I'm an absolute novice with Blender, and video editing in general.
I have a lot of 1 minute long videos taken by an older D-Link security camera of a long test inside an environmental chamber of a new product that my company is developing. I'd like to concatenate several hours worth of those videos into a single video that is easier to scrub through with VLC (or other video player) to better understand the workings of this product. I tried using Windows Video Editor and that program just chokes on the quantity of files.
I looked into VLC and it seems from the tutorials that I've seen that I would need to build a command line argument that includes all the source videos as a final step. But the number of videos makes that problematic. So, some further searching I decided to give Blender a try.
I was able to figure out with some online tutorials how to load all the videos into a timeline and then render to a single video file. I was able to do one set of 87 videos. But, I'm not really happy with the results so I think I may be doing something wrong. I'm getting a sideways swipe between each of the videos. I want to edit each video such that the first frame of the next video is rendered right after the last frame of the previous video without any fancy wipes or transitions.
When I select menu : Add/Movie in the sequencer window here are my import settings with all the videos that I want selected:
Then when I render I get the wipes between each video. I don't understand the terminologies used in Blender, so please teach my what I'm looking for and how to remove the wipes? Is there a way to do that to all the transitions between videos at once so I don't have to painstakingly apply the change to all the videos? Set some sort of movie strip import default?
I've created some files and several screenshots. To start, the environment that I'm working in is:
Edition Windows 10 Enterprise Version 20H2 Installed on 2021-08-12 OS build 19042.1526 Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4170.0
On this computer I downloaded and installed the latest Blender as of a couple days ago (specifically 2022-02-22, yes... "2's day"):
As far as I know this is the first time Blender has been installed on this computer so there shouldn't be any zombie settings. I did not go into the program preferences so to my best knowledge Blender should be working in "out-of-the-box" defaults.
So, when I start blender, I click on "Video Editing" from the splash window:
Then in the sequencer sub window I select menu : Add/Movie
I browse to the path were the source video clips are stored, select all with the "A" key, and change the import settings on the right to Fit Method => Use Original Size and turned off sound because I'm not interested in any recorded sound.
Then in the sequencer I select menu: Strip/Menu Strip/Set Render Size to change Blender's default 1080p output size to the size of my video clips (720p). I discovered this trick when looking through the menus to try to solve my issue on my own.
I then look at the strip time properties tab and manually copy the number to the render end frame number. (Is there a way to automate this with a menu item that I haven't found yet? I was looking for something like Set render range to sequence range or similar language.)
I set the rendering output filename and verify that the default output properties are acceptable.
And finally, I start the render.
The resulting video has a wipe (I'm not sure what this type of wipe is called) in between each source video clip where the new clip pushes the previous clip to the left. Stepping through the resulting video frame by frame there are 6 frames where the wipe goes about half-way across the screen before the new source video clip snaps to full screen. Here is the 2nd frame of the first transition:
I don't want that wipe, but I don't know what it is called so I can't find it in Blender. Here are a bunch of files:
- Blender project file
- filesize = 598 KB
- Resulting video file (check for the wipes at every 1 minute interval)
- filesize = 291 MB
- 7z archive of the source videos
- filesize = 205 MB