jerky output in Pinnacle 15 ultimate

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Mary, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Mary

    Mary Guest

    I'm trying to do a photo in Pinnacle 15 ultimate. It goes smooth until I add animations using pan and zoom. Then the output is jerky. I have an AMD Radeon HD 6570, a dual core AMD A4 5400 APU and 8 gigs memory. I'm sure it's operator error but I've found no help at the site, and I've scoured the internet for help. Nothing. I've unchecked the background rendering and hardware acceleration to no avail. What can I do?
    Mary, Sep 22, 2013
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  2. There could be several different causes: video with
    too high a data-rate for smooth playback using the
    gear capabilities at hand, using a photo with too
    much data for a too-low video data-rate to properly
    display it with motion applied, choice of the file
    type (and the selected specifications for it), etc.
    I was having this problem also with trying to
    produce a collection of photos with mostly simple
    dissolves between them (and with occasional pans
    within images), put on a DVD at 1080-60i at 16Mbps.
    All kinds of image "horrors" showed on the disk that
    did not show when viewing the original file (on a
    VERY fast computer...). I will try next taking the
    1080-60P 50Mbps original file onto a Blu-ray as a
    1080-60I 40Mbps file (the highest quality available
    within the Blu-ray spec - but Panasonic "says" that
    1080-60P 50Mbps AVCHD files "can" be written to
    Blu-rays and be properly played by most recent
    players, but no one has reported successfully doing
    that...). I guess I should try that, also, one of
    these days...;-)
    David Ruether, Sep 22, 2013
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  3. Mary

    HerHusband Guest

    Photo animation is a little buggy in Studio 15.

    Do not use the "Animate from start to end" option in the clip properties. I
    have never been able to get that to work correctly. The problems vary, but
    it always behaves strangely.

    Instead, select the photo and open the effects toolbox. Then select the
    "Pan and Zoom" effect under the Studio HD effects.

    Check the "Use Keyframes" option at the bottom of the pan and zoom screen.
    Then use the left and right arrow buttons to go between "1" (the start) and
    "2" (the end). Select the "1" keyframe, then adjust the zoom and position
    sliders as desired. Then select the "2" keyframe and adjust the sliders for
    the desired ending position. I always check the "reduce flickering" option
    too. Then close the toolbox and give Studio a few minutes to generate the

    It's not as user friendly as the "Animate" method, but it seems to be a lot
    more reliable.

    Good luck,

    Anthony Watson
    HerHusband, Sep 22, 2013
  4. Mary

    Mary Guest

    Thank you DR. I tried a few photos using 1280x720/25 p and it runs smooth, but I don't have a blu ray player. I've always used the NTSC standard. My photos are between 200-325 kb. The newer formats are a mystery to me.
    Mary, Sep 22, 2013
  5. Mary

    Mary Guest

    Thank you Anthony!
    I'm off to try that.
    Mary, Sep 22, 2013
  6. Mary

    Mary Guest

    Mary, Sep 22, 2013
  7. Mary

    Mary Guest

    Anthony, That seems to work great.I usually use Vegas, but Pinnacle has such neat transitions. Thank you so much.
    Mary, Sep 22, 2013
  8. Mary, for our ease in following the thread, you might consider replying
    to the post you are answering instead of your own post...especially if
    the thread gets to be long.

    I used Pinnacle software a long time ago, and gave up because I could
    never save often enough to beat the crashes. Parts of this thread make
    me wonder if Pinnacle still hasn't managed to get full control of their
    software over the years...
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 22, 2013
  9. Mary

    Mary Guest

    I'm so sorry. That was what I was trying to do. I'm about to give up on Pinnacle too. I got the animations without glitch, but when I add the transitions, it's the same old sad story.
    Thanks for your help.
    Mary, Sep 23, 2013
  10. Thanks - you have successfully responded directly to my post :)

    But you erased the quoting, or else you just didn't quote anything,
    which can be a good idea sometimes, but in this case, it leaves me
    wondering, when you said "that was what I was trying to do", what you
    meant by "that"...

    Call it incremental progress :)

    I'm not doing any real video editing these days, so I don't know what
    video software to recommend. There is even some free software that can
    be moderately useful, but I am not near the computer where I can refresh
    my memory.

    Adobe Premiere Elements is not free, but it is often recommended for
    moderate needs. I think it's nominally $100, but can be obtained for
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 23, 2013
  11. Mary

    HerHusband Guest

    Glad I could help. It took me a long time to figure out that work around
    I almost never use any transition other than a cross fade and fade to
    I tried most of the editors on the market, but Studio just seemed the most
    logical and user friendly to me. Unfortunately, every version I have used
    has been buggy in some form. Version 15 has been the most stable, but as
    you discovered, it has problems too.

    Studio 16 is now available, but they completely abandoned the original
    Studio interface. As I understand it, they dumbed down their professional
    "Avid" video editor for consumer use. I tried the trial version, but never
    got around to upgrading. Studio 15 suits my needs for now.

    I get the best results by always converting my raw video to 1920x1080x30p
    MPEG2 video before editing. This results in quick and effortless editing
    and far fewer crashes.

    Anthony Watson
    HerHusband, Sep 23, 2013
  12. You managed to quote both me and Mary at the same level. Pretty

    I think you meant to reply to her, not me, right?
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 23, 2013
  13. Mary

    Brian Guest

    A friend of mine is using Pinnacle 17 Ultra and it seems to be stable on
    Windows 7 (64 bit). He chose this program as it was easier to use than his
    previous Adobe Premiere Elements.
    Brian, Apr 26, 2014
  14. Mary

    HerHusband Guest

    A friend of mine is using Pinnacle 17 Ultra and it seems to be stable
    I used several versions of Pinnacle Studio, but the new interface
    introduced in version 16 just didn't feel right to me.

    So, I'm now using PowerDirector 12, and so far I've been happy with it.

    Anthony Watson
    HerHusband, Apr 26, 2014
  15. Mary

    Brian Guest

    PowerDirector is still number one in this top ten video editors site
    Brian, Apr 28, 2014
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