Questions about video editing software and their related topics, not to be confused with [video-conversion].

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Greenscreen (aka chroma key) effect with a webcam?

This is not the blue screen of death I am speaking of, but the process called bluescreening (also known as green screen, or Chroma Key). It removes a particular colored background from an image so ...
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Command-line video editing in Linux (cut, join and preview)

I have rather simple editing needs - I need to cut up some videos, maybe insert some PNGs in between them, and join these videos (don't need transitions, effects, etc.). Basically, pitivi would do ...
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What is the best software to split and join avi files? [closed]

What is the best software to split and join avi files without losing quality (lossless) in Windows?
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Cut part from video file from start position to end position with FFmpeg

I have a video file of 30 minutes, but I want to extract a video from 00:09:23 to 00:25:33. I can define the startposition with -ss, but I couldn't find one for the end position. Any help please?
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Concatenating ogg video files from the command line

Okay. I've got a few ogg files I've created using a desktop recording tool. I've transcoded them using ffmpeg once (mainly to clip out the beginnings and the ends). Now, I have 3 such files which I ...
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How do I reduce the size of a huge MP4 video?

I paid $59.95 for Vimeo Plus only to find that there is a 1 Gigabyte limit on video size. I have a 4 GB MP4 video file that I shot with the HD Flip Mino. How do I reduce it to no more than 1 GIG ...
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How do you split a large MPEG-4 video file into smaller files?

I have an hour of raw footage from a users group meeting that I want to split in to 10-minute chunks so I can upload them to YouTube. I did some searching and couldn't really find a good way to ...
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How can I remove multiple segments from a video using FFmpeg?

I am trying to delete a few sections of a video using FFmpeg. For example, imagine if you recorded a show on television and wanted to cut out the commercials. This is simple with a GUI video-editor; ...
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How can I join multiple .mpg movie files?

I create a lot of these small clips on my digital camera. These are in .mpg format and before I share them with others, I would love to just join, clip a few seconds here and there. I use Google ...
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Accurately cut video files from command line

I'm having trouble finding a cli application that can take a video file (avi, mkv, and mp4 preferably) and cut out very short clips (2-6 seconds) with precision time accuracy. I've tried ffmpeg, ...
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Free Chroma key tools [closed]

I want to create an educational introductory video, where the tutor stands and explain a subject, and the background is an illustration of that subject. This is done using a technique called Chroma ...
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Automatically split large .mov video files into smaller files at black frames (scene changes)?

I have 65 .mov video files named tape_01.mov, tape_02.mov, ..., tape_65.mov. Each is about 2.5 hours long and takes up many gigabytes. They are digital copies of what were VHS tapes (my family's ...
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How to split an m4v file?

I downloaded a TV season on iTunes (.m4v files), however the files are clustered into 3 episodes each. I'd like to chop these up so that each episode is in it's own file. Googling around a while ...
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How to convert a 16:9 movie to a 4:3 letterbox version?

Suppose you have a 16:9 aspect ratio wide-format movie file and you want to make a version ideal for playing on a 4:3 device. Since you don't want to clip any of the image or distort the picture, so ...
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Combining video and subtitle files as one video?

I have a video file (in the format of .mp4, .mkv, .avi or whatever) and a subtitle file (.srt). I want to embed the subtitle file into the video file so that I have only one file - the video file in ...
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How to losslessly combine multiple AVI files into a single file?

I would like to combine multiple movie clips with .mov and .avi extension into a single file. Is there any free software in the market that is good and able to perform that? Preferably that should ...
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How do I remove one audio stream from an AVI file?

I have several AVI files that have dual audio in Russian/English. The default audio is Russian, and I want to change the default language or remove the Russian language from these AVI files. How ...
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Trimming / cropping a movie file?

Now, I'm not really sure what's the exact term here. As far as I saw, cropping is related to video size. I need a program to trim some parts of the video file. On a timescale, for example, from ...
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How to save mplayer's output when watching in ASCII mode (with aalib)

I was helping out a friend working on a presentation where he wants to show some videos he has taken but converted to ASCII art. I can do that quite easily with mplayer on a Linux box using aalib (-vo ...
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How to cut at exact frames using ffmpeg?

I'm trying to use ffmpeg to cut video files at precise times. The ffmpeg help shows an option -timecode_frame_start to specify the starting frame but I am unable to get this command to work. The ...
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How can I crop a video to a part of the view?

I have a video that shows the following and I would like to crop it to this: How can I do it?
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What's the simplest free (or cheap) software to remove unwanted motion in video footage?

I used a program 7 or 8 years ago, that stabilized a video by letting you select a part of the footage that was not supposed to move (like, a sign on a building, or a picture frame on the wall, etc). ...
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Scratch disks on solid state drives

For something like Final Cut Pro where you have scratch disks, is it absolutely a bad idea to use a solid state drive? There would be a lot of writing, but I'm thinking it would be less for video ...
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How to speed up small parts of a video file to match an audio file?

Currently, I have a video which has been originally made in language X. Now, I have the audio of the same song in language Y and I want to dub the video but there are some slight moments where they ...
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How to determine segments of footage held in common between different video files?

Context: Say I have two video files--rips from a DVD or DV tape. They are both MKV or AVI format, some standard container or other, but were ripped separately, with different encoders, different ...
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Successfully concatenating multiple videos

My mission is to create videos out of old web slideshows. To start with I have jpegs and audio files that worked as Flash slideshows in an old system, structured such as this: Audio structure ...
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How to trim or delete parts of an mpeg video from the linux command line?

