How can I edit MPEG-2 content?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by dcv, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    I've added this to the Digital Video forum as it seemed the best place for it, though what I'm actually trying to do is very basic.

    I've been recording some TV programmes using EyeTV. The files are automatically encoded in MPEG-2. The EyeTV2 software allows you to make simple edits such as cutting out commercials and exporting to other formats, but it doesn't allow you to insert clips or paste anything. The problem I have with a couple of consecutive recordings is that the beginning of the second show is at the end of the first file. I can save this as a separate clip but then have no way of joining it to the second recording.

    I know there is an MPEG-2 Playback component available for Quicktime, but if you have Quicktime Pro then does this also allow you to EDIT (i.e. insert/paste) mpeg-2 content in the same way that you can with .mov files? If so then I'll buy it! If not, then could you please recommend any other apps? Cheers!
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Ewwww MPEG2 is hard to edit, its mostly an end of the road codec, with no turning back.

    I personally havent tried to edit MPEG2s in the same fashion as I would .movs

    I think that the MPEG2 you have is a stream, like MPEG1, and you cant cut it apart....

    I will try to remember to do this at home, but maybe you will find your answer by then.

    I know of a workaround in DVDSP where you just place both video files on the same video track layer and just move the in/out points of the videos so they are "as one"
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Asking how to turn MPEG-2 video into something more "edit friendly" is pretty common. If you do a search I'm sure you'll find a number of threads on the best ways to convert the MPEG-2 into another format.

  4. kineticpast macrumors member

    May 13, 2005
    Womble Multimedia's products can all edit and save MPEG2 streams without re-encoding, but unfortunately it is only available for Windows. I'm sure that means there is a Mac app that does the same thing, I've just never found it (though I haven't really looked hard).
  5. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    Thunder Bay, ON
  6. MacAficionado macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    I thought you could send content recorded with EyeTV to iMovie for editing. Is this not true?
  7. dcv thread starter macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    Ohhh thanks very much for the replies - sorry I've not been on here a couple of days!

    - The MPEG streamclip sounds interesting, I'll certainly look into that.

    - As for export to iMovie, that also might be worth investigating.

    So far all of my recordings are in the original MPEG-2 format and I've already edited a fair number to remove commercials etc, so I'd rather not have to reformat everything... unless there is a better format that I should be using. I don't really know much about this kind of stuff :eek:

    Anyway I'll look into these suggestions. Cheers guys :)
  8. macinzen macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2006
    DropDV ( can be used to convert MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 (program or transport streams) to LARGE iMovie projects that can then be opened and edited with iMovie.
  9. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004


    can convert almost anything

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    converts to:
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  10. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Can we expect animated Green Wing avatars in the near future?
  11. dcv thread starter macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    Oooh another couple of suggestions - thanks guys. Now I just need this magic thing called TIME to look into those!

    Oh I wish I could create an animated Green Wing avatar, but sadly the limit on file size is tiny. :dammit:
  12. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004

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