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Mpg2Cut2 is a free and simple MPEG editor, join/append/merge and cut/split MPG/MPEG2/MPEG1, VOB/DVD, TS/HDTV and DAT/VCD/SVCD files. Fault Tolerant, GOP level, binary editor for basic cutting of MPEG Program Stream files. Handles very large files (64bit) captured from Digital Television broadcasts, including High Definiton. Supported extensions: .mpg, .mpv, .m2v, .vob, .m1v, .ts, .evo, .m2t, .pva, .mpeg.

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B418 / C401 Alpha (April 12, 2012)



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Mpg2Cut2 - Current ALPHA Version:
Latest Revision:-__ 01 APR 2012 _- Build C401

Change Log for this Release :-

- Fix bug when progressive flags do not match.
- New option to limit size of toolbar buttons:
_ Menu - Window - Options - Small Buttons on Big Monitor


Latest Revision:-__ 18 APR 2011 _- Build B418

- AC3 & LPCM header processing improved.
__LPCM zero channels problem fixed.
__AC3 false sync-byte skipped.

- Volume down bug fixed.
__Ensures volume control activated when needed.

- Frame Rate Override now adjusts audio preview rate.

- Command Line selections extended.
__Now allows for 32 FROM-TO pairs in command line.

- Misc minor changes.


Latest Revision:-__ 30 OCT 2010 _- Build AA30

- Volume Control Slider
__The new [V] button brings up a Volume Control window.
__that has 2 sliders and a number of tick boxes.
__The 1st slider is a conventional volume control.
__The 2nd slider is for the audio Limiter.
__The Limiter is useful when ads are much louder than the program.
__Boost settings are handled separately for different types of audio track,
__and will be retained across sessions as an option.
__Misc improvements to Automatic Volume Control option (AVC).

- Space bar toggles Play/Pause.
__Previously this only operated if already playing.
__Now it can be used to start playing as well.
__Note that Pause is different to Stop (Esc key),
__as Stop aligns on an I-frame, suitable for From/To marking,
__but Pause just freezes the decoder mid-stream.

- Small change in terminology.
__"Append File" is now called "Add File".

- New Time option - REL and TOD together.
__New option shows both Relative time and recorded Time Of Day together,
__to avoid the need to change back and forth between REL and TOD.
____Menu - Misc - Time Format - REL & TOD.

- Ability to change Luminance button preset values.
__Adjust sliders for the new setting that you want;
__Click the [@] button;
__Then click the button you want changed to this new setting.

- Moved "Swap U-V" and "Negative" into Luminance dialog.
__Originally these were menu options. Now they are buttons.

- Keyboard shortcuts for Luminance buttons [B], [C] and [D].
__Shift-L (B=Bold); Ctrl-L (D=Default); Shift-Ctrl-L (C).
__Alt-L (toggle the Luminance enable on/off).
__Quicker than bringing up the Luminance dialog to click on a button.

- Adjusted processing of command line parameters.
__There is a problem with the "no-confirm" option, so it is turned off.

- Better navigation when average bitrate much lower than Nominal.
__Large jumps will now be calculated using average bitrate rather than nominal.
__Fastback option now updates during preview.

- Drop Padding option extended.
__Drop Padding will now drop Vob NAV Packs as well.
__The option will also temporarily turn on "Parse All Pkts".
__Dropping will be inhibited if saving to VOB
__or if using Vob Preservation option.

- Selective saving of audio tracks.
__Fixed bugs in the "Save Parts" dialog.
__NOT TESTED MUCH, as I don't have many multi-audio files.

- Transport Stream PID controls cleaned-up.
__When viewing a Transport Stream (TS),
__the Menu - View - PID controls are easier to use.
__Just tick "Current" once you are viewing the PID that you are interested in.
__To go back to seeing all PIDs, tick "All".
__Fixed a bug in display of TS streams.

- Misc minor changes.


Latest Revision:-__ 10 JULY 2009 _- Build 9710

- New Support Forum, New Home Page.
_ New forum on GoogleGroups :- Rocket Jetty
_ The old forum stopped working.

- Output Parsing bug FIXED.
_ (I think !)

- Option to suppress unwanted audio tracks.
_ File - Save Parts.

- Better detection of Mpeg Audio frame headers.
_ Work still in progress.

- Fix calculation of Mpeg Audio frame size.

- Leadtek Overlay Key option.
_ If Leadtek Winfast is running in the background in silent mode,
_ it stops Mpg2Cut2 from using it's own Color Key for the overlay.
_ Turn on the following option to force Mpg2Cut2 to use the Leadtek Color Key.
_ __MENU - VIEW - TECHNICAL - DRIVER CONFLICTS - LEADTEK OVL KEY
_ Side effect is that Menus become transparent.

- VHS less ugly during preview.
_ 2 options are available to help when previewing VHS sourved material.
_ These options do *NOT* alter the output file at all.
_ a) Luminance panel "VHS" option limits oversaturated red.
_ b) MENU - VIEW - SPECIAL FX - VHS Convergence.
_ _ _ _ Allows Color to be shifted slightly, relative to luminance.

- Regressed compiler maintenance.
_ My rebuild of the VC-6 environment under XP stuffed up the optimizer.
_ So I have gone back to Win98 for "Release" compiles,
_ until I figure out what went wrong under XP.
_ I suspect the processor pack or one of the SP packs.

- Misc minor changes.


Latest Revision:-__ 30 MAR 2009 _- Build 9330

- New Support Forum.
_ New forum on EzBoard :- Rocket Jetty
_ The old forum stopped working.

- Output Parsing bug FIXED.
_ (I think !)

- Option to suppress unwanted audio trackss.
_ File - Save Parts.

- Better detection of Mpeg Audio frame heaaders.
_ Work still in progress.

- Fix calculation of Mpeg Audio frame sizee.

- Leadtek Overlay Key option.
_ If Leadtek Winfast is running in the background in silent mode,
_ it stops Mpg2Cut2 from using it's own Color Key for the overlay.
_ Turn on the following option to force Mpg2Cut2 to use the Leadtek Color Key.
_ __MENU - VIEW - TECHNICAL - DRIVER CONFLICTS - LEADTEK OVL KEY
_ Side effect is that Menus become transparent.

- VHS less ugly during preview.
_ 2 options are available to help when previewing VHS sourved material.
_ These options do *NOT* alter the output file at all.
_ a) Luminance panel "VHS" option limits oversaturated red.
_ b) MENU - VIEW - SPECIAL FX - VHS Convergence.
_ _ _ _ Allows Color to be shifted slightly, relative to luminance.

- Regressed compiler maintenance.
_ My rebuild of the VC-6 environment under XP stuffed up the optimizer.
_ So I have gone back to Win98 for "Release" compiles,
_ until I figure out what went wrong under XP.
_ I suspect the processor pack or one of the SP packs.

- Misc minor changes.



