How to Rotate on Pinnacle Studio

By Nick Peers

The Pinnacle Studio 17 is a complex video editing program that enables you to add various effects, such as a rotation effect, to your videos. Although rotating a video in Pinnacle Studio is not a difficult task, the graphical user interface of the program can confuse novice users. To rotate your videos, you must use the 2D Editor CPU plugin from the Effects Editor. Furthermore, you can add motion to the rotation by turning on keyframing and then adding various keyframes with different settings to the clip.

Rotate Without a Motion Effect

Step 1

Launch Pinnacle Studio, open your project and then double-click the video clip you want to rotate on the Timeline to open the Effects Editor. Alternatively, right-clip the video clip and choose "Open Effects Editor" from the context menu.

Step 2

Select the "Effects" tab and then click "2D-3D." Select the "2D Editor CPU" plugin.

Step 3

Click "Select preset" in the plugin's settings box and choose "No Preset" from the menu.

Step 4

Click the "Rotation" setting and then slide the rotation bar to the left or to the right to rotate the video clip until you are satisfied with the result. Click "OK" to apply the effect.

Rotate With a Motion Effect

Step 1

Select the "2D Editor CPU" plugin from the 2D-3D section of the Effects tab, but do not change the Rotation setting yet.

Step 2

Click the "Turn on/off keyframing" icon -- it looks like a gray diamond -- next to the name of the plugin in the plugin settings box. The keyframe effect line is displayed below the video preview section.

Step 3

Click the "Add marker" icon on the keyframe effect line or press "M" to add a new keyframe and marker at the beginning of the clip.

Step 4

Slide the playback slider from the beginning of the keyframe effect line to the end of the line.

Step 5

Add a second keyframe and marker by pressing "M" and then change the Rotation setting to the desired value. If you play the video clip in the Preview section, the clip must rotate.

Step 6

Click "OK" to apply the effect to your video clip.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add other keyframes between the start and end of the clip and choose different rotation values if you want to perform more complex rotations.