View Full Version : VidToDisc: a small new video editor (for camcorders)!

19th December 2008, 11:07
Hello everyone!

I am new here :) and coming to inform you that I am releasing a small home/camcorder video editor named VidToDisc (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=1&Itemid=2) that may interest people here (I hope I am in the right forum). I made it as a hobby and worked on it alone until now. The software is freeware for personal use. It runs only on PC with Windows OS as it is based upon the AviSynth script language. It is a dotnet app that calls many other (provided) softwares: WinDV, HDVSplit, xvid_encraw, mencoder, mkvmerge, dvdauthor, VirtualDub, etc.

Its key points are:

- Ease of use: an all-in-one application from capture, to edition, to encoding/compression. It is beginner friendly. For instance, it builds automatically the timeline from the captured videos.
- It packs my "expertise" on video: you may be surprised by the video quality achieved.
- Input formats known are: miniDV (DV/SD and HDV), HDD (the Mpeg2 format found in either disc drive or card camcorders), AVCH (the new HD format).
- Output formats are:
* extension ".mkv" files containing Xvid video and AC3 audio streams (in SD or HD 720p) AND CHAPTERS for easy navigation,
* regular video DVD (with chapters),
* into AVI, FLV,... files using integrated conversion tools, while controlling final definition, framerate and bitrate.
- Open system as based upon Avisynth: you can input your own scripts.

The software is not as visually friendly as Windows Movie Maker but gives more hand to the user. The video quality is also MUCH better.

The software is not as versatile as a commercial video editor. It is more dedicated to main stream camcorders users than to professionals. But it gives chapters to your movies (which is not common), and allows you to fine tune your effects.

The software and its documentation can be found in my site at dpaille.net (http://dpaille.net) (that is bilingual English/French). After properly installed the software (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10%3Avidtodisc-installing-the-software-&catid=1%3Athe-basics&Itemid=4), you can test it using the instructions at the Three clicks film (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12%3Avidtodisc-getting-started-producing-a-film-in-three-clicks-&catid=1%3Athe-basics&Itemid=4) article.

I put this message here as almost everything I know about video comes from this site and its forums... So it is a kind of payback.

Final comments: this is the first public release of the software, therefore it has to be considered as UNTESTED. For instance, I am in a PAL country and, while the software take TV systems into account, I never tested NTSC material. From a general point of view, video projects can be so different that it is very hard to deal with all possible problems. That said, I tried my best to provide an utility that is stable. But I cannot obviously give any guarantees of results, nor to be able to correct problems you may meet!

Thanks for your time!

(P.S. sorry for my English: I am French!)

19th December 2008, 15:15
Welcome to the forum and thank you for your contribution!

19th December 2008, 23:17
Looks very good!!! :)

I haven't set up my DV cam so I can't do much testing.

There is no way to import video clips(without capturing them first) right?
If so nice a feature would be to be able to load avs scripts as clips. :) (by using the 'import' avisynth function)

How is the path for the video player set up?(I can't see it in the Tools paths..)

Hitting 'Play' and 'View Script' gives me an 'Unhandled exception' error - with no videos loaded.

I would use the word 'Okay' instead of 'Quit' in ex. Settings window. 'Quit' makes me feel like quitting the program...

Anyway good work :thanks:

21st December 2008, 19:50
Thanks for you welcome neuron2!

To Tin3Tin, many thanks for testing!!!
I am not at home (Christmas holidays), with nearly no access to the internet for 2 weeks! So my answers will be short.

The software is indeed only designed to handle captured videos. BUT you can trick it! The input video files have a specific filename formatting: A "capture" prefix (use to identify a capture batch) + time specification (see the documentation in my site) + an extension. For instance, the extension for DV file is AVI, therefore importing not-captured AVIs can be:
- put your AVI files into the capture folder,
- Rename these files using the VidToDisc capture spec. (capture+date+.avi)
- click "Capture" button, WinDV will start, then just close it,
- the software will look for your files and will input them into the time line.