- Warning for Panasonic DVD recorders :-
_I still need to do a lot more work for compatibility.
_E.g. Long clips still seem to have problems for some reason.

- Warning for Satellite users :-
_The Time Stamp correction option is NOT compatible with Satellite.


Latest Revision:-__ 31 JAN 2009 _- Build 9131

- New Support Forum.
_ New forum on EzBoard :- Rocket Jetty
_ The old forum stopped working.

Change Log for this Pre-Alpha :-

- Reduced tendency to sleep for a few seconds when closing audio.
_ This was very annoying, but it is now significantly reduced.
_ However, there is still an issue with fast play sound getting too far ahead.

- DISABLED 2 OPTIONS :- DEEP PARSING, PARSE ALL PACKETS.
_ There are bugs, and it makes my brain hurt, so these are now OFF.

- Auto-Split output by Clip.
_ Saves each clip into a separate file in a single action.
_ This is the RECOMMENDED approach, for compatibility with other players.
_ File - Save PARTS - Split - @clip.

- Option to automatically added Clip number to Output File Name.
_ When manually saving each clip as you go along,
_ it will automatically add the clip number to the name of the output file.
_ Menu - Output - Default Extension - Add Clip Number.

- Auto-Preview on BMP snapshot.
_ To avoid being surprised by the effect of the difference in Luminance settings
_ between Overlay and RGB modes, a preview of how the frame looks in RGB mode
_ will be shown, together with the luminance controls to allow adjustment.
_ Closing the Luminance controls commits the BMP .

_ By default, this Auto-Preview action only occurs on the first snap from the file,
_ but this can be changed in the Menu - Output - BMP - Auto-Preview.

_ Expert users can modify the effect of the Luminance preset buttons. INI file :-
_ "LumPresets=gamma1,contrast1,brightness1;gamma2,contrast2,brightness2;".

- CUE mode throttle.
_ The CUE button seemed way too fast on a Pentium 4,
_ so now it will default to being around the same speed as a P3 CUE.
_ If you prefer the faster CUE on a P4, then turn OFF :-
_ MENU - PREVIEW - TIMING METHOD - NOT SO FAST.

- Crop Top and Bot Edges.
_ Some videos have annoying dots on the top or bottom edge,
_ can now be hidden from view.
_ Menu - View - Cropping- Crop Top and Bot Edges.

- Option to invert view (Vertical Flip).
_ Menu - View - Special FX - Invert. [Shift-I]

- Playback volume handling changes.
_ Volume limiting option for quieter preview of loud files.
_ Reduces the playback ceiling to roughly 70% of maximum.
_ Volume boost and ceiling values can be overridden in the INI file.
_ Auto reset of Audio track number if selected track not found.
_ Hysteresis on Automatic Volume Control.

- New action - Split Selection.
_ The portion of the current selection up to the current view becomes a clip,
_ the selection is updated to exclude that section,
_ so that the new From point is set to the current view position,

- Post-Process command line can now be much longer.

- Batch command line can specify multiple input file names.
_ There is a slight bug - the picture does not show until you navigate.
_ EG: Mpg2Cut2 "File1.mpg" "File2.mpg" "File3.mpg"

- Toolbar options.
_ Toolbar Buttons and Scrollbar can now be toggled separately.
_ F12 = Scrollbar Only_ _ Alt-F12 = Buttons Only _ _ F11 = Both.
_ Toggling and External players are now under the Window heading.

- Settings can be saved for Zoom and Aspect Ratio override.

- Allow for Packless Program Streams.

- Tidy up of RGB mode and Fast 420 yuy2 chroma deinterlacer.

- Fixed bug in LPCM decode where packet split across block.

- Smarter alignment of leading audio packets.
_ Try to avoid false syncword bit patterns.

- Experimental option to unmux audio in PES format.
_ Allows retention of timing info in PES hdr. Still experimental.

- Correctly report Mpeg Audio Extensions.
_ Mpeg 2.5 and Low Sampling Frequency extensions will now report correctly.

- Slow-1 now adjusts for difference between silent FPS and sound FPS.
_ Use when viewing silent film that was telecined too fast. (Keyboard shortcut = 's')

- Allow for bug in ATI driver.
_ Some ATI drivers sometimes give sloping video on first display. To fix :-
_ MENU - VIEW - TECHNICAL - Overlay Notification - ATI sloping.

- Manual allowance for Monitor Aspect ratio problems.
_ A new INI file line wth the keyword "N3" has been created.
_ The first value on that line is a percentage amount to adjust for Monitor issues.
_ EG. If the image on the monitor is 5% too wide,
_ then set "N3=-5" to reduce the image width by 5%.
_ Leave the other parameters on that line unchanged. Reserved for future use.

- Experimental Audio read-ahead option.
_ Experimental feature preparatory to possible lip sync during preview, eventually.

- Misc minor changes.

- Warning for Panasonic DVD recorders :-
_I still need to do a lot more work for compatibility.
_E.g. Long clips still seem to have problems for some reason.

- Warning for Satellite users :-
_The Time Stamp correction option is NOT compatible with Satellite.


Latest Revision:-__ 1 July 2007 _- Build 7701
- Tidy up of RGB mode display.

- Attempt to fix blank video overlay in Windows Vista.
_ To use the new fix, turn OFF the old "Never Use Overlay" in the View menu.
_ If the new fixdoes not work for you, then turn the old method back on.

_ Since I do not actually have Windows Vista, this is not very well tested.
_ Thanks to Avery Lee for coming up with the automatic fix technique.

- Finer alignment of leading audio packets.
_ Previously PTS matching was limited to the nearest existing audio PTS,
_ which was rather crude. Now it will calculate to the nearest audio frame.

- Fast audio preview extended to higher speeds.

- Demuxing will now recognize DD+ style audio.
_ The program cannot play DDPLUS audio,
_ but it can demux the DD+ audio from Mpeg2 based EVO files.
_ NO support for mpeg-4 / H264 based files.

- Optional removal of Padding packets.
_ Normally for use with Non-VOB variable bitrate Program Streams,
_ can be used more extensively by turning off VOB preservation and
_ by unlocking the System Header in the output options.

- Allow for clip shorter than audio delay.

- Misc minor changes.

- Warning for Panasonic DVD recorders :-
_I still need to do a lot more work for compatibility.
_E.g. Long clips still seem to have problems for some reason.

- Warning for Satellite users :-
_The Time Stamp correction option is NOT compatible with Satellite.


Latest Revision:-__ 19 June 2007 _- Build 7619
- Attempt to fix blank video overlay in Windows Vista.
_ To use the new fix, turn OFF the old "Never Use Overlay" in the View menu.
_ If the new fixdoes not work for you, then turn the old method back on.

_ Since I do not actually have Windows Vista, this is not very well tested.
_ Thanks to Avery Lee for coming up with the automatic fix technique.

