The Sky is the Limit footage and where to find it.

Since Avid Studio, right through to Studio 23 (at the time of writing), Studio has included a demonstration movie called The Sky is the LImit. Once you have watched it you may have decided to delete the project, its sample footage and also the project bin to save clutter.

The only issue with this is that the footage is often used for troubleshooting. To begin with the users and moderators of the official forum started to use it as a test file. Two good reasons for this – everyone should have it, so there is no need to provide a video file along with a project and bug descripton, and it’s an mpg file, so realtively uncomplicated – hardware differences and settinga are less likely you give different results when you try to reproduce the bug.

These days even Pinnacle support use the footage. I’ve heard of occasions when they have asked someone reporting an issue to try doing so with the sample footage and then sending that as a project file (which can be done over email). One other fact about The Sky is the Limit is that depending on your Windows settings you will have either a PAL 25fps or an NTSC 29.97fps version of the footage. Although there is only one set of Install files, they contain both versions of the sample and use the one that matches the video standards for your Windows Country settings. That means the sample movie won’t be in an “alien” frame rate, and you won’t see skipped or duplicated frames.

Still frame from the sample footage

So what if you have lost the footage and need to find it again? Well you could reinstall Studio, but if you deleted it from the Pinnacle Library in the normal manner it may still be lurking somewhere. It is placed in the Public Video location – use Windows Explorer to go to C:\Users\Public\Public Videos and it may well be there, along with the project files.

However if you cleaned it up fully, you can download the PAL version HERE or the NTSC version HERE. These files are in ZIP format (which means they will download, automatically and are slightly smaller. To extract the files to an mpg version, right click and select Extract All, choose a location and then click on Extract.

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