Learning VirtualDub: The Complete Guide to Capturing, Processing and Encoding Digital Video

Learning VirtualDub: The Complete Guide to Capturing, Processing and Encoding Digital Video
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  • Capture and process broadcast, digital, home, streaming video
  • Cut, paste and edit ads, trailers, clips
  • Demos and walkthroughs of processing sample videos
  • Written by video and VirtualDub enthusiasts and experts

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 212 pages [ 240mm x 190mm ]
Release Date : May 2005
ISBN : 1904811353
ISBN 13 : 9781904811350
Author(s) : Georgios Diamantopoulos, Sohail Salehi
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Free eBooks, Open Source, Web Graphics & Video
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Georgios Diamantopoulos

Georgios Diamantopoulos was born and raised in Greece, Corinth in February, 1984. His scientific incline towards computers was evident in his teenage years and he pursued his dreams by moving to Birmingham, UK to study Computer Systems Engineering in 2001. Early on in his course he expressed further interest in video editing and compression. Georgios graduated in July 2004 with an Honours degree from the University of Birmingham, where he is currently researching in the field of video compression towards a PhD degree. He has been involved with various extracurricular activities such as writing documentation for various video editing tasks and developing a video quality assessment utility after the name of Video Quality Studio.

Sohail Salehi

Sohail Salehi was born in Mashad, Iran in March 17, 1975. He graduated in Software Engineering from Mashad University in 2000. In recent years, Sohail has contributed to over 20 books, mainly in programming and computer graphics. He has written frequent articles for "0 & 1 Magazine"; an IT magazine from Ferdowsi University. You can find a complete list of his works at http://www.soolan.com. In the past he has worked as a Chairman in the IT department of various universities including Mashad, Ferdowsi, and the Industrial Management University. Currently he is working on the IT training standards for the Iranian "Work and Science Organisation" 2005-2006 period.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Capturing high quality video from a variety of sources
  • Using filters to clean the image to give crisp, high quality images
  • Adding special effects and adjusting colour levels
  • Removing unwanted segments from videos, or combining several snippets into a single movie
  • Adding subtitles and captions
  • Get rid of unwanted sections such as on-screen logos and crop out unnecessary parts of the screen
  • Compressing your video for distribution without compromising on picture and sound quality


In Detail

VirtualDub is one of the most popular video processing applications for Windows. As an open source application, it's free, and is constantly updated and expanded by an active community of developers and experts. VirtualDub is particularly popular for capturing video from analogue sources such as video tape, cleaning up the image and compressing it ready for distribution over the Internet.

This book provides a rapid and easy to use tutorial to the basic features of VirtualDub to get you up and running quickly. It explains how to capture great quality video from various sources, use filters to clean up the captured image and add special effects. The book also shows how to use VirtualDub to cut and paste video to remove or insert sequences, including removing ad breaks or trailers. It goes on to cover the art of effective encoding and compression, so you end up with great quality videos that won't hog your bandwidth forever.

VirtualDub is the fastest and most effective way to capture, process and encode video on your PC. This book gets you started fast, and goes on to give you full control of all the features of this legendary tool.

This book gives you all the information you need to make great use of VirtualDub. It provides a practical tutorial to using all of VirtualDub features to edit your videos, add special effects and subtitles, capture great quality videos from analogue sources, and much more. You will also learn how to choose the right settings to get file sizes down without compromising on quality.

Read a sample chapter from VirtualDub here: "Video Capture Preprocessing" (PDF - 554KB). Or visit the Free Online Edition of this book here:http://virtualdubbook.packtpub.com


This book is easy to read and fun. The examples and tutorials are short, focused and interesting. You can dip in and get what you want fast.

Who this book is for

This book is written by VirtualDub enthusiasts for new and intermediate users. It's ideal if you are just starting with video processing and want a powerful and free tool, or if you've already started with VirtualDub and want to take it further.

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