- Finer alignment of leading audio packets.
_ Previously PTS matching was limited to the nearest existing audio PTS,
_ which was rather crude. Now it will calculate to the nearest audio frame.

- Fast audio preview extended to higher speeds.

- Demuxing will now recognize DD+ style audio.
_ The program cannot play DDPLUS audio,
_ but it can demux the DD+ audio from Mpeg2 based EVO files.
_ NO support for mpeg-4 / H264 based files.

- Optional removal of Padding packets.
_ Normally for use with Non-VOB variable bitrate Program Streams,
_ can be used more extensively by turning off VOB preservation and
_ by unlocking the System Header in the output options.

- Allow for clip shorter than audio delay.

- Misc minor changes.

- Warning for Panasonic DVD recorders :-
_I still need to do a lot more work for compatibility.
_E.g. Long clips still seem to have problems for some reason.

- Warning for Satellite users :-
_The Time Stamp correction option is NOT compatible with Satellite.


Latest Revision:-__ 18 Mar 2008 _- Build 7318

- Fixed bug in Mpeg-1 Audio packet PTS output parsing.
_ There are still some issues when input file has Sequence Errors.
_ But I figure that is an unusual situation.
- Fixed bug in VOB preservation option.
- Experimental support for files with SEQ HDR only at start.
_ If first selected GOP has no SEQ, copies first SEQ from preamble.
- Better support for Athlon Thunderbird.
_ Previously made bad decisions about hardware capability,
_ Pleading to crash in audio decoder dll.
- Audio Decoder override setting saved across sessions.
- More buttons on tool bar.
_ Perhaps too many? _ Buttons, buttons, who's got the buttons ?
- Mouse Wheel Scroll Support.
_ Scroll amount can be adjusted to taste via the Menu.
- Color adjustment when viewing.
_ Blue, Red (UV) sliders on Luminance adjustment panel.
_ This is an extension of previous "yuk" toggle for green skin.
- Maximize / Restore Window - behaviour cleaned up.
_ Cosmetic improvement.
- Manual Aspect Ratio selections extended.
_ More settings to allow for wider range of overrides.
- Output folder options extended.
- Very crude Experimental support for preview of Multi-Angle.
_ Enable through Menu - View - Multi-Angle.
_ This setting is NOT saved across sessions, as still very experimental.
- Misc minor changes.

- Warning for Panasonic DVD recorders ::-
_I still need to do a lot more work for compatibility.
_E.g. Long clips still seem to have problems for some reason.

- Warning for Satellite users :-
_The Time Stamp correction option is NOT compatible with Satellite


Latest Revision:-__ 17 SEPT 2006 _- Build 6917

- Toolbar Extended.
_ Extra ugly buttons for Preview/Playback.
_ Scrollbar moved below the main toolbar.
- Keyboard command "V" = Volume Boost.
_ Previously the "A" command did both this and track cycling,
_ but now the 2 actions are separated.
- Optimized Deep Parsing.
_ People with fast CPUs may not notice much difference,
_ unless you also have an even faster I/O sub-system.
_ Overhead of Deep Parsing & Parse All Packets is now quite small.
_ Hand optimized the byte level scanning to reduce CPU load.
_ Reads are now aligned to end on 32k boundary.
- Cleaner handling of Satellite / unaligned Mpeg streams.
- Experimental interface for use by IgCutter.
_ Option to pass FROM and TO selection points via parameter.
_ Various limitations apply in this basic implementation.
_ For more info, see Mpg2Cut2.TXT.
- Command line parameter option "//PLAY".
_ Selected file/s will be played upon opening.
_ The associated action "Play_Mpg2Cut2" can be set up using:
_ _ _ menu - Misc - Associate With File Types.
- Better handling of read error during copy.
_ This is to allow partial extraction of data from a faulty disk.
_ If the "OK" button is clicked after a read error,
_ the program will try to resume after seeking forward to
_ the next 32k boundary, or further if contiguous errors found.
_ The process is slow, because of I/O sub-system retry attempts.
_ Note that the presence of read errors is a very bad sign,
_ especially if reading from a hard disk ! 8-(
- Better handling of extra long pack siizes from TwinHan DTV.
_ Only impacted the "Include TO frame" option.
- Tool Tips can be disabled.
- Prevent single frame mode from triggeering frame dropper.
_ Bug suppressed some frames while single stepping.
- Miscellaneous small changes.

- Warning for Panasonic DVD recorders ::-
_I still need to do a lot more work for compatibility.
_E.g. Long clips still seem to have problems for some reason.

- Warning for Satellite users :-
_The Time Stamp correction option is NOT compatible with Satellite.


Last Revision:-__ 02 JUNE 2006 _- Build 6602

- Video Header Correction.
_ DTV files with corrupt Width, Height or Chroma format,
_ can be corrected during output using a new Parsing option:-
_ _ _ _ _ "Fix Errors In Headers"
_ "Deep Parsing" is recommended when fixing errors.

- No disabling of menu items and buttons.
_ Rather than disabling some actions during preview,
_ those actions will now stop playback before proceeding.

- Better validation of potential Audio header during preview.
_ Should reduce false triggering of Mpeg audio preview.

- BMP snapshot no longer advances frame.
- Miscellaneous API Changes.
_ Hopefully a reduced chance of deadlocks.

- Slightly improved PTS matching for Panasonic DVD recordings.
_ Panasonic Timestamp reset can be overridden,
_ using "Adjust Time Stamps" in menu - Output - Parse options.
_ Only works with single clip for output, NOT multiple clips.
_ Needs a lot more work.


Last Revision:-__ 26 April 2006 _- Build 6426

- Slightly improved PTS matching.
_ Panasonic Timestamp reset can be overridden,
_ using "Adjust Time Stamps" in menu - Output - Parse options.
_ Only works with single clip for output, NOT multiple clips.
_ Needs a lot more work.


Last Revision:-__ 12 April 2006 _- Build 6412

- Fixed incorrect description in "Force Aspect" message.
_ The message contained the wrong description of the new Aspect Ratio.

- Drag'n'Drop Folder of mpg files.
_ To load a whole bunch of flies at once.
_ Courtesy of "WeWantWideScreen".

- Menu command to invoke external players.
_ Currently supports Media Player Classic and PowerDVD,
_ Windows Media Player, Creative Play Centre & VideoLanC
_ Courtesy of "WeWantWideScreen".

- Allow Deep Parsing without Parsing All Packets.
_ You can more safely TURN OFF "Parse All Packets" to run a bit faster.
_ Previously, Deep Parsing would force parsing of All Packets for safety.
_ Now, they are quite independent settings,
_ allowing faster output when no need for All Packets to be parsed.

_ Note: You will STILL need BOTH "Parse All Packets" & "Deep Parsing",
_ IF you need to fix header bitrates throughout a file, not just the start.

