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Giveaway of the day — Womble MPEG-VCR

The Womble MPEG-VCR is an MPEG-2 video editor with frame accurate editing and smart render saving.
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The Womble MPEG-VCR is an MPEG-2 video editor with frame accurate editing and smart
render saving.

It supports all MPEG-2 bit streams, including HD.

Major features are:

  • frame accurate editing to find exactly the scene you want;
  • fastest scrubbing to scroll through your entire movie as fast as your mouse can drag the slider;
  • fastest frame stepping of any MPEG-2 Editor;
  • NO re-encoding to let you write out edited movies as fast as any disk-to-disk copy operation.

System Requirements:

Windows 95, 98, or NT

Publisher:

Womble Multimedia

Homepage:

http://womble.com/vcr/

File Size:

1.98 MB

Price:

$19

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#72

#77, john, I have a license for VideoReDo TVSuite (like most software I purchase, it was at a discount). As far as I know, the betas function like normal 15-day trials if you don't have a license. That also means that if you use one and it expires, and you try a newer beta, it will probably also be expired. So basically you get a chance to try the software to see if it suites your needs. I don't remember whether the trial versions have restrictions, I've been using various licensed versions of VideoReDo for years, since Windows Media Center and most DVR applications will produce files with errors. Usually, that's not a big deal if you're viewing the file live, although sometimes it is, and it can screw up writing to DVD. Vista was initially released with a defective Media Center, in typical Microsoft fashion, which had errors at the beginning of the file which even VideoReDo couldn't fix. Since video files are huge, I would have had to use other software to copy only the beginning of the file and send it to the VideoReDo developer, which wasn't practical at the time. Now, there are temporary file hosts on the Internet which can handle large files. An FFmpeg-based DVR-MS to MPEG converter was able to handle those errors, so that's what I used until Microsoft fixed the problem. As I stated earlier, the guy who develops VideoReDo isn't the greatest programmer, so it could be better, but most of the time it works well enough for my needs, and I've never had to go through all of the convolutions which mike always talks about with other software.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

While it may support mpeg containers, it has a hell of a time with many audio and video codecs IN those containers. Really, "including HD"? Um, not when the vast majority of what is true HD (1080p) is in x264. No DTS/DDHD/DDHT support? There goes BBC/Discovery, National Geographic, ABC, NBC, CPS, FOX, KBS, CNC, most Japanese stations.... basically, any over-air broadcast, picked up from OA antenna, cable, satellite, wherever.
For all the claims of who is best in these, honestly, very basic ultra-entry-level programs, why pay all this extra money for LESS tools?
VirtuaDubMod can handle anything this can, and most of what it can't.

Reply   |   Comment by lostinlodos  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#70

Here's a picture of the VideoReDo interface, editing a high-definition DVR-MS file, with a few options shown (1920x1440). The blue graph indicates audio level and type. Not in the picture, at the beginning of the show, it's possible to tell where the station changed from 2-channel to 5.1-channel audio (they did it a bit late). Here's the VLC media information for the edited output, showing that VideoReDo edits AC3 fine (as long as you just edit and don't alter the audio).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#69

#36, Bad One: timeline, display multiple frames, (potential) commercial identification, graphical display of audio levels, etc., VideoReDo has all of that. Also, you can use freeware and shareware commercial identifiers and cutters, such as Comskip (free), ShowAnalyzer ($30), and others.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#68

I found that even though I finally have the program installed, it would not run under Windows normal mode. XPPRO SP3. Every time I ran the program, it would freeze and then open multiple instances of the program until my CPU was locked at 100% and the program AND the computer stayed frozen. I restarted the computer in SAFE mode and ran the program. It worked perfectly (the way it was supposed to in normal mode) and I was able to effortlessly edit a movie. The saved movie looked professionally edited and it was impossible (almost) to tell that it was altered in any way when I played it back in normal mode. So, all in all, I have an editing program available for use as long as I want to boot into safe mode to use it. Better than nothing. However, it does what it is advertised to do, in safe mode only. Thanks WOMBLE for the program and GAOTD for the offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#67

