DVdate is a powerful utility for processing AVI files in general, and specially AVI DV files. It features many useful functions, easy and fast to apply even to a great number of avi files at once. For example:
- convert a DV file from type 1 to type 2 (and reciprocally): It is useful when importing files into some video editing software that accept only videos of type 2, like Pinnacle's Studio. DVdate may recognize even some strange DV types, like those produced by Movie Edit Pro and convert them to regular DV types.
- convert a non DV file into a DV file (Pal or NTSC): it is useful when editing a project with DV files, to import easily a video clip, that has been compressed with anything else than DV, like DivX or Mjpeg.
- convert a DV file from Pal to NTSC or reciprocally: it is useful to make a DVD in NTSC format with a camcorder in DV Pal.
- embed ("Inlay" or should I say "burn"? ) datecode or timecode into the frames of a DV file: it is useful to display the date and time of capture on the screen, like the analog camcorders used to do. This function is highly personalizable, with nice features (change font, position, schedule to display ay each scene change, display the datecode on two lines, adjust the alignment, add a border...
- create a subtitle file with the datecodes at the right times: very useful to display the datecode when playing a video, without burning it permanently into the video frames.
- export a file containing the list of scenes from a DV video to some popular formats: it can be a simple text file, or a Excel Worksheet, but also a Word doc, and even a document for OpenOffice.org (Calc or Writer) it's useful to catalog DV tapes, or to make a database of all scenes. It's then personalizable with Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org
- fix the framerate of an avi file : it may fix some out of sync issues, specially when an analog capture board did not set the correct framerate
- rename avi files by adding their datecode or timecode: it's useful when sorting video clips and archiving them.
- many other features are available: extract audio to WAV, fix a time difference, change the FourCC of the codec, split a DV file into individual scene files.
DVdate features a multimedia player which can read the video (including in full screen) and browse easily through the video with CTRL+ array keys, and even browse from scene to scene with the function keys F8 and F9. It displays in real time the datecode and timecode of the frame being played. DVdate displays also complete information about the AVI file. Like the utility Gspot, it indicates the codec, the image size, the number of frames per second, the duration of the video etc.... When dealing with DV files, it adds the type 1 or 2 and the TV standard Pal or NTSC or even the aspect ratio 4x3 or 16x9. It features also a function to display the RIFF header of an avi file, like riffwalk.exe from Microsoft used to do.
DVdate can load a great number of avi files into its "playlist", and process them individually or altogether. It displays automatically the video of each selected file. It may open the selected files in a third-party application with a single key stroke. With one keyboard hit (CTRL+F7) it may even load all avi files present on all your hard drives. Try it, you may be surprised by the result.
DVdate comes with a script language, which can automate many functions, and is useful in batch processing, and command-line mode.
DVdate features a Scenes Editor, and can create (even for non DV files, for instance DivX) a scn file containing data about the scenes (start, end, caption, thumbnail...). This enables the amazing function of browsing from scene to scene in some of my software, and is compatible with Studio from Pinnacle.
directX 9.0 or better