Edl To Avs

Converter from Pinnacle-StudioTM Edlto avisynth script.

This is NOT freeware, you are allowed to download the trial version just to evaluate it's capabilities. It's NOT ALLOWED any kind of DISTRIBUTION other than downloading from this site.

The full version can be bought for 25€ : just e-mail me.

© 2003 - Alessandro Malanca

This application allows you to produce an avisynth script to feed other application such as ( MediaPlayerTM, VirtualDubTM, tmpgEncTM, etc. ) stright from the Studio Time-Line. To do this you have to render your video project as you normally do to make a VHS tape, you have then to copy the whole video project and paste it in a text file (the EDL). These one will be processed by the EdlToAvs application to produce one or more avisynth script files the will exactly reproduce your video project.
This script(s)will be used as a normal avi video file. Moreover it will be possible to encode it in Mpeg2 using TmpgEnc, to make VideoCd e DVD, without any intermediate processing.


Screen shoot

About Box


Translation Option


Edl Summary


Avisynth Script


System requirements

Java run time 1.3.1 ( any version after 1.2 should work ). It can be download for sun java site.

Download and Installation

Click to get the Trial Version : Download

To install :

You have done !

Tips & limitations

How to make mpeg with EdlToAvs:


This utility allows you to send a video (S)Vcd without re-compressing to an intermediate file. So you don't need extra space on the hard disc, but moreover the final quality of the video in much better, cause mpeg encoding is a lot affected from previous compression steps.

By now avisynth have some problems opening mjpeg encoded with studio codecs, so the process for film longer than some minutes is a little bit trickier. It is not possible to frameserve a whole video (more than about 28.000 frames) in a single step. So my tool can make some small video, then merge them in a single one. When avisynth (or whoever is crashing) will work it will be done in a single step. For the first trial (here described) I suggest you to use a small video (around 5 minutes) just to familiarize with the process. From here on I assume you have a 5 minutes video. Moreover be sure that all the clips composing the film have the same audio format.

First cleanup ...

I prefer to start with a clean environment so as first step we manually delete all the Studio DC10+ temporary (_zxxxx.avi) files. From the windows main toolbar select Find Files, and look for "_z*.avi", you should see a list of files (_z0000.avi, _z0001.avi,_z0002.avi ....). From there you can delete all such files (take care not to delete something else ! ;-).

Lets start ! ...

Open your video project from studio, select make tape (as if you will output to tape) start the rendering and wait for completion. