Frequently Asked Questions about AVS Video Editor COMMERCIAL SOLUTION

Install AVS Video Editor.

  1. My Editor would not run/perform correctly/I experience problems with using my AVS Video Editor. What do I do?

    No matter what kind of problem you are experiencing - an unsupported file, de-synch or an error message, in most cases, this problem is already FIXED or can be fixed within a few easy steps.
    If your Converter would not launch, or you receive an error message or the software hangs - please run the Repair option. This will refresh the components of the AVS Video Editor in your system. Here's a brief instruction on how to do it:

    1. Close AVS Video Editor
    2. Next follow Start > All Programs > AVS Media > Repair

    If you have done the Repair and your problem remains, please make sure that you are using the latest version.  

  1. I enter my Registration name and Serial number and they don't work. What do I do wrong?

    It is important to enter your name (Registration Name) exactly as you did it at purchase, because "John Doe" and "John A. Doe" or "JOHN DOE" are not the same thing.
    The simplest way is to copy the Registration name and the Serial number from your registration letter and to paste them to the appropriate boxes of the registration window. This is ESPECIALLY important if you have Unicode characters in your name.

    To do this:
    1. high-light your registration name in your registration letter, received from us and right-click on it;
    2. select "Copy" in the right-click menu;
    3. move the cursor to the appropriate box in the registration window of the AVS Video Editor;
    4. right-click on the box and select "Paste" from the menu. Do the same with the serial number.

    Some tips to remember:
    1. Make sure that there is no space before and after the registration name and serial number.
    2. Make sure that you are not mistaking the letter "O" for the figure "0" (zero).

    You might also need to disable your antivirus or firewall or make sure that the AVS Video Editor program is allowed to access internet.

    Internet connection is necessary to complete the registration. Make sure your computer has access to Internet, otherwise you won't be able to register the software!

  2. Where can I get a registered version of the software or how can I register the software using the website provided?

    If you have installed our trial version, you do not need to download anything else. To register the software you have to click at Help and Register button on the main toolbar (located in the left-hand corner of the software window). You will see a Register and Buy Now options. If you have already purchased the software, please enter the unlock key , or click the Buy Now button if you would like to purchase the program.

    Important note: Internet connection is obligatory for the software registration!

  3. Where can I find a boxed version of your software?

    AVS Video Editor is not sold in boxed version.

  4. How can I get rid of the message in the middle of the finished movie?

    The ad banner is only placed in the compiled projects made with the trial version. If you purchase the program, there will be no text or other messages in your movies and compiled projects. To get rid of the banner in the projects which you have created with the unregistered version you will only need to recompile the projects. To do that open the previously saved project and, if you would like to, add some effects or edit it the way you like. After that simply save the created movie into the format you need. There will be no message in the middle of the output movie.

  5. How can I reinstall the program?

    If you want to reinstall the program, please uninstall the previous version first. To do that go to windows Start menu, select All Programs -> AVS Media -> AVS Video Editor -> Uninstall AVS Video Editor. After you receive the notice that the program was successfully removed from your computer, you can follow the link to download the latest version of the program, copy the file to your hard drive and then run .exe file. To register the program you will have to use your registration key. 

    Important note: Internet connection is obligatory for the software registration!

  6. When I try to register the software Internet connection window pops up. Why?

    Internet connection is necessary to contact our server and complete the registration process. AVS Video Editor uses Internet connection only once when you register it.

  7. Can I transform 4:3 files to 16:9 files and visa versa with the help of this software?

    Yes, you can. Starting with version 3.2 AVS Video Editor supports aspect correction. Just follow the steps:
    • Start a new project. Select the necessary aspect - 4:3 or 16:9;
    • Import a video file you would like to transform. Place it to the working area.
    • Click the right mouse button to open the video file properties window, select Aspect, and use Crop to get rid of the mattes (black bars) on top-bottom or on the sides of the video.
    • Save video into necessary format. You will be offered to use aspect correction, so that your output movie could be displayed without distortions.

    The output movie will have a new aspect ratio.

    Note: when using the Crop function, parts of the movie picture will be deleted together with the mattes to maintain the selected aspect ratio. If you do not want to lose any part of the movie picture, please leave the black bars untouched.

  8. I have a video file which I would like to apply some effects and filters to and save it exactly with the same format parameters without recompression. Can this be done with your software?

