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Image:VirtualDub logo.png
Developed by Avery Lee
Latest release 1.8.8 / 2009-1-4; 100 days ago
Written in Assembly, C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Video editing software
License GNU General Public License

VirtualDub is a video capture and video processing utility for Microsoft Windows written by Avery Lee.

It is designed to process linear video streams, including filtering and recompression, but lacks features common to dedicated video editing software.[1]

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, VirtualDub is free software.


[edit] Features

VirtualDub operates on AVI files, requiring that appropriate video and audio codecs are installed.

[edit] Video capture and creation

VirtualDub has digital and analog capture capabilities. It supports both DirectShow & Video for Windows capture.

Capture features include capture to any AVI variant, audio VU meters, overlay and preview modes, histogram, selectable crop area, video noise reduction, auto stop settings (based on capture time, file size, free space, and/or dropped frames), and designate alternate drive(s) for capture overflow. VirtualDub can also help overcome a common problem with digital cameras that also record video. Many models, especially Canon, record in an M-JPEG format that is virtually incompatible with some NLE programs, such as Vegas 6.0 and 7.0; simply saving such an AVI file as an "old-style AVI" in File allows the video to appear in Vegas.[citation needed]

VirtualDub supports DV capture from Type 2 (VfW) FireWire controllers only (capture will not work with Type 1). There is no DV batch capture, still image capture, or DV device control capability.

VirtualDub can also be used to create a video file from a series of bitmaps or targas. This requires that individual frames are given file names numbered in sequential order without any gaps (e.g. 001.bmp, 002.bmp, 003.bmp...). From those, the frame rate can be adjusted, and other modifications such as the addition of a sound track can be made.

[edit] Editing

VirtualDub can be used to delete segments of a video file, or to reorder them. However, segments of different files cannot be mixed, and no transition effects can be applied.

VirtualDub comes with a number of filters. Examples include reducing the video size by half, converting the video to grayscale, arbitrary rotation and about a dozen more. Plugin filters further extend VirtualDub's capabilities. A filter SDK is available for developers to create their own video and audio filters.[2]

In addition to applying filters, entire image sequences can be saved to hard disk as BMP or TGA files, which may be later modified. In addition, the sound track can be extracted from a video, and modifications made to it; filters can be applied before the track is spliced back in. Frame sequences and sound tracks must be edited in external software programs.

[edit] History

VirtualDub was originally created for the purpose of compressing anime videos of Sailor Moon.[3]

Early versions of VirtualDub supported importing of Microsoft's ASF file format, but this was removed in version 1.3d following an alleged phone call from a Microsoft employee claiming that it infringed one of Microsoft's patents. Avery Lee was never officially contacted by Microsoft's legal department, nor was any legal action ever taken. Microsoft never identified any specific patent numbers that it believed to have been infringed. Speculation by others is that US patent 6041345 might be relevant.[4]

In August 2006, VirtualDub's German users who hosted copies of VirtualDub, or even linked to them on their web pages, began receiving cease and desist letters from a company that claimed to have German word mark on "VirtualDub".[5] However this issue appears to be on the way to a settlement.[6][7]

[edit] Development

VirtualDub is free software, released under the GNU General Public License and hosted on

The author has added support for input plug-ins, so now it can open:

The VirtualDubMod, a popular fork of this software, looking very similar to the original.

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VirtualDub has spawned a number of forks.[citation needed] The most notable is VirtualDubMod, which was started to include extra features not in Avery Lee's version – such as support for MPEG-2 and Ogg Media.

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