- RGB mode preview - performance improvement.
_ When the video card overlay is not available,
_ a quick and dirty decode to RGB will be the default,
_ rather than the slow, more exact RGB decode.
_ The preview will look a bit uglier, but it's faster.
_ If I figure out what the calculations are being performed
_ in the $%@# undocumented assembler code,
_ then I might improve the fast decode further.
_ Or - someone can just tell me...

- Demux option to allow audio only extraction.
- Mpeg-1 demux now supported.
_ This does NOT include time stamp matching.
_ If an Mpeg-1 video stream is wrapped in Mpeg-2 packets,
_ then it shall be listed as "Mpeg1+2".

- Fixed bug in Clip List Reload.
_ Still occasionally crashes though.
_ Just relaunch program if crash occurs.

- Toolbar font more readable on high-res displays.
_ So old folks can see what is what.

- Scroll bar can now interrupt playing.
_ Previously Scroll bar was ignored while playing.
_ Still a bit crude, needs more work.

- Option to always avoid using Overlay.
_ Allows for situation where overlay driver is not compatible.
_ Menu - View - Technical - Never Use Overlay.

- Marginally better support for Transport Streams.
_ Seems OK viewing Australian TS streams,
_ but not with most European streams.

- Some small bug fixes.
_ Audio boost now retreats in smaller steps, but more quickly.
_ Backward GOP and Forward File tweaked a little bit...

- Some API changes


Last Revision:-__ 5 April 2006 _- Build 6405

- Allow Deep Parsing without Parsing All Packets.
_ You can more safely TURN OFF "Parse All Packets" to run a bit faster.
_ Previously, Deep Parsing would force parsing of All Packets for safety.
_ Now, they are quite independent settings,
_ allowing faster output when no need for All Packets to be parsed.

_ Note: You will STILL need BOTH "Parse All Packets" & "Deep Parsing",
_ IF you need to fix header bitrates throughout a file, not just the start.

- RGB mode preview - performance improvement.
_ When the video card overlay is not available,
_ a quick and dirty decode to RGB will be the default,
_ rather than the slow, more exact RGB decode.
_ The preview will look a bit uglier, but it's faster.
_ If I figure out what the calculations are being performed
_ in the $%@# undocumented assembler code,
_ then I might improve the fast decode further.
_ Or - someone can just tell me...

- Demux option to allow audio only extraction.
- Mpeg-1 demux now supported.
_ This does NOT include time stamp matching.
_ If an Mpeg-1 video stream is wrapped in Mpeg-2 packets,
_ then it shall be listed as "Mpeg1+2".

- Menu command to invoke external players.
_ Currently supports Media Player Classic and PowerDVD,
_ Courtesy of "WeWantWideScreen".
_ Others may be supported later if I figure out why they crash.

- Fixed bug in Clip List Reload.
_ Still occasionally crashes though.
_ Just relaunch program if crash occurs.

- Toolbar font more readable on high-res displays.
_ So old folks can see what is what.

- Scroll bar can now interrupt playing.
_ Previously Scroll bar was ignored while playing.
_ Still a bit crude, needs more work.

- Option to always avoid using Overlay.
_ Allows for situation where overlay driver is not compatible.
_ Menu - View - Technical - Never Use Overlay.

- Marginally better support for Transport Streams.
_ Seems OK with Australian TS streams,
_ but not with a sample French WinDTV stream.

- Some small bug fixes.
_ Audio boost now retreats in smaller steps, but more quickly.
_ Backward GOP and Forward File tweaked a little bit...

- Some API changes


Last Revision:-__ 13 Feb 2006 _- Build 6213

- Further fixes for bug in Default System Header.
_ Mainly impacted DTV / SAT files with no System Header,
_ since mid-January 2006.
_ Program should now correct any such file during save, including Unmux.
- Fixed bug in Recycle action.
_ Was causing "insufficient storage" message.
- Faster Snapshot.
_ Converted BiCubic Floating Point calculations to Integer.
- New option for Default Output Folder handling.
_ Now allows 3 different options instead of 2.
_ See TXT file for documentation.
- Fixed Mpeg-1 Elementary Stream parsing crash.
- Upgrade to API for Plug-Ins.


Last Revision:-__ 06 Feb 2006 _- Build 6206

- Upgrade to API for Plug-Ins..
_ API version 020502.


Last Revision:-__ 05 Feb 2006 _- Build 6205

- Fixed bug in Default System Header.
_ Mainly impacted DTV / SAT files with no System Header.
- Align leading Video packet.
_ First video packet will be aligned on SEQ header.
- 3rd Party Plug-In.
_ See separate download link below.
- Fixed bug that stopped packet alignment from triggering.
_ May have been an issue with some utilities.
- Preferences Dialog.
_ Supplied by WeWantWideScreen.
- CDXA RIFF wrapped files partially supported.
_ Strips RIFF wrapper from CDXA mpeg files.
- Audio output - selectable file extension.
- Output priority 3-way radio button.
_ Instead of single "Slow" check box.
- If Recycle attempt fails, then will use ordinary delete.
- Cleaned up reload of Edit List a little.
_ Better handling when saved selection had not yet been added.
_ Still a bit buggy.
- File-Append name filter defaults to same file extension.
_ To help prevent mixing the streams between PS and ES.
_ Because mixing the streams is bad.
- File-Close-Current.
_ To exclude the current file from the list of input files.
- File-Close-Others.
_ To retain the current file, but exclude all others from the list.
- Plug-in API extended to File-Close actions.
- Adjusted audio preview buffering slightly.
- Overlay interface changed.
_ A somewhat speculative technical change.
_ Now uses DWORD access instead of BYTE level.


Last Revision:-__ 30 Jan 2006 _- Build 6130

- 3rd Party Plug-In.
_ See separate download link below.
- Fixed bug that stopped packet alignment from triggering.
_ May have been an issue with some utilities.
- Preferences Dialog.
_ Supplied by WeWantWideScreen.
- CDXA RIFF wrapped files partially supported.
_ Strips RIFF wrapper from CDXA mpeg files.
- Audio output - selectable file extension.
- Output priority 3-way radio button.
_ Instead of single "Slow" check box.
- If Recycle attempt fails, then will use ordinary delete.
- Cleaned up reload of Edit List a little.
_ Better handling when saved selection had not yet been added.
_ Still a bit buggy.
- File-Append name filter defaults to same file extension.
_ To help prevent mixing the streams between PS and ES.
_ Because mixing the streams is bad.
- File-Close-Current.
_ To exclude the current file from the list of input files.
- File-Close-Others.
_ To retain the current file, but exclude all others from the list.
- Plug-in API extended to File-Close actions.
- Adjusted audio preview buffering slightly.
- Overlay interface changed.
_ A somewhat speculative technical change.
_ Now uses DWORD access instead of BYTE level.


