Simple, easy-to-use, wmv editor (split & join)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by LurfysMa, Jan 15, 2007.

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    LurfysMa Guest

    I need a video editor for wmv files for Windows 2000. All I need to do
    is split and join. A program that will let me select multiple wmv
    files from a directory, join them into one, and then mark segments for
    deletion would be perfect.

    This is a one-time project (I hope) so I'd prefer not to pay more than
    $30.

    Can anyone recommend a program?

    I downloaded something called Easy Video Joiner and Easy Video
    Splitter. They were fairly easy to use, but the resulting wmv files
    don't play properly. The video will freeze periodically for several
    seconds like it's stuck.

    Before I download and try anither program, can anyone suggest one that
    I can try?

    Thanks

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    LurfysMa, Jan 15, 2007
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  2. Windows Movie Maker free from Microsoft can handle simple video. I
    think it might only work on Win XP.

    Margaret
     
    Margaret Willmer, Jan 15, 2007
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    Ray S Guest

    I believe Windows Movie Maker supports Wmv files and is free.
     
    Ray S, Jan 15, 2007
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    The Windows Media File Editor and Stream Editors could also be
    used. They aren't that hard to use or learn, just read the Help.
    They are a free download from microsoft, as well.

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, Jan 15, 2007
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    LurfysMa Guest

    According to the MSFT website, it requires XP. I am running Windows
    2000. Is there some other program that is similar but runs on Win2K?

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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Ken Maltby, Jan 15, 2007
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    Ray S Guest

    Is your requirement free software? Or can you afford up to $100? The
    entry level products from Sony Vegas, Adobe, Ulead would all do what you
    want and should be quite easy to use.
     
    Ray S, Jan 15, 2007
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    LurfysMa Guest

    Sorry to be dense, but there were quite a lot of different products
    with confusing (to me) names. Is this the one you were referring to:

    Windows Media Encoder 9 Series:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...02-E496-465A-BBA9-B2F1182CDF24&displaylang=en

    Thanks

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    LurfysMa, Jan 15, 2007
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    LurfysMa Guest

    Hmmm... I just tried to download the Windows Media 9 Encoder Series
    and was told that I first needed to download and install something
    called the Genuine Windows Validation Component, which appears to be
    something that runs on my machine and gives Microsoft information
    about me. What the heck is this? And what will I have given away by
    installing it? Microsoft is not entirely trustworthy. ;-)

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    LurfysMa Guest

    LurfysMa, Jan 15, 2007
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    LurfysMa Guest

    I'm willing to spend $100, but this is a one-time project for a family
    member. I suppose it could come up again, but I'll be upgrading to
    WinXP soon and then I could use Win Movie Maker.

    I don't like Adobe and I don't trust Sony, so I guess that leaves
    ULead.

    What about these:

    Wax: http://www.debugmode.com/wax/

    Effect Matrix: http://www.effectmatrix.com/

    EditStudio: http://www.puremotion.com/ (trial version)

    VideoReDo: http://www.videoredo.com/ (trial version)

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    LurfysMa, Jan 15, 2007
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    Bucky Guest

    I haven't tried these before, but I heard that there are several free
    online tools that will do that. You upload to the site and edit it
    online. However, I'm not sure what the final output format and quality
    are. Just another option to explore.
     
    Bucky, Jan 15, 2007
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    Frank Guest


    AFAIK, Windows Movie Maker (WMM) was never made available for Win2K,
    but if you happen to have access to a WinMe (Windows Millennium
    Edition) system, you could copy over the WMM files from the WinMe
    system to the Win2K system and edit your WMV files in that.

    The last version of Windows Movie Maker released for WinMe was
    1.0.1377.0 and it happens to work under Win2K as well as under WinMe.
    Of course, copying the files like this is probably not legal.

    As far as Windows Media Encoder (WME) and Windows Genuine Advantage
    (WGA) are concerned, I don't understand how you keep your system
    up-to-date without having long ago gone through the WGA process. And
    if you want to encode WMV files, WME is the best tool to use, so you
    should have a copy.
     
    Frank, Jan 15, 2007
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    Alpha Guest

    Welcome to the new world of MS DRM!
     
    Alpha, Jan 16, 2007
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    LurfysMa Guest

    I have no access to WinME.
    We lease our computers. The leasing company schedules the updates
    automagically. I don't know how they do it. Now I'm worried about
    signing up for the WGA. (Love those acronyms. I feel like I'm back in
    the military.) I don't want to mess up the leasing company. I better
    check with them first.
    I don't know what encoding is so I don't know if that's what I want to
    do. I have a bunch of little MMV files. I just want to split and join
    them in various ways.


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    LurfysMa, Jan 16, 2007
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    The tools are in the SDK but you can uninstall the parts you won't
    be using. The tools themselves are useful, just like GraphEdit is a
    useful tool from the DirectShow SDK.

    The real DRM issue is not with the "Microsoft Genuine Validation",
    which works with the existing licensing structure. The real headache
    comes with "Vista".

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, Jan 16, 2007
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Great for AVI composting, rotoscope, and other effects,
    for free.
    Not a major player, might work, might not. There are
    a number of such companies, but beware some of them are
    scams. They tend to cater to the "One Button" approach,
    for those who are too stoned to be able to learn anything
    more than the simplest process.
    They seem to be a little better situated than the above,
    but I have no personal experience with their product.
    VideoReDo is a must have tool for working with MPEG.
    It can't do wmv.

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, Jan 16, 2007
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    Ray S Guest

    You will run across this when you wish to get most any upgraded
    component or new product from mikesoft. (I think the critical security
    updates are outside of this process). Basically its mikey saying that
    unless your copy of windows is duly registered and actived (rememeber
    the activation and registration process on your first use?) that they
    are not going to let you have any new toys to play with.

    According the fine print on the EULA they have the authority to sneak
    into your house in the middle of the night and re-arrange all your
    furniture if you don't comply with their terms.
     
    Ray S, Jan 16, 2007
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    Frank Guest

    Ray, the original poster is running Windows 2000, not Windows XP, so
    it's just the usual Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Validation Tool
    ActiveX Control that we're talking about here. There's no Activation
    process in Win2K, and Registration was optional. (How times have
    changed. I think that Vista will want to know your blood type.)

    On a Win2K system, the WGA download consists of the following two
    files.

    C:\WINNT\Downloaded Program Files\LegitCheckControl.inf
    C:\WINNT\system32\LegitCheckControl.DLL

    So it's got nothing to do with registration/activation. It's just
    trying to determine that the installed copy of the operating system is
    legitimate, i.e., non counterfeit, which in this case it may or not
    be, given that it's a leased machine and is not owned by the user.
    And here I thought that it was the mice who were doing that! :)
     
    Frank, Jan 16, 2007
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    Ray S Guest

    Fair nuff. Still, I think the overall answer to the post would be that -
    Yes, its standard practice, at least these days, and tinfoil helmets
    will not be required.
     
    Ray S, Jan 16, 2007
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