Quick Question - How to merge 2 AVI files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sonictonic, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    Location:
    Central Coast, California
    #1
    What's the easiest way to merge together two fairly large AVI files, into one.

    Is this possible with any freeware?

    Many thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
    Location:
    NY/NY
    #2
    D-Vision3
     
  3. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Location:
    New Brunswick, NJ
    #3
    check out mpeg streamclip.. it might work for you
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    Location:
    Central Coast, California
    #4
    Thanks guys. D-Vision 3 doesn't look like it'll do it. From what I can tell not even close to this specific reason I need.

    I'm gonna try MPEG Stream Clip right now.

    Any other suggestions please bring 'em on! Thanks! :)
     
  5. macrumors 68040

    motulist

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    #5
    Are these 2 separate clips that you want to join, or are they a single video file that was split into 2 parts in order to send over usenet or email or whatever? If they're 2 parts of a single video file which was split then just use catenator to stitch the parts into a single file. You can find that app on versiontracker.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    Location:
    Central Coast, California
    #6
    Seems to me you need a PPC Mac for catenator, am I right? Tried running it on my MacBook Pro and it didn't work. They are 2 large AVI files, that were one file originally.

    The other 2 programs suggested didn't work either. :(
     
  7. macrumors 68040

    motulist

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    #7
    Catenator is just an executable applescript (which is basically a .bat file if you're coming from Windows-land), so I doubt it matters if you're on PPC or intel. But if you think that's the problem because downloading the program and dragging and dropping the video files onto its icon doesn't work, then just open catenator in the applescript editor and resave it as an application.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    Location:
    Central Coast, California
    #8
    Maybe I don't understand what you're saying, but I just tried that and all it does is make it so when I load the new "app" I get a popup that says to run click on run, to quit click on quit. :p Duh. :rolleyes: so I click run and it's the same darn outcome as with the original file. So I'm not sure what you mean here obviously. When I follow the instruction of dragging the two video files to the icon for this script, nothing happens. I gave my Mac some time to work on it, and I got one file out of it, was the size of the first two files added together, but went to play it and it only played the first half. How the heck does that happen? Same video as file #1 but double the size? I don't get it.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

    chrisdazzo

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Location:
    Colorado
    #9
    Haha, would these happen to come from numerous .rar files? Just kidding!

    Open both files with Quicktime, [scroll] to the end of the first file, select the second file, apple-a (select all) in the second file, then apple-c (copy) in the second file and apple-v (paste) at the end of the first file.
     
  10. macrumors 68040

    motulist

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    #10
    That's what the program is supposed to do. That outcome means the separate AVI files are really individual separate AVI files and not a single AVI file that was cut into 2 pieces. (Which doesn't mean the footage isn't continuous between the 2 clips, but that the files themselves are independent source files)

    In that case, the only way to create a single movie file that contains both clips is to open up the files in a video editor like iMovie, butt the 2 files up next to each other in sequence, then export the spliced sequence as a new movie file. (basically what chrisdazzo said above).

    Alternatively, if you just want to see both clips in sequence and don't actually care about creating a single video file that contains both clips, then you can just put them in a playlist in VLC. There'll be a tiny stutter between when one clip ends and another begins, but it's not a big deal. Then you can save the playlist so that whenever you want to see the combined clips you just double click the saved playlist, which opens the sequence of clips in VLC again.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2006
    Location:
    Central Coast, California
    #11
    Thanks guys. Quicktime Pro will apparently let me do that, but not the free version. Tried iMovie HD and got a totally bloated file and it altered the aspect ratio. I'm not very familar with that program and couldn't figure that out.

    Anyhow, QT Pro looks like it'll let me do it easy, I think I might just buy that but I'll think about it a bit first, especially since the free version now supports full screen, heh.

    Thanks for the help people. :)
     
  12. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Location:
    Coral Springs, Florida
    #12
    Hate to bring up an old thread but MPEG Streamclip did this with no problem. By default it kept all parameters in check.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    #13
    MPEG Streamclip lost video for me

    I just tried to merge 2 .avi files via MPEG Streamclip (v1.9.2), but the result file only had the audio...the video was all black...file size was not smaller though.

    Or did I do it the wrong way?
    In MPEG Streamclip, I opened two .avi files (which play just fine in the program, by the way)
    then simply did a "save as" to a new .avi file.
    It proceeded to quickly save the entire 2 hours to the new copy, but as indicated, good sound but all black picture. :(
    __________________
    20" Aluminum iMac, 2.4 GHz, 4GB DDR2 RAM, 750GB HDD, 10.5.8
     
  14. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    #14

    New on this forum and not sure if I'm aloud to say this out loud here, but anyway consider me thinking it out loud then.. but get the serialbox application and you will find a load of useful serial code to activate quicktime pro... Stop downloading all these apps cause quicktime does the trick reaaaallly fast. As been said before, do the copy paste trick, even add the subtitles to the original files and it will copy them too, then save as a selfcontained movie and voila, your new video file. Burn it and watch it ;)

    grtz
     
  15. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    #15
    Don't waste time with QT Pro. Its a bloated piece of software. I had it before.
     
  16. macrumors member

    Reel1

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2006
    Location:
    Onatrio, Canada
    #16
    QT Pro works perfectly
     
  17. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2010
    #17
    AddMovie

    Try AddMovie.
    It's free work fine for me.
    Download AddMovie
    :apple:
     
  18. macrumors regular

    gescom

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Location:
    Westerville, OH.
    #18
    This was exactly what I was looking for! No nonsense app that gets the job done! Thanks! :D
     
  19. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    #19
    Don't waste your time with AddMovie

    AddMovie is just a video converter that will mess up your movies! This means that you can not merge 2 movie files can not be added togeather.


    Originally Posted by gescom
    Try AddMovie.
    It's free work fine for me.
    Download AddMovie

    :apple::apple::apple::apple::apple:
     

Share This Page