Last Revision:-__ 22 Jan 2006 _- Build 6122

- Cleaned up reload of Edit List.
_ Better handling when saved selection had not yet been added.
_ Still a bit buggie.
- File-Append name filter defaults to same file extension.
_ To help prevent mixing the streams between PS and ES.
_ Because mixing the streams is bad.
- File-Close-Current.
_ To exclude the current file from the list of input files.
- File-Close-Others.
_ To retain the current file, but exclude all others from the list.
- Plug-in API extended to File-Close actions.
- Adjusted audio preview buffering slightly.
- Overlay interface changed.
_ A somewhat speculative technical change.
_ Now uses DWORD access instead of BYTE level.


Last Revision:-__ 17 Jan 2006 _- Build 6117

- Fixed bug in Output Throttle.
_ Was resetting to low priority, causing output to be slow.
- Default System Header now more generic.
_ When the input file has NO Sys header, the program adds a dummy.
_ This is now a more generic style, and MAY improve compatibilty.
_ This is controlled by Output menu option "Default System Header".
- Recycle Bin used as default for file deletion, where possible.
_ Large files still get immediate delete, due to size restrictions.
_ You can turn it off if you do not like it.
- Command to associate with Mpeg files in Windows Explorer.
_ Menu-Misc-Associate. Supplied by "WeWantWideScreen".
- Audio Delay calculation locked to GOP PTS.
_ This should give more consistent information.
- Audio Packet Trimming now independent of PTS Matching.
- Auto-selection logic cleaned up a bit.
_ This should help when appending files.
- Fixed bug in Trackbar selection display.
_ Was causing confusion due to occasional incorrect display.
- Fixed one of the bugs in Time-Of-Day (TOD) co-ordinates.
_ A little more work still needed on this.
- Cleaned up Plug-In interfaces.


Last Revision:-__ 30 Dec 2005 _- Build 5C30

- Fixed bug in Trackbar selection display.
_ Was causing confusion due to occasional incorrect display.
- Fixed one of the bugs in Time-Of-Day (TOD) co-ordinates.
_ A little more work still needed on this.


Last Revision:-__ 27 Dec 2005 _- Build 5C27

- Fixed one of the bugs in Time-Of-Day (TOD) co-ordinates.


Last Revision:-__ 09 Dec 2005 _- Build 5C09

- Auto-Save on Edit Decision List.
_ Automatically saves clip in-out points as you go along.
- Aspect Ratio honoured on BMP snapshots.
_ FIXED BUG that produced black or streaky snapshots.
_ BMP Format can be controlled in menu - Output - BMP Format.
_ Option for BMP snapshot to Clipboard by typing "C" or Ctrl-C.
- Luminance correction independent setting for BMP/RGB.
- Time display can be set to show Time Of Day.
_ Useful for DTV files, to locate an event that occured at a specific time.
- Optionally retain original File Date/Time on output.
_ Useful for DTV files, to know the original recording date/time.
_ Especially recommended if Time display set to TOD (see above).
- Suppress dialog on file name passed from Windows Explorer.
_ This option makes for faster start-up, so it is now the default.
- Super-CUE modes = Very, Very, Fast Fwd.
__Shift-[*] on NumPad.
__3 speeds equating to auto-repeat of the 3 GOP skipping amounts.
- Stop CUE on change of Mpeg Aspect Ratio.
__Not a very elegant stop though.
- Cycle Audio track selection on playback, using "A" key.
__Quickly swap between different language streams in preview.
- LPCM audio - partial support.
- Output Save speed tailorable via INI file.
_ Separate settings for Slow, Normal and High Priority .
- Better detection of "Overlay Unavailable" in Win2k.
- Allow removal of file from input list even if clip list begun.
_ Clip list automatically adjusted to remove corresponding references.
- EDL file name saved between sessions.
_ File Delete will also delete the current EDL file.
- Font colour can be set via INI file.
- Mpeg Profile and Level shown on Stats window.
- Changed approach to audio playback timing.
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and small changes.


Last Revision:-__ 30 Nov 2005 _- Build 5B30

- Aspect Ratio honoured on BMP snapshots.
_ Still a bit buggy - may produce a black snapshot.
_ Can be turned off in menu - Output - BMP Format.
_ Option for BMP snapshot to Clipboard by typing "C" or Ctrl-C.
- Time display can be set to show Time Of Day.
_ Useful for DTV files, to locate an event that occured at a specific time.
- Optionally retain original File Date/Time on output.
_ Useful for DTV files, to know the original recording date/time.
_ Especially recommended if Time display set to TOD (see above).
- Suppress dialog on file name passed from Windows Explorer.
_ This option makes for faster start-up, so it is now the default.
- Super-CUE modes = Very, Very, Fast Fwd.
__Shift-[*] on NumPad.
__3 speeds equating to auto-repeat of the 3 GOP skipping amounts.
- Stop CUE on change of Mpeg Aspect Ratio.
__Not a very elegant stop though.
- Cycle Audio track selection on playback, using "A" key.
__Quickly swap between different language streams in preview.
- LPCM audio - partial support.
- Output Save speed tailorable via INI file.
_ Separate settings for Slow, Normal and High Priority .
- Better detection of "Overlay Unavailable" in Win2k.
- Allow removal of file from input list even if clip list begun.
_ Clip list automatically adjusted to remove corresponding references.
- EDL file name saved between sessions.
_ File Delete will also delete the current EDL file.
- Font colour can be set via INI file.
- Mpeg Profile and Level shown on Stats window.
- Changed approach to audio playback timing.
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and small changes.


Last Revision:-__ 4 Nov 2005 _- Build 5B04

- LPCM audio - partial support.
- Stop CUE on change of Mpeg Aspect Ratio.
__Not a very elegant stop though.
- Super-CUE mode = Very, Very, Very, Fast Fwd.
__Shift-[*] on NumPad. Fast search for Aspect Ratio Change.
- Cycle Audio track selection on playback, using "A" key.
__Quickly swap between different language streams in preview.
- Output Save speed tailorable via INI file.
_ Separate settings for Slow, Normal and High Priority .
- Font colour can be set via INI file.
- Better detection of "Overlay Unavailable" in Win2k.
- Remove File from list allowed when clip list already begun.
- Miscellaneous small changes.
- 175k Zip file :-


Last Revision:-__ 21 Oct 2005 _- Build 5A21

- CUE mode no longer interferes with backward stepping.
- Audio alignment of non-mpeg audio packet at start of clip.


Last Revision:-__ 18 Oct 2005 _- Build 5A18

- Audio alignment of non-mpeg audio packet at start.


Last Revision:-__ 17 Oct 2005 _- Build 5A17

- Cue/FastFwd toggle mode to reduce RSI - numeric pad [*] .
__Instead of holding down the Fast Fwd arrow continuously,
__single press the [*] key on the numeric key pad to enter Cue mode.
__Press again to return to normal speed, or press any arrow to stop.
__KNOWN BUG : CUE INTERFERES WITH BACKWARD GOP STEPPING.

