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    Download DVdate

    to get insight in avi videos

    probably the best utility in the world to manage all DV videos

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Version 7.2.2

published on le Monday, September 4 2017


When downloading for free this software, you acknowledge that you will use it at your own risk, without any warranty from Paul Glagla. It works for me, it should work for you, but perhaps not, because I cannot test my programs on all different systems available.


This software is delivered for personal use of the video hobbyist only. Any use by a company, an administration or during professional activities is prohibited. If you need to use it for such activities, please ask me for a licensed version. To learn how to get a licensed version, click below.




    What is DVdate?

    DVdate is a powerful utility for processing AVI files in general, and specially AVI DV files. It features many useful functions, easy and fast to apply even to a great number of avi files at once. For example:

      check01_green.gif convert a DV file from type 1 to type 2 (and reciprocally): It is useful when importing files into some video editing software that accept only videos of type 2, like Pinnacle's Studio. DVdate may recognize even some strange DV types, like those produced by Movie Edit Pro and convert them to regular DV types.

      check01_green.gif convert a non DV file  into a DV file (Pal or NTSC): it is useful when editing a project with DV files, to import easily a video clip, that has been compressed with anything else than DV, like DivX or Mjpeg.

      check01_green.gif convert a DV file from Pal to NTSC or reciprocally: it is useful to make a DVD in NTSC format with a camcorder in DV Pal.

      check01_green.gif embed ("Inlay" or should I say "burn"? ) datecode or timecode into the frames of a DV file: it is useful to display the date and time of capture on the screen, like the analog camcorders used to do. This function is highly personalizable, with nice features (change font, position, schedule to display ay each scene change, display the datecode on two lines, adjust the alignment, add a border...

      check01_green.gif create a subtitle file with the datecodes at the right times: very useful to display the datecode  when playing a video, without burning it permanently into the video frames.

      check01_green.gif export a file containing the list of scenes from a DV video to some popular formats: it can be a simple text file, or a Excel Worksheet, but also a Word doc, and even a document for OpenOffice.org (Calc or Writer) it's useful to catalog DV tapes, or to make a database of all scenes. It's then personalizable with Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org

      check01_green.gif fix the framerate of an avi file : it may fix some out of sync issues, specially when an analog capture board did not set the correct framerate

      check01_green.gif rename avi files by adding their datecode or timecode: it's useful when sorting video clips and archiving them.

      check01_green.gif many other features are available: extract audio to WAV, fix a time difference, change the FourCC of the codec, split a DV file into individual scene files...

    DVdate features a multimedia player which can read the video (including in full screen) and browse easily through the video with CTRL+ array keys, and even browse from scene to scene with the function keys F8 and F9. It displays in real time the datecode and timecode of the frame being played. DVdate displays also complete information about the AVI file. Like the utility Gspot, it indicates the codec, the image size, the number of frames per second, the duration of the video etc.... When dealing with DV files, it adds the type 1 or 2 and the TV standard Pal or NTSC or even the aspect ratio 4x3 or 16x9. It features also a function to display the RIFF header of an avi file, like riffwalk.exe from Microsoft used to do.

    DVdate can load a great number of avi files into its "playlist", and process them individually or altogether. It displays automatically the video of each selected file. It may open the selected files in a third-party application with a single key stroke. With one keyboard hit (CTRL+F7) it may even load all avi files present on all your hard drives. Try it, you may be surprised by the result.


    DVdate  comes with a script language, which can automate many functions, and is useful in batch processing, and command-line mode.


    DVdate features a Scenes Editor, and can create (even for non DV files, for instance DivX) a scn file containing data about the scenes (start, end, caption, thumbnail...). This enables the amazing function of browsing from scene to scene in some of my software, and is compatible with Studio from  Pinnacle.

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    Minimum Requirements for DVdate


    DVdate has been tested under Windows XP  SP1 and SP2 and Windows Vista. It needs directX 9.0 or better. To play videos in its integrated multimedia player, the corresponding directshow filters (sometimes called codecs) must be installed on your system. If they are not, the video will not play but other commands may still work.


    It is interesting to install also my software ImageGrab on your system. Thus DVdate can call ImageGrab with a single key stroke on F2 and load automatically the selected file in it.

