Pinnacle Studio Effects

Special FX are a critical component of any adventure, Sci-Fi, or shoot 'em up video. Our Pinnacle Studio Effects make it easy for you to create the effect you're looking for to add to your project. Special FX come in all shapes and sizes. They can be a spectacular visual disply or a simple variation that is so slight it is hardly noticed. Regardless of what your goal is it is likely that we have created an effect for it or we have it on our list of upcoming effects. Our effects tutorials are straightforward walkthroughs that make creating effects simple and fun. Once you find out how easy it is to apply a specific effect to your videos you will find additional uses for them that you never thought of before. Our videos put the power of Special FX at your fingertips and give you the knowledge to make effects of your own. All of the effects on this page can be created using Pinnacle 16, 17, and Avid Studio. We will add effect tutorials to this page as we create them. If you want to receive notifications when we create a new effect subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Effects Editor

The Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate effects editor tutorial takes you on a guided tour of the available effects in the effects editor section. Maliek Whitaker shows you how to get to the effects, tells you about the each effects section, and gives you an explanation of the options.

Parallax Scrolling Text Effect

The Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate parallax scrolling text tutorial shows users how to make a title where the screen scrolls up while text moves across the screen or changes. In this tutorial we show how to reveal through the middle of the image layers.

Hide Behind A Tree Effect

The Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate hide behind a tree tutorial shows you how to hide and appear from behind a tree, a pole, a wall, or anything else you can think of. This simple to follow tutorial will show you how to pull off this effect in no time flat.

Explosion Effect

The Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate explosion tutorial shows you how to use clips with alpha channels to create a realistic explosion. Red Giant Knoll Light Factory and Brightness and Contrast effects are used to enhance the clip and make things pop.

The Teleport Effect

The teleport effect tutorial for Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate will have your talent using teleporting like a superhero in no time. We will give you the info, tips, and tricks to transport yourself from one place to another in your next sci-fi, fantasy, or adventure video.

The Energy Wave Effect

The Pinnacle Studio energy wave effect tutorial shows you how to create a smooth wave or blast of energy. It uses the turbulent edges effect to create a fancy effect for your home movies or short films. This tutorial will have your audience coming back for more.

The Muzzle Flash Effect

The muzzle flash effect tutorial for Studio 16 / Avid Studio will teach you how to have shoot outs and gun fights in any video. You can use it to fire any weapon such as a gun, pistol, rifle, shotgun, etc. It uses muzzle flashes, blood splatters, and wounds from Action Essentials 2.

The Kamehameha Effect

This tutorial on the kamehameha effect in Studio 16 / Avid Studio will turn your talent into a super saiyan like Goku or Gohan from the Dragon Ball animated television series. All you need is paint.net or photoshop and these instructions.

The Shrinking Man Effect

This tutorial on the incredible shrinking man effect in Pinnacle Studio 16 / Avid Studio will help you shrink the subject in your videos. Shrink a man, a woman, a dog, anything you want! Now you can create a magical and fun effect to bring anyone down to size.

The Fire Effect

This tutorial on the fire effect with Studio 16 / Avid Studio will show you to manipulate fire with some useful stock footage. You can make fire balls shoot across the screen or play with fire in your hands by following this simple tutorial.

The Spinning Newspaper Effect

This tutorial on the spinning newspaper effect uses Studio and Photoshop to create a smooth transition for your videos. All you need is a newspaper PSD template which you can get for free online and a little imagination.

The Picture-in-Picture Effect

This tutorial on how to use PIP or picture in picture with Studio 16 / Avid Studio will show you all you need to know to create great looking picture in picture effects. You can use this technique to show two, three, four, or as many video clips as you want in one scene.

The Lightsaber Effect

This tutorial on the lightsaber effect for Pinnacle Studio 16  will show you how to use the force and engage in a lightsaber battle in any of your videos. We use the same principles as the energy ball effect to create a lightsaber with the title editor.

The Sniper Effect

This tutorial on the scope effect uses Studio 16 and Paint.net to create a sniper scene for your videos. You will learn how to create cross hairs that you can see through just like a sniper rifle scope or machine gun scope.

The Energy Ball Effect

This Energy ball or plasma ball tutorial with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate will help you create a professional effect for your home movies, short films, and videos. It is a wonderful effect which will captivate your audience. 

The Motion Graffiti Effect

This tutorial on how to make motion graffiti with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you make a really cool effect for your videos and home movies. You can use this effect in several different ways as long as you use your imagination and keep your options open.

The Matrix Effect

This tutorial on how to make the matrix effect with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you create a professional effect from the movie The Matrix and use it in your home movies and videos. The demonstration and tutorial will show you how to do it.

Hit By a Car Effect

This tutorial on hit by a car with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you create a realistic car accident effect for your videos and home movies. It is a nice effect which can be used for action films or just for fun. 

