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  1. ragnar_ii

    ragnar_ii IncGamers Member

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    Video editing software

    I have a short video I would like to edit. The video is in .avi format. What I would like to do is, take a section of the video (such as the bottom right quarter of the video) and enlarge it and play it on top of the video itself. So I would kind of have a picture in picture thing going, but the inset movie is just an enlarged portion of the original video.

    I don't know if thats clear enough, but does anybody know what software can do this. Preferably a free download, if possible.
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    I'm pretty certain the sort of video editing you're talking about is going to cost money.

    On a side note, I've yet to come across *at least for the mac* an editor that will import an avi container.
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    I just found out that I can take 2 separate videos. One zoomed in and one not. However, I still need to resize one and place it in the other.
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    What you're talking about is compositing, not editing. I'd give some names, but I doubt you want to fork out $5000 for them... There is one that I can think of that you should be able to easily get a demo of, but the name escapes me. Add "compositing" into a Google search and you should find something.

    Doesn't FinalCut Pro import .avi?
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    Avisynth can do this with the overlay function. It's free and .avs scripts can be opened by all relevant encoders.
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    Have you tried the default, iMovie HD, or Final Cut, or anything else like that? I use iMovie for the more basic stuff and it works with the avi's from my camera just fine.


    OP, try searching around www.versiontracker.com it is a good source for free programs.


    EDIT: For iMovie you need to have a plugin for QuickTime to play it, for Final Cut it should work out of the box AFAIK.



     
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    Re: Video editing software

    Thanks, I'm using this and its working great. At least it is now that I found out you can just throw a crop in the overlay function.



     
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    Re: Video editing software

    It's not required to do the crop within the overlay function, but I suppose it's possible yes.
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    Is there an export function? I cant seem to find one on the help website. I want to make the movie as an independent avi file. Its not very crucial, but it would be nice.
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    No it doesn't really have an export function. The scripts can be opened by software that can compress though. Avisynth is 'just' a frameserver.

    You can open the file in VirtualDub and compress with DivX/XviD/whatever you like and save to avi. It can compress the audio too if you want, but with a little extra effort it's possible to keep the original audio as well (if it is compressed already).
     
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    Re: Video editing software

    I use virtualdub to edit Fraps stuff.

    A friend of mine uses Sony Vegas 6 Platinum. He does various stuff including Editing clips together, text effects, pan/crop, green-screen, picture-in-picture and a shed load of other stuff. The cheap version has some limits. The professional doesn't.

    A video that he has done is here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1qkv_Q-Gir4
    It should give you an idea of what sort of thing it can do.
     

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