It is also mandatory that you input a specific initialization AviSynth script for your files in the "Preferences..." group box/ "Settings..." button/ "DV init avisynth script" field. Look at the one provided as default, read the Preferences article in my site, you will found the video/audio specs the software expects...

I hope these instructions gives you the idea of what to do!

As you can see this is not a very easy task to input general video files, I may investigate on this. Your AVS import idea may very well do the job for avisynth aware users.

Video player: The VidToDisc video player is VirtualDub! It is provided into your <install directory>\tools\vitualdub folder. If not, something strange happens! Please check if it is present, and run it (VirtualDub.exe). Maybe this is an initialization/needed first run VirtualDub problem. Also check that the label under the "Settings..." button is green with the "Path status:OK" text. If it is red, there is a problem with executable locations.

Hitting "Play", "View script" with no video: How funny :rolleyes:, I reproduce the exception problem: I will correct this inconvenience on the next release! Same for the button label, I agree "OK" is better than "Quit"!

Again, many thanks for testing and helping me to improve the software!

Bye and best wishes!

24th December 2008, 19:16
Your site seems to be down. It worked when I tried it yesterday, though. So it's a recent problem.

26th December 2008, 21:53
Thanks for pointing out the site problem Um3k! :scared: I just bought some more bandwidth from my web host provider and the site is now back online.

I got report of an installation problem: by now just leave the default installation directory (that should be C:\Program Files\...). Unless you do that, the used tools are not automatically found, you then have to select each paths with the "Preferences/Tools" button...

I will correct the problem for the next release, the first week of January 2009, I think.

28th December 2008, 15:15
A note to tell you I just released a new version (date: 2008/12/28) that corrects, I hope, the problems found until now.

Details are here (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21%3Anew-vidtodisc-release-20081228&catid=4%3Asite-news&Itemid=7)

This is a minor release i.e. if the previous version works for you, there is no need to install this one.

17th January 2009, 00:19
Another note to tell I released an article on how to edit with VidToDisc.

Also a new version of the software is available (upgrade is recommended).

Interface bugs were corrected and available filters are now better exposed (color change and picture correction effects, slowmotion/accelerating, zoom, title, mixing audio/video, etc.)

The announce is here (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26%3Anew-vidtodisc-release-20090116-and-editing-documentation&catid=4%3Asite-news&Itemid=7).

Best wishes for 2009!

Edit: The setup archive was unavailable until now (01/18): it is back online (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16%3Adownloads&catid=4%3Asite-news&Itemid=7).

27th January 2009, 12:07
The documentation is now complete: the article about how-to-edit, compress/save your films, and run the compressions jobs on many computers are published (also corrected and translated into French).

Announce is here (http://www.dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29%3Athe-vidtodisc-documentation-is-complete&catid=4%3Asite-news&Itemid=7).

14th February 2009, 23:53
Great work, really like the program.

25th June 2009, 16:20
Hello all!

I just released a version 1.1 of VidToDisc. To summarize:
* fully compatible with version 1.0,
* improved stability,
* can now input video files from cameras (extensions avi, mp4, m4v, 3gp, mov, wmv, asf,... you name it),
* shows help boxes for Replace, Effect and Transition filters (on a double-click). This gives you information on filter parameters, output a preview of your modifications, validate your data. A DLL plugin mechanism is provided allowing developers to code help boxes for their own filters.
* More provided filters, notably for inputing photos slide show in your films.

The announce is here (http://dpaille.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30%3Avidtodisc-version-11-release&catid=4%3Asite-news&Itemid=7). It will give you link to the changelog, new advanced articles on filters, and other useful pointers.

As always, comments are very welcome!

21st January 2010, 17:23
Hello and best wishes for 2010!

I am releasing a new version 1.2 of VidToDisc (http://dpaille.net). Basically I fixed the software again, ensured the Windows 7 compatibility and added a new feature...

Software video deshaking!

It is based on the Gunnar Thalin Deshaker filter, which is a real gift for home videos (see this post (http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=49597&highlight=deshaker)).

Bye for now, let me know what you think about the software!



17th February 2010, 17:14
I'd suggest adding screen shots to your site.