I have an long mpeg movie and I want to cut out a lot of material from the beginning and end, and certain patches in the middle. Is there a way I can easily do this from the linux command line?
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How do you put clips from a DVD into a website?

I have a promotional DVD from a client, and they want to put clips from it on their website. I'm in a Windows environment, so I'm looking for a decent video editor program, free would be preferred. ...
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Rotate a video file 90 degrees using Ubuntu

I want to use Ubuntu and preferably standard packages such as ffmpeg to rotate a .3gp video file by 90 degrees in any direction. Preferably a command line or Python script. How can I do that?
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How to turn images into a video slideshow with sound

I have a 65min long MP3 file and 14 different images (a slideshow). How do combine these into a video file that is less than 500MB? Is there any free/opensource/trial software for Windows 7 that can ...
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When encoding a video, is there a way to know the resulting file size in advance?

Is there a way to know how large your resulting file size will be before your video is finished encoding? BTW: I am using Microsoft Expression Encoder.
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How to embed an audio and a subtitle file into a MKV file

I have a MKV file in which I want to embed an AC3 audio file. I also want to embed a SRT subtitle file into it. How can I achieve that? Note: AC3 file is the same length of the original video.
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ffmpeg's select-filter generates unwanted black frames

I want to cut a video by frames with ffmpeg. What I came up with so far is ffmpeg -i P2.mp4 -vf "fps,setpts='PTS-STARTPTS',select='gte(n\,20)*lte(n\,30)',crop='600:430:100:650',scale='280:-1'" ...
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Batch-split many AVIs in 2 parts?

how can I batch split many AVIs into 2 parts, with no conversion? NB: this didn't help much What is the best software to split and join avi files?
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Cut (smart edit) .mts (AVCHD Progressive) files un Ubuntu Lucid

I have a bunch of .mts files containing AVCHD Progressive video recorded by a Panasonic camera, and I need software on Ubuntu Lucid with which I can remove the boring parts, and concatenate the ...
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How do I export only a single clip from a Premiere Pro sequence?

I'm cutting a video in Premiere Pro CS4 and need to slice a long sequence into smaller parts. I've successfully sliced the parts, like this: I even set the sequence markers to the current ...
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dividing a video clip by 4 areas

I am working on a program that can playback a video clip in 4 phones. For this I need to supply each phone with a part of the video clip. Lets say I have a 1080p clip and I have 4 phones. Then I want ...
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What tools should I use to edit H.264 MP4 GoPro videos?

I have recorded videos using a GoPro, which produces MP4 files containing H.264 encoded videos. I would like to do some simple editing tasks on these videos without losing quality:- Cut various ...
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How to lay one video over another [closed]

I have two video clips. What I need is for the first video clip to play behind the second. I need to be able to choose the offset since the two videos are not exactly in sync.I need to adjust the ...
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Tool to fix audio sync for small portion of video file

I am trying to fix an audio sync issue for a video file that is off by a second from the 25th-26th minutes of a 30 minute file. I have looked at a few different tools such as avidemux etc. I see ...
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Put loudness of many video files to the same level

I have a bunch of video files, and in some videos the sound is loud, in the others—not. So a user has to change the volume of her player when she watches these videos in the playlist. I want to ...
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Very simple video editor

First of all, I must to say that I don't know anything about video editing. I'm a total noob in this field. I need to make a screencast. Actually, I have made the desktop recording and I have some ...
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Windows-based video creation with Ken Burns effect

I want to create a video of old photos and I would like to use the Ken Burns effect for more pleasant transitions. I don't think I require inserting any existing video clips into this -- I just want ...
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Split MPEG video from command line?

I have a homemade DVD that I'm effectively trying to insert chapters into and rearrange - the original author burned it as one long chapter, and I'd like to rip it into smaller pieces and re-encode it ...
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Crop triangular area with FFMPEG

Is it possible to crop a triangular area from a video using ffmpeg filters? I have to crop this area from an input video 1920 x 1080, then I've to rotate this area of 90 degrees four times. The ...
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Extracting A Clip From An MP4 File In Linux on Kubuntu 11.10

I'm running KUbuntu 11.10 Linux. I would like to extract a clip from an MP4 file. I tried this command: myCLIPrompt:~/Downloads/temp/clips$ mencoder -ss 00:43:13 -endpos 00:02:12 -oac copy -ovc ...
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ffmpeg to join videos

I previously learned that FFMpeg can join videos: However, I am attempting to join recorded over-the-air broadcasts (.ts files), and I believe that minor hiccups in signal quality are causing FFMpeg ...
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How does one get Vista to display .MOV thumbnails as a frame from the movie?

I've discovered that the Windows Vista Explorer shell does not display proper thumbnails for .MOV files. As an example, a .JPG file will be shown in the Explorer shell thumbnail mode as a scaled down ...
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What software can I use to rotate a video?

I took video with my Sony Cyber shot holding the camera sideways to get a taller capture. I didn't realize that the video would playback sideways. Does anyone know of a app. to rotate the video?
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Editting HD Quicktime .mov files in Windows

I recently purchased one of those new wave of point & shoot digicams (canon SD780) that shoot high definition 720p video. Unfortunately it only writes to Quicktime files. How can I go about ...