Just because I am curious, I reinstalled the program. When I could not get past the serial number screen, I restarted the computer in safe mode with networking enabled. The program serial number screen then worked normally and I entered the serial number and the program was registered. So, if you have been having all the many problems listed in other comments above, try safe mode. It worked for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#66

Same issue as many others including #15. Installs OK but will Freeze when PSN dialog window displays for PSN entry, so you can not register the program. XP MCE SP3

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#65

Program will not let me enter the serial number. Freezes on serial number screen every time the program is started. WIN XP PRO sp/3. Program will not advance past serial number screen. Uninstalled - it's worthless.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#64

XP SP2 MCE, same PSN freeze as others reported...

turned my screen-capture program off, started Womble again, & was then able to enter the PSN...

happens with games sometimes, but that was a first for the GOTD application side...

Reply   |   Comment by Violet4714  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

#33, #45, mike, VideoReDo was never designed to be a general-purpose video editor. It's specifically designed for fixing errors and editing video from DVR's and DVR applications. I'm certainly not a die-hard fan, I've even gotten after the programmer for bad coding, but it does no good to tell people that they need to improve their skills. Maybe Womble can't edit AC3 correctly, but VideoReDo can, it does so correctly without screwing up synchronization, and unlike what you claim, it has frame-accurate editing (anywhere, not just "trimming the ends") and only re-encodes around edit points unless you specify something which requires more re-encoding. The current version can edit but not alter AC3, it's not licensed for AC3 encoding. If I have time, I may post screenshots later, I can't right now because my computer's busy and my crappy nVidia drivers (or possibly something else in Vista) have flaked out again, preventing captures until I reboot. Anyone can verify that VideoReDo works by downloading it as a trial, unless you've done so before and exceeded your trial time. As I've stated, the betas are generally much newer than the released versions.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Installed "ok" on Windows Vista x86. Hangs on startup and won't let enter serial. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling with same results.

Reply   |   Comment by BerrySwami  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#61

Got an Answer that worked for me on Screen hang problem:
As per post #50, I shut down AnVir & Installation went smoothly. I am running AnVir on both of my machines. I have no idea why I could load on Vista32 & not XP32.
NOTE: I used Task Manager , then went to "Processes" screen to shut down Anvir. Exiting from AnVir program ONLY minimizes to tray. The program is still running. Must manually kill it.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnC  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#60

Installed OK. Yes, it is an old program and doesn't do as much as most people seem to want from it, but it does work for the intended jobs. Strangely, the list of supported formats can be found under Help tag in the About section!
If you think MPEG = 1 or 2 and NOT 3 or 4, then you wont be disappointed by this program. Also, remember that this was pre-DVD era so things like ac3 and vob, etc. are really just lucky extras if they work.

Reply   |   Comment by Petersum  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#59

I had the same problem as several others; the PSN entry screen hung and I couldn't enter the code. Sure enough, as others suggested I turned off AnVir (another recent GAOTD) and then it installed just fine.

So I started AnVir back up and guess what? Now MPEG-VCR hangs at the Tips screen.

So it seems that this just won't run if you also have AnVir running. Question is, is this an AnVir problem, or an MPEG-VCR problem? I'd lay the blame on AnVir.

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#58

I can't enter the Product Serial Number as the dialogue box loads frozen in time.
Using XP, SP2. Disabled AnVir AntiVir Guard and Spybot S & D "Tea Timer"; uninstalled, using Revo Uninstaller, rebooted and re-installed, repeatedly; all to no avail.
Given up.

Reply   |   Comment by A. S.  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#57

It looks dated (because it is). But the engine is really fast. I have never been able to scrub video like that on my notebook before! Even the 8-bit display is cool... it helps when all you need is a fast and quick edit. Better than loading the videos in Vegas to trim. I can just trim and edit them in Womble. The saving is also very fast. I can then load them in Vegas and polish the output.

