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How to edit AVCHD file

Do you actively shoot HD video with your cutting-edge cameras? New format – AVCHD is getting more and more popular. It is already supported by wide range of cameras like Panasonic GH1, Panasonic HDC-SD800, JVC GZ-HM30BEU HD, Sony HDR-CX115EB Full HD, Sony HDR-CX250EB Full-HD, Sony NEX-7B Systemkamera, Canon LEGRIA HF S21 AVCHD-Camcorder and so on and so forth. To meet a need of editing your AVCHD video fast and losslessly  – SolveigMM Video Spliter is a best solution ever.


Related topics:

How to edit MPEG2 files captured by video cameras
How to join AVCHD files


Basic Terms

Understanding of some basic terms used in this guide will help you to start using SolveigMM Video Splitter in most comfortable way.

Marker is a constituent part of a fragment consisted of two markers: start and end. Markers can be added or deleted. Such operations as deleting and positioning are applied to the selected markers only.
1
Marker is set to a current cursor position.
2
The selected marker is highlighted with yellow color.

Markers can be added or deleted. Such operations as deleting and positioning are applied to the selected markers only.

Fragment is a part of video (or audio) file limited by two markers to be removed or kept in a final movie, e.g. commercial block you want to cut off. Selected fragments are marked with orange color. Fragments marked as 'cut off' are colored with white color. 
Examples of fragments are provided in table below:

Color of Fragment Description
4 This fragment was set to be deleted. It will not be presented in final movie
6 This fragment was set to be kept. It will be presented in final movie
3 This fragment was set to be deleted. It will not be presented in final movie. Yellow highlight means you can edit it (delete, set it to be kept, etc.)
5 This fragment was set to be kept. It will be presented in final movie. Yellow highlight means you can edit it (delete, set it to be cut off, etc.)

Control Panel contains main tools for file processing.

A description of window elements is provided in table below.

 

Window Element Description Shortcut Key
35
Button "Add Marker": Adds a new marker to current slider cursor position.
M
36
Button "Remove Marker(s)": Removes a current marker or fragment.
Delete
37
Button "Keep On Selected Fragment": Sets a fragment type.
S
38
Button "Cut Off Selected Fragment": Sets a fragment type.
D
39
Button "Invert": Inverts time line fragments.
I
42
Button "Size":  Calculate result file size (is available for AVI, MP3).
Ctrl+F
46
Button "Trim": Starts trimming or Batch Processing (if batch queue has any task).
Ctrl+T
40
Edit box of a left marker cursor time position. You can edit this value by manually.  
41
Edit box of a right marker cursor time position. You can edit this value by manually.  
48
Button "Zoom In": Increases a slider timeline resolution for more comfortable editing neighbor markers (*).
NumPad+
47
Button "Zoom Out": Decreases a slider timeline resolution (*).
NumPad-
49
50
Story board Off/On: turn off/on the story board   
43 Save current fragment as: saves the selected fragment  
44 Save All fragments as: saves all selected fragment on the timeline  

(*) - To view timeline areas after Zoom In you can use a scroll bar (below a timeline slider) and "Alt + Left arrow" and "Alt + Right Arrow" hot keys.

 

In our example we will edit the initial AVCHD file by cutting off two fragments with frame accuracy in one pass.

Figure 1

1. Click the button or select the Open Media File... command in the File menu.

2. Select file to be edited.

3. Click the button to open the selected file.

Figure 2

4. Find the beginning of the first part of your movie using Video slider.

5. Click the Add marker button. You can also add the marker by selecting the Set New Marker command of the contextual menu or using the [M] key. Then add the marker at the end of the fragment. Markers divide the movie into several fragments (see Basic Terms). In our example we divide our movie into four fragments by adding markers in the required places.

Note: You can cancel the latest action you made. The Undo command of the Edit menu is intended for cancelling the last action. The command name also contains the name of the last action, e.g. Undo (Add Marker), see Figure 3. The Redo command of the Edit menu is used to perform the cancelled action. This command is inactive if no actions were undone. When the command is undimmed it contains the name of the last undone action (see Figure 3).

Figure 3

Figure 4

6. Select the fragment you want to cut out of from the movie by clicking your left mouse button.
7. Click the button to mark the selected fragment as 'cut off'. The selected fragment will be greyed out (see Basic Terms).

Figure 5

8. Select other fragments you want to cut out of from the movie. In our example we marked the second fragment as 'cut off' as described in 7.
9. Click the button to start the file processing.

10. Enter new file name in the appeared Save As window.
11. Click the Save button. You will see the current progress of the splitting process.

The new saved file will not contain the two fragments marked as 'cut off'.

Additional information about features of SolveigMM Video Splitter can be found on the website and in the SolveigMM Video Splitter User Guide.