I know of no programs that will change the original files.
The nature of non-linear editors is that they are non-destructive. In other words, they use your video clips as material to create new, edited clips.
So virtually any PC-based editor will allow you to combine the clips and output a new clip made up of the combination. (You can then delete the originals if you'd like.) This is a simple process and takes only a few minutes.
But as far as I know there is no program that allows you to open up an AVI, for instance, cram new video into it and then resave it, if that's what you're asking.
Why not do it the traditional way?
The reason I change the original file is that I can watch my videos from my
iPhone or iPad remotely (i.e. through the AirVideo app) in an organized
manner. I currently have nearly a terabyte of video that obviously cannot
be stored on my iPhone or iPad. Therefore,if I am away from my house and want
to show someone my child's soccer game, I don't like having to remote into my
home computer to play 30 clips (files), versus one clip (file) that was
combined. I think with "the cloud" direction we are going, and more and more
people watching videos remotely.
My editing of the original files is not extensive. I simple cut out parts of
scenes I don't want, and combine others. ScenalyzerLive 4.0 does this very
Since there is not an Adobe PRE app that allows me to watch videos remotely,
this is the best alternative.
Have you tried the Share option under Portable Devices to output to an iPhone or iPad? It creates a video file that's custom-optimized for those particular devices.
Thanks, I will give it a try, but in the end, I don't think that will accomplish
what I am looking for.
I think you will need to export your videos after combining/splitting your videos in whichever format you would like.
To split your 2 hr long video into segements, just move the CTI in the timeline to the position where you want to split. Use the split tool (scissor shaped, at the right corner below the monitor) or you can use "Ctrl+K" on WIN, "Cmd+K" on MAC. After splitting into as many segements as you want, you can change the workbar area and export your videos from the Sharing center.
To combine your videos, just place all the videos you want to combine in sequence and again, export them from the sharing center.