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ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor

ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor - is a nice MPEG-2 PS/TS frame-accurate editor which enables editing out any number of video fragments (like commercials) in one pass, while keeping the original video/audio quality.

Would you like to be able to edit your movies? The ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor is the right choice! This product allows the deletion of unnecessary video fragments without video/audio quality loss. This guide explains how you can edit an MPEG-2 file. The MPEG-2 file editing is performed with frame accuracy. No video conversion takes place during editing meaning the original video quality is preserved.

Basic Terms
Understanding the basic terms used in this guide will help you to start using ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor in a more comfortable and efficient manner.

Marker is a part of a video fragment. Each fragment consists of two markers: start and end. Markers can be added or deleted. The deleting and positioning operations are applied to the selected markers only.

Marker is set to a current cursor position.
The selected marker is highlighted with yellow colour.

Fragment is a part of video (or audio) file limited by two markers to be removed or kept in a final movie, e.g. commercials block you want to cut out. Selected fragments are marked orange. Fragments marked as 'cut out' are coloured white.
Some fragments examples are shown below:

Fragment Colour Description
This fragment is to be deleted. It will not be present in the final movie
This fragment is to be kept. It will be present in the final movie
This fragment is to be deleted. It will not be present in the final movie. Highlighted yellow means you can edit it (delete, mark to keep, etc.)
This fragment is to be kept. It will be present in the final movie. Highlighted yellow means you can edit it (delete, mark to cut, etc.)

Control Panel contains the main tools for file processing.

The window elements are described in the table below.

Window Element Description Shortcut Key
The "Add Marker" button adds a new marker to the current cursor position. M
The "Remove Marker(s)" button removes the currently selected marker or fragment. Delete
The "Keep Selected Fragment" marks the fragment for keeping. S
The "Cut Out Selected Fragment" marks the fragment for deletion. D
The "Invert" button inverts the time line fragments. I
The "Size" button calculates the resulting file size (available for AVI and MP3). Ctrl+F
The "Trim": button starts trimming or Batch Processing (if the batch queue has a task in it). Ctrl+T
Left marker time position. You can edit this value manually.  
Right marker time position. You can edit this value manually.  
The "Zoom In" button increases the timeline scale for easier editing of the adjacent markers (*). NumPad+
The "Zoom Out" button decreases the timeline scale (*). NumPad-
Scale rate field, shows a current slider timeline resolution rate. "1X" means an original resolution without zooming.  
(*) - To view the timeline areas after Zoom In you can use the scroll bar below the timeline slider and the "Alt + Left Arrow" and "Alt + Right Arrow" hot keys.

In this example we will edit the source MPEG-2 file by cutting off two fragments with frame accuracy in one pass.

Figure 1
  1. Click the button to open a file for editing. You can also use the Open Media File command in the File menu.
  2. Select the required file.
  3. Select the checkbox to prevent the immediate file indexing. If the checkbox is deselected one of the windows shown as Figure 2.1 or Figure 2.2 will appear.

    Note: The file indexing ensures that the splitting process will be performed accurately, down to a single frame. The fragment will start at exactly the frame where the "begin" marker was placed. The last frame of the fragment will be the frame where the "end" marker was placed

  4. Click the button to open the selected file.

    Figure 2.1

    Figure 2.2

    If the Don't index now checkbox is deselected, the window shown in Figure 2.1 will appear.

    If the selected file already has an MPEG-2 index, the window shown in Figure 2.2 will appear. To use an existing MPEG-2 index file press Yes. To re-index the MPEG-2 file press the No button.

    Figure 3
  5. Find the beginning of the first part of your movie using the Video slider.
  6. Click the Add marker button. You can also add the marker selecting the Set New Marker command of the contextual menu or using the [M] key (see the Note below). Afterwards add the marker at the end of the fragment. Markers divide movie into several fragments (see the Basic Terms above). In this example we'll divide our movie into four fragments by adding markers at the required places.

    Figure 4

    Note: Using the shortcut keys you can do some tasks more faster. The list of shortcut keys is provided in the ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor User Guide. To change the predefined shortcut keys, select the Preferences command of the Tools menu. In the Preferences window (Figure 4) select the action name in the Action list, set the required key or key combination in the HotKey edit box and click the Set button. The Restore Default button is used for restoring the predefined shortcuts.

    Figure 5

  7. Select the fragment you want to cut out by clicking your left mouse button.
  8. Click the button to mark the selected fragment as 'cut'. The selected fragment will be marked white (see the Basic Terms).

    Figure 6

  9. Select other fragments you want to cut. In this example we marked the last fragment as 'cut' as described in previous step.
  10. Click the Trim button to start the splitting process.

    Note: ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor allows the saving and loading of project files. You can save the ProgDVB SolveigMM MPEG Editor project file by using the Save Project As... command of the File menu. Information about markers, their positions and fragment types will be saved in the project file. Using the Load Project... command of the File menu you can load the previously saved project and continue the file editing.

    Figure 7

  11. Enter the new file name in the newly opened Save As window.
  12. Click the Save button. You will see the splitting progress.

    The new saved file will be a part of your initial MPEG2 file and consist of two fragments. The two fragments marked as 'cut' will be deleted from the movie.

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