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11-27-2021, 07:04 AM
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Hi guys, newbie user here.
I have 30+ avi files that I "converted" once from cassette to .avi files. I use Avidemux and Virtualdub.
These avi files will not load in Avidemux, only in Virtualdub. Each file is about one hour of footage. The size of these files is about 12Gb. I think this is very big for the low quality of the videos.

I want to select certain scenes and save them separately. If I select a scene of lets say 2 minutes in Virtualdub and save is the size get's even bigger (4 or 6gb). But then it is possible to open the saved avi in Avidemux and compress it. I have done 1 of the 30+ old avi files now and it is very time consuming. And I don't even know if I am using the right settings.

My question: what is the best way to go about here? What software must I use and what settings? Appreciate any help ;-)
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11-27-2021, 11:55 AM
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I have 30+ avi files that I "converted" once from cassette to .avi files. I use Avidemux and Virtualdub.
These avi files will not load in Avidemux, only in Virtualdub.
That's odd because my raw miniDV files load fine in Avidemux. MediaInfo says:

Code:
Video
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : DV
Codec ID                                 : dvc 
Width                                    : 720 pixels
Height                                   : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 4:3
Frame rate                               : 29.970 (30000/1001) FPS
Standard                                 : NTSC
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:1:1
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Interlaced
What codec are your .avi files saved in?

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I want to select certain scenes and save them separately. If I select a scene of lets say 2 minutes in Virtualdub and save is the size get's even bigger (4 or 6gb). But then it is possible to open the saved avi in Avidemux and compress it.
I prefer Handbrake for encoding videos. Save your scenes in a lossless format such as HuffYUV, then encode in Handbrake, then you can delete the lossless scene files.
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11-27-2021, 02:03 PM
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Encode to h.264 from those files and work on the scenes afterwards from the encoded files using a frame accurate software that only re-encodes the frames around the cut.

https://www.youtube.com/user/latoak34/videos
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11-28-2021, 06:20 AM
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Thanx Traal for helping me out here ;-)

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That's odd because my raw miniDV files load fine in Avidemux. MediaInfo says:
What codec are your .avi files saved in?



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11-28-2021, 06:30 AM
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Encode to h.264 from those files and work on the scenes afterwards from the encoded files using a frame accurate software that only re-encodes the frames around the cut.
Thanx latreche34,
would Handbrake do that job (encode to h.264 and frame accurate re-encoding) ??
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11-28-2021, 07:18 AM
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So I installed Handbrake and re-installed VirtualDub 1.9 (the LordSmurf version). Also installed HuffYUV.
What now? Re-encode with VirtualDub or Handbrake???
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11-28-2021, 09:18 AM
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The removed (imgur hotlinked) images:


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11-28-2021, 12:34 PM
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Ok so the .avi files have the raw DV video (PAL) which is good.

I'm guessing that you don't have the 64-bit DV codec installed, only the 32-bit one, and that's why only VirtualDub can read your files right now.
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11-29-2021, 08:37 AM
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...you don't have the 64-bit DV codec installed....
OK Traal, how do I tackle that problem??

https://www.google.com/search?q=install++64-bit+DV+codec
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12-03-2021, 09:41 AM
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Does anyone know how I check if 64-bit DV code is installed and if not.. .where I get it?
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12-03-2021, 03:27 PM
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Avidemux doesn't use external codecs, so I don't agree with this diagnosis. It uses its own built-in ffmpeg decoders.

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Each file is about one hour of footage. The size of these files is about 12Gb. I think this is very big for the low quality of the videos.
I hope you're not planning to delete your originals. They're 1:1 copies of your tapes and the hard drive space to store your <40 tapes isn't a lot these days.

If necessary, make H.264 "viewing copies", but don't delete the full tape backups.

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I want to select certain scenes and save them separately. If I select a scene of lets say 2 minutes in Virtualdub and save is the size get's even bigger (4 or 6gb).
Change to Video -> Direct Stream Copy.
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