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Old 23 Jan 2008, 11:59 AM   #1
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Question-2 ? Cutting AVI in Bitwise Identical Manner (at non-keyframes)


I am trying to find a way to cut an AVI such that the bytes in the resulting video—the part that is kept aside from the header, etc.—are identical to the original. I have been using the v/nandub, etc. applications in direct stream copy mode to cut videos for a long time, but the videos that are made are not identical. In other words, when you do a binary comparison of the two files, you should get a few small differences in the header or whatever, and the original should be longer, but otherwise the files should be identical (ie, changes could be made with a hex-editor, like you can with an MP3 as long as you cut on a frame-boundary).

For example, let’s say that I have made a large video (eg 1GB), and am sharing it via FTP, P2P, HTTP, etc. (basically any resumable transfer method). I then decide to cut out the last minute of the video. Doing it like I have been doing causes the file to be drastically altered even if the resulting image and sound are identical. This means that people who have gotten only part of the video cannot use what they have and must start downloading it all over from scratch (and thus wasting my bandwidth).

Also, sometimes I run into the situation where I need to cut a video where there is no keyframe but cannot figure out how. I know I’ve done it a couple of times by chance with one of the dub apps and with another commercial app, but it never works when I purposely try to do it. Will re-deriving the keyframes work? If so, it will create a non-identical file right? This isn’t a high priority; I can keep a little extra.

Thanks a lot.
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