    Practically, it is impossible to save the actual FILE after applying changes to it without recompression. However, AVS Video Editor provides features which will let you totally avoid recompression necessity and quality loss during the process of editing.
    The ideology of AVS Video Editor is built around working with projects rather than with particular video files. Working with a project allows you to save the sequence of changes in the file settings and all the applied effects and only need to save the file when you absolutely complete the editing.
    To save the project in which you are editing a particular video file, do the following:

    Select Project in the File menue and pick one of the saving options, instead of selecting Save Movie File.
    Note! If you select Save Movie File option, your video will be recompressed while saving. If you saved a project instead, next time you open it and go to Edit Video menu, all the changes that you have applied to your video file during the previous editing session will be reflected on the timeline:

  9. Whatís the difference between a Project and a Collection in this software?

    Projects and Collections are the core ideology parts AVS Video Editor is built around.

    Understanding Projects
    Creation of a new project is the first thing you do when you start working with AVS Audio Editor. A project is the best way to arrange the sequence, timing, position, and information about video clips, image files you have added to the storyboard (timeline), audio tracks and also the history of applied effects and changes. AVS Video Editor project file has a .vep file extension.
    Working with projects rather than with single files allows you to avoid recompression and quality loss. Having saved a project you can open it later and start editing from where you last saved.

    Understanding Collections
    A collections contains imported or captured with the help of AVS Video Editor video files, audio tracks or image files. A collection helps you organize multimedia material, stored at different locations on your HDD and sort it by content (for example, only audio or only pictures), by theme or otherwise. A collection is independent from projects, it serves as an organized container for multimedia data and its content can be used in several projects at a time.

  10. What video formats can I save my file to?

    is short for "Audio Video Interleave", the original Microsoft file format for Microsoft's Video for Windows standard. It is an audio video standard designed by Microsoft and is apparently proprietary and Microsoft Windows specific. It is a format developed for storing video and audio information. Files in this format have an .AVI extension. However, Video for Windows does not require any special hardware, making it the lowest common denominator for multimedia applications.

    Gives excellent compression with little loss in quality of the video. MPEG support three types of data - video, audio and streaming. There are a number of standards: among them there are two flavors of MPEG available today. MPEG-1 was designed to provide VHS video quality and CD audio quality at a combined data rate of 150 kilobytes per second. MPEG-1 is displayed at 30 frames per second in a frame that is 352x240 (horizontal x vertical) pixels in size. This allows relatively high quality video images to be stored in relatively small file sizes for playback across computer networks or CD-ROM delivery. MPEG-2 is the other side of the compression coin. It is a broadcast standard specifying a playback size of 720 x 480 pixels at 60 fields per second. Data rates can range from 2 to 10 megabits per second. This means large file sizes and data rates that require specialized hardware for playback. MPEG-2 is one of the core compression technologies for DVD.

    This is Microsoft's new standard for audio and video which is closely tied with the Windows Operating System. The player is able to play Windows Media Video (.wmv) and Advanced Streaming Format (.asf) files, and also other formats such as QuickTime, AVI, MPEG and MP3.

    RealMedia provides one of the oldest and most widespread (85% of all web-accessing computers have RealPlayer installed) Web delivery formats. The RealMedia files (.rm) can be viewed using RealPlayer 3 and above.

    QuickTime (MOV)
    MOV is a file extension for QuickTime Video Clip. QuickTime is a video and animation system developed by Apple Computer. QuickTime is built into the Macintosh operating system and is used by most Mac applications that include video or animation. PCs can also run files in QuickTime format, but they require a special QuickTime driver. QuickTime supports most encoding formats, including Cinepak, JPEG, and MPEG. QuickTime is competing with a number of other standards, including AVI and ActiveMovie.

    3GP is a file format which is used in mobile phones to store media (audio and video). This file format is a simpler version of "ISO 14496-1 (MPEG-4) Media Format", which is similar to MOV (used by QuickTime). 3GP stores video as MPEG-4 or H.263. Audio is stored in AMR-NB or AAC-LC formats. 3GPP also describes image sizes and bandwidth, so content is correctly sized for mobile display screens. The term "3GPP specification" covers all GSM (including GPRS and EDGE) and W-CDMA specifications. The following terms are also used to describe networks using the 3G specifications: UTRAN, UMTS (in Europe) and FOMA (in Japan).

    MP4 is the global file extension for the MPEG-4 container format including all kinds of multimedia content (video, natural and synthetic audio, 2D and 3D graphics, animated avatars, user interactivity, etc.) that can be streamed over any kind of connection or network. It exploits two primary coding strategies to reduce the amount of data needed to convey high-quality digital audio: removing the signal components that are "perceptually irrelevant" and can be discarded without a perceived loss of audio quality and eliminating the redundancies in the coded audio signal. Usual bitrates values are 64 - 256 kbps.


