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Name: mike

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2001 at 22:41:20
hi, i have 384M RAM running at 83% right now. i am trying to split an AVI that is around 800MB. it gets to the end of the split, and says not enough memory!???? then when i play what i do have, there is no sound!??? what gives!

AM Software:
Most likely the file you edited was so-called OpenDML AVI. It contains few chunks that might be greather than a memory block AVIedit could allocate at a time. In this case try to convert the file to conventional RIFF AVI first.
Another failure reason could be the damaged (truncated) file. AVIedit will probably save the file until the physical end of file reached, then it will finish with an error message, producing a broken file, too.
To check your file content and integrity you could use our AVIdiag utility.

Name: WILL

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2001 at 08:31:54
how can i use your product to split avi's? i have an avi that is 820MB's and i want to split it, and burn it. thanks in advance. i was going to register it, but have had problems with avichop making 20 files instead of two. so until i see this product works, i would rather hold out.

AM Software:
Of course, you must check it out, before you pay for it.
Yes, AVIedit allows you to split a large file into two or more pieces. In short, you need to select a portion of a file, delete it and save the rest of file to the new one. Then load the big file again, but this time select and delete another part of it. This is very often asked question, we placed the answer into AVIedit help file How do I... section. Also, the online article here about repair DivX avi files explains some important things. We highly suggest you this additional reading.

Name: Mike St. John

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2001 at 00:04:56
Great App. I have an avi that flickers like crazy, is there way to remove the flicker from the avi. thanks.

AM Software:
Probably there is some way, but we can't guess why your file does a flicker so much. Better you'd contact us via e-mail to give a longer description of the problem.

Name: Robert Joseph MacLeod
Location: Whitehorse, YK Canada
Date: Monday, August 6, 2001 at 23:47:27
Dear Sirs, I have been trying to cut several movies in half and have folowed the procedures set out in your help file. However the "No recompress" option does not show up in the options list. I have tried this with more than a dozen different AVI and DivX movies. Also it only shows up about half the time when I try to join 2 halves of a movie. Is there anyway to make "No recompression" a permanent option?

AM Software:
Unfortunately, there is no way to make this option permanent. The problem is, when you edit a file deleting keyframes, the codec looses the ability to copy (or, transfer without recompression) frames from input file to output. For example, in the scheme below you are allowed to cut off only red frames. If you'll delete also preceeding and following key frames, you will see no more "no recompression" option.
For the files encoded using DivX and other MPEG4 codecs it is not very convenient, because the keyframes are inserted usually one per 20-100 delta frames. This would have you to delete bigger pieces of video than you really wanted.
More about editing DivX files please see our Readings section.

Name: Sam
Location: montreal, quebec canada
Date: Sunday, August 5, 2001 at 17:18:05
I have a question concerning my .avi file which I want to convert to .mpeg. I have tired a few different softwares to do this however I always get the same error before I even get to run the software, ie., it is never able to open the avi file. Why would this be so? The software I used to capture my video was Ulead Systems Video Studio 4.0 SE and I used DirectShow Capture, rather than MPEG direct capture only because it wont capture my video using the latter. It would be great if someone could help.

AM Software:
It is very likely you did capture in an incompatible AVI format. There in Video Studio should be an option to set DV Type 1 or DV Type 2 AVI format. Try to change this first.
Next, make sure you have an appropriate software (DV codec) installed. You can find one at
After all, you must have enough free HDD space to save captured file properly - otherwise it gets damaged (truncated) and nobody else can open it. You might try using our AVIdiag software to list installed codecs and produce a file dump.

Name: Alan Niven
Location: Point Arena, CA usa
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 09:23:39
I have tried a number of applications for doing webcam annimation, including 'Stop Motion Pro' (does provide resolution control) and 'Stop Motion Annimator' (too prone to loosing work for 10 year old students) and AVIedit is very close to ideal. I like the preview feature, to get a live feed from the camera, and the auto numbering of the output stills (altho the last number counter gets confused sometimes if I change modes, and I'd prefer a jpg output.) But all in all AVIedit has a lot of potential as a stop motion capture controller. I would however like to suggest some features that would make it outstanding for this work.
First, you have a feature that places your last still photo on to the desk top. While this is very helpful in comparing this last frame with the scene about to be captured from the live feed, its position in the middle of the screen makes it hard to work with. It would be better to view recently captured frames within the program itself or in a separate movable window. Maybe with a few options for zoom size and the number of frames shown.
Second, some specialized annimation programs, like the ones mentioned above, have an onion skin layering capabilty with transparency control so you can overlay the last frame on top of your curent live camera feed to facilitate small frame to frame adjustments to facial expressions during dialoge etc.
Thank you, a useful program. Alan

