What is AVCutty?

AVCutty is able to capture video material from a DV camera. It saves the videos in AVI files. It also simplifies the splitting of AVI files into the different scenes. It scans the AVI files and detects the scene changes either optically or per DV date stamp. Each scene can be saved into a new AVI file. Because AVCutty does not recompress the video data, the process is lossless. Also it is possible to trim the scenes in a comfortable manner. So, AVCutty is very useful, particularly at the beginning of your video project.

How much does AVCutty cost?

AVCutty is based on the principle of donation. It is 'Donationware'. This means, that if you use this software, you should send a small amount to the developer of this software (that's me ). It is up to you to decide, how much you send (but please, donate a relevant amount). Among other possibilities, you will find a link to Paypal on the download page of AVCutty.

The development and support takes a lot of time. And you will save a lot of time using AVCutty. So I think, a small token of appreciation is in order. I will use your donation to pay the costs I have through developing and providing AVCutty. If you send me a donation, you will get a key, which disables the "Reminder"-Dialog. Futher, you will get support if you have a problem with AVCutty. More information about sending me a little donation can be found in the file "us_readme.txt" included in the AVCutty download.

What is AVCutty able to do?

  • Captures video material via Firewire.
  • AVCutty is able to find scenes in AVI files automatically (optically or per dv datestamp).
  • It scans through the AVI files and detects scene changes.
  • Allows you to manually split AVI files into scenes.
  • Allows you to save each scene into a new, separate AVI file.
  • The process is lossless.
  • Sorting of scenes, using scene groups.
  • Storyboard view.
  • Provides easy and convenient trimming of scenes.
  • "Mini-Editing-System": it is possible to save the defined scenes in a given order into one AVI file (eg. for export to the camera).
  • Exports scenelist (EDL/CSV/AVS).
  • Generates a scene index of the defined scenes or the AVIs in a directory including thumbnails, using editable layout templates.
  • Splitts of AVI files after N frames or N seconds.
  • Saves frames as BMP.
  • Supports different languages (German, English at the moment).
  • . . .

What is AVCutty not able to do?

You can use AVCutty to cut AVI files with the common codecs (M-JPEG, DV, Indeo...). It is not for MPEG files. For good results, each frame in the AVI file has to be a keyframe. Some codecs (e.g. DivX) have per default one keyframe for each N frames. In this case you should change the settings of the encoder. Furthermore your AVI files should use the PCM audio format. Although it is possible to generate AVIs with variable bit rate (VBR) in some programs, the AVI specifications don't allow VBR audio formats in AVI files. Other programs may have problems with this AVI files. And AVCutty is one of them, because it cuts the AVI files without re-encoding.

How do I use AVCutty?

The HTML documentation hasn't been translated yet. But I have uploaded the german AVCutty help files. It is possible to load an automatically translated version of them. Shure, the english isn't good, but better than nothing. To read the english translation, click here. For a french translation, click here. There is a human done translation in french, too. You will find a download link on the download-page. Additionally, please use the tooltips in AVCutty as a little help.

Any Support?

If you have problems with the installation or your first steps in AVCutty, you can send me an email. If you do have further questions, it would be nice, if you became a licensed user first. Perhaps, the above named english translation will help you a little bit, too.

Where can I download it?

Simply on the download page...