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On this page I briefly explain how you can cut MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, DivX, XviD, WMV, and ASF files into a shorter movie or multiple clips using the Easy Video Splitter application by DoEasier (a trial version - fully functional - can be downloaded there).

This tricks can be darn useful when cutting movies either shorter (taking out the credits) or into multiple piece in order to make it fit on one or more CD' s..

Note: Easy Video Splitter is pretty darn fast (comparable with Womble MPEG2VCR) and does not re-encode the file (keeping the identical level of quality)! However, Easy Video Splitter is not perfect either and sometimes crashes with corrupt movie files or simply does not report an error, although obviously something went wrong ... so don't forget to verify the results!

Note: Easy Video Splitter is not free, it sets you back app. $20.

Note: Screen shots are Easy Video Splitter v2.01 based.

Video ...

Before we start ... what do we need?

Well, naturally at least a movie file, ie. an MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI (including DivX and XviD files!), WMV, or ASF file.

Note: Easy Video Splitter is not transcoding the file as seen with TMPGEnc, and is therefore a lot faster ...

You will also need, naturally, Easy Video Splitter, which you can download at the DoEasier Website.

You can download a free trial version at their website, which is not limited in any way - so fully functional.

Install the the Application before continuing.

Cutting a movies into pieces

Once the application had been installed and started, we see;

Easy Video Splitter - Start screen
Easy Video Splitter - Start screen

Now click the "open" icon (indicated in the image below by the red arrow);

Easy Video Splitter - Open a movie file
Easy Video Splitter - Open a movie file

A file dialog will open, allowing you the open a MPG, MPEG, M2P, AVI, WMV, or ASF file. Quite a selection ... :-)

Note: for MPEG/MPG files can be either MPEG-2 or MPEG-2 formatted files. This can be either VideoCD, Super VideoCD, DVD Half D1, DVD Full size, KVCD, KSVCD or KDVD.
For AVI, formats like DivX and XviD are supported as well.

Select your file and click "OK".

Sometimes Easy Video Splitter starts playback of the movie automatically, sometimes it doesn't. I'm not sure why. But if it isn't playing the movie now, then click the play button (indicated below) which allows you to verify the first few seconds, to see if Easy Video Splitter works OK with your movie.

Tip: If you experience a green or garbled screen, the please consider using FFDShow for fixing this. It appears to be an XviD problem.

So now we know that the movie plays alright, we can move on to the next step: selecting a part or multiple parts.

Selecting Parts/Clips

A great feature of Easy Video Splitter is that one can predefine multiple "parts" or clips before doing the actual cutting.

Note: The original file will not be harmed. The clips will have the same name as the original file (and can be found in the same folder unless a different folder has been specified), with an additional number. This number indicates the "cut".

Easy Video Splitter - Select the start position of your "cut"
Easy Video Splitter - Select the start position of your "cut"

For each clip we want to cut, we first select the "start" position of that clip by using slider "A". Once the appropriate position is found, you can use button "B" to mark this position.

After clicking the "Mark start" button, you will see a number appear, just below the slider "A", indicating the clip number.

In the next step we are going to mark the "end" position of the clip.

Easy Video Splitter - Select the end position of your "cut"
Easy Video Splitter - Select the end position of your "cut"

Again using slider "A", we move to the appropriate "end" position, where you can use button "B" to mark this position as the "end" of this clip.

Below the new position, you will see the same number again, below the slider, as you can see in the next image:

Easy Video Splitter - Your selected "clip"
Easy Video Splitter - Your selected "clip"

Repeat this process for all cuts you want to make.

Note: Clips CAN overlap! Which is just fine, Easy Video Splitter will deal with it as it should. Overlap is actually a pretty good idea when for example cutting an MPEG movie into 2 VideoCD's. It gives the viewer later on a bit of time to get adjusted after swapping CD' s...

A set of cuts could like as such;

Easy Video Splitter - You can define multiple "cuts"
Easy Video Splitter - You can define multiple "cuts"

In this example I selected 3 pieces of the movie file - this will generate 3 clips.

Now click the "Split" button (Easy Video Splitter - The SPLIT button) and wait ... your clip(s) are being rendered ...

Easy Video Splitter - Rendering your clips
Easy Video Splitter - Rendering your clips

Once the files are created a new dialog will show you that it's done;

Easy Video Splitter - Done ...
Easy Video Splitter - Done ...

Note: you can also use "automatic" mode. Check "Split the source file automatically" and choose by size limit (in Mb - so basically the limitations of your CD), by time limit (make movie cuts of a certain playback time, say for example 5 minutes) or by number of desired clips (for example, cut the movie in 10 clips). The downside here is that there is no overlap!



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