I have a sequence, which has many clips on timeline - shorter and longer ones, from different (long) video source files.

I'd like to export all these properly trimmed clips to individual uncompressed video files to edit them in a different software. When done, I'd overwrite the previously exported video clip files with the new ones, which might have different framerate than the original.

As I see, "Render and Replace" would be perfect for me, but I need these video files in uncompressed avi, because Virtualdub can only handle this format. And Render and Replace doesn't allow me to choose any format.

What would be the best workflow for this problem?

Thank You!

  • What format does render and replace output in? If it's a high enough quality/bitrate, then you can use Avisynth with ffmpeg plugin to prepare AVS for loading into Virtualdub.
    – Gyan
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 5:01
  • You can choose from MXF OP1a files, MXF OP1a files in DNXHD format, or QuickTime format. Avisynth is a good option, but VD can only export into AVI.
    – user11673
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 16:55
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    How about doing it in AE?
    – Gyan
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 17:27

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Why not convert your original clip to uncompressed AVI, and then render and replace will "do the right thing".

  • Converting all of my original footages is time and space consuming, so I'd like to avoid that.
    – user11673
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 16:48

Not sure I get it, but have you considered exporting an XML of your Premiere timeline?

Import that XML in the program you plan to use to do your editing (hopefully it can handle it), do you edit, export a new XML, import it in Premiere and finish your film there.

No need to replace or export individual clips, which is time-consuming and error-prone.

Note: if your editing program of choice can't handle XML files, move on and find another piece of software that can. It's a vital tool to have.

  • XML isn't a video file format. It's a structured text file which, in the scenario you suggest, would contain references and information about the media assets and their arrangement in time. The problem the OP is having relates to finding a compatible video codec for import into Virtualdub. XML compatibility is besides the point - although it won't work since VD is not really a NLE but more of a video processor with basic editing features.
    – Gyan
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 6:20
  • Unfortunately I currently can't see any other software than Virtualdub that can do what I want. I use it for deinterlacing, but which is more important is the Deshaker plugin. It's a free plugin for VD which is - I think - better than any kind of commercial software.
    – user11673
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 16:50

I don't know any "render and replace" function in premiere. If you are referring to "replace clip", I dont see the point why that shouldn't work. As far as I know you can replace any clip already in the timelines with any other clip regardless of file extension or codec. Generally speaking I doubt that any editing software is happy about changing a framerate of the source clips though, so I would strongly avoid that. Also I don't see the point... Whatever you are doing in virtualdub, why can't you export it with the same fps?

  • I don't know any "render and replace" function in premiere --> helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/…
    – Gyan
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 5:45
  • Ok, now I know it. Irrelevant though (except for my personal knowledge gain) since the OP said it doesn't work for him / her. Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 5:47

There's really no good way to do this in Premiere. I've looked into this before.

Without knowing the particulars of what you have on the timeline, I'd suggest that Mulvya's proposal is the best. After Effects has the ability to export each track to its own file (via plugin RenderLayers), and lets you do so through Media Encoder (so uncompressed AVI is a possibility). Unfortunately, non-footage assets don't make the trip easily, so text objects, solids, etc won't translate in either direction. However, if (as I'm guessing) all of your clips are actual footage or stills, it should work fine.

Obviously if you're using video effects within Premiere this isn't ideal, but if you do this early in the workflow, you could do your final edit within Premiere. Both applications support the basic effects - crop/position/opacity/etc.

Since you're exporting to VB anyway (and likely losing your original audio sync), this roundtrip most likely doesn't hurt you. Of course, you could do the whole edit in AE, with audio (done that); not quite as friendly but certainly doable.

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