Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to VirtualDubMod

The quality of many free video editing tools available online will vary. But an excellent tool that is available for free is VirtualDudMod. This is an extension of the popular VirtualDub. This is a linear processing tool and type of open source capture developed specifically for Windows operating systems. The first version was released in 2006. This software has several additional features that merge the many different forms of VirtualDub found online.

What it Does

This software will capture video, encode and then decode the uploaded footage. It is very simple and efficient. The original software stored the video in AVI format. However, VirtualDubMod has extended these features so files can be created in Ogg format, Mpeg-2 format and Matroska media format. Many times, the more advanced video editing software will not support these types of video files. In particular, MPEG-2 formats are video files taken from digital cameras.

Opening Video Files

There are 2 different ways to open a video file using this software. If you want to create a new file then Ctrl-V is the correct command. This command will open the file and then create an avisynth script version. It allows you to choose the template for the new AVI file. There are different templates depending on the source of the video. MPEGsource is for random video access, MPEG2Soruce is for .d2v and dvd2avi files and DirectShowSource is for mpeg1 formats and some versions of DV. If the file has already been loaded into the software then it is possible to open it using the Ctrl-O command. This is equivalent to grabbing the different files and dragging and dropping the video into the VirtualDubMod software.

Editing Features

The software offers several types of editing though it will not rearrange the video scenes into different order. The video order stays the same from when it was captured into the software. There are many different filters that can be used to resize the video and do color correction. These filters work the best when the file is Avisynth so it is recommended that you transform any video format to AVI. There is a color depth function that enhances what is displayed though additional software is needed for large color changes. Most users tend to use the compression function. This is helpful when saving the video. The most commonly used compression formats include XviD, Mjpeg, PicVideo and HuffYUV. There is a direct stream copy function that will input the video file and then immediately copy it to an output. This is useful when extracting specific parts of the AVI file. The video stream can be scanned for errors and corrupted data. The software can attempt many things to try to recover these corrupt videos.

Audio

Besides just video, this software also allows for audio work as well. It is possible to add information and data to the video. For certain formats it is possible to add chapter information. Most videos will have 2 different audio streams, an MP3 stream and a WAV stream. Most videos will only use one audio stream. It is possible to rip the audio data separately and not convert it into WAV format. It is also possible to delete a selected audio stream if necessary.