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Editing Clips Using RichFLV

Posted by Sravan | June 2, 2009 .

RichFLV is a great tool but has no public documentation. I have received mails from quite a few users who were lost about how to use it, the latest one being today. I hope this brief post helps all you people and saves some frustration.

File Menu
You can’t drag and drop a FLV file into opened RichFLV to play it, nor use “Open With” option. First open RichFLV, then use the Open menu item in the File menu to open and play FLV files.

Use the Save menu item in the File menu to save your edited FLV files.

Window Menu
You can use “Show Video Player Only” menu item in the Window menu while playing a FLV file, but it will be a good idea to show the Info Panel and Control Panel, both through the Window menu, when editing the FLV file.

Info Panel
This shows all available info about the FLV file, and you can add or delete data.

In the Metadata tab you may see some name, value pairs. You could add more metadata, say, Key=”Author” and Value=”Sravan” or Key=”License” and Value=”Creative Commons” to the file. And save it through the File menu.

The Cue Points tab allows you to add or delete cue points of navigation and event types, and add or delete parameters about each of the cue points. These cue points will be useful if you are creating a SWF from the FLV file. Read this LiveDoc to learn more.

The Keyframes tab lists all the key frames based on timestamp and file position. You can set Inpoint and Outpoint to the frames of your choice in this tab. The Inpoint is where your edited clip starts and Outpoint is where it ends.

Update: Cue points have nothing to do with cutting or cropping clips; they are used for creating a SWF from the FLV file. The inpoint and outpoint, on the other hand, are used for cutting or cropping clips. Inpoint is where the clip you want to cut starts and Outpoint is where it ends.

Control Panel
You can navigate across the FLV, move your previously created cue points (the white and red downward arrows), and set your Inpoint and Outpoint (by moving the black markers on either side of the red tape).

RichFLV Control Panel

Export Menu

After you select your Inpoint and Outpoint you can export the clip as either FLV or FLV (no sound) or FLV (sound only) or MP3 or SWF or XML (exports only the Cue points).

Import Menu
You can import a FLV file into another already opened one to stitch them together end to end, or import a MP3 file into the opened FLV file to add soundtrack to it.

Let me know if you want me to elaborate further on any of these points.

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11 Comments so far
  1. bry  June 6, 2009 4:07 pm

    It would be nice if you said what the difference in the cue points. I still have no idea how to make a cut or a crop. Any info would be a help.

  2. Sravan  June 8, 2009 8:19 am

    bry, Cue points have nothing to do with cutting or cropping clips; they are used for creating a SWF from the FLV file. The inpoint and outpoint, on the other hand, are used for cutting or cropping clips. Inpoint is where the clip you want to cut starts and Outpoint is where it ends.

  3. yanqui mike  July 13, 2009 1:03 pm

    I’ve heard someone mention this problem before: everything works fine for me as long as my Inpoint is set to zero.

    If I set the Inpoint to anything else, I get either a still frame or a bunch of vertical lines and no audio.

    I’m running 4.2 beta and the latest Air.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  4. Sravan  July 13, 2009 10:05 pm

    I am not sure, Mike. Whether it is a bug or whether it is something you’re doing wrong, I think Benjamin Dobler is the right person to answer your questions. Could you mail him? info@richapps.de. You could also leave a comment on his blog http://www.richapps.de though I would suggest mailing him.

  5. sinag  August 26, 2009 5:12 am

    how do i add a voice recording/audio to a FLV?

    how do i add text/caption?

    kindly give me detailed instructions since it is my first encounter with RichFLV.

    Thank you!!! ^_^

  6. Anonymous  September 25, 2009 7:02 pm

    Guys two things are not much circulated about this.

    First, you have to use the exact keyframes for cuts. That’s because this is a no-recoding tool so it can only cut at those points. That will eliminate the various playback errors.

    The other thing is this is not an editor at all. Forget about changing anything in the video. No captions, no voiceover, no mashup audio track. You might be able to do that using a flash overlay though. Not sure about the flash part cue points and all that yet.

    It also does converts which is cool.

    Moyea and FLV editor are similar and have better interface and instructions. Try this: http://www.flash-video-soft.com/edit-flv/

    UUNIS.org

  7. Vlady  March 2, 2010 8:24 pm

    I still don’t get your instructions for RichFLV. How do I set the portion of the videi that I want to cut (if it is in the middle of the video? I did it on the red tape and got saved the part that I wanted to cut instead of the part I wanted to preserve.
    Thanks.

  8. Jeremy  August 1, 2010 2:55 am

    Sorry guys, I just think this is too complicated, why don’t you just convert the FLV to Avi and use windows movie maker to edit it? It’s easier this way.

  9. acastro  September 12, 2010 10:58 pm

    4.2 Beta.
    So, there is no simple way to delete frames within a stream? From your notes, the only way is to export all selected pieces and then to stich them together. Too cumbersome if many frames are to be deleted.

    thanks

  10. Bill  February 22, 2011 4:52 pm

    Jeremy’s answer is brilliant. I had a Rolling Stones video that had a long section that I wanted to cut out. I had converted it to AVI earlier, so I loaded and got rid of the unwanted portion in a mouse click.

    I have other flashes that i WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THE AUDIO ON. i may try to do it with RichFLV, and if I can’t, I’m sure that Windows Movie Maker will let me do it after I convert them to AVI. We shall see.

    RichFLV is a wonderful idea, but it needs lots of work, especially to simplify it — and mucho documentation!

  11. Rahul  September 24, 2011 3:06 am

    Hi Sravan
    I am trying to cut the initial part of a flv file which contains credits which is not required by me. downloaded richflv and tried to do it approximately 25 times to no avail. all i get is an flv file with no video and sound. can you please be a little more elaborate by explaining how can it be done. Thanks in advance

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