[MPlayer-users] Linux viceo editor?

Van Snyder van.snyder at sbcglobal.net
Sat Aug 14 10:24:00 CEST 2010

What video editor do Linux users of mencoder recommend?

I have LIVES.  For clips of more than about 1000 frames it is unbearably 

A fast simple editor that can only delete segments, and encode the 
result, would be useful.

mencoder can already do this, but an interactive front-end that shows 
the first and last frames of the region to be deleted, and allows to 
browse frames as easily as LIVES does, would be helpful.

For those who don't have LIVES, here is a description of the simple 
functionality described above.

LIVES has two regions where it displays frames.  The left one is the 
first frame of a selection.  The right one is the last frame of a 
selection.  When a clip is loaded, the left one is the first frame of 
the clip and the right one is the last frame of the clip.  Below each 
region is a widget displaying the frame number.  One can adjust the 
frame number either by typing a new one into it, by selecting up- or 
down-arrow parts of the widget, or by dragging one or the other end of a 
slider that extends across the LIVES window below both regions.

After one selects a region, LIVES allows one to do many things with it, 
but the interesting one for this simple job is simply to delete it.  At 
that instant, LIVES deletes the selection, which can take an hour on a 
dual-core 3.0 GHz computer with 2GB of memory for a clip of only 20 
minutes duration.  It also renumbers the frames, which is unhandy if one 
wants to repeat the editing session with slightly different requirements.

It would be better to batch the "delete" requests and apply them 
together, preferably by invoking "mencoder" with an "edl" file listing 
the frame regions to be deleted, when an "apply" action is specified.  
Perhaps "apply" should be coupled to "encode."

Ideally, this should be coupled to mencoder by a modification of 
mencoder that allows to specify skip regions in the "edl" file using 
either frame numbers or seconds.

"undo" and "redo" features would be nice, but the bare-bones 
functionality of deleting unwanted parts of clips doesn't really need this.

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