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Kdenlive is rapidly becoming the most advanced Open Source video editor for Linux. As a Windows user, you can download a live CD of Kdenlive. Burn it to a CD, and then it will boot up into a Linux system for you. Or, you could install Virtual Box on Windows (again, free software) and then install the live CD to that. This would allow you to simultaneously ...


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A while back I ran some introductory video editing workshops. I used to tell the participants about a particularly cool effect that I once found in Pinnacle; it was a pinhata that came swinging into the first video along with a stick that hit the second video out of it and it unfolded across the screen. The point of this anecdote is the following: Don't use ...


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Vegas is a mature, full-featured NLE. I use it regularly for professional work from spots, to corporate video to feature films. I've also used it for semi-professional things like editing a video of my stepdaughter's choir concert for a Christmas DVD. Here's where I run into problems. My producing partner is all about FCP. There's no clean way to export an ...


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I believe you can join MPEG ts (transport stream) files simply by joining them together. In Linux: cat file1.m2ts file2.m2ts file3.m2ts > joined_file.m2ts In Windows/DOS: copy /b file1.m2ts + file2.m2ts + file3.m2ts joined_file.m2ts /b As long as the input files are split properly, and each new file begins with a key frame (and I would expect your ...


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If you can script yourself, all you need to do is call FFmpeg repeatedly: ffmpeg -ss [start-time] -i input.mp4 -c copy -t [clip-time] output.mp4 Here, start and clip times can be in the form HH:MM:SS.mmmm, or just in seconds. To give you a rough idea how that'd look like in Ruby, see this Gist of mine. It contains a script that takes an edit list, a ...


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To stabilize your video you can use the ffmpeg command line tool. The easy way: one pass using deshake filter ffmpeg -i shaky-input.mp4 -vf deshake stabilized-output.mp4 The deshake filter has also some optional settings. The better way: two passes using vidstab filters For better results you can try the two-step process using ffmpeg's vidstabdetect ...


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I believe the only answer to that is to take at least a 24hr break. Move onto another project or start something new. The number of times I have come back to something after a decent break and can all of a sudden see what needs to be done is shocking. I don't believe their is a quick fix to this issue.


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Curious... recent versions of KDEnlive practically push this option into your face once you add a clip with properties different from the project. If the option got disabled in your setup you can enable it again by going to Settings -> Configure KDEnlive -> Misc (selected by default) -> [ ] check if first added clip matches project profile I am using this ...


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According to Adobe, it's a bug. Until Adobe fixes this bug with an update, the workaround is to switch off GPU acceleration in Project Settings.


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There is an Linux/Gnome based video editor called PiTiVi which is working close with the GStreamer multimedia framework which is used by most Linux distributions. The PiTiVi project has been slow moving because of their development philosophy which is "upstream first". Challenges they encounter in GStreamer means that they work with GStreamer to solve the ...


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This can be accomplished with the mpdecimate filter in the free program ffmpeg: ffmpeg -i "in.mp4" -vf "mpdecimate" "out.mp4"


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This should do it: ffmpeg -i input.mp4 \ -filter_complex "[0:v] crop=iw/3:ih:0:0,pad=iw:2*ih [left]; \ [0:v] crop=iw/3:ih:(iw/3)+1:0 [middle]; \ [0:v] crop=iw/3:ih:(2*iw/3)+1:0 [right]; \ [left][middle] overlay=0:main_h/2,pad=iw:(3*ih/2) [out1]; \ [out1][right] overlay=0:(2*main_h/3) [fout] " \ -c:v libx264 -an -map "[fout]" trisected-vertical-overlay....


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Is Adobe Premiere Elements good enough for video editing? In general, yes. It is a watered down Version of Premiere Pro for people that would be overwhelmed by a full-featured professional editing tool and just want to cut their video easily and quickly. This means that a lot of the features of Premiere Pro will only be available in a simplified variation,...


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If you have a frame where the person does not exist, you can use a tool called a difference matte. (You'll need to scroll down to the section titled "Difference Matte Effect" for a description.) It will find a difference between the frame without the person, and the frames with a person and remove areas that are the same, leaving only the difference (in this ...


