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Basic Editing: Audio & Video


Copyright: When planning a digital capture project, begin by requesting permissions for materials not in the public domain. If there are digital photographs, video, or sounds for which permission to copy cannot be obtained, the Freedman Center will not support the capture of the materials.

Transcoding video is the second step in a 3-step process.  It involves the conversion of video from one file type to another, depending on what is desired.

Please note that the encoding process will take roughly one and a half times the total length of the video clips.

Getting Started

  • Open TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 6 under VIDEO folder on the desktop.
    • Be careful not to open TMPGEnc Authoring Works, they have different uses.

  • Select New Project, then select From Files to select the video you wish to edit.


Cut-Edit: Selecting the Starting and Ending Points of Your Video

  • A new window will pop up, displaying the video clip you just selected. The window should automatically be in Cut Edit tab.
  • Use the scrub tool (marked in red box) to set the start frame point and the end frame point of your video.
    • Use the scrub bar to choose the point you want to start your clip. You can do this by moving the tab on the bar with your mouse or using the keyboard arrow keys (note: if you press the Stop button, it will take you to the beginning of the clip). When you have chosen the spot you want your video to begin, click the Set as Start Frame button (marked in yellow box).
  • Repeat the same process to choose where you want the video clip to end. When you have determined that point, click the Set as End Frame (marked in yellow box).

Applying Filters

  • Select the Filter tab.
  • At the Deinterlace drop down menu select “Deinterlace always”

  • At the left tool ribbon, check and select Crop tool.
  • If desired, increase the amount of cropping along each edge until any blurred data has been trimmed from the video. Using the controls at the lower left area, crop the edges of the screen to eliminate unwanted areas.

  • Scroll further down the ribbon to the Volume Adjustment option, check the box.
    • In the Volume Correction Method drop down box, select Volume normalization.
  • Select OK.

Adding Additional Clips (Optional)

Clicking the OK button will add the video clip with the Cut-edit and Filter features applied to the transcoding queue. You will return to the original screen.

  • You may now choose another clip if desire and repeat the above steps. Begin again with "Add file" again to select another video file to transcode (the "Add clip" dialog box will appear once again). If the project clips require a specific order, select a clip and use the Move Up and Down buttons in the bottom right corner
  • Note: To change the settings you just created for the clip, click the Edit button next to the clip.

Formatting Your Video

  • Once the project is in the desired order, select the Format tab to choose the video output specifications.
  • If you are transcoding video for use on a DVD, you will select DVD Standard MPEG File.
  • NTSC is the video specification used in North America and Japan and will usually be selected for transcoding. For a DVD to be played in an American DVD player, choose NTSC in the Video System drop-down box. PAL is the video specification used in Europe and Asia and videos transcoded using the PAL system will not work in NTSC players.
  • You can also export your video as .MP4 (MPEG-4) and .MOV. 
  • Next, verify that the CBR (Constant bitrate) option is selected.
  • If you are transcoding video for use in a PowerPoint on a Mac you will select Video-CD MPEG Standard File and NTSC.
  • If you are transcoding video for use in a PowerPoint on a PC you will select Windows Media Video file output.
  • Click the Select option to continue.
  • It is essential to verify that Maximum Bitrate has been set to 8 Mbps. This is not relevant to some output formats, so if this box is not editable, do not worry about it.
  • Choose whether or not you want to Output all clips into one file (or one set of files) or Output each clip as a separate file (or separate set of files) by choosing your selection in the Output mode: drop-down box.

Encoding Your Video

  • Select the Encode tab:
  • Click Browse to choose the folder to which you want to export the file (if you haven't already done so, you may create your own folder in the Storage (D: Drive) using your Case ID) and click Save at bottom of popup screen.
  • Select the Start button. A popup screen may tell you what files you will be encoding if you selected Output each clip as a separate file (or separate set of files). Verify by selecting Yes.
  • When finished, a pop will say Output Completed. The finished files will appear in your D: Drive Storage folder in a Project Folder.