Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Friday, April 20, 2001 at 03:27:07
I have P3 650, 192mb Ram,Voodoo 3500 TV, WinTv.
I'm trying to capture off a VHS video recorder using AVIedit.
The problem I'm having is I keep losing signal and picture quality and
audio as well. I've tried through both graphics cards but getting the
same results. Please can anyone help before I tear all my hair out?
Just a simple question: did you set higher sound sampling rate via
Capture Options dialog box ? Windows uses 11 kHz 8 bit by default,
and this is far away from a CD sound quality.
Nearly the same thing is applicable to the video picture quality. Using
old MS Video 1 codec you definitely will get a worse picture. You
must have something like M-JPEG, Indeo Quick codec or WaveMotion codec
installed to get acceptable capture quality. Also you could use DivX or MS
MPEG4 codec to realtime capture (your CPU is good enough), but this will
be not the best possible way to capture. These codecs are much better
in use when you compress the final video clip, to write it on the CD or
to send it over the net.
Name: Wayne Skala
Location: Albany, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 18:04:43
I have some time lapse AVI files that were created
by WebCam32. When the program crashes it causes the AVI's to be
un-useable. I would like to repair the files. Is there a way to recover
the data? Thanks Wayne
When you capture, the avi file is written sequentially from begin
to end, and frames (compressed or not) are placed one after other.
When you stop capture, there should be written a special piece of
data called index. Literally it contains the offset of each frame
written from the file begin. But, when the software hangs or crashes, it
misses writing the index. The same thing happens when you stop
downloading a big avi file from the Internet too early, thus loosing the index.
In such a case, most of
video software can not handle broken avi file because there is no way
to find frames... AVIedit [today] does not re-index broken files, but you
could find few simple tools called AVIFIX or like that, in the internet.
These will rebuild the avi file index, at least, making it playable.
Some interesting site links about avi files, DivX files and MPEG4 you could
see at our entry page.
Location: berlin, germany
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 20:11:41
i have a pII 333 with 128mb ram. i just tried to capture something from tv with 25fps, 384x284 resolution, divX codec, audio:mpeg layer3(56Kbit/s) but the sound is faster than the video =( and the pictures aren't smoove =( .. please tell me what to do. thanx, bucap
We're happy you do not ask us why de-sync occurs, because here is
space to answer in details. Short advise: when you have the video
and audio channels on the same card with a single quartz oscillator chip,
you never get de-syncs... Otherwise...
If you got desync-ed video, just change
its frame rate to meet the audio speed. (Obviously you can't change
audio speed because of possible sound distortion). Use either File/AVI Header
menu item or Edit/Info to change the video speed. Also there is a
help file :)
Name: Phil Di Trapani
Location: Houston, Texas USA
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at 10:39:47
I have a 1.2 GHz AMD, 512 MB PC133 RAM, and
40GB free disk space. When I try to play Quick Time AVI clips,
I get sound but no video and the following message: "Video not available.
Cannot find VIDS:MJPG decompressor." Other applications on my pc can
play the clips. Where do I find this decompressor and how do
I install it? Obviously, I new at this and need help.
Many digicams capture the videos in the MJPG format. It uses Motion JPEG
compression method and requires any MJPG codec to play back. Few codecs
you will find at our links page.
To install them, you usually need to click right mouse button on
the supplied .INF file and select Install from the context menu.
Location: Novosibirsk, Russia
Date: Monday, April 2, 2001 at 13:35:26
How can I convert the *.mpeg file to *.avi (DivX)?
AVIedit does not support MPEG1 or MPEG2 files. It can read and write
MPEG4 avi files, plus a lot of still image formats. Probably the reading
of existing MPEG files will be added later, but we do not see any reason
to support writing them. The days of the MPEG1/2 are in the past.
Name: Zac McAdam
Location: Holywood, UK
Date: Friday, March 30, 2001 at 02:12:39
i have PIII-600, 320Mb Ram, 27Gb free on HDrive.
I've yet to test the software, but can i ask what its like to handle
PAL-DV (digital video in PAL format) that is already captured from a
It AVI format 2, 25fps with 32Kb (or 48Kb) audio (in stereo), and each
frame is 720 x 576 pixels.
AVIedit is not a fps- or frame size sensitive application. From this point
of view, we do not expect any problem. You still need a DV codec loaded
to play that video. But if the file you have is OpenDML avi, namely if
it is a multi-chunk video, AVIedit will not handle the file correctly.
Most likely it will read first chunk only.
Location: Bielsko-Biala, SL Poland
Date: Friday, March 16, 2001 at 13:03:18
Hi, I have PII266, 256MB RAM, 2x8GB HDD, AVIedit build Mar 7 2001.
