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On this page I briefly explain how you can merge
two MPEG files (both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2
are supported) to one single MPEG movie using the MPEG2VCR
application by Womble
MultiMedia (trial can be downloaded there).
Merging is not limited to merging 2 files, you
can add more than 1, as I will show in this explanation based on
merging 3 files.
Note: Womble MPEG2VCR is the fastest
tool around for merging and cutting MPEG1 and/or MPEG2 files!
Note: Screenshots are MPEG2VCR
Before we start ... what do we need?
Well, naturally at least two MPEG files of the
same type and format ... It's pretty tricky to merge two files of a different
format or type. You may need to convert them to one and the same format.
Note: MPEG2VCR supports transcoding to
a different format - the result is not always perfect and it takes time
You will also need MPEG2VCR
or MPEG1VCR by Womble
You can download a trial version at their website -
this can be down in the download section or in the purchase section (you
don't need to buy it instantly, just download the file).
is actually pretty cheap ($45 at the time of writing) and suitable for
editing MPEG1 files (VideoCD format).
is a bit more expensive ($249) but allows you to edit MPEG2 and
MPEG1 files (VCD, SVCD and DVD format).
Install the either of these programs (MPEG1VCR
for MPEG1 or MPEG2VCR
Merging two movies
In this example I assume we have 3 MPEG2 formatted NTSC
(480x480) Super VideoCD (SVCD) formatted movies. The files are refered
to as file1.mpg, file2.mpg and file3.mpg and we would
like to have one single file resulting in a movie that plays file1 first,
followed by file2 and finally file3, so:
FILE2.MPG -> FILE3.MPG
These files will be loaded individually!
Note: If you just want to join 2 files,
then just stop adding files when you're done - You can skip step 4, 5
Note: This trick works for multiple
files - it's not limited to 3 files or less ...
Tip: Once you figured this out, you might
want to use drag and drop. You can drag files (8 at a time) from the Windows
explorer to MPEG2VCR.
Step 1: Start MPEG2VCR
We use MPEG2VCR since we are dealing with MPEG-2 files.
| Step 2: Open the
first movie clip (ie. FILE1.MPG)
Select the "Open MPEG movie ..."
from the "File" menu.
Step 3: Open the second movie clip (ie. FILE2.MPG)
Once more using the "File" - "Open
MPEG movie ..." menu option.
Step 4: Copy this file (file2.mpg) to the video clipboard
This is done by clicking the "Copy"
button below the movie clip (indicated
as "B" in the image below).
MPEG2VCR will now copy the entire movieclip to the video
clipboard (indicated as "A" in the image below).
You can close the movie clip of this second file now
- the clip will remain on the clipboard anyway.
Note: removing files from the video clipboard
is done by selecting the clip inside the video clipboard and pressing
CTRL+X (or select the menu option "Edit" - "Delete").
Step 4: Open the next movie file (FILEx.MPG)
Just as we did Step 3, we will now open the second
file using "File" - "Open MPEG movie ..."
Step 5: Copy this movieclip to the video clipboard
Simply repeat Step 4, with in this case
the next file. Once copied, you can close the movie clip of this
You will now find 2 video clips in your video
Note: if you want to add more files,
keep repeating step 4 and step 5 until you have all your files on
the video clipboard.
Step 6: Check - Back to the first clip ...
Assuming you closed each movieclip with the exception
of the first file;
you will now have:
- a video clipboard filled with clips (not
including the first movieclip file)
- a window holding the first movieclip file.
Your current window of Womble MPEG2VCR
should look something like this:
If you have this situation, continue with
step 7 - if not: open file1.mpg once more (ie. the first file of
your file sequence) as seen in Step 2 and then continue with Step 7.
Step 7: First merge - File1 and File2
Use the left mouse button to drag the movieclip,
that should be merged after the first clip (=file2.mpg), from the video
clipboard to the window of the first movieclip (=file1.mpg).
If you did this the right way, a window
will popup offering ways to merge the files:
In this example, MPEG2VCR wants to merge
the movieclip (file2.mpg) at the beginning of the movie (file1.mpg). This
is not what we had in mind.
Move the slider (indicated in the image
above with a red circle and an arrow indicating in what direction to move
it) to the right, until it does not move any further (see image below)
The clip will now be added at the end of
Now simply click "OK".
Note: Optionally you can
set somekind of transition effect like wipe, fade, rotate, etc.
Step 8: Merge file3 ...
Basically this is a repetition of Step
7. Drag the next clip to the movie window and drop it there. Once
more a window will popup asking you for some merge settings.
The merge window will look slightly different
Now once more (indicated by the red arrow)
move the slider as far as it goes to the right.
Now once more click "OK".
Note: If you want to add
more files, keep repeating this step for the other clips (Step 8).
Step 9: Saving the result.
Now it's time to really merge the files
and save the result. Click the "Record" button (),
a dialog will popup.
Using the "Browse" button
you can select the destination filename.
Next: check that the entire movie is being
merged. In the "Save Range:" section, click the "All"
button to make sure.
In the "MPEG format" part
of this window you can set the type of video you want. For example an
MPEG2 file for SVCD would need a "MPEG-2 Program Stream SVCD".
If you decide to select a different format,
Womble MPEG2VCR will transcode the file, however it takes time
(Womble is fast!) and you might want to check audio/video synchronisation
as I experienced that audio quickly runs out of sync. The video quality
is rather poor too.
Click "OK" when the settings
are done and you're ready to wait a while ,...
Just an indication of how fast Womble MPEG2VCR
is (I did not use transcoding!): I merged 18 files to one big (940Mb)
movie on an AMD Athlon 1300 Mhz within 2 minutes and 26 seconds.
Note: the buttons "video"
and "audio" offer detailed settings ...