Plugins\RTFx the .fex file and all .xml files in the folder C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 14\Plugins\RTFx\XML.
For Studio 15: you will copy the .fex as well as all .xml that you wish to transfer, into Studio 15 folder: 
In  C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 15\Plugins\RTFx  the .fex file and all .xml files in the folder  C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 15\Plugins\RTFx\XML.


Repeat the above procedure for each desired plugin.

That's it, Studio 14/15 is installed, all the plugins too, now you only have to open Studio 14/15 and have fun.

Audio and video plugins available and fully functionnal in Studio 14/15:

Pinnacle Studio 14 video plugins Pinnacle Studio 14: Audio plugins
Step 6 - And what can be done if nothing above work ?

You can try the "lucky batch file" that we propose... Do not be too enthusiastic, it does not solve all problem, but it will help you to transfer plugins which were not transferred with the transfer content. This batch file, created by Le Papy has been intensively tested by Francis57 who did not hesitate to modify his configuration at several occasions for the numerous tests.

Why a batch file ?

A batch file (or .bat) is a small executable file, which can transfer step by step your S12 plugins to S14 or S12 to S15 or S14 to S15. Contrary to other executable files (like .exe), you can edit it with notepad (right click, edit) and you can see what is inside. This way, you see the programming and you can know what will happen to your system. Even if the code seems to be hard to understand, you will see each step, and you won't be frighten by any strange manipulation, you won't be afraid that this tool erase your whole computer system ! With a batch file, you know what's happening (if you download it on our website). If Windows refuses to carry the batch program, refer to step 2 of the tutorial "Installation of Declic Video transitions: A to Z."

Let's have a look to the batch file in detail, it:

  • checks Studio 12 presence (on C:/);
  • checks Studio 14 presence (on C:/);
  • creates a working directory in the root of your hard drive;
  • copy all files used by Studio 12/14 for its plugins (copied in the working directory);
  • add only useful files from the working directory to Studio 14/15 directory, without erasing most recent files with the same name;
  • delete the working directory.

Reminder :
Before launching the batch file, be sure to:

  • backup your computer, so you can restore it in case of any problem;
  • with Windows Vista, you will need to open an administrator session to run the batch file and it is strongly adviced to disable the UAC ;
  • do not forget to close all running applications before launching the batch;
  • double click on the batch file (or right clic --> open).
  • follow on screen explanations.

After running the batch file, you open Studio 14/15 and you will find all your Studio 12/14 plugins (if you did not delete Studio 12/14 beforehand... )

Six batch files exist, depending of your operating system:

  • TransPlug-S12-S14-XP-Vis32.bat for XP and Vista32 (S12 to S14)
  • TransPlug-S12-S14-Vis64-Win7.bat for Vista 64 and Win7 (S12 to S14)
  • TransPlug-S14-S15-Vis64-Sev64.bat for Vista 64 and Win7 (S14 to S15) 
  • TransPlug-S14-S15-XP-Vis32-Sev32.bat for XP and Vista32 (S14 to S15)
  • TransPlug-S12-S15-Vis64-Sev64.bat for Vista 64 and Win7 (S12 to S15)
  • TransPlug-S12-S15-XP-Vis32-Sev32.bat for XP and Vista32 (S12 to S15)

A universal batch program Transplug-HFX replaces the 6 old batch programs (see "A birth in the Transplug family"). Version 2 of this batch takes into account the new versions of Studio (AVID and Studio 16) .

Do not hesitate, jump to the download page - Studio section .

Note : In some cases, files of Studio 12 are newer than Studio 14. It's not very logical but it can happen. In such a case the batch program asks if you want to replace this Studio 14 file by the Studio 12 file that is newer.

Batch program execution window

As a precaution, you answer NO (letter n) for each request for replacement.
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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Sunday, September 27, 2009 9:25 AM
Good tutorials and very well done !!

Carolina By # Carolina @ Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:07 PM
Hey guys, thank you for great work in explaining installation and transfer procedures!! I have a question though: I have the 12.1v of Pinnacle with the premium packs (Magic Bullets, ProDad, etc.) and also the SpiceMaster 2.5 PRO (Pixelan). I've read pretty much everything and anything I need to know to igrate all contents but this one. Do you guys know if this add on will be compatible with the Studio 14? Cuz it's got some seriously nice effects and transitions that I'd like to keep and be able to use in my new SUC14. So? Any comments??

Niek By # Niek @ Monday, September 28, 2009 3:08 AM
Thank you for these exellent tutorials.
So far I have one question, the version I work with is S12 ulttimate.
I still have version 10 and 11 discs available. During installation of S12 I did transfer a few goodies from S10 and/or S11 but not all. My intention is to do a complete new installation of S14 ult. collection + what is needed from S10 / S11.
What should I do (apart from what has been described in your tutorial) to get the most out of S14 including what is worthwile to transfer from S10 / S11 ?
Thanks for your reaction.
Best regards

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Thursday, October 1, 2009 9:21 AM
Thanks Gert !!

@ Carolina,
I never heard about SpiceMaster, and I have never used it. So I have NO IDEA... If you try, please keep us informed ??