I often reencode avi files to reduce size from 700 to 650MB. I stoped using
VirtualDub, because it produces freezing frames (DivX), which AVIedit doesn't.
However I have problem with movie, which AVIedit cannot open (VirtualDub can),
giving error "Audio stream playback: Can't stop currently playing sound".
I think that this message is somehow misleading, because I have no other
app nor movie opened. AVI info: 640x360, 24 fps, DivX LowMotion,
MP3 audio 44 kHz stereo. Why cannot I open and reencode this AVI ?
Frankly spoken, we do not see any reason for that message...
Early AVIedit versions could report it when you ran it on a PC without
any soundcard installed. This was a bit funny message. Current AVIedit
release does not have such an error (in other words, this message pops
up only if you play another sound or have other sound applications running).
The problem might be with
your mp3 audio codec or some other software running (web conferencing,
voice mail etc.) - but you said nothing is around there... It is too
strange - try to open the same file on a different PC, maybe your friends
Sometimes the DivX movies ripped from a CD-ROM are damaged by some way,
because the standard of CD capacity is 650 MB or approx.680 Millions of bytes.
To protect himself against copying, the CD creators often do so-called
ISO image patch, which fools the ripper as the file is larger than a CD capacity.
Also there on the market are over-burned CDs , they really contain
more than 650 MB of data - and these shouldn't cause the problem.
Sorry we do not have a ready-to-go answer, you probably need to experiment
more - write us about it.
Location: Nottingham, UK
Date: Friday, March 16, 2001 at 02:50:11
Have you any transitions such as, dissolve, fade, wipe?
They would be very good multimedia presentations.
Hmm... did you know about our readings page ?
Simple fading is already for you there, while other transitions are in
development. Also you can apply some interesting effects using AVIedit's Layer
feature (image-over-video, video-over-video, image-over-image layers). Do not
forget about the Transformer :)
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 22:46:29
I am trying to edit a DivX AVI and I want to cut out the credits so I can get the file size a little smaller. I can't seem to get it to work correctly and delete the frames. I select a starting frame and try to select the last frame in the movie but it doesn't work. I try holding down shift and the selection is still just that first frame I selected.
Aaron, allow me a smile :)
When you hold down SHIFT key, you need to click
on the last frame of the piece you want to cut off. See it again:
start AVIedit & load the file
locate 1st frame of the deletion range
click on it to select
locate last frame of the deletion range
hold down SHIFT and click on it to select frames up to it
the range should become selected
hit Del to cut it off, or SHIFT-Del to cut both video & sound.
Name: Alfredo Segura
Location: Miami, Fl USA
Date: Friday, March 9, 2001 at 08:12:26
Hi, i'm using a piii 500mhz 128mg ram using an intel motherboar and a 4GB hD master 20GB slave
i have a avi file encoded in intel video 5.04 format i opened it has 35000
frames and 1386 sec i'm trying to save it in full frames uncopressed but it
reach at 13% and it crash "avi.. error can't write file , and my 20Gb hD has 16GB free space ,any solutions?
It seems to be simply question... When you save uncompressed movie, it
takes 3..150 times more HDD space than its compressed form. The ratio
depends on what codec you used, what quality settings you selected and
how clean was the source video tape. (Noisy videos have poor compression
ratio). On the other hand, saving an AVI file (plain RIFF format) you
will be limited in 2 GB file size limit. I think the 13% of your video
are about 2 GB in size, when uncompressed... If you want to do something
really special, write us directly.
Maybe there is a better way than saving entire file uncompressed...
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2001 at 21:02:24
I am trying to convert an avi generated by
Pinnacle's DC10 Studio to mpeg4. Source file is
< 2G in size and the format reads (in AVIedit)
mpeg16. I have tried 3 codecs, DivX, MS v2, and
MS v3 and all have the same results. The clip is
about 10 min. long and it saves all but about
the last 45 secs and then pops a 'not enough
memory' dialog. It doesn't crash - it just stops
converting and closes the target file. I'm on
W98 and have 256M mem. Is there a scaling issue
with respect to file size and real memory ?
There is no direct dependence of RAM size and the file size, until you're
very limited (16 MB of memory or less). Most probably cause of your
issue is that file contains a second chunk of video. AVIedit treats the
avi file as conventional one, processes the first chunk found, then stops
because of unexpected continued file. I remember Pinnacle has an utility
to convert miro-fashioned AVIs to conventional ones - maybe it will solve the
problem. [Some future AVIedit releases will support OpenDML files too, but
this isn't ready yet.]
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