Generally, we have two mothods to copy a period of AVI video.
AVIStreamWriteData. The disadvantage of this method is it will cost a long time and generate a very big output file (uncompressed), especially when copying a long period.
EditStreamPaste. This can give the user a chance to select an encoder, and use this encoder to compress the output file. Still, the output file is always more than 10 times the same period of the input file, and also this will cost a very long time.
How to Copy AVI Chunks
Basicly, the format of AVI files should like this:
RIFF RIFF HEADER
|-AVI AVI CHUNK
|-hdrl MAIN AVI HEADER
| |- ...... OTHER HEADER INFORMATION
|-movi MOVIE DATA
| |-chunk1 chunk data
| |- ...... chunk data
| |-chunkn chunk data
|-idx1 AVI INDEX
|-[index data] DATA
So, we can copy the chunks of certain periods to the output file by the following steps:
- Copy header.
- Copy chunks.
- Reconstruct index data.
- Correct some data of the header, such as the file length and the data length.
Advantages and Disadvantages
This methed can run very fast, and the size of the output files corresponds to the input file. Still the disadvantages are obvious too. This class depends on the codec and may not work for some kinds of AVI files.
How to Use
The only code required to use this class is:
copier.CopyFile("C:\\tests\\test1.avi", "C:\\tests\\test2.avi", 123, 765);
I use this class for certain projects, so I only care if it can work with "those" kind of AVI files. Still I have no chance to test for general AVI files. If you are interested in this class and finds it can't work, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Version 1.0 - posted May 23, 2006 to CodeProject.