Need advice - avi file splitter

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I'd like your advice on an avi file splitter. I've looked at download sites and explored media forums, but I only trust the advice I get here at Tech Guy. Plus the discussions on those specialized forums are way above my understanding.

I'd like a free avi splitter that will simply divide an avi into segments I can then burn to CD. I'd like to control exactly where to make the cut. I just want to play the burned CDs on my computer, that's it. So I don't think I need the "rejoin the avis" thing. I don't need bells & whistles. Anything fancy/advanced would be a drawback for this greenhorn.
 

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Thanks for the very good site. Except now I realize I don't understand the concept. I'm not grasping the big picture.
Previously, this is what I thought it was:
1.) Get an avi splitter;
2.) Split the avi file into two parts;
3.) Then burn the two avi pieces onto two CD-Rs.

But now I think that's wrong.
Do I have to convert the avis to mpegs first? They won't be avi files anymore? Do I burn the avi files onto regular CD-Rs? Or do I have to get special discs - the VCDs they talk about? (I just want to watch them on the computer.)

That site certainly has everything I could ever want! But I'm missing the Big Picture. If I could get a handle on that, I could understand all I'm reading there.
 
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you can simply split the avi files and burn to cd if you want them for storage purposes or if you have one of the rare dvd players that will play avi files

usually an avi file is re-encoded to an mpeg file, then stored on a cd, the cd then being playable (usually ;)) on a dvd player

the previous site link has all the info, guides, tools etc you need - but can be a bit to wade through

try the http://www.dvdrhelp.com/convert link for the various ways

btw: most avi files WILL burn to one cd, don't be fooled by the 800mb size - for once size doesn't matter LOL - as the burning looks at the time not file size
...and burn as data, not videocd or similar choice

btw2: nero will re-encode an avi to mpeg, but it takes a long time

edit: i use the tv out feature on my video card, play an avi on the PC direct to the TV, sound out through the sound card to the stereo.
no more conversion hassles
storage hassles, different story
 
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Good freebie to split avi files is "VirtualDub". Just do a search for it, it's available in loads of places.
 

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Using Direct CD, I tried to copy & paste a small-enough avi file (663 MB), but it couldn't read it afterwards. You mention 800 MB CD-R discs. Mine are just 700 MB - should I get a new supply of 800 MB discs? (Would it make this work better, though?, because 663 MB is still less than 700 MB.) I don't have Nero, used Roxio Easy CD - Direct CD. Is that acceptable for burning videos?

When I tried to play, it asked "what action to take with this blank disc?" I tried making two discs, two ways - "Leave As Is" and also "close it so it can be played in CD drives." It read "0" bytes both ways. Attempts to play both discs caused freeze, had to Task Manager out & reboot..tray door wouldn't open, etc. I went to the Roxio site about two weeks ago and was updated, it's all set as far as that goes.

Does this mean I have to convert to mpeg after all? Or can you spot what I did wrong?
I will try VirtualDub, most other files are larger than the one I just tried. I wish splitting them was all there was to it! Now I can't burn them either. Do I need to split if I get the 800 MB CD-R discs? I'm not sure if my problem is splitting, converting, or both.
 
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don't use roxio so not sure what their 'direct cd' version does

can you use the easy cd creator option instead?

700mb/80minutes are the cd type i'm referring to
 

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Yes, it does have that! Two like that, in fact!
"Video CD option - Make copies of your favorite mpeg video clips and view them using your DVD or Video CD Player."
"Video Impression - Edit your video and save it on CD."
Thanks! This has to be the right track - will let you know!
 
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Marie500

The two best softwares to cut avi are Virtual Dub and AviUtl

http://fullart.topcities.com/aviutl.htm

In Virtual Dub select under video and audio "direct stream copy.
Virtual Dub can cut only at keyframes. Encoded videos such as divx are made of small sequences separated by keyframes and Virtual Dub can cut only at these places. Press the button with the little keysto go from a keyframe to another.

If you realy need to cut between keyframes, use aviUtl (see link above). But I don't think you will have to.

To burn your avi on a cd, you must do a data cd, disc-at-once and close the session.
Only like that you can burn 700 Mb.
 

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Success burning! I did the Roxio "Data CD Project", which I've never used before. For saving data files I've only done copy & paste with Direct CD, so using Roxio like this was new for me.

Getting VirtualDub is next. Multiple votes for it, so it must good.
Thank you too, for telling me what to do when I get it!
I'll report back again with the results.
Thanks!
 

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I'm 0 for 2 with the splitters.
Virtual Dub can't open the files. It says:

"Couldn't locate decompressor for format MP42 [Microsoft High-Speed MPEG-4 V2]. VirtualDub requires a Video For Windows [VFW] compatible codec to decompress video. DirectShow codecs, such as those used by Windows Media Player, are not suitable."
The Fourcc.org site says this about it:
"Apparently one of several different and incompatible MPEG-4 codecs. Rumour has it that this codec is downloadable from the Microsoft site somewhere. This codec is distributed as part of Microsoft Windows Media Tools 4. Includes quality improvements over the earlier MPG4."
I looked at MS downloads & it's not available separately.

Also downloaded AviUtl. All in Japanese so I got the English language download patch and followed instructions to change the language. Except they claim at a certain point I'll see something indicating "English" to click on but instead I get a box of nothing but question mark buttons with another button labeled "OK". I'm not going to click it because the instructions say something totally different would be present there.

I found these two. If anything is known about them I'd be grateful to hear.
http://www.brizsoft.com/avisplit/
http://doeasier.org/splitter/

There is good news! I successfully burned six movie files to CD (small-enough ones = no splitting necessary). I'd never have been able to do that without help, thanks!
 

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Ha! My earlier searching brought me to that exact site, it's one of the top google hits. Makes sense, I guess - they have the movies right there. Other porn sites say they offer it as well. Decided not to download from the porn sites, though. I'm just not in the mood for the spyware/malware issues. Hoping instead for a clean-download site. Thank you very much for taking the time & effort to help me out, though, that's appreciated.
 
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