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I've deleted hundreds of unwanted frames past two years. But two days ago something odd happened.
When scrubber was at left side of unwanted frames I left-clicked on the delete symbol near left side of edit screen.
Moved the scrubber to the right side of last frame to be deleted and right-clicked on it.
The word "delete" appeared but there was no secondary menu providing the choice of closing the gap or leaving it open.
Curious, I just clicked on "delete". The entire file to the right of the transaction was deleted.
The only remaining frames were those to the left of the delete transaction.
Yesterday tried a delete transaction on a different file. Same thing.

One odd thing never seen before. After the delete failure, an option called "Trim" appears just a short distance
to the right of the delete transaction symbol. It has not appeared any other time. Except when its to late.

So what can I do now? How can I make the Trim option appear.
Will CyberLink send a replacement of PDsoftware? If it does, I would prefer a same
version of PD I have now if its available.
Quote You should be able to do that easily. Try this:
1. Highlight the frozen image and do a cut (CTRL-X)
2. Highlight the beginning clip, Right mouse click on it, choose paste /Paste, Insert, and Move All Clips in the dialog window.

Much simpler. Thanks tomasc.
Have a video segment 15 minutes long. Close to the end of this video is a frame I froze. Because it has the best picture
and I want others to be able to view it for several seconds.

1. What I want to do is move the frozen frame close to the beginning of the video. Is that ok?
2. Will its location code, (the 00|00|00|00 thing) automatically change?
3. Want to delete one or two frames near the front of the video and move the frozen frame to that space.
4. Will any unused space be filled in automatically by the other frames?
5. Should something like this be done before the frame is frozen?
Six months ago I successfully put some texts on video frames.
But unfortunately didn't keep notes on the proper sequences involved in this process.
So now I have another file I am editing. Need the following info:

Click on the T which puts you in Title phase.
You activate Title Designer next? By clicking on what?

Please sequence the following items:
Creating bounding box.
Putting bounding box where you want it.
Choosing of font.
Sizing the font.
How do you keep the system from changing the font type and size?
Quote Maybe I can chime in:

A *.PDS file is a file in which PD stores all project relevant information. You make this file by saving the project (that is all information from the media room, all clips in the timeline, and all changes and effects applied in the timeline).
This allows you to stop working at a project and also to get it back into PD (load project). The beauty is that PD saves everything and you are ready to rebegin the project work. Mind you, when you expect to save the project for a longer time, and also expect that the original media files may be moving to other folders, it is (always) very wise to PACK the project. Packing a project does the same as saving a project, but the packed project will also contain all and every single media file used in the project. It will all be saved in the folder you assign during the packing.
A PDF file is only of use for PowerDirector.

It is good to know that saving a project is something very different from exporting to a video file, like the MP4 you mention. PDS and MP4 files are different beasts: PDS is project, MP4 is video file.
These files can have the same name. E.q. test.pds (the project) and test.mp4 (the video). They can live happily next to each other.
The MP4 file (and any other media file, like MP2, AVI, etc) will be made by PD when you select the export function. There you can also select the video type (like MP4), the resolution (the higher the better picture and the more storage required).
A MP4 file can be played by a wide range of apps, and online services like YouTube.

Hope this makes sense to you.

Video editing was new to me about two years ago. I quickly realized that PD (and other editing programs) had many
complex features built into them. But my goal was only to create some simple family videos, using a very limited number of
options like how to delete frames, how to do SnapShots, how to add texts to frames, etc. One other feature may be necessary
and that's Stabilization. Wasn't needed on this file but there are twelve additional source files to be edited. And now from
your answer I know that the Produced file can have the same file name as the pds file. Thank you.
To optodata:
Thank you for your answer yesterday. I chose the alternative #1 and all went well with that.

Now one more question.
During the pds editing process I used a file name that kept me current with what stage of editing I was in.
My final stage (which was adding texts to a few of the frames) has been finished.

