Advanced media importing FAQ
What types of media file can I import?
In general, if 'Windows Media Player' will play your media file, Virtual Edit should have no problems importing it. Also to save time and disk space, you have the option of not importing the accompanying audio of a video clip.
Windows Media Player if forever being updated, but it is based on DirectShow which comes as part of DirectX. Therefore, by downloading the most recent version of DirectX you are increasing you media file compatibility.
In addition to Video and Audio, you may also import stills, such as .bmp and .jpg files, which you may want to use as titles or opening and closing credits.
What frame rates can I import?
Virtual Edit Supports integer frames rates of 10-30 fps (frames per second). If you make a PAL (25 fps) project, all media you import will be played back at 25 fps. Likewise if you make an NTSC (29.97/30 fps) project, all media you import will be played back at 30 fps.
However, this doesn't stop you from importing material of other frames rates into a 25 fps project. But the imported material must have a frame rate within +/-10% of the project frame rate, otherwise the audio will be omitted.
Importing Problematic or Unsupported Video/Audio Files
By default Virtual Edit only supports file formats that will play in Windows Media Player. However, you can download third party filter codecs to support other popular file formats - usually for free. These filter codecs should work with Virtual Edit, although technical support will be unable to answer detailed questions regarding them.
The sections below detail the preferred filter codecs for use with Virtual Edit, and where to download them.
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Note: Once installed, you must restart Virtual Edit for the following downloads to take effect.
By default Microsoft Windows does not support MPEG-2 video files, this is because the MPEG organisation has strict licensing laws, and Microsoft have decided not to participate.
Other third party applications may have installed MPEG-2 capabilities onto your PC, and if these are available Virtual Edit will try to use them.
Alternatively, there is a free open source MPEG-2 decoder project on the Internet. This is written by a group of people who believe that software should be available for free. The software is distributed under a GNU General Public License (GPL) agreement. This MPEG-2 decoder is compatible with Virtual Edit.
The DivX video codec is written by a company that specialises in compression. They have a professional variant, and free download.
DivX is commonly used for AVI files posted on the Internet.
Xvid is similar to DivX, but is written by the open source community. The software is distributed under a GNU General Public License (GPL) agreement.
Xvid is commonly used for AVI files posted on the Internet.
MPEG-2 files often use an audio format called AC3. Again by default Microsoft Windows does not support this format.
There is a free open source AC3 decoder project on the Internet. The software is distributed under a GNU General Public License (GPL) agreement. This AC3 decoder is compatible with Virtual Edit.
GPL AC3filter (look for AC3filter in the download list)
MP3 is a very popular format for storing audio data. This can also be used for storing the audio component of a video AVI file.
Windows Media Player 10 (and later editions) will add MP3 encode and decode capability to your PC. Visit the Microsoft website to find the free download.