@ Niek,
I would recommend to proceed as follows:
1- add all content from S10/S11, and buy it through S10/S11 (if you did not already buy it).
2- If previous step works well, you can upgrade by following our tutorial, you should not have any problem.
If you process in another way, I am frighten that you can not unlock the S10/S11 content from S14. Hope it answer your question, otherwise do not hesitate to come back with a new question.


Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Thursday, October 1, 2009 10:17 AM
Message for Caroline !!


We have uploaded now a revised SpiceMASTER installer (demo or purchased
version) which should work fine in Studio 14.
Please let me know if you have questions.


Michael Feerer
Pixelan Software

Niek By # Niek @ Thursday, October 1, 2009 11:43 AM

Thanks for your advice.
In the mean time I have installed S14 without removing S12.
Some plug-ins are available in S14 now others not yet, like Boris Grafiitti and the Prodad effects.
Will use your tutorial to cope with those.

Many thanks for all your help which is much appreciated.

Best regards

Gerrit Lachaert By # Gerrit Lachaert @ Thursday, December 24, 2009 2:35 AM
I have upgraded to Studio 14 from 12. although Studio 14 accepted the activation key for Prodad Adorage, and I can see all the Adorage transitions, I am still a 'prodad watermark' on the movie. Please help.

Mike By # Mike @ Saturday, January 9, 2010 5:30 AM
Thanks for the info on the transfer of Graffiti to Studio 14. I was fighting with Avid/Pinnacle on the how to and they told me after three days Graffiti will not work with 14. Good help is hard to find.
Your method with smooth.
Thanks again.

Beathan By # Beathan @ Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:51 AM
Hallo, I am looking for an answer is it possible to install PS 12 and then PS 14 having common folder/s for add-ons rather than copying everything from .../PS 12/RTFX... folders into the same /PS 14/RTFX...?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Monday, March 22, 2010 5:42 AM
Hello Beathan,

Not possible to our knowledge. If you find a solution, please inform us (but it will probably require heavy modification in the registry and config files).


Maz By # Maz @ Tuesday, August 3, 2010 2:44 PM
During setup Boris i got a Errormessage:
During Setup ther ist an Error Code (-5009:0x8002802b)
Then the setup stops
Have anyone an Idea what i can do ?

Wendy By # Wendy @ Saturday, August 4, 2012 6:20 PM
Hey guys! Thanks for all the information about how to transfer content from previous studio version to studio 14/15! I have a question though.. i have done all that, all the audio and video plugins are shown in the lists but when i try to use one i get the message "This feature is not available in Pinnacle Studio Ultimate. You can enable thiw feature by upgrading your software. Click on the link below for more details". THe link doesn't open any browser. I use the Pinnacle studio HD ultimate version Any ideas on how to fully functionnal use of the plugins??

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, August 5, 2012 3:14 AM
Hello Wendy,

You seems to have an installation problem. If all features are unavailable, you might have a corrupted installation, I would give you the advice to uninstall and re-install on a fresh new system.


Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Monday, November 19, 2012 11:46 AM
Through your Tutorial and excellent instructions I have completed all the transfers into Pinnacle Studio 15 !
There is one transfer that I am NOT able to accomplish and that is the Red Giant Plug-Ins from Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection 14 into Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 15 . All the transfer programs do NOT bring them into Studio 15 ? Your usual advise will be greatly appreciated !

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Monday, November 19, 2012 2:45 PM
Hello Gert,
If RedGiant plug-ins Studio 14 are installed on your hard drive, you run the Studio 15 installation program. You click Plug-ins-Studio and Setup install:
RedGiant Magic Bullet;
RedGiant Knoll Light Factory;
RedGiant Toon IT;
RedGiant Trapecode 3D ​​Stroke;
RedGiant Trapecode Particular;
RedGiant Trapecode Shine.

Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Monday, November 19, 2012 2:59 PM
I have installed Studio 14
Studio 14 Plug Ins
I have installed Studio 15
Studio 15 Plug Ins
There are 6 RG Files in Studio 14
2 RG Files in Studio 15
Have used all Transfers including Declic available and did not move ?
Do I have to uninstall Studio 14 in order for 15 to pick up the Plug Ins ??

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Monday, November 19, 2012 3:26 PM
There is no transfer (nor the Pinnacle content transfer or DV transfer) that transfers RedGiant plug-ins.
You must leave Studio 14 installed on your hard drive, install Studio 15 and then you use the installer plug-ins Studio 15 will automatically retrieve the 6 RedGiant plug-ins to install in Studio 15 from Studio 14.
You rerun the installer plug-ins and choose "Edit". You can see the 6 plug-ins Redgiant.

Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Monday, November 19, 2012 3:41 PM
I have 14 and Plug-Ins Installed
I have 15 and Plug-Ins Installed
I run 15 Plug-Ins there is no EDIT but MODIFY and REMOVE
When I select MODIFY after install nothing is moved in from Plug-In 14

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Monday, November 19, 2012 3:48 PM
So I do not know, must ask your question on a forum please.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:10 PM
Gert, have you tried to follow the explanations given in our tutorial: Pinnacle Studio 14 / Studio 15 installation ???


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