How can I combine several AVI files into one video?

mileslong

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i have the great federer-roddick tennis match from wimbledon this year but its in 22 different avi files. is there anyway i can combine all these to make one smooth running video?

thanks!!

i have the following applications:

quicktime pro
dvd studio pro
ffmpegx
final cut express
imovie hd
 

dxm113

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with QT Pro, you should be able to open a new player, and copy & paste all of the files into the new player, and save as one file . . . methinks at least
 

mileslong

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i tried that but it didnt work. i forgot to mention that for some reason QT pro wont play this movie, i have to use VLC. any options or opinions here??
 

neocell

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mileslong said:
i tried that but it didnt work. i forgot to mention that for some reason QT pro wont play this movie, i have to use VLC. any options or opinions here??
Can you import the avi files into iMovie? If so just combine them there.
 

dxm113

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As neocell said, try iMovie or FCE. You should definitely be able to assemble all of the clips and save them as one "movie" file with these programs (File -> share). You can even save them as a different file type (.mov, .mp4, etc).
 

mileslong

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thanks for the responses guys. here is what im dong currently. imovie wouldnt load the avi files the way they were. i used ffmpegx to convert them to mpeg4 files, the first tow anyway as a test, after that conversion, now QT plays them which it didnt before the conversion. now i am trying to combine the two files in imovie. its working so far which it didnt earlier. after its done i will see if i can join them.

in the meantime i am also going to try these other options you guys gave me and i will post the results. maybe it will help others trying to do the same thing.
 

Espnetboy3

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Why does this world still use AVI. Its soo terrible and no one likes to work with them. With quicktime and mpeg and even bin cue files why avi. It's annoying to burn , quicktime doesn't play alot of them and you need codecs.
 

mileslong

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well here are the results guys. the mpeg conversion to imovie failed miserably, it took 30 minutes to get only 30% finished on two files then crashed.

i downloaded d-vision and bam all 22 avi files combined in about 3 minutes and it even plays in QT now which it didnt before! what an awesome program and look at the cost.

thanks for all the responses and again this is why i switched to a mac this year because of the machine and the people, thanks again.

miles
 

Oryan

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mileslong said:
one last question, what format do i need to change this avi movie to inorder to burn it so it will play on a dvd player?
MPEG-2. I'm not sure if dvd studio pro will convert avi to MPEG-2. You might have to use QTPro or compressor to convert them and then import.
 

wrc fan

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mileslong said:
one last question, what format do i need to change this avi movie to inorder to burn it so it will play on a dvd player?
Use ffmpegX, drop the avi on where it says "Drop file here" then from the Target format side, click the arrow pointing down and choose DVD (either mpeg2enc or ffmpeg option should work). Then you'll have a folder which you can just burn with toast.
 

biquet1

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Thanks a lot Live4ever.
This software rules! I join my avi files in like 4 minutes!!
Fantastic tool and it's free!
Would you know of any software that convert rmvb (Real Player files) into avi by any chance?
Thanks again!
 

mojamusic

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Feb 26, 2007
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joining avi movies in quicktime pro is easy

just use quicktime pro to copy and paste one movie file to the next to make a larger movie... easy.

d vision 3 and the rest turned out to be a complete waste of time.

avi files are luckily supported in quicktime pro.

1.open the movies u want to join in quicktime pro.
2. select "select all" of the avi movie u want to copy then select "copy" then go to the movie u want to join it to. move it's cursor to the end of the film (or wherever u want to paste the copied movie to)
3. select "paste"
4. save new film.

easy
 

tomharmon4

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Mar 2, 2007
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Help

I have tried to use the link to D-Vision 3 as Live4Ever suggested but would appreciate if someone could give me very detailed step by step instructions. I seem to be able to download the program (maybe?) but can't find the Tools>Join AVI files.

HELP! Thanks!
 

Matt Gnarly

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I know this is an old thread but I appreciate the info on it as it helped me find the solution I was looking for. Hopefully this will help others too. I've posted a step by step How-To on my blog using the program mentioned in this thread (D-Vision 3).

http://djlaube.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/merging-two-avi-files-into-one-file-on-a-mac/

Hope it helps!
-squirrelking
This program works great, but does anyone know how to change the icon for a converted file to a standard icon rather than a D-vision 3 icon?
 

teresaSt2007

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Matt Gnarly, most of the converted video will be lossy, and squirrelking, thanks for sharing, but the blog isn't working here, In such cases, I'd like to recommend Video Editor for Mac to you, I always use it to edit video and make funny video for uploading to Youtube, it's easy to use and the quality is awesome, you can crop, cut, join, edit video with it easily. It also embeds many special effects, you can even add text to video or add background music, that's pretty cool. It worth a try
http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=2026538
For more video merging software, you may take a look at wikipedia
 

Kludge420

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It should be noted that D-Vision has a horrible anti-user, non-Apple-esque interface that commits the unforgivable sins of mystery meat navigation and ignoring the user completely. Instead of focusing on how a user would use the app it opens with a myriad of confusing options which are promptly ignored when you finally get it to do something. The "open" button doesn't actually open movie files as you would expect and the "create tasks" button doesn't let you create tasks. Really, really bad interface design... bad designer! Bad!

All that being said, it works and it's free.

Oh, and to get past the options screen to where users will actually spend their time doing stuff, click the non-button looking circular icon that has "Tools" below it.