I’m finally getting around to processing and posting some video clips to some of our websites. Recently we copied all of our VHS tapes to DVDs, so I can now rip video clips from a DVD instead of a VHS tape, as we’ve done in the past. It had been a few years since I’d done much video processing, and I couldn’t really remember the old reliable apps, so I had to go looking for programs again. I wanted something quick, but powerful, and needed certain features, such as ripping only specific clips from a DVD. After trying several programs and being frustrated with awful interfaces, crippled shareware and missing features, I remembered the program FlasKMPEG.
It’s not the cleanest looking program in the world, and some of the interface is arcane, but it does pretty much everything I wanted. It knows how to handle a DVD, allows for selecting a specific clip’s start and end points down to each individual frame, provides for cropping and adjusting the video frame, and gives more control over the output codecs than I know what to do with. There are a few interface additions that would come in handy, but with the last software update in 2002, I’m not holding out for much. It’s open source, however that means little if no one wants to work on it anymore. All things considered, FlasKMPEG is a very powerful app that will be useful for years to come.