  11. What is aspect ratio feature and how is it different from video resolution?

    Video resolution is a constant measure which describes the width and the height of a video file in pixels.

    Easiest way to explain aspect ratio is to say that it means the ratio between the width of the picture and the height of the picture. Normal TV's aspect ratio is 4:3 (1.33:1) - Academy Stanndart, NTSC Television.
    When it came time for the television industry to decide what shape TV would take (in the early 1950s), the US National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) selected Academy Standard as the official aspect ratio for TV broadcasting in the United States (the current TV standard in the U.S. is also called NTSC, after the organization that set the standard). Up to the 50s all video production was made with this aspect ratio.
    After the 50s film industry was faced with a problem: so many people were buying TVs and staying at home to watch them, that theater attendance began to decline dramatically, which lead to the appearance of wide screen aspect ratio.
    There are two "standardized" widescreen ratios that are by far the most common: Academy Flat (HDTV's) 16:9 - (1.85:1) and Anamorphic Scope (2.35:1). Other less used ratios include 1.66:1 and 2.20:1 So, as you can see, aspect ratio is in fact a relative measure. When it comes to file format, Aspect ratio is defined for all formats, except AVI, so in case with conversion to AVI to avoid vertical or horizontal deformation of the picture it is better to set up resolution which correllates to a particular aspect ratio.  Here's a small table, which correlates most common AVI video resolutions with aspect ratios:

    4:3 640 x 480
    16:9 640 x 360
    2.20:1 640 x 292
    2.35:1 640 x 272

  12. When I capture video, there seems to be a file size limit of 4 GB per file. How can I change this?

    Certain file systems have file size limitation. If your HDD is formattes uding FAT32 system, you cannot create files larger than 4 GB on it. If your files are splitted into 4 GB files when you capture, and you are sure that you haven't set this split, it means that your HDD is using FAT32 file system. Normally, Windows XP and 2000 offer to format your HDD using NTFS, but you can also select FAT32, when you install the OS. The only way out of this situation is reformat your HDD using a more up-to-date NTFS file system, or capture video to a HDD which is already using this file system.


  13. I cannot seem to run DiscWriter when logged on as a Power user. The Editor works fine, but I cannot write anything to a CD or to a DVD. What can I do?

    To be able to use the DiscWriter for AVS Video Editor , you have to login as an Administrator and configure the system this way:
    --> Control Panel
    --> Administrative Tools
    --> Select Local Security Policy
    --> Find Local Polices in the Security Settings
    --> Security Options.
    Set 'Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on users only' to Enabled

    After that log on as Power User and use AVS DiscWriter.

  14. I have recorded a DVD, but on my home hardware DVD player it only plays in black and white. Why is it so and what can be done?

    The television standards differ in different countries. That's why it is possible, that either your hardware DVD player or your television set support only one of the standards. For instance, you recorded your DVD disc in PAL standard (using DVD PAL preset), but your hardware player is only NTSC compatible (which is quite common for north america). So you should pay attention to what standard you choose, when you select the preset for creating DVD, VCD or SVCD video discs. If you do not know what standard is supported by the television sets and DVD players in your country, see the table below:


    American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil (uses PAL-M system, based on NTSC-M standard but using PAL color encoding - most films on DVD discs and VHS are NTSC, so DVD players and VCRs are NTSC-compatible), British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Diego Garcia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Leeward Islands, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Midway Atoll (a US military base), Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saipan also known as Northern Mariana Islands, Samo, South Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States, Venezuela


    Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Ascension Island, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil (NTSC & PAL-M), Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China (mainland), Christmas Island, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (People's Republic), Cook Islands, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, East Germany, East Timor, Easter Island, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Gaza & West Bank, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong and Macau, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos (SECAM & PAL-M), Latin America, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal (including Madeira and Azores), Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Macedonia, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tahiti, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tristan da Cunha, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe

    Countries with TV broadcast in SECAM standard (Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (People's Republic), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Guadeloupe, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, New Caledonia, Niger, Reunion, Russia, Rwanda, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tahiti, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Wallis and Futuna) use DVD players with PAL support.


  1. Iím rather new with this product. What shall I start with?

    If you are just starting your work with AVS Video Editor, the first thing you do is creating a new project. There are 2 sample projects which are included in the installation of the AVS Video Editor which you can take a look at - they appear listed in the collection area when you first launch the software.

    To create new project select File >> Project >> New and specify the parameters for your project. Next time you start the Editor, it will appear in the list of projects.