The Hologram Effect

This tutorial on how to make a hologram effect with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you make a sci-fi hologram for your videos. It is an amazing effect which can be used for sci fi, spoofs, or any other type of video.

The Kill Bill Effect

This tutorial on the Kill Bill effect with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio shows you how to make a cool effect from the movie Kill Bill. It is easy to do once you have the knowledge of which tools to use. The demonstartion and tutorial will show you how to do it.

The Clone Effect

This tutorial on how to make clone yourself with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you add professional effects to your home movies and videos. It is an amazing effect which will catch the attention of your audience. The tutorial will show you how to do it.

Travel Line

The Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate travel line on a map tutorial will show you how to draw your travel route on a map using Pinnacle Studio and Paint. In this tutorial Maliek Whitaker teaches viewers how to use Paint to draw a line on a map designating a travel route.

Superimpose Effect

Learn how to superimpose video using this effect in Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate. You can overlay video and blend them together so that both videos can be seen using this simple tip. This is a great effect that can be used in any type of video.

Garbage Matte / Clone Effect

Use the Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate garbage matte to create a clone or use it in multiple ways on any project. Garbage mattes are used to superimpose video, remove objects from a video, and overlay a video clip over another video clip.

The Flash / Quicksilver Effect

Want to run with super speed like Flash or Quicksilver? This Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate tutorial will have you zipping around like a superhero or running like a vampire from one of those monster love stories in a Flash...no pun intended.

The Change Up Effect

Use the Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate change up effect to change your clothes, location, or position. Use it to change objects, morph objects or do just about anything you can think of. This tutorial shows you how to split clips and get frame by frame timing right.

The Slow Motion / Reverse Effect

This Pinnacle Studio 17 slow motion reverse tutorial will show you how to slow down videos and make your videos go in reverse. Whether you are making a slo-mo scene for an action flick or making time move backwards for a sci-fi adventure this effect is for you.

The Split Screen Effect

The Studio 16 / Avid Studio split screen effect tutorial will show you how to create one scene with two video clips. You can use the effect to show two people talking on the phone, a scene of people doing things in two different locations, or anything you'd like.

The Spotlight Player Effect

The highlight / spotlight player effect for Studio 16 / Avid Studio places the focus on one athlete in a sports video. This tutorial will help get your player to stand out and be noticed in recruiting videos or highlight videos for college coaches, or your own home movies.

The Flying Effect

This tutorial on the flying effect with Studio 16 Ultimate will show you how to make your talent fly like a superhero. Whether you want to be like superman, iron man, or any other hero your talent will be flying across the screen in no time.

The Hancock Effect

This tutorial on how to make the Hancock effect in Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio teaches you all the steps you need to know to turn your talent into a super hero like Hancock. You will be able to make your talent fly and create a fantastic effect.

The Trail Effect

This tutorial on the trail effect for Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate and Avid Studio will allow you to make a cool effect where the talent leaves a trail of images across the screen or seems to frreze in time and then fades off of the screen.

The Flicker Transition Effect

This tutorial on the flicker transition effect for Pinnacle Studio 16 / Avid Studio will show you how to create a dynamic transition from one scene to another. This effect is used a lot in music videos when a drum roll or break beat in a song drops.

The Wizard Effect

This tutorial on the wizard spell effect in Studio 16 and Avid Studio will show you how to cast spells like Harry Potter in no time. This tutorial uses Red Giant Knoll Light Factory and Shine to help you fascinate your audience and keep them coming back for more.

The Crater Effect

This tutorial on the crater effect uses the Hancock effect and stock footage of a meteor / asteroid, debris, smoke, a dirt charge, and dust to make a crater in the ground. This tutorial will allow you to make a realistic effect to show off to your viewers.

The Censor Blur Effect

This tutorial on how to make a censor blur with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will show you how to blur out, cover up, highlight, or spotlight any part of a video you'd like. You can censor a person, a license plate, or anything else.

The Jumper Effect

This tutorial on the Jumper effect in Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will show you how to create a fancy effect for your videos and home movies. This effect uses a video clip and the Red Giant shine effect to create a remarkable visual effect for any video.

The Laser Effect

This tutorial on how to make a laser effect in Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will show you how to make realistic sci fi effect for your home movies and videos. It is a great effect which amaze your audience. The demonstration and tutorial will show you how to do it.

The Time Freeze Effect

This tutorial on how to make a time freeze effect in Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will have you amazing your friends with ease. It will help you make a professional effect for all of your home movies and videos. It will captivate your audience.

The Ghost Effect

This tutorial on how to make a ghost effect with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you add a spooky ghoul to your home movies and videos using chroma keyer and transparency. It is an amazing effect which will catch the attention of your audience.

The Pleasantville Effect

This tutorial on how to make the Pleasantville effect with Avid Studio / Pinnacle Studio will help you add professional effects to your home movies and videos. It is a great effect which will catch the attention of your audience.