How to Fix Pinnacle Studio and MOV Importing Issues

Pinnacle Studio Pro will not import .MOV files or MOV importing only audio? Luckily, there is an easy solution to fix this. Find it out here.


It is officially stated that MOV is supported by Pinnacle Studio. However, when you try to import MOV files to Pinnacle Studio (Pinnacle 18 included), you may encounter the related issues listed below:

Q1: Import Canon .mov to Pinnacle Studio
“I purchased a Canon 5D Mark III and the movies are .mov files. How can I convert those to .avi files. My editing software is Pinnacle Studio and doesn’t recognize the .mov format”

Q2: YouTube .mov to Pinnacle Studio
“My friend sent me an intro for YouTube and I need to move it into pinnacle studios. Its a QuickTime file and when I try to put the MOV video in pinnacle studios 14 it won’t let me. Is there anyway to get around that?”

Many folks are facing the MOV importing issues with Pinnacle Studio, even with latest Pinnacle Studio 18. As far as I know, MOV is a container format which can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. If your MOV files are not accepted by Pinnacle, it’s probably because of the video or audio codec incompatibility.

On this occasion, some guys suggest to change the file name from *.MOV to *.MPG and then import the MPGs in Pinnacle. You may have a try. While, when I tired the way, the files still can’t be imported to Pinnacle Studio perfectly. Message says: “File format not supported”. It seems that the re-naming method does not work.

Luckily, there is another easy way to fix the issue. Get a MOV converter and transcode .MOV files to MPG, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing. For this purpose, this article would show you how to change MOV to Pinnacle Studio editing-friendly format step by step with a professional yet easy-to-use Video Converter from EaseFab. With it, you can transcode MOV into a different format like MPEG-2, AVI with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into Pinnacle Studio with smooth editing without any trouble. It will ensure a perfect QuickTime file importing, playing and editing workflow with Pinnacle Studio 12/14/16/17/18.

How to Convert MOV for Editing in Pinnacle Studio smoothly

1. Add MOV files

Download, install and run the MOV to Pinnacle Studio converter, and then click “Add Video” button to load the .mov videos. You can directly drag and drop to import.


2. Select the output format for Pinnacle Studio

Click “Profile” bar to determine output format. Here we choose “HD Video” -> “AVI HD” as output, which seems to be the best one due to the great video quality but small size. Of course, MPG, WMV are also the proper formats for Pinnacle.


Tip: By clicking the Settings button beside Profile, you can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

3. Start conversion

Finally, simpley convert the big Convert button to start the MOV to Pinnacle Studio conversion.

Soon after the conversion is finished, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the “Open” button. And then you can import the converted files to Pinnacle Studio for editing via its “Import” option.

Read More:
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