AM Software:
In short, we gladly accept your suggestions.
Just few comments:
  • at capture time, the file is written to disk in .DIB (.BMP) format by Windows capture routines, not by AVIedit internally. Due to file sharing limitations it is hard to make sure AVIedit could open and read/convert that file to jpeg. However, if your system is fast enough, just link some convertor utility that could be started via command line. By default, AVIedit includes a sample to run free IrfanView. After all, AVIedit can convert a series of captured bmps into the jpeg or other supported formats.
  • AVIedit allows you to use a bitmap (jpeg, targa etc.) as like overlay to the existing avi clip or another image, using Process/Filter/Layers feature. There you could use various transparency settings.

Name: Alan Niven
Location: Point Arena, CA usa
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 08:49:13
Hi, I found AVIedit after a somewhat extensive search for software to use in a school annimation class, using webcams for cameras.

Name: Dennis
Location: Toronto, On Canada
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 06:16:51
Dear developer(s), thank you very much for your previous answers, they did helped, but I still can't understand the mesurment of field "rate" in avifrate utility. For one of my file it has number 23997. I just don't know how to understand it. Regarding this issue I have something to tell you and to ask you about. The file which has this rate (size 707M, Div3(according to avifrate), Low Motion) I can't save with another(a bit lower) rate and name. AVIedit returns an error "AVIERR_ERROR" message. Same I had with other files- I just got en error message with no readable contents and sense. Could you please give a short tour :-) on error messages or simply say where to find descriptions. Also could you please tell the possible causes of this issue with saving- I do want to have this movie on CD :-)). And now some general impressions. The program is very good. But. I don't want to buy it. Not because I don't have money- look at address, it's not a big money here for such kind of program product. The reason is that "level" of the program is "not good". What I have- one program and two separate utilities, unclear error messages, help, which makes me to write here, property field with unclear name("rate" field measures in what?). For you as a developer(s) it's Ok, but not for user. I(user) am not ready to pay money for this kind program, but wanted to- when firstly saw it. I hope you will excuse me for critics- I used to work as a software developer and analyst, and reply to my message. Thank you in advance for your help.

AM Software:
The AVIfrate help said, playback speed (fps) of an avi file is expressed as fps=rate/scale. You can see virtually any values in these fields, just because 25 fps = 25/1, or 7500/300 etc. You do not need mind about these digits - there is ready-to-go fps field. For those who are familiar with avi specs, AVIfrate offers an option to edit each field separately. For all the rest people there is a quick way (using fps field).
Error messages that come from a Windows part of avi reading/writing process, AVIedit reports to you "as is". Here is a quote from a real Microsoft SDK help file:

AVIERR_BADFORMAT The file couldn't be read, indicating a corrupt file or an unrecognized format.
AVIERR_MEMORY The file could not be opened because of insufficient memory.
AVIERR_FILEREAD A disk error occurred while reading the file.
AVIERR_FILEOPEN A disk error occurred while opening the file.

So, AVIedit just says the best it could. Each user has its own system settings, drive sizes, codecs installed and so on. We can't guess them, neither we can be responsible for any software misbehaviour at your machine. This is why we do require some additional reports about your Windows environment.

Offering some additional diagnostic software we hope it would be useful. We do not ask money for these helper utilities. They are not part of AVIedit package.
This forum is, after all, for the people who can't afford the registration fee. Here is no need to talk about money you have. BTW, one of us thought you're a student :)

We still believe that our users will never meet these and other errors, but the AVIedit help file will be updated soon as you suggested. We like critics too :)

Name:Richard B
URL: none
Location: somewhere, nv usa
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 23:36:57
I have the ATI TV wonder card (USB). Recording a one minute session creates a 210Mb file. Does your avieditor allow conversion to a smaller size file output and if so how? I have opened the huge file and the program freezes. FYI, ATI output file format is AVI. If you have anything that can convert to a smaller file or another format I'd like to know about it. Thanks.

Name: Joao Montenegro
Location: Oporto, Portugal
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 04:30:51
GREAT PROGRAM!!! Help me with this one, please: I have a video with, let's say, 60 seconds, but I whant to scale it to, let's say, 30 seconds (use only half of the frames). How can I do this time-scaling? Thank you!

