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Any really good video clip "joiners" that really work?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by joeAgain------, Aug 7, 2006.

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  1. joeAgain------

    joeAgain------ Thread Starter

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    Every program that I try to join multiple Mpeg video clips into one continuos seemless file (free, or trial shareware programs)....I find that the end result is an unacceptably "jerky" video, and not smooth at all.

    Does anyone know of any that will do that? (from same type Mpeg files?).

    AVI joiners seem to work better, but the resulting video file is **HUGE** in size. That would be OK if I could find a good AVI to Mpeg file converter to compress seemlessly the AVI to Mpeg with a smooth end result. But I haven't found that either.

    Could some knowledgable video people out there help me find one or two very effective programs that would help me end up with a smooth Mpeg video file from various clips from the same source(either AVI or Mpeg?

    They are from the same website(in short groups or segments)each "group" on the same topic....so I presume they are itentical in frame rate, resoltion and all, etc.

    (I just am tired of clicking each little short segment after the other to see the whole topic....it would be pleasant to just have them play in sequence seamlessly (without stopping) until all through, yah know? Just convenience and less hastle to have a few longer lessons or videos than lots of very short ones)

    But are there an really good free utilities(I used to know of some when I was heavy into ---video, before getting totally emersed in Audio manipulation and modification.

    What might the names be of any really good free utilities that would tell me all the important technical info on the video files? Could you name, or link me to them, please?
     
  2. colmaca

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    Windows movie maker works for me,i have never noticed any "jerky" video when I join clips together.
    I also use powerdirector and never had any problems with that.
     
  3. blaqDeaph

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    VirtualDub Mod?
     
  4. DarqueMist

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    As with colmaca I've never had any problems using Windows Movie Maker (which you have if you are running WinXP). I've found it simple to use and reasonably good at making seamless transitions between clips I've joined.
     
  5. michaeltee

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    If you like the idea of seemlessly joining clips of mixed formats you might consider a consumer level editing program. Even the entry level versions of such programs offer quite a few options but you wouldn't need to learn the entire program. For joining clips it's usually a simple matter of dragging your clips to the timeline/storyboard and then selecting an output profile which would be a video clip, Video TS folder or having the application burn a DVD, VCD or SVCD for you. There are quite a few apps to choose from. My personal favorite is Ulead VideoStudio 10 (or 10+version if you think you might someday use advanced features). Keep in mind that most editing apps use a "quick" rendering method for previewing a project. It may look a somewhat choppy or stutter a bit in preview mode (a lot of this depends on your system) but once fully rendered during the actual output process, your output should play back very smoothly. Test driving the trial version of any such program before purchasing is highly recommended.

    For specifications on your video clips you might try:

    KC Video Inspector
    http://www.kcsoftwares.com/index.php?vtb

    G-Spot
    http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

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    CONSUMER LEVEL TIMELINE VIDEO EDITING APPLICATIONS
    ($100 +/- Approximate Price Point)
    Updated June 25, 2006
    Listed In Alphabetical Order

    ===================================================

    ADOBE "Premiere Elements 2
    http://www.adobe.com/products/premiereel/

    ARCSOFT "Showbiz DVD 2"
    http://arcsoft.com/products/showbiz/

    CYBERLINK "PowerDirector 5"
    http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/products/main_4_ENU.html

    DRD Systems "VideoReDo Plus"
    http://videoredo.com/Products.htm

    HONESTECH "VideoEditor 7.0"
    http://honestech.com/main/menu1_6b.asp

    INTERVIDEO "WinDVD Creator 3 Gold / Platinum"
    http://intervideo.com/jsp/WinDVDCreator_Profile.jsp

    MAGIX "Movie Edit Pro 11"
    http://site.magix.net/english-us/home/video/movie-edit-pro-11/

    MAIN CONCEPT "EVE v2 (Easy Video Editing Version 2)"
    http://www.mainconcept.com/site/index.php?id=827

    PINNACLE / AVID "Studio 10.5 / Studio 10.5 Plus Titanium"
    http://pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/Consumer+Products/Home+Video/Studio+Family/

    PURE MOTION "EditStudio 5"
    http://puremotion.com/editstudio/index.htm

    ROXIO "VideoWave 8"
    http://roxio.com/en/products/videowave/index.jhtml

    SONY "Vegas Movie Studio + DVD"
    http://www.sonymediasoftware.com/Products/ShowProduct.asp?PID=983

    ULEAD "VideoStudio 10 / Video Studio 10 Plus"
    http://www.ulead.com/vs/runme.htm
     
  6. thecoalman

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    Free: http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=Cuttermaran
    Pay for: http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=MPEG_Video_Wizard

    , the Ulead product mentioned by Michaeltee is also an excellent mpeg editor. If you're sending these to DVD and they are already DVD compliant look at Ulead DVD workshop or DVD Lab Pro for authoring. they both support multiple VTS allowing you to use video with varying resolution, bitrates...even aspects requiring you to not reencode anything.

    MPEG editing should be avoided if possible.


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    Mpeg: http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=Restream
    MP{EG and AVI... google Gspot
     
  7. joeAgain------

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    Thank you everyone,
    You all have been so helpful.
    (I really don't care about burning the joined clips, just storing them on my backup HDD for viewing without clicking on each segment seperately)

    I love this forum with so many helpful people contributing.

    Thanks again,
    jA-----
     
  8. blaqDeaph

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    VirtualDub mod. You don't have to pay a single cent.
     
  9. joeAgain------

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    I used to play around with VirtualDub in video days long ago and it seems like I remember it only working with, or converting everything to Huge AVI files.

    How would I join the Mpegs, Wmvs, etc. and after VirtualDub joins them as AVIs, convert them back to smaller Mpeg files again, please?

    And I have Womble....could someone who knows how to join video with it please tell me how it is done(in relative detail)? I've tried and can't quite figure it out.

    thanks very much everyone
     
  10. blaqDeaph

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    VirtualDub Mod handles MPEGs, and as for WMV, windows movie maker?
     
  11. MysticEyes

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    Well with VirtualDub (I use the mp3 freeze version, no problems with VBR audio) it's important to choose 'Direct stream copy' when joining. The resultant file will be exactly the same size as the sum of the 2. I've only joined AVI's though.
     
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