VirtualDub Tutrioal: How to Use VirtualDub

VirtualDub dedicates to processing AVI files and can be extended with third-party video filters. Although it's not so fully-featured as other professional video editors, it certainly can accomplish more than a few tasks that you might think you need other separate applications for. Here let's see how to use VirtualDub.

Part 1 Download VirtualDub and add a video file

First download VirtualDub and install it. You'd better take the 32bit version, not AMD64, to avoid problems with codecs. Then launch the program and select "File">"Open video file" to add a video file. Please notice that VirtualDub only supports AVI by default. If you want to edit other types of videos like MP4/MKV/WMV, refer to this guide >>

Part 2 Edit Video with VirtualDub

Let’s take a look at video editing in VirtualDub now.

1.Split & Trim

VirtualDub has the ability to split videos or trim a portion of a video file with the position slider. To do this:

1. Go to the Video Menu and check the "Direct stream copy" option. Then go to the Audio Menu and do the same.

2. Use the "Edit" > "Set selection start" and "Edit" > "Set selection end" commands to select a portion of video. This can also be done through the mark-in and mark-out buttons below the position slider or through the Home and End keys on the keyboard. Then the currently selected part will now turn blue at the slider.

3. After that, click the "File" > "Save as AVI" menu command to save the AVI segment.

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2.Join & Merge

To join/merge multiple video files:

1. Go to "File" > "Append Avi Segment" to add another AVI video you want to have in your big video. You can only add one file at a time, so if you have many small video parts, you have to repeat this step and that may cost a lot of time.

2. Go to Video menu and make sure "Full processing mode " is selected there.

3. Click "Compression" under the Video Menu and choose the video codecs for your output videos. After that, go to "File" > "Save Segmented AVI" to save your work to your computer.

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3.Crop

VirtualDub allows you to crop at the beginning of any video filter, you can do it by following the steps below:

1. Check that you're in "Full Processing mode" and then go to "Video" > "Filters". You’ll notice that there’s a Cropping button that’s not quite clickable (because it’s only enabled after you have chosen a filter).

2. Then click on Add... and choose "null transform". That doesn't do anything to your video, but will ungray the Cropping button now.

3. In the Filter input cropping dialog box, you can either drag sides or adjust the offsets to crop videos.

Tips: Change the dimensions will reduce the video quality, but you can use the resize filter to make the cropped video as the original video's resolution.

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4.Rotate

VirtualDub also enables you to rotate video in different angles. Here's a little trick to rotate your videos with it.

1. Choose the Video Menu and go to "Filters".

2. Then click on Add..., choose "rotate" and click "OK". Then the Rotate filter will provide you will all the necessary options to rotate your videos.

You will certainly notice the presence of the "rotate 2" filter. Indeed, it allows you to can choose the degree of rotation of the video.

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5.Compress

VirtualDub also enables you to rotate video in different angles. Here's a little trick to rotate your videos with it.

1. Choose the Video Menu and go to "Filters".

2. Then click on Add..., choose "rotate" and click "OK". Then the Rotate filter will provide you will all the necessary options to rotate your videos.

You will certainly notice the presence of the "rotate 2" filter. Indeed, it allows you to can choose the degree of rotation of the video.

edit video in virtualdub

Saving AVI As Animated GIF: The GIF animations are useful to illustrate articles. So after you've loaded your video, getting your GIF animation is pretty easy. Just select the portion of the video you want to save by moving the slider and go through File > Export and selecting Animated GIF....

Extract Images from Video or Saving JPEG/PNG/BMP Snapshots: Want to save images from video? VirtualDub is the best tool to do this. To do so, go to File > Export > Image Sequence...to bring up the following dialog and make settings before exporting images from video. Note that the image number could be very large. The tips is to delete unnecessary portion before exporting images (refer to split and extract video part).

edit video in virtualdub

If you're interested in getting a single snapshot from a scene in the video and editing it in, say, MS Paint, you can easily use the slider to position it at the right scene, press Ctrl + 1 or go to Video > Copy source frame to clipboard.

Adding A Logo/Watermark to Video: Use the logo filter to add a watermark to your video and save to AVI. After open the video, go through Video/Filters, click Add.. and in the Add Filters dialog select logo to open the video logo setting dialog.

Embedding Subtitles Permanently: You can use VirtualDub along with the TextSub filter to embed them in your movie permanently, in what is called hardsubbing. But first you need to prepare your subtitle files. They are usually in *.srt, *.sub, *.ssa, *.ass, etc. Not yet subtitle file? Google it.

First install TextSub filter, Download TextSub filter here and place to VirtualDub installation folder (usually at C:Program FilesVirtualDubplugins, but if you don't have that plugins subdirectory, just create one). Then go to Video/Filters to bring up following dialog. Choose TextSub to make subtitle settings and save video by File/Save as AVI....

edit video in virtualdub

Add Zoom in/out Effect to Video: VirtualDub can achieve a Zoom in/out effect with the Zoom VirtualDub filter. Download the filter and add the .vdf file to VirtualDub's Plugins folder (usually at C:Program FilesVirtualDubplugins, but if you don't have that plugins subdirectory, just create one). Refer to the above instructions to open Zoom effect setting dialog and then save to a new video file with desired zoom effect.

Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Liza_Brown
Hi, Martin Vrbovsky, check this forum: http://forums.virtualdub.org/index.php?act=ST&f=7&t=15093&st=0
Martin Vrbovsky
you forgot to mention, which plug in in virtual dub allows this for .mp4
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