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Both kdenlive and cinelerra should do all you need. If you can't make them so, try the consumer version of Sony Vegas, it's also still in your price range.


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Yes, it's possible. What you need to do is demux and remux. Check out free tools like VirtualDub and Any Video Converter to split the original into separate streams, add what you want using Audacity or similar, then re-multiplex them together using a tool like AviMux. The video can remain unchanged.


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While its technically possible to have a program detect specific faces and apply a blur on that face. That would require a lot of programming work on your side, there is no free tool or low cost tool that does this automatically for you. This is possible with OpenCV but I highly doubt that this is a viable solution for you in any way, it's a quite ...


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After Effects could certainly do what you want, as could Apple Motion (only for Macs though). If you're on a budget you might want to look at something lower cost - or free: Natron is an open source free compositor, that will be able to do that effect Blender - as well as being a 3D animation package it has a compositor too compositing is the technique of ...


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Here's a way to do it with the blackdetect and trim filters. First, a better way to get the blackdetect output is via ffprobe because it is capable of writing structured data such as XML, JSON or one key=value per line. You do this using metadata injection: ffprobe -f lavfi -i "movie=/path/to/input.mp4,blackdetect[out0]" -show_entries tags=lavfi....


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There are methods to generate frames in between frames, mostly giving you mixed results. For one, the plugin "twixtor" (~330$) actually does a somewhat decent job at assuming missing frames, so much so, that a 30fps video can be played back at half the speed, making it look like 60fps slow-mo. On the other hand side, you can sample the frames directly in ...


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If you're on Linux, consider Cinelerra: the most powerful video editor for Linux, Openshot: simple, powerful, and free video editor for Linux, or Kdenlive (also available for FreeBSD and Mac OSX): Free and open source video editor for GUN/Linux and FreeBSD Openshot and Kdenlive can be installed via apt-get install, however Cinelerra requires a little more ...


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While the cat/copy option mentioned generally works, I've found that it can cause problems with some media players, due to timecode issues. I would prefer to use ffmpeg's concat protocol to achieve the same effect (but more reliably in my experience): ffmpeg -i "concat:in1.m2ts|in2.m2ts|in3.m2ts|in4.m2ts" -c copy output.m2ts


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I think pretty much every editing program would allow you to zoom, pan and insert text. Inserting another video into the main video is a little more complex and the only program I know for sure that does it is After Effects. But I'm sure there are others that will. I would suggest using Premiere because it's a very powerful program. Even though I've never ...


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Subtitling is a horrible horrible thing, and there are loads of regulations and standards and other bull which can be found here. As for the font, it really depends on your opinion - if I'm not mistaken Trebuchet Sans and Deja Vu Sans are as close as you can get to the standard DVD fonts. But all I just said depend on your artistic point of view - if the ...


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Start by throwing all the technical questions out the window. ALL of them. Don't ask about what cameras to use, which software works, or techniques. Change your mindset and think about your story. What is it that you're going to tell us about? Find a story that's based on solid collective-consciousness archetypes (read Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey"...


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If you are judging Vegas Pro audio editing on native effects than I don't think it has any edge over others. I have been using the Pro version for about 18 months now and I find it pretty darn good overall. I am also learning Adobe Premiere and After Effects CS5.5, so far I think Vegas has the edge on the audio for sure. However, are you aware that Vegas ...


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Q:Best Video Editor for Windows (Free) A: Windows Movie Maker Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing tool for Windows and users can make home movies by simple drag-and-drop. It contains features such as video effects, video transitions, adding titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. What's more, new effects and transitions ...


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When you shoot from further away you use a "longer" lens, in other words a lens with a longer focal length. This has a few effects, that you'll have to fake to make it look real. First, the perspective tends to get flattened with long lenses. You've probably seen this in the classic cinema trope of a long shot of a crowd walking along a footpath, where ...


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The biggest problem you are facing is that a DSLR typically records to the H.264 codec. That codec tries to minimize the file size and the only way to achieve that is to throw out negligible information. Sadly human eyes are not sensitive to black parts of video, so dark areas are highly compressed. That means you will have a really hard time brightening ...


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