Based on the performance, I'm going to check out the latest Womble offering. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Universal Cynic  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#56

It's okay.

I installed it, gave it a run and un-installed it.

It's kind of like Virtual Dub, but IMO Virtual Dub is much better, especially if you take the time to download all of the plugins for it. You can even get a sub-titer for Virtual Dub. Virtual Dub, the plugins, and the sub-titler all all free.

Because this only supports MPEG you are working with an already compressed video. With VD you can work with raw .avi's...which is the best quality to start with.

If your video camera only saves as .avi, then you'll have to convert the file first before you bring it into this program.

This will work okay for you if you only need to cut here and there, or want to add some simple transitions between frames.

But if you want some power check out Virtual Dub and plugins. Yes it's an old program and has a learning curve, but it really is a little goldmine of a find.

Or.....you might try VD and keep this aa well..depends on what your needs are.

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-win.html
before install this soft is necsar to instal:Apple Quick time player 7.

Reply   |   Comment by Do  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

I have Vista Home Premium, 64-bit, and like others, ran into a
problem.

Amazingly, I was able to solve the problem of inserting the PSN
numbers by simply RIGHT-CLICKING THE MPEG-VCR ICON, then when
"Run As Administrator" came up, I left-clicked on that -- and
was asked if I was willing to allow this program to run. I said
yes, then A WHOLE NEW (SMALL) WINDOW OPENED UP FROM THE PROGRAM
that asked for my PSN number. I entered it, and THIS TIME IT
WAS ACCEPTED.

I am quite gratified, as this was one of the few really SMART things
I have ever done in installing software here.

:-)

Reply   |   Comment by Garfey B.  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#53

Free alternative is here:
http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-win.html

Reply   |   Comment by Do  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

No. 25, hey

try 'super dvd creator'.

Reply   |   Comment by aabhah  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#51

#42 deanimator

I encountered a similar situation. I discovered though that after about 20 minutes or so the registration window unfreezes and you are can enter the key and you are a happy camper again.

Hope it works for you.

Cheers,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#50

MPEG-VCR saves MPEG files with AC3, I don't know why anybody thinks otherwise. I've been using MPG-VCR for about 6 years now.

Install problems appear to mostly be Vista 64 and 7 64 related, but only on certain systems. You should be used to things not wanting to install correctly, I know I am. Every 3rd program seems to give grief installing on the more modern OS. However, I just installed a copy on my own Vista 64 system, and it installed, accepted the PSN, and ran without any issues at all.

Reply   |   Comment by kpmedia  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

Hi again,

To #15 and related re. registering:

On XP SP2 this installed and registered fine (protection levels medium on all running "stuff", but had the the same "problem" with the freezing PSN entry box -at first sight...
I started up automatically right from the install procedure without rebooting or shutting down any other applications running. Shut the program down and discovered a message window, hidden right under the progam window, showing the registration code all filled in. Just had to close that one and all's OK. Must have missed something on the lowest bar on screen, I guess... Even got a confirmation message from GOTD - as I always get, even when installation/registering failed ;-) [Needs getting used to, that "and what to do next" message, but may serve GOTD for something I guess].
I also always read the readme file after unfolding.
As we have all experienced from time to time not all GOTD registration procedures are equally smooth or straightforward. Most of them are thouugh.

Still have to test this download however.

Greetz.
Pat
PS: Hope I'm not too late with this post?

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#48

D/L & installed fine on XP Pro SP3. Cut & pasted PSN from Readme.txt open in Notepad into Open Screen. No time to test it now.

Thanks GAOTD & Wombles.

Reply   |   Comment by giv_meabreak  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#47

Unable to install on xp SP3. Freezes after startup so that it is impossible to enter the PSN.

