Breaking up an AVI file into smaller segments

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Pandora, Aug 25, 2004.

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    Pandora Guest

    Here's what I want to do:
    Watch (on my p.c.) an AVI file captured from my DV camcorder and extract a
    small piece of that file to save as a new AVI file. What's the simplest way
    to do this?

    (By way of analogy, Sound Recorder is a Windows applet that allows you to
    play WAV files and save an extract of that file as a new WAV file.)

    I have Premiere Pro 1.5 and could drag the AVI file in question to the
    timeline and render that part of the file that I want to save to a new file.
    This seems long-winded and time consuming though. Is there a small app that
    can do what I want? (The in and out points of the extracted file don't have
    to be very accurate.)

    What do other people do when they want to break a long AVI file up into
    shorter segments?
    Pandora, Aug 25, 2004
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    Matej Artac Guest

    I suppose the simplest way is to do it with VirtualDub
    ( Load up your AVI into VirtualDub and select the
    start and the end of the clip you want to extract. Then select Direct stream
    copy from both the Video and the Audio menu, and then do File / Save as
    AVI... to a new file. This will just make a copy of that portion of the
    audio and video stream without any processing (though I think if you do this
    to a DivX or similar, the output AVI will be extended to the nearest

    Matej Artac, Aug 25, 2004
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    Pandora Guest

    Thanks, that's very helpful. I've now found a graphical description of your
    suggestion at:

    I appreciate the advice.
    Pandora, Aug 25, 2004
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