How can I keep the funny silent part of a video (sniffs, breathing,...)? I found a solution here, but is there another solution? I mean: Can I do the same in a video editor?

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Welcome to video Stack Exchange. This is an interesting question, and one that I have asked myself in the past!

  • If you are willing to spend money, check out the third-party Adobe plugin Awkward Pause (click here for demo video).

  • For a quick and dirty solution, you can try using this command-line tool I made last semester for a class. It is different from carykh's in the practical sense that it does not need to store png sequences of the images. (Therefore it requires less space.)

    • For your purposes: keep the first_speed = 1.0 and change the second_speed to a very high number, then compile in XCode.
  • One more question: How do you run it? Do you run it in terminal? Oct 12, 2019 at 7:38
  • If you have trouble, try the following: 1) Make sure you have ffmpeg installed 2) Make sure ffmpeg is in your PATH 3) Make sure all the file names & directories you use have no spaces 4) If you have problems on windows/linux, try using a mac (the tool should work on anywhere you compile for but I only tested it on mac.) I will update the readme with this info. :)
    – evn
    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:26
  • @FrodóZsákos Yes. Once you have a compiled executable file, put it in a folder with the input video. Then you can run it from terminal in that directory with ./vidsum inputvideoname.mp4 outputvideoname.mp4
    – evn
    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:26
  • When I try to run ffmpeg this happens: ffmpeg: command not found can you help me with this one please? Oct 19, 2019 at 8:25
  • @FrodóZsákos it sounds like either you don't have ffmpeg installed or it's not in your PATH. please follow the instructions in my other comment on this thread.
    – evn
    Oct 21, 2019 at 4:00

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