Reply   |   Comment by Poor  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#46

The suggestion about disabling "Anvir Task manager" was spot on - I was them able to start this program and enter the serial number. Thanks #34!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#45

Installs and registers fine under XP SP3.
Did not test it's full functionality yet (no videos to edit right now), but I sometimes record video from IPTV channels (using VLC) and I might want to use this program to get rid of adverts.
Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by DDS  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#44

This is a basic MPEG editor, useful if you want to cut sections from MPEG video. But the audio part of it is very limited. As #14 pointed out, it will not save audio in the AC-3 format, Nor will it save audio in the DTS format, forcing a re-encode of the audio that will produce inferior quality. I can't understand why, all they have to do is program the thing to do a passthrough of the audio. The best MPEG tools are VOB2MPG, TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 3, and tsMuxeR. Using a combination of those three, you can do anything to MPEG including DVD, DVD-HD, and Blu-ray containing any kind of audio format.

Reply   |   Comment by Alberto  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#43

#35: "I am looking for a timeline VOB editor with all frames displayed in the timeline as you find in professional packages like Adobe Premeire and Apple’s Final Cut Pro, not just the first and last frames as found in consumer editing packages."

Actually most editing is usually done in preview windows like with Wombles DVD Wiz, a prior GOTD. In Prem Pro you actually have to go thru a few steps to turn the display you talk about on. ;-)

"I am only interested in cutting out commercials. This would be great, without having to buy a full blown editing package for thousands of dollars."

FWIW the home versions of Prem Pro &/or Sony Vegas are often much less than $100. The editors bundled by Roxio & Nero might work for you too.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#42

1st post didn't make it -- Oh well -- so a quick version...

This is the original, simpler, easier to use app out of Womble's stable. It adds recording from analog sources [capture/tuner cards, USB devices etc]. You do not record, but save ATSC or other digital broadcasts like sat based DVB, same as you save rather than record online flv, & you don't use Womble apps for that. What Womble does best, is allow mpg2 editing, re-encoding only the parts of the video you change. Cuttermarin is the always free alternative, & both it & ProjectX can do I-frame-only cut/join editing.

The weakness in apps for editing but not re-encoding mpg2 is audio. 1st off if you have AC3, convert to wav first if you can [LameXP works well with stereo], since unless you're just trimming the ends, AC3 is not really editable. Second problem is unless you're just trimming the ends, audio sync after edits can be erratic. If you're going to DVD -- the most common reason for mpg2/ac3 -- it can be fast, easy, & near foolproof to use DVD software [I *think* ReDo has this option] to simply skip over something like commercials instead, even though you're limited to I frames... Editing 2 movies the other night that I recorded with a DVDR from VHS tape, 2 out of 3 edits in Womble to remove commercials resulted in sync problems, which took ~1 hour each to fix in another editor. [Note: TO skip commercials the same way as editing with a DVD Recorder, in most cases you can also set a chapter just before & after each commercial, create your DVD on your hard drive, use PGCEdit to remove the 2nd chapter (but not the cell) for each commercial, then change the DVD's playlist to skip over the cells with the commercials in them. After testing use ImgBurn to burn to DVD.]

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#41

Hi

Anyone know any good freeware video editing programs?

Reply   |   Comment by Charles  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#40

Installed easily on Win 7 x64. Unfortunately, when trying to input the serial the program window it never responds. It is always "not responding". I tried reinstalling & also re-running the program. My conclusion, it probably doesn't work on Win 7 x64. I will keep it temporarily in case a fix shows up here.

Reply   |   Comment by Marshall  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#39

Sorry about the double post...my original post hadn´t appeared for an hour so I reposted my comment...

...and tried re-installing. The registration window still hangs. I´ve never seen this problem with any other GAOTD.

Good luck to the rest...this program is simple, but definitely worth a try.

Reply   |   Comment by deanimator  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#38

Hello Developer or GAOTD

I have the same problem as #15. The window where you enter PSN freezes as soon as it opens, program freezes. Uninstalled, rebooted, reinstalled - a couple of times - same problem. Unable to enter PSN.

Please fix it and extend the time or email PSN taht will work if not fixed today.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by vince  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#37

@13 Virtual Dub cannot save to mpeg, and requires a plugin to load mpegs.

