On this page ...
A little background
On this page I will try to explain te concept
of so called VideoServers.
VideoServers has a pretty heavy name but the concept
and setup of a VideoServer is much less complicated as one would
Forget about the "Server" part
of the name. It's just a great plugin that helps you linking Video
applications to standalone video-conversion tools. Server in this
case means an application (on the same PC) that offers a service
to one or more applications.
The explanation on this page is based on the very
good "Video Server Plugin" by Videotools.net.
Request: Support the
author. He is offering this plugin for free, but if you plan to
use the Video Server Plugin, then please consider registering/donating
for the use of it. This can be done using PayPal.
Edwin van Eggelen has put a lot of effort in it ... I personally
think he should at least receive a little reward from it's users.
Note: Don't forget to read the disclaimer!
The concept explained
Naturally I could go into highly detailed technical
information, but I not.
I'm just telling you the basics. This is how the process works. Take a
look at the diagram below:
of the Audio/Video.
This is typically your Video-editing or conversion application,
for example DVDx, FlaskMPEG,
and basically any other application capable of supporting
Adobe Premiere plugins or Windows Codecs.
The plugin allows the export of your Audio/Video data stream to a
so called AVI wrapper (ie. the "frame" server -
serving the individual movie frames of/to your application). This
plugin can be downloaded at VideoTools.net
and is shareware - not really crippled, just a buildin delay. Donate
a small amount of money and the delay will be removed.
Optionally this can be the AVIWrapper codec in situations where the
application does not support Premiere plugins.
Maybe not the right choice of words, but this is a "dummy"
AVI-file used for transporting data from B to D.
Most standalone encoders/transcoders can handle this type of file,
for example TMPGEnc
or Cinema Craft
Encoder. Even the Windows
Media Player can read these files. You could say this files works
like streaming video you get realtime from the Internet. It's not
exactly the same though,...
The application that converts the Audio/Video stream to the desired
format. For example TMPGEnc
or Cinema Craft
Encoder for converting the data to MPEG1 or MPEG2.
for onverting to any of the available Audio/Video codecs on your PC
(although some versions do not support the Divx ;-) 3.11
The Audio/Video file you where going for.
So why and when should I use this?
Well there are several reasons why I use
- Your favorite encoder cannot be used as a
plugin for you A/V application.
For example: I found DVDx to have problems with the CCE encoder plugin,
there simply is no Premiere plugin for this encoder.
- You do not want to first save a huge
file on disk.
Which you afterwards convert with your afvorite encoder.
How to install the VideoServer?
First of all: download the
latest version from VideoTools.net.
I didn't put the files at WeetHet as the constant development of this
tool makes it hard to keep the most recent version available here. You
should be looking for Premiere Video Server Plugin (with installer).
The plugin is distributed in two packages, one with
a installer and one without. I personally would go for the full installer
as it makes life a lot easier. If you have the package with the installer
you can run the setup.exe and follow the instructions
of the installer. But you can also do the installation by hand.
Tip: make sure that before
starting with the installation, you delete the old files of previous VideoServer
installations!. Detailed information can be found in the readme.txt of
the plugin package.
The installation for FlasKMPEG or Xmpeg
is done by just copying the videoserver.cm.flask (or
videoserver.cm.Xmpeg) in the same directory as the FlasKMPEG
or Xmpeg executable.
The installation for DVDx is basically
the same, copy cm-videoserver.prm to the application
directory of DVDx, you also have to move the CM-avisynth.prm
into the directory of DVDx.
For Adobe Premiere you need to move
the cm-videoserver.prm to the plugin directory of Adobe
For all these alternatives: The plugin is automatically
detected and loaded when either of these application start. So if you
had one of these applications running during installation: shutdown the
application and start the application again in order for the application
to find the new plugin.
If you want to use one of the following new features
of the plugin, you need to copy these extra files in the same directory
as the plugin.
- audio encoding (WAV2MP.EXE)
- 2:3 pulldown - usefull for CCE
- multiplexing/cutting (bbmpeg.dll,
SVCD80m.INI, SVCD74m.INI, SVCD.INI, DVD.INI)
- AVIWrapper codec (client)
Installing the AVIWrapper codec
Inside the zip-file of the Premiere Video Server plugin
the AVIWrapper client codec is also present. Before you start installing
a new version you need to remove the old wrapper codec. The new wrapper
codec can be installed by extracting the aviwrap.dll and aviwrap.inf from
the package and running the install-script aviwrap.inf
from for example c:\temp. (Right-click the file, and select install).
The main purpose of the AVIWrapper codec
is to support applications that do not support Adobe Premiere plugins!
Final note: The plugins have
been tested it on Windows 9x, NT, Windows 2000 and XP. So this should
be no problem. If you would like to see how to use this plugin with for
exampe DVDx and CCE, then please take a look at the guides available at