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On this page I briefly explain how you can cut MPEG files (both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 are supported) to multiple MPEG clips using the MPEG2VCR application by Womble MultiMedia (trial can be downloaded there).

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

Note: Womble MPEG2VCR is the fastest tool around for merging and cutting MPEG1 and/or MPEG2 files!

Note: Screenshots are MPEG2VCR v3.11 based.

Video ...

Before we start ... what do we need?

Well, naturally at least a MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 file.

Note: MPEG2VCR supports transcoding to a different format - the result is not always perfect and it takes a lot of time ...

You will also need MPEG2VCR or MPEG1VCR by Womble MultiMedia.

You can download a trial version at their website - this can be down in the download section or in the purchase section (you don't need to buy it instantly, just download the file).

MPEG1VCR is actually pretty cheap ($45 at the time of writing) and suitable for editing MPEG1 files (VideoCD format).

MPEG2VCR is a bit more expensive ($249) but allows you to edit MPEG2 and MPEG1 files (VCD, SVCD and DVD format).

Install the either of these programs (MPEG1VCR for MPEG1 or MPEG2VCR for MPEG1/MPEG2).

Cutting a movies into pieces

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

Note: we're not actually "cutting" the movie into pieces. It's more that we make two or more copies of a part of a movie.

Step 1: Start MPEG2VCR

We use MPEG2VCR since we are dealing with MPEG-2 files.

Step 2: Open the first movie clip (ie. FILE1.MPG)

Select the "Open MPEG movie ..." from the "File" menu.

Womble MPEG2VCR: Open MPEG movie

Step 3: Select the start position of the movie clip

Use the slider (indicated below by the red arrow in the screenshot below) to select your starting position (usually this is the absolute beginning of the movie, but this can be any given position you like).

Optionally you can manually enter a time in the TimeCode section (on the right, below the movie clip).

Once you are pleased with your select, click the "MarkIn" button (Womble: The MarkIn buttonbelow the slider).

Select the start position of part 1

Step 4: Move the slider to the end position of the movie clip

The same slider we used in Step 3 is now used to mark the end position of the first part to be cut from this movie.

Optionally you can manually enter a time in the TimeCode section (on the right, below the movie clip).

Once you've found the position where you would like to end, press the "MarkOut" button (The MarkOut button in MPEG2VCR also below the slider).

Select the end position of the first clip to be cut

Step 5: [OPTIONAL] Write down the time code

(only needed if you want to cut a movie into multiple parts!)

Incase you would like to copy this movie into two pieces, then now is the time to write down the time code. The time code is found below the movie click on the right ...

This will be the starting point (Step 3) of the second clip!


Step 6: Saving the result.

Now it's time to copy this movie clip to a file. Click the "Record" button (MPEG2VCR record button), a dialog will popup.

Womble MPEG2VCR: Save the movie clip

Using the "Browse" button you can select the destination filename.

Don't worry about the "MPEG format" part of this window, since Womble with set the proper format for you (not damaging the original format).

Click "OK" and with a few minutes Womble will have cut the first part of your movie (The original file will NOT be damaged!).

If you decide to select a different format, Womble MPEG2VCR will transcode the file, however it takes time (Womble is fast!) and you might want to check audio/video synchronisation as I experienced that audio quickly runs out of sync. The video quality is rather poor too.

Note: the buttons "video" and "audio" offer detailed settings ...

Step 7: The next CUT ...

If you started cutting the movie to get multiple parts, then repeat Step 3 to Step 7 until you're done cutting the movie.

For Step 3, use the END time (you did write it down in Step 5, didn't you?) of the previous cut as a BEGIN time.

Tip: When creating a movie that spans multiple disc, it might be pleasant for the viewer to see the last few seconds of the previous movie clip being repeated on the next disc (for example when swapping disc usign VideoCD or Super VideoCD).



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