- Extended Fast Play.
- Do not allow overwrite of any current input file.
- Output folder retained while working on same input file. Win2K+
- F1 key displays the Mpg2Cut2 documentation
__ Hot Keys now shown at the start of the document.
- Fix minor bugs


Last Revision:-__ 20 Sep 2005 _- Build 5920
- New frame stepping method supplied by Tulebox.
- Detect corrupted curr_frame[2] pointer.
- Stop divide by zero error on end of file redisplay.


Last Revision:-__ 2 Sep 2005 _- Build 5902
- Page-Up and Page-Down keys for scrolling.
- Flag first GOP of clip as "Broken Link".
- Fixed VOB bug - sometimes dropped first Vob Nav Pack.
- "Slow" option is now even slower.
- Frame Rate override in View menu.
- Allow for Video PTS sequence error during audio matching.
_ _Except for Australian Ch.7.


Last Revision:-__ 20 Aug 2005 _- Build 5820
- Flag first GOP of clip as "Broken Link".
- Fixed VOB bug - sometimes dropped first Vob Nav Pack.
- "Slow" option is now even slower.
- Frame Rate override in View menu.
- Allow for Video PTS sequence error during audio matching.
_ _Except for Australian Ch.7.


Last Revision:-__ 2 Aug 2005 _- Build 5802
- Flag first GOP of clip as "Broken Link".
- Fixed bug - sometimes dropped first Vob Nav Pack.
- Allow for Video PTS sequence error during audio matching.
- Experimental option - Time Stamp Adjustment.


Last Revision:-__ 12 July 2005 _- Build 5712
- Experimental Mpeg-1 support.
__ Viewing works for the most part.
__ Cutting is binary mode ONLY. NO output parsing.
__ Single selection ONLY.
__ MONO audio will not decode properly (pre-existing bug).
__ Do NOT intermix different Mpeg formats in the one session.
__ Warning message to alert user that this format is NOT really supported.
- Audio sync during preview improved in "Lock to Audio" option.
- "Fast Preview" is more aggresive, to allow for slower CPUs,
__ and now has an intermediate setting.
- Show nominal Mux rate and chroma format on stats panel.
- Try to show last decoded frame at EOF. Sometimes works.
- BMP folder default setting corrected.
- Edit list reload also restores current location.
- Drag and Drop now supports EDL files.
- Trap crash when frame pointer lost.
- Fast 4:2:0 decode now has faster Luminance adjustment,
_ and can be used for 4:2:2 too.
- Slightly better handling for Transport Streams,
__ but don't expect a proper picture or sound on unsupported files. __
__ Video PID selection is via menu. No Audio-PID selection yet.
- The obsolete Block level location option has been removed.


Last Revision:-__ 08 July 2005 _- Build 5708
- Audio sync during preview improved in "Lock to Audio" option.
- "Fast Preview" is more aggresive, to allow for slower CPUs.
- Show nominal Mux rate and chroma format on stats panel.
- Try to show last decoded frame at EOF. Sometimes works.
- BMP folder default setting corrected.
- Edit list reload also restores current location.
- Drag and Drop now supports EDL files.
- Trap crash when frame pointer lost.
- Fast 4:2:0 decode now has faster Luminance adjustment,
_ and can be used for 4:2:2 too.
- Slightly better handling for unsupported Mpeg formats,
__ but don't expect a proper picture or sound on unsupported files. __PID selection is via menu.
- The obsolete Block level location option has been removed.


Last Revision:-__ 02 July 2005 _- Build 5702
- Edit list reload also restores current location to view.
- Drag and Drop now supports EDL files.
- Trap crash when frame pointer lost.
- Fast 4:2:0 decode now has faster Luminance adjustment,
_ and can be used for 4:2:2 too.
- Slightly better support for non conforming streams.


Last Revision:-__ 22 June 2005 _- Build 5622
- Creation date info on File Names List.
- Karaoke function and Audio Anti-Phase error correction.
___ Very basic at this stage. See documentation.
- Fast Preview (Shift-F9).
- Toolbar Toggle (F11).
- Warn if Transport Stream detected.
- Some minor bug fixes.
- Documentation on using with Adobe.
- Sample REG file now includes ".EDL" file type entries.


Last Revision:-__ 06 June 2005 _- Build 5606
- Save and reload Edit Decision List.
___ Very basic at this stage. See documentation.
- Try to trap Multi-Monitor crash.
- Non-Overlay maximized display bug fixed.
- User selected folder for BMP output.
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video overlay when not required.
- M = Mute audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.
- Allow for over-range values from MPAlib decoder.
- Warning when Disk I/O performance is poor.


Last Revision:-__ 01 June 2005 _- Build 5601
- Try to trap Multi-Monitor crash.
- Non-Overlay maximized display bug fixed.
- User selected folder for BMP output. Bug fixed.
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video overlay when not required.
- M = Mute audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.
- Allow for over-range values from MPAlib decoder.
- Warning when Disk I/O performance is poor.


Last Revision:-__ 28 May 2005 _- Build 5528
- User selected folder for BMP output.
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video overlay when not required.
- M = Mute audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.
- Allow for over-range values from MPAlib decoder.
- Warning when Disk I/O performance is poor.


Last Revision:-__ 19 May 2005 _- Build 5519
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video overlay when not required.
- M = Mute audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.
- Allow for over-range values from MPAlib decoder.
- Warning when Disk I/O performance is poor.


Last Revision:-__ 16 May 2005 _- Build 5516
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video overlay when not required.
- M = Mute audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.
- Allow for over-range values from MPAlib decoder.


Last Revision:-__ 3 May 2005 _- Build 5503
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video overlay when not required.
- M = Mute audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.


Last Revision:-__ 29 April 2005 _- Build 5429
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File Response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.
- Release video Overlay when not required.
- M = Mute Audio.
- Documentation now includes introductory usage info.


Last Revision:-__ 25 April 2005 _- Build 5425
- Post-Process option to invoke external program after save.
- Drag-and-Drop File Response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.


Last Revision:-__ 21 April 2005 _- Build 5421
- Drag-and-Drop File Response configurable in Menu.
- Creation Date of input file shown on rename window.


Last Revision:-__ 12 April 2005 _- Build 5412
- File Rename command and Tidy Name options.
- Fixed bug in 4:2:2 display.
- Override Aspect Ratio on View and Output.
___ Allow fixing of streams that contain incorrect aspect ratio.
- Zoom setting improved for low-res videos. Tidier too.
- Unmux command outputs to separate Elementary Streams.
- Deep Parsing option for header fixing to search entire file.
- Fix crash on exit under Windows 2000,
___ and on EOF in some environments.
- Fixed bug in single GOP skip (Back or Forward) on DTV.
- Navigation Jump sizes can be changed in INI file.
___ AFTER the new version is run at least once, "JumpSpan" line appears in INI file.
- Allow for cropped SCR (missing high order bit) when sorting.
- Miscellaneous minor adjustments.
- Output Parsing still under development.
___ Experimental Features - NOT READY YET ! This is NOT an Easter Egg.