Reply   |   Comment by ajschmitz  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#36

Same problem as #15. Uninstalled, but ran into problems deleting the folder containing the Text file and the exe...had to use brute force which shouldn´t normally be the case (one has to wonder why).
I´m in Germany and wonder if #10 had the same issue.
As I´ve heard this is a good and useful program I´ll try again.

Reply   |   Comment by deanimator  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#35

#15 I had the same problem with the program freezing, but after disabling my firewall/antivirus, I was able put in the PSN and it ran fine. I closed the program, turned on my firewall/antivirus, and it still runs.

I used to use this program a lot in the early 2000's. I was great for editing my replayTV mpegs to create vcd's (that's video cd's when blank dvd's were way too expensive). I stopped using it when Norton wiped one of my hard drives. Now, I can't wait to check it out again.

Reply   |   Comment by pj  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#34

With an external program the popular Cuttermaran also can cut frame accurate. http://www.cuttermaran.de Plus it´s freeware. If you cut on a B-Frame (requires external mpeg encoder, also free to download on the page) it will reencode the frame on the cut position and everything else will just be copied (also called smart rendering).

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#33

I edited a VOB file in native format with no problem. This is a great feature. It would be nice if it had a timeline for editing. I am looking for a timeline VOB editor with all frames displayed in the timeline as you find in professional packages like Adobe Premeire and Apple's Final Cut Pro, not just the first and last frames as found in consumer editing packages. Like #3, I am only interested in cutting out commercials. This would be great, without having to buy a full blown editing package for thousands of dollars.

Reply   |   Comment by Bad One  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#32

# 15. Do you have anvira installed, could be the problem. I disabled it and then it worked.

Reply   |   Comment by james brent  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#31

Installed OK Win7 64bit. 'Run as Adminstrator' not required

Reply   |   Comment by Geek1945  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#30

#8: "People were recommending this years ago. Even then, VideoReDo was better..."

Matter of opinion actually -- interested folks should try apps from both companies, &/or the Free Cuttermarin & ProjectX & decide. ReDo has a bunch of die-hard fans, but myself & lots of others have never really cared for it. FWIW, both Womble & ReDo are pretty much entry level when it comes to video work &/or creating DVDs -- great time savers for home recording w/mpg2 & saved mpg2 ATSC/QAM/DVB, & preserving source mpg2 saves embedded CC -- but not more than that.

* * *

#11: "it implies it performs VCR Video Cassete Recorder type functions i.e. a DVR capturing either analogue video to an MPEG2 digital format or capturing live MPEG2 streams to files..."

It's actually very much like a VCR, recording analog video/audio with added editing functions. You Do Not [or should not] record/digitize live mpg2, AVC, flv, wmv etc streams, but simply save them to your drive(s).

"...It does not seem to support H.264 or H.263..."

Correct -- the point of Womble apps is to edit mpg2 without re-encoding the entire file. The same thing is possible for the 2 mpg4 formats you mention, but iffy depending on the original encoder/settings, the standards [within that format] used, the specialized software you're using etc. For example Real has long had a command line tool for cuts/joins [at I frames] with Real media files.

"...compressed MPEG HD streams used here on DVB-S transmissions, therefore will not load .ts streams captured from BBC-HD or ITV-HD services."

I suggest researching what you've got, & what tools to use to extract the actual video/audio streams from what you're receiving. Wherever you are in the world, DVB [Digital Video Broadcast] varies widely from place to place & station to station -- the actual saved files can vary by the program or show. Sometimes the saved files need to be repaired/modified to better meet actual specs so software can handle them. Sometimes, like with non-std AC3, the best option is to re-encode.

* * *

#13: "Seems like “Virtualdub” can beat this hands down. I hope I’m not missing anything?"

The only similarity is that they're both video editors (like potatoes & apples are both food).

