The program is very simple, it is enough to perform basic operations a couple of times so that the order of actions is fixed in memory. The editor's interface is simple, which almost does not affect the usability.
There is no Russian interface in the editor, however, there are enough links on the Internet to the avidemux_ru.qm file, which you need to place in the i18n subfolder (create it).
Most of the operations are performed through the top panel, where the familiar File, Edit, etc. items are located.
The most basic features are duplicated in the icon bar. Unfortunately, the user cannot add the necessary icons to this panel, only remove existing ones. On the left side of the screen are menus for managing audio and video encodings. At the bottom are the scroll bar and playback control buttons. They are complemented by red selection tools with the letters A and B, as well as a special wheel that helps you quickly find the fragment of interest.
To start processing the video, you need to drag the video file onto the program window, and it will be displayed in the central part. In addition to the name avi, the utility opens other popular formats.
To trim extra fragments, put the slider at the beginning of the deleted area. For precise navigation, use the single frame jump buttons.
At the desired location, press the red button with the letter BUT. Then go to the end of the fragment and click the button AT. The selected area can be deleted, copied or cut, and then pasted anywhere in the video. All these operations are available from the menu. Edit or through standard keyboard combinations.
To add another clip to the end of the open file, go to File and click item Append. In the window that opens, select the desired video and click OK. The procedure can be repeated, forming long videos, the main thing is not to mix up fragments. As a rule, video files with the same characteristics, for example, shot with a single camera, are glued together without problems.
If your sources differ, you will have to do the conversion, which will lead them to a "common denominator." This operation can be performed using standard Avidemux filters.
On the menu Video there is an interesting point Filters. It provides access to a whole set of useful tools that allow you to adjust the basic parameters of the video file. For example, the Transform section filters will help crop the video, flip it horizontally or vertically, and change the frame rate, which will slow down or accelerate.
You can add a logo, frame or subtitles, increase or decrease sharpness. Available to use several modifications at the same time. The processing result is shown in a separate window. Preview.
Change the audio track
To change the soundtrack of a video, just go to the menu Audio and select item Select track.
If your video is with sound, you will see the inscription in the line Track 1 Track 0 from video. Click on it and select the item. Add. In the window that opens, select the appropriate song, which will replace the original track.
It remains to save the edited video. To do this, click on the diskette icon and select the name of the created file and the folder where the program will place it. If you set Copy to the Video Output and Audio Output menus, the new video file will be saved almost instantly. In this case, the quality will remain the same.
Open a new video with any player. Sometimes, after replacing the audio track and other procedures, there may be problems with sound or image. Try changing the settings of the Output Format, for example, changing the Avi Muxer to the Mkv Muxer.
To compress the video or transcode it to another format, use the drop-down lists in the Video Output and Output Format menus. Do not forget to install additional codecs.
As you can see, this program has enough options for basic video editing. You should also mention its modest system requirements, allowing you to use Avidemux even on older single-core computers. That’s all here. See you in new articles.
Installing the program on a PC
The main feature of the program, unlike many other resources of a similar class, is the possibility of its operation on any computer device, regardless of the variation of the OS installed on the laptop. To install the resource on a PC, just go to the official website of the developer and download the version of software designed for the OS that is operated by the user. The program is distributed free of charge, has an intuitive interface, initially positioning the program as not very difficult to operate, even if not all of its variations have the possibility of Russification. Installation of the application is not difficult, it is carried out similarly to the installation regulations for most programs, by agreement in the installation process with the requirements of the developers. If the version of the program selected by the user has a crack, then, after installing the software, you need to copy this component to the folder where the application is located and restart the PC, after which you can start using the program’s resources, moreover, with a Russian-language interface.
Utility start screen
Before you begin, it is worthwhile to understand in detail the capabilities and functions of the application by examining the main Avidemux window. Tearing off the program, by the standard double-click of the manipulator on the utility icon, the user will be able to contemplate a window broken into several sections:
- At the top of the window in a horizontal arrangement there is a tabbed menu where the basic editor settings are available to the user.
- In parallel, at the bottom of the screen there is a panel with the main navigation objects and tools necessary for working with video.
- The central part of the screen is divided into two parts: on the right side is the preview area of the working video, and in the left, narrower sector, there are graphs where the user can set the necessary codecs and formats of the working video file.
Having studied the menu and interface of the Avidemux program, you can proceed directly to the analysis of the nuances of working in the editor, which will be discussed further, with an orientation toward analyzing key aspects of the utility's operation.
Adding video objects
You need to start work in Avidemux from the “Open” item of the “File” tab located in the main menu of the program, which will allow you to find a video file that needs editing and load the object for its further modernization. On this preparatory work can be considered completed. Further we will consider the main points of work in Avidemux, how to use the tools and tuning resources of the program so that the final video meets the user's requirements.
Work with audio
Oddly enough, but when reviewing the Avidemux program, we will begin to consider how to work with audio in the right way. Indeed, presenting a cool and effective video file without musical accompaniment is more than difficult, or even impossible. The presence of sound is one of the main conditions for creating high-quality video, so the developers took care when creating the program so that its resources allowed to add music, though by changing the existing track to the desired content. You can superimpose sound on an object by using the “Audio Track Settings” tool located in the “Audio” menu. The program allows you to superimpose up to four audio tracks on a single object, however, this is more than enough for a custom video.
