I’ve tried a few products for MPEG editing video streams I’ve captured from TV recordings so far but wasn’t happy with any one of them, because neither performed the tasks in the way I’d like it to be. I’d therefore like to ask the community if you know of a product with the features mentioned below (I’m only talking about MPEG-2 streams in PAL format):
1.) Easy cutting out sequences only at the beginning and the end of an MPEG-2 stream. Possibility of positioning on a single frame and exact cutting on that frame. No re-rendering of the result (quick & easy).
2.) Cutting out multiple sequences in an MPEG-2 stream and putting the scenes together again (e.g. cutting out commercials). Exact cutting on the frames, no re-rendering of the stream except at that points where two scenes have been put together. Handling should be quick & easy, output file generation should also be quick.
3.) It would be nice if the exact frame positioning could be done in the following way: a slider is provided for easy navigation within the complete MPEG-2 stream. When you have found the approximate position where you want to cut, you should be able to fine-position with a kind of fast-forward/fast-backward function combined with a slow-forward/slow-backward function and a single frame forward/backward function so you can find the exact frame where you want to cut.
4.) A nice option for removing commercials would be if the program could detect 2 matching frames (or 2 matching short sequences). With this option it would be possible to mark the overlapping sequences before and after a commercial and the program could determine automatically the best position where to cut and put the 2 sequences together automatically.
I guess a product that could do all 4 things isn’t available, although it would be nice to have. I’m not looking for a fancy product with millions of features, the above mentioned ones are the only ones I’d like to have. My goal is only to archive MPEG-2’s I’ve recorded from TV on DVD. I don’t want to waste much time for the editing process, it should only take a couple of minutes to obtain a nice result where you can’t detect that editing has been done. The resulting MPEG-2 should also be of good quality so I don’t have problems in burning this to DVD. My experience is that this isn’t an obvious feature at all.
Any help would be greatly appreciated !