One last thing to help me avoid confusion. In the Produce phase the file type must change from pds to MP4.
Is the file name also required to change? Or can it be the same file name used in pds?
Started editing an AVI source file 56 minutes long.

In the editing phase I reduced the file to 17 minutes long. Then it was time to start the Produce phase.

Produce phase has two time info sets (the 00|00|00|00) things) under the Preview display. First one was
showing file length as it was created. But the second one was already showing the Produced file would be
33 minutes length (00|33|14|00) before creation of the Produce file had even been started. ?? How could that be
combined with an edited pds file completed at a length of 17 minutes?

I discovered it had already been lengthened by the existence of a number of video fragments. All of them were
from the original video file. Some of them were flashes of things less than one frame. Two or three were a
couple of frames. None of them were connected. Most of the extra frames had nothing.

How did that junk stuff become a part of the completed file I tried to delete the stuff. Couldn't do it the
usual way by left-clicking the "split timeline" symbol and then right-clicking the last video frame at the
33 minutes file length. That way didn't work. When I right-clicked on the last frame a menu appeared but
options it showed were different and not related to deleting.
Clicked on "Export" blue button.
At "select file format" I clicked on "H264".
At "File extension chose "MP4".
At "Profile name/Quality chose MPEG-4 640 x 480/30 (6Mbps)
At Video format chose NTSC
At top center of edit screen is "VIDEOFILE01" my choice of file name.
At bottom left of edit screen I clicked on "Start" button.
Preview section now much larger than during the editing and the word "PRODUCING" shows at bottom of Preview.
When Producing was finished it showed a completed length of 33 minutes.

QUESTION # 1 - Total length of this short video was 17 minutes at completion of editing. If the
remaining length of 16 minutes is unused frames, can I delete them?

Then came the problem. My pc screen now shows a symbol for the completed file.
When I click on the symbol, the following error message appears:

"We can't open VIDEOFILE01. This may be because the file type is unsupported, the file extension is incorrect, or
the file is corrupted".

QUESTION #2) I did a re-test of all the steps above. Same result and same error message.

Thank you for the answers!


Thank you for the answers!



As a general principle of editing, you should aim to produce as close as possible to the original source footage. So in your case you have a 2010 digitised version of a 1989 video in .avi format.
Ideally, you need to ascertain the parameters of this 2010 .avi file to make a judgement on your final production parameters.
A simple way to do this is to bring the .avi file into the media library, rt click on it, go to Properties, and note down the Video and Audio values. There are more comprehensive 3rd party file analysers such as MediaInfo if much more detail is required. For your case they are probably unnecessary.
Alternatively, PDR does have an automatic suggestion of the best production profile on the Produce page. The Profile Analyser button is above the main File Format set of buttons. That will give you a best suggestion for your timeline content.

So, as a broad brush, I would expect :

Q1 - go with H264. Both 264 and 265 are in .mp4 containers, 265 tends to produce smaller file sizes but may be less widely compatible with some hardware players like TVs.
Q2 - Resolution is the same, go for the same frame rate as the .avi file, unless you really want an old cine film feel at 24fps.
Q3 - you are correct , it is the start and finish times of the produced file.

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Video I am editing is "ages" old. Originally done in 1989. Don't recall the format. Analog? In 2010 I had the video converted to digital avi.

QUESTION # 1. Under "Select a file format" there are two choices which are applicable. H.264 AVC and H.265 HEVC. Both of them provide an MP4 file extension which I want instead of the older AVI. Considering the age of the video Which one is better?

QUESTION # 2. Under Profile name/Quality there are two choices applicable. MPEG-4 640 x 480/24p (5 Mbps) and MPEG-4 640 x 480/30p (5Mbps). Is one of them better for video this old?

QUESTION # 3. Under the first frame in Preview there are two time-lengths displayed: 00|00|00|00| and 00|35|55|23.

What does second one represent? An estimate of 35 minutes for finished video length?
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