A couple weeks ago, we posted an overview of VideoReDo - the MPEG video editor which allows you to edit TV shows, Movies and Home Videos in minutes rather than hours. This is a more in-depth look at the features and functionality of the software. VideoReDo is intuitive enough to be useful the first time you work with it, but you’ll discover that you can tweak the application for more control as you become more familiar with the product. This article is intended to help you get the most out of the VideoReDo software, including links to detailed "how-to" tutorials to help you perform common tasks with common home media configurations.
VideoReDo smart rendering technology supports MPEG1 editing (including VCD), MPEG2 and Windows Media Center (MCE) editing , including DVD & SVCD editing, Set Top Boxes like TiVo (with TiVo To Go) and the Siemens M740V as well as High Definition editing (HD) program stream and transport stream editing.
Whether you create your own digital video by capturing TV programs, converting VHS tapes to digital or extracting chapters from home recorded DVDs, VideoReDo quickly can edit your MPEG video. You can trim, cut or join your MPEG compressed digital images without having to re-encode the file.
Why is editing MPEG native video important? First, every time you uncompress video then re-encode that video, the video will degrade in quality. You don’t want to edit your precious home videos and introduce video artifacts causing the video image to not be as pristine as when you took it. Also, decoding and re-encoding takes some time. If you’ve ever worked with Ulead’s or Pinnacle’s video editor you may have noticed that it takes sometimes hours to save an hour long video. With VideoReDo I noticed I could save an hour long video in just a few minutes. Another feature tested was what VideoReDo calls “Automatic Repair Synchronization”. This feature comes in handy when you transfer VHS to DVD for example and the timing of the VHS player and old and hissing tapes create an out of sync DVD. VideoReDo can automatically process files so that when time code tags are removed by a DVD authoring application, the resulting audio and video streams stay in sync. There are rare occasions that they admit happen and the request your help by sending in the video and project so they can troubleshoot. In a month worth of testing I never came across any issues where the audio and video streams were out of sync.
VideoReDo’s frame accurate (frame level) video editing was another feature to be tested. Using VideoReDo you can actually make cuts and joins at a specific frame while most other MPEG video editors are called “GOP-accurate editors” which means the editors will cut or join on a group of pictures (usually spread over 12 frames) and not a specific frame. This is a frustrating factor when using TyTools for example to cut our advertisements or to start or end a show. TyTools uses a “GOP-accurate editor” (GOPedit) and I noticed this problem when creating copies of Alias for a friend in Afghanistan that could not get the show. Most cuts looked choppy or I would have to include part of a commercial or lose a snippet of the show (1/2 to 4 seconds) due to editing on a GOP boundary instead of at the frame level. VideoReDo relieves this issue with frame accurate cuts so I can make my cut exactly where I want it to be.
The next feature that grabbed my attention was the ability to create DVD chapter files. While VideoReDo cannot write our to a DVD (yet…), you can create chapter files for DVD authoring application including DVDLab and most open source authoring programs using an XML command file for applications like DVDAuthor and DVDStyler.
The pièce de résistance for this software package is the AdDetective Commercial Detection. This new feature saves the time of using an editor to search for commercials and cut them. The detection works rather well out of the box, but you can even optimize it. Another interesting feature attached to the AdDetective is the ability to run this feature in batch mode allowing you to cruise through all of your extracted or TiVoToGo recordings in a matter of minutes while you do something else!
Check out all the features offered in VideoReDo on the detailed product page.
Now that you know what VideoReDo is, here are some practical applications where VideoReDo can help save some time and effort or provide some flexibility that you did not have before:
- You can use VideoReDo to edit files from TiVoToGo on the TiVo Series 2 (no hacking required);
- You can use VideoReDo to edit extracted files from your hacked TiVo;
- You can use VideoReDo to edit files on your Windows Media Center (how-to coming soon);
- You can use VideoReDo to edit MPEG videos downloaded, captured using HDHomeRun, MythTV or created via a digital camcorder;
- You can easily cut commercials using VideoReDo’s AdDetective Commercial Detection and VideoReDo even has a Batch Manager to run cut ads from several videos with just a couple clicks of the mouse.
So, since writing the initial VideoReDo overview, having delved a bit deeper into the application, I feel comfortable making the pronouncement that it is an excellent MPEG video editing application ... especially considering the $49.99 price tag. I have added the VideoReDo into my video editing workflow, and recommend at least giving the free trial a spin.