Why would I want to combine / join videos

November 7, 2010 at 06:12:47
Specs: Windows XP
I've had a camcorder for years and have had no desire to combine files. I prefer keeping them rather short.

Is it your video player doesn't use a playlist and the play quits after each video? Is that the problem?

The software I use can play all or any part of a video clip (time-line playback) in whatever order I desire or Random. There is no need to waste time and space by combining videos.

The reason for joining files can't be that people are sharing them over the NET. Really huge files don't transfer easily. So one would have to be giving the Videos out on DVD's. If that's the case and you pass them out on DVD's or USB Flash Drives; just include the video player program set to autorun. So No joining needed ever.

So just What is the "main reason" people want to join videos?

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November 7, 2010 at 06:24:25
Like you said, videos are very large files, so when people want to share them over the net, they break them down into smaller parts and upload them in pieces, usually using a zip file or other compression software. After someone downloads the pieces, they need to be joined to view it as one long movie file.

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November 7, 2010 at 06:36:10
Thanks. So transfer the smaller files and combine them into one big file for viewing.

My method would be tranfer the small files and the playlist along with the free player so no joining would be required.

P.S. I use a remote control to start and stop the video recording. This eliminates the jigglies at the beginning and end of each clip caused by hitting the On/Off switch

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November 9, 2010 at 07:58:44
I set up my camcorder in front of a 1 year old playing with toys and let it record for an hour.

That is going to be one long and boring video but if I were to cut out small pieces of that video and maybe another one just like it from months earlier then I could join them together; just the good parts to make a non-boring video.

Once one has children then one would understand.


P.S. Since you insist - what is the name of your free and wonderful player?

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November 9, 2010 at 08:56:39
Ok I could see that reason for splitting out videos. I have always kept my videos short and shot lots. So once your videos are downsized. You should be ok. Keep it all but in about 20 or 30 files. Those segments move more easily to the net. Big files can be a problem. That's why I wanted to know why people would ever join them.

My program can run these short files one after the other or randomly. It can be directed to play specific video segments in slow motion and more. Playing all the baby video wouldn't be too bad if you watched random segments rather than from start to finish. Random would help you big time.

here is the executable
here is the source code

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November 10, 2010 at 06:08:43
I do not pretend to understanding programing but do see points of interest in the source's text:
* Print "shareware"
* do not allow use if date past best before date???
* Print "software expired="; SSS; "="

It would also appear that it was a 5 year project starting in 2000 and the program will look for the OS Version number and only goes up to Windows 2000.
Will the Shareware work in Vista, XP and Win 7?


Too bad as I was looking forward to trying it. You made it sound good.

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November 10, 2010 at 09:15:12
The date check has never been activated. But I left the code in. The software runs on all windows versions from 95 thru windows 7. It's worth a try.

Start it up in it's own folder. It's a little wobbly on first run as it creates some control files etc. On the second start at prompt #2 enter "gf" option to auto catalog videos on a drive or in a specific folder and you are half way there.

I'm going to be doing some updates to the exe in a couple days so get another fresh copy in the near future to have the latest.

This program will run as long as Windows 7 and its earlier versions are around. That's a long long time.

Keep your videos short then no editing is required.

PS I just uploaded the most current search.exe

You don't have to know much with this system. You'll just love it. I have bragged and bragged all over the net. I can't stop.

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November 11, 2010 at 10:32:00
Is it DEMO only? Will it expire or will it continue to run?


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November 11, 2010 at 10:40:17
It will run forever. Or at least as long windows 7 thru 95 are around.

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November 12, 2010 at 04:42:37
Thanks - I'll give it a try over the weekend.

Thanks again,

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November 12, 2010 at 05:37:07
Good on you for trying and I'll help all you need.

Video is what this app really does better than anything else.
Once you have succeeded in doing the "golf" catalog option for your videos (prompt #2)
The files are ready to be displayed from the "baby.txt" catalog

Prompt #1 enter "baby.txt"
prompt #2 enter "ww" (options prompt) for screen saver mode select
prompt #3 enter "photo" (Search prompt) the default and 'photo is on every line

it will play all the videos in order forever. Each one will have the final 3 seconds played in super slow motion.

To do the same thing with random. Just enter "rand" at prompt #2 then enter the "WW" play option.

Add a few features like 'start point' for the video to play and 'speed' and 'length of play' and how many seconds to 'freeze on the last frame' then you got something

Besides the random file option there is the random start point option "randa" at prompt #2. Where by a random start point in the video will be picked and a short segment is played. That time length is set at prompt #2 by entering 'ttt5.5' the display length is set to 5.5 seconds.

The more videos you have the more you want the rand and randa options.

The app runs from DVD's and USB sticks so it's easy to distribute to friends.

I have over 500 videos on youtube and probably shot 10's of thousands of vids and never had the need to Join ONE. Not 1 file joined. ever.

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November 19, 2010 at 06:26:43
How the "Golf" option came about this summer.
(this is why custom software can be so great)

We took 2 camcorders to a couple golf tournaments and videoed 90+ tournament duffers as they passed by. We wanted to get the video up and running before they started supper and succeeded. We cataloged the videos from both camcorders and made a 2nd copy of that list and set those videos to play completely in slow motion. They loved the random video but when a slow motion of a long clip (10 or 15 seconds) played they would lose interest.

Solution create a "golf" option where 2 sets of lines are created for each video. The first one is set to play at normal speed. The second set plays the last 3 seconds (the swing) in slow motion. So we start recording almost as soon as they place the ball down and shut it off right after the swing.

One more feature was a result of the golf outing. Players liked to see their videos as a group / foursome. The solution to that was a "mini-video" to create a break point during cataloging "g" "golf". So as they approached the tee as a group I'd take a video of less than 2 seconds.

So now when the video plays it is random by foursome. With no boring long clips.

If both camcorders put the files out with this format: 20101119061659.mpg (they don't) I could have just as quickly had the sequence of shots from both camcorders synchronized.

Here are some of those videos. I have gotten lazy and haven't switched them out in a while. But I'll start changing them out.

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November 23, 2010 at 11:45:51
Never see the final 3 seconds of video

You can never stop recording soon enough sometimes. But don't worry about profanities ruining the immediate video playback. With the PD/C option the last 3 seconds of video will never get played.

The Profanity Delay / Censor option.

Reasons to use this cool Video feature:
If someone you don't like goes by. Stop recording.
If you might get sued. Stop recording.
If someone says something nasty or threatening to you. Stop recording.
If you are videoing a Wild Wild party be ready to. Stop recording

Sometime later you can examine those final few seconds to see which videos goes to the XXX folder.

Wouldn't it be great if YouTube offered this feature. Then we could quickly send our unedited video. As long as we stop recording quickly. Come on YouTube do it for the Swampies.

Just as with the "golf" enhancement whereby the "start==" element changing to negative "-3000" allows for playing the last 3 secs (the swing) in slo-mo. A similar change to the "wait=-3" will play all but the final 3 seconds of a video. When they are acting bad; cut 'em off.

Catalog the video using "gf" and then change the resultant .txt file replacing every "photo " with "photo wait=-3 " So within minutes of offloading the video it's ready to play. Never see them last 3 seconds EVER.

The latest search.exe from yesterday!!!

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