to get insight in avi videos
probably the best utility in the world to manage all DV videos
Help pages about DVdate:
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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
rename avi files by adding their datecode or timecode: it's useful when sorting video clips and archiving them.
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.
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.
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.
What's new in versions 7.0. x published in English since 2008, April the 14th.
What's new in versions 7.1. x and 7.2.x published in English since 2008, December 13th.
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.