*Last Revision:-__ 07 March 2005 _- Build 5307
- Multi-clip Preview now works for VOB files too.
- Slow-Motion Preview option.
- Fiddling with the frame skipping parameters.
- Alt-F8 = Preview the END of the Selection only
- Fixed crash during Multi-clip Preview.
- Miscellaneous minor adjustments.
- Experimental - Mpeg Audio - align first packet to syncword.


PREVIOUS Revision: 13 December 2004 _- Build 4C13
- PTS matching extended.
__Allows for sparse PTS on some Video streams.
- Misc. Performance Improvements.
__Pentium 4 SSE2 IDCT module from a more recent version of DVD2AVI.
__Extended frame dropping options for HD preview on slow CPU.
__Fast 4:2:0 menu option moved into more obvious position
- Mux style info in stats panel.
__Interleave span between video/audio swaps.
__PTS Span - how many video frames with same Presentation TimeStamp.
- More documentation.
- Menu Heading added for Preview controls
- "Include To-Frame" option extended to Elementary Streams.
- Time Stamp wrap around provision when sorting files by SCR
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This is, to be blunt, an extremely baffling and somewhat user-hostile piece of software, and not the most stable in the world either.

However, it's still got a 7/10 from me, because, much like the worst car in the world being far better than no car at all so long as it gets you from A to B faster than any other practical and affordable option, it is basically unique. One of those tools that will need to be recreated entirely from scratch sometime in the future if there's still a need for it, a new OS kills compatibility with this one, and the original developer doesn't reappear from their 5+ year hiatus to update it back into life.

If you have a need to quickly scrub through an MPEG1 or 2 transport or program stream in order to visually find a place to coarsely cut it apart at a GOP boundary, possibly marking off several such cuts to form "keep" and "delete" areas within, and indeed do so whilst simultaneously concatenating two or more files of matching specification together, then export the result with no other modifications whatsoever (even to the audio stream or timecode...), then this is your guy.

It's Fast (constrained basically by HDD performance - it's slow but acceptable over a 100mbit network connection or using a USB2 drive, pretty quick with an internal PATA-133 or cheap SATA platter drive (or external USB3), and absolutely blazing when given an SSD to play with),

...Efficient (does exactly what it says on the tin and little else, even the UI comes straight from the VBA "minimalist" parts bin - so the EXE is compact and everything runs quite quickly, and doesn't chow huge amounts of memory, though you have to guess at a few things; it also allows you to dynamically alter how much disc bandwidth it takes up on a proportional basis, from really quite slow and not really noticeable, up to full-throttle-no-prisoners, to avoid network bottlenecks or effectively locking up the system should something else swap-hungry be running at the same time, as well as deliberately taking the opportunity to monopolise everything and go literally as fast as possible if given the permission)

...(mostly) Reliable (haven't had any serious problems with output files that can't be traced to corrupt original data, though the coding maybe isn't as stringently clean as it could be so closing and reloading between each edit session is recommended... only takes seconds)

...Easy to use touch-type style with keyboard shortcuts, [i]once you've learned them[/i]. Has a rather pro video workstation feel when you're doing that.

...Based around a simple context; video file(s) come in, you mark off the breakpoint(s), then save either the current marked segments, or all those that have been added to the decision list so far, either as separate or one combined file.

...Flexible and future proof - it can handle some pretty stonking great files, and has no issue processing ludicrous monster MPEGs, e.g. from a capture device scheduler going wrong and recording 10 hours instead of 1, on otherwise low powered hardware. 30 or 40gb monolithic files run through it on a 2gb RAM machine pretty much the same as 300mb ones, just taking longer to scrub through to find the piece you actually wanted.

...Has hidden depths ... seriously there's all kinds of buttons and menu items that I literally can't fathom. OK, that's probably more one for the "cons" pile rather than the "pros", but it hints at there being other interesting things you may be able to do.

On the downside, as mentioned, it can be a little unstable, and either slow way down or just crash entirely once the memory/resource leaks build up too much (which seems to be a function of opening and closing too many files in a session, rather than anything to do with file size or number of cuts). It's not dangerous, I've never yet seen it damage an input file, though generally you do have to delete the current output, (force-)close and re-load the program and job. For my own use, as I typically do fairly simple trim jobs on smaller files, save multiple shorter sequences out of the huge ones, and only occasionally glue multiple input files together (eg where a capture crashed during and ad break and I happened to be present and could manually restart before it ended), and the processing parts tend to take up the bulk of the time (they may be "fast", but that doesn't mean they're [i]short[/i] ... it's more fast in the sense of a bullet train or jet plane), it's no particular inconvenience to load it up empty, drop the next input file into the window, cut out and save the parts of interest, then close it (and do a bit of interstitial housekeeping like deleting the original file(s), setting up the output files for further recompression etc) and open a new copy a few moments later in order to do the same with the file after that one.

It really is no-frills, the progress bar is pretty basic (and can hit the speed display cap on SSDs!) and there are various things you're left guessing about or having to keep track of mentally. A few extra frills MIGHT be nice. Including more descriptive button labels. It doesn't even really deal with video acceleration properly - my old 2006 XP laptop (which has been relegated to capture, cutting, and network filehost mule) actually switches to Basic theme (with a complaining popup and a split-second of blank screen) every time the program loads and then back to normal when it closes, because of something to do with how it addresses the screen (not sure if that's because it's trying to use an outdated 9X / 2K method, or something pioneered in Vista?)... I should probably just set it to basic permanently but it's become part of the character of the thing ;) ... The lack of native acceleration doesn't seem to harm the performance appreciably, other than reducing the video panel update speed and causing it to tear a little, but the machine struggles to display full DVD resolution material sometimes even in a normal media player, so it's not a huge slowdown. The actual navigation and processing tasks don't seem affected at all and, as previously stated, run pretty much as fast as your source media is able to provide the frames (NB trying to process material from or to a really slow drive is a pretty bad idea - it won't hang, but you'll be waiting a hell of a long time, and whilst there's a way to control how much of the link and computer power it takes up, generally it's hard to do much else with the machine at the same time. EG a very slow memory stick, or a Humax PVR over ethernet, or both from and back to a very slow memory stick plugged into the front of that PVR...)

Plus on that front, if you want to do pretty much anything other than splitting and/or joining MPEG files, and performing a very limited range of other very basic processing tasks on them at the same time ... use another program. Either before or after feeding the file through M2C2. It's about as close to a Unix command-line applet designed mainly for other programs to pipe data through without human intervention as you can get whilst still running under Windows and being an interactive, graphical app. It does two or three things, quite well and with no flab, and that's it.

