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On this page I briefly explain how you can merge MPEG files (both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 are supported, but not mixed!) to a single MPEG clip using the TMPGEnc application by Hiroyuki Hori (freeware version can be downloaded there). Originally this appliation was called "TSUNAMI-MPEG Encoder".

This tricks can be darn usefull when cutting VCD or SVCD copies of a DVD.

Note: TMPGEnc is not very fast, but you can get a free version, which is said to support MPEG-1 only. However the Plus version is not too expensive ($48, visit the Pegasus website to order) either and does support MPEG-2 (not for free due to license fees for using MPEG-2)!

Note: Screenshots are TMPGEnc 2.57 Plus based.

Video ...

Before we start ... what do we need?

Well, naturally at least two MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 file. Make sure they have the same format. Not only in a resolution kind a way, but also in video-tyoe (i.e. MPEG files for an MPEG1, MPEG2 files for an MPEG2).

Note: TMPGEnc supports transcoding to a different format - the result is not always perfect and it takes a lot of time ...

You will also need, naturally, TMPGEnc, which you can download at the TMPGEnc Website.

You can download a free version at their website - it doesn't support MPEG2, for that you will need to buy the Pro version (I do think it does support MPEG2 for a limited time).

Install the the Application before continuing.

Pasting ...

In this example I assume we have two MPEG-2 file, which we would like to paste into one movie.

Note: we're not actually "pasting" the original movies. It's more that we make a copie of the files merged.

Step 1: Start TMPGEnc

We use TMPGEnc Plus in this example since we are dealing with MPEG-2 files. MPEG-1 files work in the same fashion.

Step 2: Goto MPEG-Tools

Select the "MPEG-Tools" from the "File" menu.

TmpEnc: Open MPEG-Tools

Now this window (the MPEG-Tools) appears:

TmpEnc: MPEG-Tools Window

Step 3: Goto the "Merge & Cut" tab

Click the most right tab, called "Merge & Cut".

In the field "Type" you must set the proper file format (e.g. MPEG1, MPEG2, VideoCD, Super VideoCD, etc).

TmpEnc: Merge and Cut window

Step 4: Open the movie (MPEG) file

Click the "Add" button to add a movie. A file dialog will open and ask you which MPEG file you would like to add.

Pick a file and click "OK".

Repeat this step for all the movie files you wish to add. Note that you should do this in the order you would like to have them in!

Step 5: Saving the result.

Now it's time to copy this movie clip to a file. Click "OK" to leave this "movie" window and return to the "Merge & Cut" window.

In the "Output" field (below the file list) you can either enter a filename manually or click the "Browse" button to locate a good place to store the mpeg.

The next step is to click the "Run" button. A window will appear showing the progress ...

TmpEnc: Outputting the joined file

When the new clip has been completed, you will be brought back to the "Merge & Cut" window.



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