AM Software:
You said, scale it from 60 to 30 sec. In other words, you need to increase the speed at twice. Load the file using our AVIfrate software, then change the fps to its double value.
However, you can delete each other frame to get a video clip two times shorten. It seems the first way looks better :)

Location: Kamloops, bc Canada
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 21:53:37
I am capturing still frames and they show up as a captur001.dib and darn I can't figure out how to caputure still frames as BMP/JPG or convert these DIB files to a JPG etc. I looked everywhere and can't find any help on these DIB files. Is there a setting somewhere, that maybe I missed that can set the default still frame capture file format to *.jpg Help anyone Thanks GS

AM Software:
These DIB files are Device Independent Bitmaps (DIBs). They are very similar to Windows Bitmap files (.bmp) and often you can just rename DIB to BMP. Many software including ACDSee and IrfanView viewers, Paint Shop Pro image editor, Adobe Premiere and AVIedit can load .dib files smoothly. AVIedit allows you to chain some application (gfx converter, archiver, FTP uploader etc.) after the capture engine output to handle DIBs transparently.

Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 02:16:51
Hello again. Thank you very much for previous reply. After that I still have questions. There are several ones:
1. How to find current bitrate of video streem? I was trying to find it in all possible ways and haven't find any place which says that my downloaded (not crated by myself) DivX file has this bitrate value.
2. In file header there is field "rate". Could you please explain how to understand 23976 number in that field for one of my files. For others this number is about the same. Also, the "scale" field- could you please explain the meaning.
3. Going back to rate issue. As I understand it- changing this number and saving file should change file size and quality after saving the file. But what I did and what I got. I made a file from part of bigger one (to save time) with 1000 bitrate low motion DivX, then I changed bitrate to 1500 and after saving got SMALLER file. Then the same 1000-file I saved with 600 and 100 bitrate and got two files with size equal to 1500. Could you please explain how that could be.
4. Productivity. Is it normal if my Cel733 (overclocked :-) ), 256RAM, HD IBM-7200 30G, i815chipset saves DivX file of 700M for 2-3-4 hours.
In conlusion, if my questions say that I'm not profi in working with video, they are right. Could you suggest any resourses where I can find basics and more in this field?
Thank you very much in advance.

AM Software:
It's fine you used numerated questions :) Let's begin.
1. No way to get an exact bitrate value used at compression time. To evaluate average bitrate you must divide the file size by playback time, then subtract an audio bitrate. For example, 700 MB two hours video used 96 kbps MP3 sound, will result in 700*1024/(2*3600)-(96/8) = 87.5 kbytes/sec or 700 kbps video bitrate.
2. Please see our AVIfrate utility online help.
3. It seems you either used a wrong codec (there are about five DivX clones around the scene) or maybe you missed something. A bigger bitrate should result in a bigger file, usually with higher quality. However, compressing the same file twice you will get a smaller file.
4. It is normal :)
On a PII400 / 440BX / 256M / Fujitsu 20M we got nearly the same results.

Name: Dennis
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Date: Thursday, July 5, 2001 at 23:10:33
Hello. I have a question, which probably you may consider as one to go to FAQ. But I have not found any reply for my question and would like you to kindly help me. My problem is the following. I have some files bigger than 700M (to write them to CD). I don't want to split them, lust to make them a bit smaller. I tried to cut off some small parts (like final titles in the movie), but it didn't help. Even more- the file became a bit bigger. Even when I just tried to resave the file I had one bigger in 30%. I, also, tried to make file with worse quality- but not sure my methods where correct, and it didn't help as well. Could you please help me with short explanation in which way I can make file smaller. Which parameters should be changed? Please do not ignore my question- it's not easy to became a proffetinal is such field. Thank you in advance.

AM Software:
Probably you didn't change default codec properties using Configure... button after you have select one. For example DivX codec (slow motion) does use 910 kbps data rate. So if your original file used 600 kbps, you must keep getting a 30% bigger file until you reduce your current data rate. Many other codecs use their specific settings that affect the final file size - you need to apply them with care. Another way you would prefer, allow only "no recompression" option on save. This works as like you copy the pieces of a file without any codec interaction - also it does preserve source video quality.
About your question... it's not FAQ - but unfortunately it seems that our visitors never want to report us .avi file details (frame size, codec, fps, other...) some questionary can be found at AVIedit Support page.

Name: diagn0z
Location: lviv, Ukraine
Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at 11:59:43
Hi, when I record a video (From VCR to *.avi) I lose the sound?!! But when I watch the video on my PC everything is OK. What should I do?

AM Software:
You must check you have allowed the sound capture in Capture/Options dialog box. Next, make sure the recording level (not just a master volume) is not zero and is not muted. If nothing helps, try to switch to WDM capture mode and see Audio Capture Filter properties page. Some drivers assume default sound source input is Mic instead of Line input. If it still does not work, try to change sound options via OEM software shipped with your capture board. Some vendors rely on a specific hardware features AVIedit doesn't know about.

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