    When you have created a project, you will be taken to the Editor main window, which looks like this:

    Here you can add multimedia data to your collections, place files on the story-board, edit particular files.

  2. How do I add videos, audio or pictures to my collections? What multimedia sources can I use?

    To add a multimedia file to a collection, select Start menu in the left hand side of the Editor interface. Then, depending on what type of file you would like to add, select Import Media and then Add Video, Add Audio or Add Image options. When you click on one of these options, a Windows Explorer window will appear, where you can browse your system for a particular file, including your HDD, a CD, a DVD, inserted in your CD or DVD drive or removable devices, such as portable HDDs or a photo camera, connected to your computer.

    When you select a file or a group of files, AVS Video Editor will offer you to place the files into the existing collection, or to create a new one.

    If you are importing a video file, you can also split it into scenes, having ticked the necessary option.

    You can select Capture option and having configured the capture device, capture video from your TV-Tuner, capture card or digital video camera, connected to your computer.

  3. How do I start editing a particular audio track or a video clip?

    When you placed a movie or several movie files in the story board, select the Edit Movie option from the menu. Here you can add transitions, effects, or mix audio. Each time you select a particular option, timeline mode is switched on so that you can visually judge the editing process. To edit an audio file in an audio editor, select the Mix Audio option, add an audio track to the timeline and select Edit Audio in Editor button (F4) in the timeline menue. After you are done with editing the audio track, exit the Editor.

  4. What is timeline and how do I use it? How is it different from storyboard?

    AVS Video Editor provides both timeline and storyboard editing.
    Storyboard editing allows users to put their video clips in order as they would pictures on the page of a photo album with each picture representing a separate video clip.

    Timeline editing allows users to arrange their video clips against the backdrop of a timeline. This is useful if you want to synchronize sound effects, titles, and background music. They all can be queued to enter the stage at a precise time.

  5. How can I insert a picture for a project and have it displayed for a certain number of frames?

    To appoint the time during which your picture is shown, left-click the picture file on the story-board, select Property menu and appoint the necessary display time in Duration field.

  6. Can I create a DVD photo slide show with this software?

    To create a DVD Photo Slide show do the following.

    Step 1. Create a new project, specify its parameters.
    Step 2. Select Import Media - Add Image and browse for files you would like to import. You can add them to a new collection or to an existing one.
    Step 3. Drag and Drop the pictures you would like to have in your slide show.
    Step 4. Apply transitions in the Edit Movie menu.
    Step 5. Save the sequence of pictures as a movie file (recommended - AVI format).
    Step 6. Select Burn DVD and follow the wizard instructions to burn your slideshow onto a DVD disc.

  7. There are several types of DVDs, which ones does AVS Video Editor support?

    AVS Video Editor works with the following media types: DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-DL (dual layer).

    Important Note! Before you create a DVD, make sure that it is compatible with your DVD drive and your home DVD player!

  8. How do I delete a scene in a movie file, which I do not want to use in my project?

    If you need to delete a whole scene from a movie file do the following:

    Step 1. When importing a file, tick Split into Scenes option. Your file will be added to a collection already splitted into scenes.
    Step 2. Simply drag and drop to the story board the scenes you need to include in your movie from the collection area.

    If you need to cut out a part of a particular film, do the following:

    Step 1. Select a scene on the storyboard and hit Edit Movie >> Effects.
    Step 2. On the timeline, select the area you would like to remove by dragging a mouse, holding the left key pressed.
    Step 3. Click the Delete option on the timeline menu (the Scizzors button).

    If you need to undo the operation, select Undo Storyboard operation option in the storyboard menu pane.

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  How to make video go smoothly into background of a certain color ?
  How to create video with your own sound track ?
  How to delete a part of your video clip ?
  How to create a DVD using camera source material ?
  How to make your movie black and white ?
  How to remove commercial from a TV show ?
  How to split video file into scenes ?
  How to remove sound from a video clip and add audio from another video ?
  How to record audio from any input audio device ?
  How to capture video from any input video device ?
  How to create DVD menu using different styles ?
  How to add background audio to your movie ?
  How to edit video using different effects, transitions, overlay text, graphic elements ?
  How to burn XviD Disc, SVCD, DVD, VCD disc ?
  How to use Image Overlay or Text Overlay effects ?
  How to save your movie as AVI, MPEG, MOV, 3GP, MP4, RM, WMV ?
  Overview of AVS Video Editor
  Overview of AVS Audio Editor (included in AVS Video Editor)