Simple Cut & Paste Of MPEG's?

amdchuck

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I am sure this has been asked before but searching for MPEG on this forum brings up just about every thread so sorry if I make someone repeat themselves.

I captured that 9-11 special with the interior footage of the Towers as they came down and it came out great but I want to edit it into sections as the two hour show is about 6 GB.........I am trying to use Ulead VideoStudio 5 but that is wanting to do a whole import/export process and wants to re-render the frames which takes forever......I like the existing format of the MPEG2 file, it looks great full screen and the audio is great as well.

Is there any program than I can use to simply cut and paste MPEG2 files?

Thanks for any help and I am off to work so I will check back tonight.
 
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I am using Adobe Premier with special hardware card for such things.

Look for Stoik VideoMan and for VirtualDub.

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Virtual Dub has a "direct stream copy" option that can save a cut/pasted 90 minute movie in about one and a half minutes on a 1.3G machine with no fancy hardware. Direct stream only works if no changes are made to the video other then sequence. It will not work if filers are required and the worst news is that virtual dub does not directly support mpeg2. I believe that there is a Panasonic plugin that lets vd do mpeg2 and there is another program that tricks vd into thinking a stream is an avi even if it aint. I have never used the plugins or the fake avi programs so I can't help you with anything other then to let you know that they are out there. See<A HREF="http://www.doom9.org" target="_new">http://www.doom9.org</A> for more info/downloads. LD

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thx for the replies, I will look into using "Virtual Dub" with a MPEG2 plugin (hope it exists) or possibly Premier but since I am not rich and I prefer not to pirate software Virtual Dub is probably the route I will look into.

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I found it for you at <A HREF="http://www.digital-digest.com" target="_new">http://www.digital-digest.com</A>

"Open Any File with AVISynth

AVISynth is a really cool utility, yet it seems very few people are using it! The reason many haven't started is probably not because AVISynth is hard to use, but basically because they downloaded it, double-clicked on each file to try and get it working only to find that it doesn't seem to do anything!? So perhaps it may be a good idea if I explained what AVISynth does and how it can be used!

What can we do with AVISynth?

Lets say you downloaded a weird format video file and wanted to edit it with VirtualDub or convert it to Mpeg with Panasonic Mpeg encoder or with some other Mpeg / AVI etc., encoder. It would normally be impossible to do this because neither VirtualDub nor Panasonic Mpeg Encoder supports this format. Windows Media Player, however, is usually able to play just about any file with no problems. If it cannot play it there will usually be a codec you can install that will allow Media Player to do so. Well, if Media Player can play it usually AVISynth will let you open it in whatever application you need! This even applies to Mpeg-2 files! Yep, that's right! If Media Player can play your Mpeg-2 file then AVISynth will let you open them in almost any video editing or converting utility!

But that is not all! Before it sends the video to be opened in VirtualDub (or whatever application you want) it gives you the option to do all sorts of things to the video! You can resize it, crop it, sharpen, blend, separate interlaced fields, delete frames, duplicate frames, add 3:2 pulldown, reweave interlaced fields, bob deinterlace, convert between YUY2 and RGB and a whole host of other interesting and useful features!

How does it work?

AVISynth acts as a go-between between your video file and any video application you wish to use. You install AVISynth by putting a small .dll program in the Windows System folder. This is almost like a Windows upgrade, it then intercepts all files opened that are called something.avs and then runs them through AVISynth. In turn AVISynth decodes them using Media Players codec's and sends them to the application you were opening them with - cool huh!

Basically to do this you need to write a simple text file saying what file you wish to open (just like making a .lst file for Mpeg2avi) and rename the text file with an *.avs extension. Then, when you open this file in VirtualDub or Panasonic Mpeg Encoder (or whatever application you are using) AVISynth will take over and covert it for that application."

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