How to Create a Fish-Eye Effect in Pinnacle Studio

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How to Create a Fish-Eye Effect in Pinnacle Studio
A fish-eye effect changes the focal point of a video or photo. (huskisson charter image by Christopher Meder from

Pinnacle Studio is a user-friendly video editing program designed to create amateur and professional media productions. A number of special effects are built into the program, including more than 100 scene transitions, frame-by-frame editing, title creation, audio soundtracks and video-correction tools. A sample of Hollywood-quality, 3-D effects is included, as well, with the option to purchase more. One special effects package you can buy called "Fun Effects" has a "Magnify" plug-in that turns video into an elevated oval. This fish-eye effect can be downloaded and added to your video toolbox.

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  1. 1

    Load Pinnacle Studio and wait for the "Edit" pane to appear. Locate the video on your computer on which you want to create the fish-eye effect and drag it into the time line.

  2. 2

    Click the video camera icon above the time line to open the video toolbox.

  3. 3

    Click the plug-in icon to open the effects menu. Select "Fun Effects" and then click "Magnify." Preview the effect to make sure this is the type of fish-eye effect you desire, then click "Unlock Effect Pack."

  4. 4

    Purchase the effect pack from the Pinnacle Systems website. Wait for your transaction to complete and confirm that the effect pack has been unlocked.

  5. 5

    Use your new effect on the video in your time line.

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