Principles and Editing Capabilities
Having dealt with the music, we proceed to the analysis and the specifics of working directly with the video. Consider the main features that are most often used in the editing process. Often the editor is operated when necessary to cut a fragment, with the goal of further processing, or complete removal. Deleting or moving a specific section of a video is quite easy by applying a slider to mark the edges of the selected object. Instructions for implementing manipulation from the Avidemux developers are as follows:
- Using the tools located on the navigation panel, place the slider at the beginning of the fragment and press the A button; after the end of the section is marked, you will need to click on the B button.
- On the scale, the selected fragment will be visually displayed as a blue rectangle.
- Depending on the ultimate goal of the manipulation, then through the "Edit" menu, the "Cut" or "Delete" command is selected.
- In the second case, an unnecessary fragment will be unprecedentedly deleted.
- When choosing the “Cut” setting, the user will be able to continue working with the fragment, for example, “Move” it to another area of the video, highlighting a point for moving with the slider, followed by confirmation of the “Paste” command from the “Edit” menu.
In a situation where the user needs to crop the image, reduce its size, then it will be necessary to use the “Crop frame” resource located in the “Video” tab, in the “Filters” subsection. To crop the image, just set the parameters of the cropped area in the appropriate fields, and confirm them with the OK button after previewing the result. Convenience in the operation of the program is added by the function of the so-called “Search for black frames”, which allows you to find and smooth out the rough moments of the transition from one exposure to another. It is also located in the navigation area.
In the "Video Filters" section, tools are available that allow you to speed up or slow down the playback of frames, remove edge noise, flip the picture completely, or rotate the frame 90 degrees in the task category called "Transformation". Considering the tools of the "Video Filters" section, it is worth paying attention to the category "Noise Reduction". The resources in this section allow you to remove noise, thus greatly improving the quality of the resultant file. If the user intends to eventually compress the project in order to minimize its output size, experts recommend choosing the Mplayer Denoise 3D resource. If you need to remove the logo present on the original video, or sharpen the edges, you will need to use the resources of the "Sharpness" tab, located in the "Video Filters" category. For example, to remove watermarks, you need to apply the MPlay Delogo2 filter, and you can add sharpness to faces using the MSharpen tool.
If you are planning to operate several video files during the editing process, or if you want to add photos, the task is to glue the fragments into a single whole. To combine several videos into one, you need to use the “Attach” tool, located in the “File” section, and in the order of priority, according to the desired order in the result file, load the elements: they will automatically go to the timeline line in the chronology corresponding to the sequence of adding. If the source files are identical in resolution, size, and encoding, the process of combining the downloaded components will be "smooth." If with questions about how to change the parameters of a picture and its resolution it is already known from the above information, then we will consider encoding issues separately further.
For the process of converting files in the Avidemux program to the desired format, a vertical panel is directly responsible for encoding video. Using the resource capabilities of the decoder is quite simple:
- In the column "Video output" you will need to select your preferred video codec. The program will offer a choice of available format options: among them there will be both popular extensions, such as XWID, MPEG or MJPEG, which can improve the quality of the video file, as well as less common codecs - DIVX, VCD, Huffyuv and others.
- Similarly, you will need to decide on the “Audio Output” format by choosing the preferred encoding mode from the list proposed by the application.
- In the "Output format" section, you must affix a codec that will be used for both graphics and sound. It is desirable that it corresponds to the previously set parameters in the previous settings, which, when saving the edited file, will allow avoiding software conflicts.
Under each section there is a “Settings” column, where you can set additional parameters: specialists recommend introducing themselves into the nuances of interacting with them only after a detailed familiarization with the basic tools of the program and gaining starting experience with Avidemux. After entering the conversion parameters, it remains only to save the video file by specifying the area of its placement on the PC.
Applying special effects
One of the priority features in a variety of professional-grade video editors is the permissibility of using special effects and filters, which make it possible to add extravagance, drama, prestige or pomposity to the resulting file, depending on the ultimate goal of the work artist. The Avidemux program is not deprived of this opportunity, moreover, it is implemented in the form of admissibility of applying filters to the edited object, with which you can influence not only the graphics, but also transform or synchronize frames, set the playback speed, create doubled or superimposed images, affect the color reproduction , add subtitles and more. Although these capabilities are not as rich as in professional counterparts, they are positioned as high-quality tools for a free-class video editor.
Developers do not attach a separate manual intended for training robots with filters to the program, however, the instruction is not needed in this case either: “Filters” are located in the “Video” section, located on the top panel of the program window. Some of the filters have already been considered in the analysis of working with video, while others the user can try to apply, and through a preview to determine how relevant they are for each particular case of video editing. If the effect of applying the filter satisfies the artist, simply click the “Apply” button located at the bottom of the preview screen. Practice and subjective creative thinking will help determine which filter to apply to each type of file; advising in this direction is more than incorrect, since it’s hard to find comrades to taste and color. Experiment, and you will get a unique project that deserves attention.
The Avidemux program, although it is not considered a professional editor, allows ordinary users to turn their creative ideas and ideas into reality, create a high-quality video, lesson or other video, with their own production, on a free basis. Touching the program’s functions and capabilities can be a start for editing video files, becoming the so-called “springboard” for moving to a higher, professional level, and the recommendations in the article will help to cope with this task.