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I’m new at video editing… and hoping someone can direct me to the best software for my needs.

Running on windows OS. I need to build a video from frames in tga format, convert them in different formats like .mov or .avi and sometimes with different compressions types (none, animation, jpeg).

I also need to be able to set the frame rate and add an audio track.

The software I’m looking for should be able to batch process the jobs as I have many frames in different scenes/folders.

From the reading I’ve been doing I would say virtualdub is the way to go but would like to know what other alternatives are out there.

Hoping I can gain I little more insight here.


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To expand upon Fred42vid's answer (I won't go into VirtualDub since 1. I don't know it and 2. it's a GUI tool, and so should be relatively easy to use): if the images are named image001.jpg, image002.jpg, etc, you can use ffmpeg like so:

ffmpeg -f image2 -r 16 -i image%03d.jpg -c:v libx264 output.mp4

Control the number of images per second by changing -r 16: as it is, that will give you 16 images per second (film uses 24 fps, PAL video uses 25, NTSC uses 29.97).

%03dmeans that ffmpeg will look for incremental images, starting at 001 and going up to 999. %02d would get you 01-99.

If you don't have the files named in this way, you can use the following:

ffmpeg -f image2 -pattern_type glob -r 16 -i '*.jpg' -c:v libx264 output.mp4

This will input the jpg files in alphanumeric order.

For information about encoding the video with x264, see this guide.

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As for FFmpeg see How do I encode single pictures into movies? Additional info:

  • Use a recent ffmpeg build. Development is very active and online documentation corresponds to recent FFmpeg code. Windows users can acquire it from Zeranoe FFmpeg builds.

  • Declare your frame rate (-r option) as an input option. The output will then use this same frame rate, or you can declare both an input and output frame rate; for example if you need to read the input frames at a certain fps and need a standard output rate. Note that frames will simply be dropped or duplicated for non-matching input and output frame rates. Default is -r 25 if you do omit this option.

  • Additional streams (audio, video, subtitle, etc) are easy to add, and a complete command may look like:

    ffmpeg -r 24 -pattern_type glob -i frames*.png -i audio.aac -c:v libx264 -c:a copy output.mov

  • See Using ffmpeg with decimal wildcard for additional image to video examples, and FFmpeg and x264 Encoding Guide and FFmpeg and AAC Encoding Guide to get a good quality output.

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Here are some options:

  • VirtualDub can join still images to videos. Just select the first image, choose a compression, and save the video. That's some mouse clicks per folder, but no automatic batch procession.
  • FFmpeg can do the same, but you need to write a command line for each folder, which can then be automatically batch processed.
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