I need a video editor that trims videos but doesn't rerender them
August 19, 2013 1:50 PM Subscribe
I'm working on a webinar library. The webinars are all slide shows, with the presenter speaking over. I need to convert and edit these (36 webinars, 9GB total) and upload them to Vimeo. Currently each webinar has have an introduction and wrap up that only applies to the people watching the webinar live; it's useless to anyone watching the recording. I would like to trim this off of each webinar before uploading to Vimeo.
posted by hotelechozulu to technology (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We host and record the webinars on GoToMeeting. GoToMeeting spits out a wmv with the introduction and wrap up. I tried uploading these files directly to Vimeo, but it didn't like the codec that came from the original GoToMeeting wmv recording...it wouldn't let me upload them.
I then used Windows Media Encoder to convert each untrimmed video to a codec that Vimeo liked (it's "Windows Media Video 9", as far as I can tell). This version of the webinar looks really good on Vimeo, but it has the introduction and wrap up.
I've tried to trim the converted version of the webinar using Windows Movie Maker, but it rerenders the whole thing, so the text on the slides looks like crap...it's basically going through two renderings* which I know is that makes it look more garbled. The nature of the webinar (text on slides) makes it especially prone to "fuzz". I've tried using Windows Movie Maker to trim the original GoToMeeting wmv and it also looked bad. Each time I do this takes forrreeeevvvveerr. It's been a week of experimenting and watching progress bars.
I have a Windows computer at work (so I would prefer Windows solutions), and a Mac at home. My last ditch effort is to bring my Mac to work and try using iMovie. I might be able to talk my work into purchasing Final Cut, but it's expensive and I don't want to ask them to shell out that money unless I know it will do what I want....and I don't know how keen they'd be on buying Final Cut for my personal computer (and will I even be able to work with wmv files on Final Cut/iMovie?)
I could just upload the converted file and not bother with trimming them, but I really think this hurts the number of views we get. I really want to trim off the extraneous crap; it's a waste of time for the viewer.
Is there a better encoder and/or editor out there, or am I even thinking about this the wrong way?
*I might be using the wrong terminology here. This is my first time working with video so I don't really know what I'm doing.