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    Help pages about DVdate


    Using DVdate is very simple and straight forward. Just remember to type F10 if you want to change some settings, and to type F11 to show the list of all commands with their shortcuts. Move the mouse above buttons to show hints. But if you want to use some advanced features, it is recommended to read the help pages. Following pages are available in English:


    If you used DVdate with a version prior to 7.x.x, and when theses pages will be updated, you should first of all have a look at the pages Menu Scenes, Edit Scenes, Scripts. The other help pages will seem familiar to you.

If you have found a bug, please send me an e-mail. I must say that I can not answer to most of e-mails. They are too numerous. But I read them all, and I often implement new improvements in the next versions, thanks to remarks of the users.

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    What's new in versions 7.0. x published in English since 2008, April the 14th.


  • The program is now compatible with Unicode characters, and should work with some Asian languages or with Cyrillic characters for instance.
  • The window of the program is no more constraint. One can adjust the size, maximize it, one can display or hide the list of files (and position it at the right or at the left). More buttons are available in the toolbar, that can also be displayed or hidden, and even dragged out of the main window.
  • A command to convert DV videos from 4x3 to 16x9 (widescreen) and reciprocally has been added.
  • A list of all commands with shortcuts and token for scripts is available with F11
  • The video play gives a better experience: it is no more deformed when played in full screen. And the video is deinterlaced, at least if your system is powerful. NB on some less powerful systems, just keep this function off, if the display of video is not smooth enough.
  • You may drag and drop files FROM DVdate to other applications.
  • The functions like fix a time difference, change the codec, change the video frequency are easier to use, with a dialog before execution
  • When you rename, embed text in the video, or put captions in the scenes, you may use simple codes to represent data from the video: for example %D for the datecode, %T for the timecode, or %U for the duration or %C for the codec...So you may highly personalize the text .
  • The list of scenes may be exported (from a scn file that exits or that you can create and edit with DVdate, even for non DV videos ) to Word, Excel, OpenOffice.org Writer or Calc or a txt file. For Word and OpenOffice.org Writer, the exported document contains one thumbnail image for each scene.
  • One can create a scn file not only by content or by datecode, but also by separating scenes in fixed intervals.
  • Making DVdate portable ( that is to say, let it save its preferences to a ini file instead of saving them in the registry) is now very simple with one click in the Settings.
  • When quitting DVdate,  if the preferences are not set to be automatically saved, a dialog asks to confirm quitting without saving the preferences.
  • With a right click on the video being played, the current image is copied to the clipboard, and can be pasted to other application
  • Videos can now also be sorted by duration. A command in the menu Files displays the total duration of all listed or selected videos.
  • A powerful editor for embedding text and datecode in the video ("inlay") is featured. All changes are applied in real time and can be assessed.

    What's new in versions 7.1. x and 7.2.x published in English since 2008, December 13th.


  • A commande is available to overwrite an existing datecode in a DV video, or to create one in a DV video that had none. This datecode starts at a given date and time, then increases regurlarly when the video advances
  • The RIFF header is improved and completed.
  • The interface is cleaner under Windows 7 and Windows 10


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    About datecode and timecode

    When dealing with DV files, it is often useful to retrieve the date and time of the video capture. This data is written by camcorders onto the recorded frames, and remains on them when the video is copied, cut, transferred, saved, as long as it is not recompressed. Some applications may read these datecodes, for example the famous Scenalyser, - and there exist some others like indicated by Stefan. DVdate is one of the freeware programs that manage to do it, and to take full advantage of it.

    The same situation happens for timecode, a data indicating the position of a frame in the DV tape in hours-minutes-seconds-number of frames, which is also written by many camcorders onto each frame of the DV tape. This information remains when the video is transferred into the computer, as long as the file is not recompressed. DVdate can retrieve it, and tell you where the video file was first recorded on the DV tape.

    A great feature of DVdate is the ability to browse a DV file and display instantly in real time  the datecode and timecode of the current frame. I don't know any software, even a commercial one, that offers this nice possibility. DVdate may also create a new avi-file with datecode or timecode burnt into each frame.

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