Video Editing, Ripping, Converting and Capture Tools for the PC

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Published on: November 5, 2008

Someone asked me recently, which tools I am using for all my video stuff (see for example my four YouTube channels: CirqueDuSoleilGuru, SACReleases, CumbrowskiCom and TurnbeutelvergesserB). An interesting question, which I decided to post the answer for here at my person blog, because it might also interest some other folks as well.

Okay, here is a quick 101 of the tools that I use personally for all my video, images and audio stuff.

DivX to DVD Converter DVD Ripping and Converting

For ripping video from a DVD and converting it into an AVI, I use various different tools.

I like iLead DVD Ripper (download), if I just want to get a specific and short snippet of content from a DVD and converting a whole chapter or VOB file would be way too much.

To convert whole DVDs or individual chapters I am using either ImToo DVD Ripper (download) or Nidesoft DVD to AVI Converter (download).

Download YouTube Video Video Downloading and Stream Recording

To download movies from web sites, such as CirqueDuSoleil.com where it is a bit harder, i am using Jaksta Stream Recorder (download), unless it works already fine with the download Browser Plug-in from RealPlayer or Replay Media Catcher by Applian.

MP4 Video Converter Video Conversion

I then convert the videos with either MP4 Converter (download) by 4Media or Moyea FLV Converter (download). I wrote a post about video downloading at my personal blog for more information about this subject.

Video Editor Video Editing

I do some basic cutting and filtering with the free tool VirtualDub.

If I have to do some more editing, I am using ImToo Mpeg Encoder (download) to convert videos to Mpeg2 and edit them with Adobe Premiere. You have to convert all video footage to one format, one that the editing software handles well, or you might get all kinds of issues. I also to resizing to one resolution before hand. I do that mostly with VirtualDub.

Audio Maker Images and Audio Editing

For still images, I am using Adobe Photoshop, Snag-It Editor and an old version of Paintshop Pro (without Layers). For audio editing I am using the free tool Audacity or Adobe Soundbooth.

mac-apple-coloricon… and I am sick and tired of Windows and issues with video and audio Codec etc. and THAT close to get a Macintosh. :)  

I used in the past Camtasia Studio by TechSmith for video composition, because it was easy to use, just like the (free) Windows Movie Maker by Microsoft, just a little bit better.

AVI MPEG Converter Screen Captures and Screen Recordings

For screen captures and recordings I am using TechSmith’s Snag-It or the CamRecorder that comes with TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio. To record demos and intros (sacreleases account at YouTube), I am either using the capture feature that comes with the emulators (DOSBox or WinUAE) and for Windows stuff the free tool called KKapture, which was developed by the famous (in the demoscene) demo group Farbrausch.

That’s about it…the whole deal :)

I use and used to use some other tools, but that is often only for convenience reasons, nothing more. I could do everything with just the tools that I mentioned.

Cheers!
Carsten aka Roy/SAC

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