Looking for utility to play a snippet from a video file

I'm looking for a utility (for Win 8) that will let me play a snippet from a video file based on time. Suppose  I have a long video file and I want to play just 3 minutes, beginning 15 minutes 10 seconds into the file. Doing this with a standard video player is hard. Is there an easy way to do it?
LVL 1
BlearyEyeAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Webinar] Streamline your web hosting managementRegister Today

x
 
Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015Connect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
I agree with the VLC recommendation. It is an excellent (free!) product that I've been using for many years:
http://www.videolan.org/

It has all of the codecs built in. It runs fine on W8 (W7, too). Here's a one-line batch file that does what you want (call it PlayVideo.bat or whatever you prefer):

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --start-time=910 --stop-time=1090 "file:///C:\temp\file to play.mp4"

The above shows start-time as 910 seconds (15:10) and stop-time as 1090 seconds, meaning it will play 180 seconds. Change the start and stop times to whatever you want. Likewise, change the file name to whatever file you want to play (beginning after the three slashes — and the quotes surrounding it are important in case the file name has spaces). You may also need to change the location of the VLC executable, depending on where you installed it (the above is the default for 64-bit W8 — default is "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" on 32-bit W8). Regards, Joe
0
 
KimputerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use VLC player. Have a vbscript get the input, and then start vlc with these parameters

--start-time=<time in seconds>
--stop-time=<time in seconds>
0
 
BlearyEyeAuthor Commented:
Nice. Works well. Thanks for the recommendation. It would be nice if this could be done from the Windows interface but we can't have everything ...
0
 
BlearyEyeAuthor Commented:
A final note ... the installer doesn't put vlc.exe on the path. Had to do that myself.
0
 
Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015DeveloperCommented:
> It would be nice if this could be done from the Windows interface

Yes, that's a great idea. The GUI supports the start time via the Playback menu, then Jump To Specific Time (Ctrl-T), but it does not support the stop time. Would be an easy addition for the VLC devs to make.

> the installer doesn't put vlc.exe on the path

I didn't realize that. But if you put the fully qualified file name in the batch file (e.g., "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe"), then it doesn't have to be in the Path variable.
0
All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.