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I have several HD video files in transport stream (.ts) format, recorded with my satellite receiver.

I want to cut them, as in simply remove a few minutes from the beginning, the end and sometimes a few minutes in the middle of it (remove early start of recordings, late ends and, for some seldom files, the ads).

What is a good, ideally but not necessarily free, software with a GUI to do this? Best would be something where you could select points on a timeline and simply cut the elements out.

As a resulting file, just the same .ts format would be great, but I could also live with putting the video contents into another container, as long as the video is NOT re-encoded / transcoded.

The files have additional audio streams and subtitles. These should be retained in the process.

My OS is Windows.

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Would be great if you mentioned your OS. And, what have you already tried? I believe most NLEs should work, only importing the TS format might be a bit troublesome. You might need to change the container before. Can you run MediaInfo to check what codec is used inside? –  slhck Jan 27 '12 at 18:23
    
Oh, and you don't want to re-encode anything in this process? –  slhck Jan 27 '12 at 18:25
    
OS is Windows (added above), and if possible I want to avoid re-encoding, because I don't want to loose quality. - What does NLE stand for? –  Sebastian P.R. Gingter Jan 27 '12 at 18:28
    
I'm inclined to say this is an almost exact duplicate of What is the best software to split and join avi files? — you'd only have to find out how to import the transport stream. NLE is a non-linear editor. –  slhck Jan 27 '12 at 18:30
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Cuttermaran looks like the software program you're looking for. It also doesn't have a complicated GUI. However, it required that you have separate audio/video streams.

That shouldn't be an issue though as you can separate the audio/video streams easily using other software like TsRemux.

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I use MPEG Streamclip to cut the commercials out of the MPEG-TS recordings of my DVR.

MPEG Streamclip is available in a Windows version: http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-win.html -- although I must admit that I have only been using the OS X version so far.

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Avidemux maybe the most suitable for you. It can copy/remux from stream to stream without re-encoding.

Just remember that the start/end marker must be at an I-frame. The frame type is displayed beside clip time. Or you can quickly select the I-frame by select the next/prev key frame button. The key reason is that in the video file, frames are splited into group-of-pictures (GOP) which are then encoded independent of each other. Each GOP is started with an I-frame, so when you start with an I-frame, the whole first GOP can be copy to the output file without re-encoding. Of course the video codec field must be selected with the copy option

keyframe avidemux

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The absolute best program for this is VideoReDo, but a little pricey. I haven't been able to find a free program to even approximate VideoReDo, but TSSniper can do in a pinch.

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