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How Edit Videos with VCD Cutter?

Updated on October 21, 2011

Most of the time people ask the way to edit any movie or a song in any video editing software like Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effect. Often, they come across with the problem that the movie or a song is not imported and don't know what to do.

First of all, you should keep in mind that DAT, VCD or DVD formats are read-only formats. They are not for editing but if you want to do that any way, then you should change it in any editable format like, AVI, MOV and MPEG. For this purpose, there are many software available in the market but our focus will remain on VCD Cutter today.

VCD Cutter is a simple but useful tool. It is used for converting one movie format into another. Here the focal point will be VCD Cutter version 4.04 as well as the registered version.

Before starting with this software, you need to learn about a few tools and options of VCD Cutter

Play list

The images and name showing within the play list are thumbnails of the opened movie files. We can export or import the current Play List by the "import play list/export play list" command.

Clip list

Clip List covers those areas of opened movies, which are defined as the "mark in and mark out" command. In other words, these are areas of the movie that we want to convert in another format. You can export or import the current clip list by the "import clip list/export clip list" command.

Clip mark in

This is used to mark the initial point of the movie . You can convert it with the F5 key.

Clip mark out

It marks the end-point of the selected area with F5.

Add to clip list

It adds the current selection into the clip list with the F7 key.

Make clips

This is used to choose any file format (like MPG, MV1, MP3), according to your requirement. It is also used to choose that area of the hard disk where you put the file with the F8 key.


After knowing all these basic keys we can start with the software. First of all, play the movie. Then, select with mark in and mark out, the areas you want to edit in the movie and add it to the clip list by using the "add clip list" command. After that, you can format and locate it in hard disk by "make clip list".

Now you've come to the point where the file is ready to edit in any video editing software, like Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effect .

To join in the MPG files list

For this, you have to open one or more MPG files. Click on "tools/join clips" for MPG files list. Also, you can move the cursor across the thumbnails within the play list window, and then right-click on the button for the pop-up menu. Then click on "join clips" to join the MPG files list in the play list, choose the location in the hard disk and write the name. Now this file has been made into a combination of your clips.

Changing the window size

If you want to watch movies in full-screen, press ESC for the full screen mode. You can also use these keys Alt+0, Alt+1 and Alt+0 to change the movie window's size.

Saving time

Today, time has a great deal of importance and there is no doubt that a person always tries to work as efficiently s/he can. The short keys listed below not only save time but are also easy to remember.

Going to specific parts

  • Home: Go to start.
  • Ctrl +1 seeks the total time length of 10 per cent.
  • Ctrl +2 for 20 per cent.
  • Ctrl +3 for 30 per cent.
  • Ctrl +4 for 40 per cent.
  • Ctrl +5 for 50 per cent.
  • Ctrl +6 for 60 per cent.
  • Ctrl +7 for 70 per cent.
  • Ctrl +8 for 80 per cent.
  • Ctrl +9 for 90 per cent.
  • End: Go to end.
  • Page down: Fast seeking forward.
  • Page up: Fast seeking backward.

Going to the next/previous file

  • Del: Go to next file.
  • Insert: Go to last file.

Movie speed

  • Speed up: Shift +
  • Speed down: Shift -
  • Normal Speed: Shift *

Movie window scale

  • Reduce movie size: Ctrl -
  • Enlarge move size: Ctrl +
  • Normal movie size: Ctrl *.

Movie size

  • Alt 1 to change the movie size to 40 per cent.
  • Alt 2 to 60 per cent.
  • Alt 3 to 80 per cent.
  • Alt 4 to 100 per cent.
  • Alt 5 to 120 per cent.
  • Alt 6 to 140 per cent.
  • Alt 7 to 160 per cent.
  • Alt 8 to 180 per cent.
  • Alt 9 to 200 per cent.

To hide/show

  • Menu: Ctrl M.
  • Movie border: Ctrl B.

For volume

  • Mute: Alt *.
  • Increase volume: Alt +.
  • Decrease volume: Alt -.
  • Only right channel: Ctrl R.
  • Only left channel: Ctrl L.
  • Stereo (both channels): CtrlS.

To get file info

You can get information about the movie by going to the file info in the view menu. Just click on Ctrl + I. You can also get the video width and video height, frame rate of the movie and file size by this command.


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    • htodd profile image

      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great post..Thanks

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      Aman 6 years ago

      i followed your steps,but i have a problem ,marked in and out for an avi file but i am not getting the option of f7 and f8 i cant understand why .i can play the selection part but unable to save the clip.please help me

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      praveen 8 years ago

      Pls advise how to download new version of VCD cutter.

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      Dee Datta 8 years ago

      This CD I got has a movie in 2 discs. One CD could be copied, cause it has 540 MB. But the first Disc has 850 MB. I found they are attributed (Read only). How do I make the first dic editable and then split and copy them to two CDs.

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      pradep 8 years ago

      i followed your steps,but i have a problem ,marked in and out for an avi file but i am not getting the option of f7 and f8 i cant understand why .i can play the selection part but unable to save the clip.please help me

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      josh 8 years ago

      where will the saved clips gets stored....on which destination

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      Trsmd 9 years ago from India

      very good cutter.. in your page..

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      hassam 9 years ago from Pakistan

      Thnaks a lot

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      ForTheLove 9 years ago from Godforsaken, Iowa

      Great resource! You hit all the important bits and have them handily gathered in one spot :) Good work putting together a solid hub