* * *

#14: "Another significant difference is that MPEG-VCR will not save audio in the AC-3 format, although it does accept AC-3 as input. This means that you have to specify an audio format when you save your edited clip, and the extra encoding step slows the file writing process somewhat."

Unless you're just trimming the ends [begining/end] you should have converted to .wav already, since AC3 is un-editable. For *stereo* AC3 -> wav LameXP is a great, free tool [it creates multi-channel wav from 5.1]. If you're going to DVD -- the biggest reason for mpg2/AC3 -- most DVD creation software will encode .wav -> AC3 anyway.

* * *

#16: "I’d be interested to know if the claim of “frame accurate editing” is true."

Womble apps & Cuttermarin can both cut @ I frames or encode just a patch, copying the rest of the video rather than re-encoding.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#29

Same problem as #15...uninstalling was ok but it wouldn´t let me delete the folder that the .exe came in (needed brute force...this is weird and suggests some spy-like activity).
I am also in Germany...is this the same problem #10 had?

I´ll try again after I´ve cleaned up my registry because I have heard this is a good and useful software.

Reply   |   Comment by deanimator  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#28

Installed OK under Vista Home Premium, except that I tried to save the startup program group under an existing program group called "Video". After installation completed, there was no new program group or icons on the startup programs list at all. The previous product I installed from this same vendor also failed to create the sub-group on the startup menu.

Opened a VOB file, trimmed a few minutes off the beginning and the end, and saved the file as mpeg-2. No errors, and output file seemed identical in quality to the original, minus the trimmed clips.

This may be a keeper. Installation routine appears to need some QA, but the program works fine at first glance.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#27

On the advice of my son who is an avid amateur video editor who strongly praises Womble MPEG Video Wizard (among others), I downloaded and installed this offering. Entire process was smooth and went without a hitch in less than 30 seconds.

Entering the product serial number was a different story. The dialog box into which that number should go was completely unreceptive; displaying a Not Responding message if the box was clicked more than 3 times attempting to get a curser to display in the box.

Uninstalling using their built-in uninstaller, then reinstalling; using Revo and reinstalling; repeating both steps and rebooting each time; wiping it all and doing a completely new clean download and install and then rebooting; nothing turned that serial number box on. It remained dead to the world. Fortunately, Task Manager was not required to terminate the Not Responding condition - a simple X closure worked.

The Womble edit-mpeg guide that kpmedia #12 linked looks quite helpful for operating the program but just assumes that activating the program is a non-event and does not address it. Both of my desktops respond the same way so I am leaning toward a Womble issue - but since they are both my computers and configured similarly ( although 1 is XP and the other is Vista), maybe it is me. Since I figured it could not hurt I sent Womble an e-mail (on a Sunday) to see what kind of advice they might have). I'll post anything useful when/if I get a response for other folks who may have the same problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Magnum  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#26

On my Dell Latitude 5500E laptop, running Windows XP, I have exactly the same problem as John (comment 15): the machine freezes. This inhibits the program from starting up.
On my Asus P4S533 desktop, also running Windows XP, the program installed and runs correctly.
Answering John: No, I have no suggestions other than forgetting about this program for your configuration.
I could only change the usefulness score on John's comment from -3 to -2. That score should be about +20.

Reply   |   Comment by William W. Geertsema  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

The Womble MPEG editor has been around for a long time and works great. I bought it several years ago and it is still the cleanest, simplest and most useful mpeg editor I've used. I downloaded this giveaway to check out any new features but, really, I'm happy with the software just the way it is (was).

Reply   |   Comment by chenvej  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#24

Locks up on "Serial number verification" screen here too. Maybe their verification server is down? :-(

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#23

#16, yes, that was the main and unique feature of this Womble program - frame-accurate editing of MPEG. If you cut between keyframes, it does properly re-encode the frames you keep. It has to. It makes a new keyframe and shortened set of following frames. But only those frames or frameset. Everything else of the original MPEG video (keyframes and their following sets of frames) is NOT re-encoded. Which is exactly what you want.

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