I am very new to a/v editing and need to automate a simple process. Basically what I need is a way for my mom to capture video from her camera and input a series of numbers like

1:02 1:30
1:55 2:34
3:10 10:00

then the software to process the full video, cut out only the sequences specified by these time signatures and mix everything into one file.

I am a software developer by trade so ideally that would be some software that has a scripting language which I can learn and make a script in. I can semi-automate the process up to the point where it needs to cut out the desired sequences. I would do it myself for her but we don't live in the same town.

Note that no special editing is required, only cutting out sequences and stitching them together. I have googled around after "adobe premiere automation" and similar but found nothing. I am sort of familiar with AP, but it can be any other software.

If all else fails I would have to use some sort of desktop automation, but I would rather avoid this.


You can also try to use Avidemux -- its free and open source program + you can use it on Windows, Linux and Mac.

Here is the documentation wiki on Avidemux, where you can find section "Scripting":

  • Thanks, this looks best to me out of these three options.
    – Dreen
    Oct 29 '12 at 14:12

MoviePy looks less intimidating than other scripting languages. It may be easier to script your time tag cutting tool with it.

MoviePy + IPython



I'm sure Virtual Dub http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/ can do what you want, though there may be simpler scripted cutters out there. Before investing too much time in the script, be sure VD can handle the particular codec(s) you'll be using.

  • Thanks I remember this software from ages past. The API (virtualdub.org/docs/vdscript.txt) is a bit of a too much learning curve for now but Ill keep it in mind.
    – Dreen
    Oct 29 '12 at 14:07

Take a look at Sony Vegas Pro. It supports scripting automation based on .NET (C#). There are third-party extensions like Vegasaur, which contains a lot of scripts and tools.

  • Thanks, this actually looks pretty cool but I don't want to invest all this money which is why I'm choosing Avid
    – Dreen
    Oct 29 '12 at 14:10

try Freemake (older version, latest adds a watermark) or video to video converter.Both have easy to use graphical interface.

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