And, well... it's an enigma, and can be an unforgiving one (thankfully merely in terms of work built up in the current session rather than deleting things). There's no help file or readme to speak of, what instructions exist are pretty cryptic and seem to be for an entirely different version, possibly in a different language, and pretty much you have to wing it at first, moving the cursor slowly around the toolbars, sliders, status bars and menus in order to see what barely-informative tooltips appear. A good working knowledge and experience of digital video concepts and other time-served, austerely laid out and keyboard-happy video editors with a preponderance of grey and squares in their design (virtualdub, DGIndex, etc) will serve you well. There's a bit of guesswork and a bit of "well, if I wanted to do {task} in {other program which does it at a higher level with different file formats}, I would hit {key combo}... I wonder if it works here...? {Ah, yes it does / Oh crap, no, it doesn't, what the hell is happening now?}" involved.

I've used it extensively for dealing with less-than-perfectly timed files produced from the same laptop's PCMCIA (remember that?) analogue capture card connected to a half-dead Thompson PVR (it can't record worth a damn any more, but it can at least change channels to a schedule) and using the card's equally bare bones and even less reliable scheduled recording system. On a good day, they just need the fluff of preceding / following programs trimmed off (and, for non-BBC channels, the adverts cut out), which depending on channel and how much of a guard time I was able to leave could end up removing more than a third of the original data. If things go a bit wrong and the scheduler plays up after a recording had started but before it finishes, or I had to resort to manually hitting the general purpose Record button (either before dashing out to work, or collapsing in bed), so it either stops by my hand or when the disc is full, there could be an hour or two of actually wanted programming ... stuck somewhere in the middle of a 10, 12, 15+ hour file. No-one wants to archive that entire thing, and most other editors would make your life hell trying to extract it, and you'd have to reencode too, even though the capture file is natively DVD compliant (save for a bit of workaday remuxing) and has closed GOPs. So long as there is, or I can make enough space on the drive for the extracted useful data of the smallest capture file on the disc (or can at least temporarily dump the output to a USB or network drive), then M2C2 doesn't care very much (I think it gives a warning if there's less than 1GB left? Certainly if there's not enough space overall) and I can gradually chip away, discarding the unwanted fluff from the files and keeping the good stuff, rapidly seeing the free space increase until there's enough room to tackle the biggest files. It's pretty easy to have that laptop perched near the old PVR with a wireless keyboard connected (not even mouse!) and do a minute or two's rapid navigating in between the longer save sessions whilst doing something else on the newer laptop or a phone/tablet (book... dinnerplate... watching TV... optimistically setting up the next day's recordings...) the rest of the time. There's only really about a dozen keys that are really important (back/forth fine or coarse, speed modifier keys (between one-GOP-at-a-time upto jumping about 90 seconds in one go), go to start or end, start/end section to keep, add section to edit list, remove last section added, save current, save all separate, save all as a joined file... and of course, quit), several of them are shared with the Windows Explorer navigation keys, and it proved surprisingly easy to set up M2C2 as an "open with" shortcut, so it can all be done basically one-handed with hardly any wrist movement except for the save and quit commands.

Seriously, it's been a lifesaver for this sort of thing. Maybe you could call it an unhelpful enabler, but I wouldn't have been able to realistically record quite a lot of things (including many, at one time, needed for a workplace project) without a great investment in other equipment, instead of being able to repurpose old drek that I already owned. And even then it may not have worked in quite as straightforward a manner. I mean, I've tried to use Avid Studio before... it's horrible. Don't think I actually even managed to do anything beyond saving a short clip from a connected camera, without sound, in the wrong format, after a couple hours of prodding at it and using the manual. Linear, effectively nondestructive (should be entirely possible to chop out the "junk" parts, save them separately, then paste everything back together and have it appear essentially as the original file) editing of existing files? Probably would have taken a month to work up to.

However, I still don't know what a lot of the options do. I can't even get the "play video from this point" function to work properly. Have no proper way to tell whether files are saving as interlaced or being mangled into progressive. There's an occasional bug where the overlaid video image is misaligned with the actual program window to a greater or lesser extent and it's almost impossible to get it to go back to where it should be short of restarting the computer (turning off ALL video acceleration - rather than it just being busted down to basic DirectDraw or whatever it uses - SOMETIMES works, along with fiddling with the zoom, aspect, and letterbox crop settings ... which all feels rather like waving a bundle of magic reeds around to appease the video gods). And if you then use the output files on a DVD or for network playback without SOME kind of basic re-encode or healing video analyser being passed over them first (or at least setting the DVD structure up so it quietly skips the actual start/end and the points where the file was split) there might be the odd small visual or audio glitch for a fraction of a second whilst everything re-synchs. Worth it to not have to toss about with Avisynth or re-encode every frame of every single goddamn thing, however, and the only people who'd actually care too much about the occasional hiccup in an MPG file ultimately produced from a DVBT stream are those who have even less life than myself.

So yeah, it's a one-eyed man in a world of the blind. Take its hand and forgive the occasional issues of poor depth perception and asymmetric peripheral vision, because, hey... it can see, and is willing to be your guide.

And, well, if you can do any better, do it yourself (...I mean, please, make an updated version that's easier to comprehend and lacks those little bugs). I might have a go myself, but I can't code and really don't understand the finer points of the MPEG file structure well enough to feel confident futzing with it.


Review by EddyH on Mar 20, 2017 Version: B184 (18th Apr 2011) OS: WinXP Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10




The program does what it claims but the UI is the most awful I ever seen, buttons are non intuitive and on mouse over there is no tooltip that shows their function.

Review by TGB on Oct 20, 2015 Version: b418 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 6/10




Mpg2Cut2 is a must if you need a tool that will split up a large video file into multiple files. I use it for my digital conversion of old family movies on tape. One tape will usually have about 20 different events. This tool allows me to take the one large mpeg file from the video capture program (Cyberlink Power Director in my case) and spit it into 20 smaller files and remove any gaps or unwanted video. Furthermore, it splits the files without re-encoding them making the whole editing process really fast. I'm amazed that such such a simple task is so hard to do with various pro-sumer video packages.

There is a little bit of a learning curve. It's not that the interface is difficult to use, but if you want to really productive you need to learn how to navigate via the keyboard. That takes a little bit of practice. Also, Mpg2Cut2 only handles mpeg video so you're out of luck if you want to split newer video formats.


Review by villaVideo on Sep 26, 2015 Version: 2.8.6d OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Great software! Thanks much.

Review by jwilde on Jul 30, 2015 Version: 2.8.6d OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




nice tool which serves the purpose.
but, where is the B series compiles?
hope, B series gonna offer more frame accurate and sharp shopping, plus seamless joining.
Thanks to the author.
:)


Review by Bonie81 on Feb 16, 2011 Version: AA30 OS: Other Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 8/10


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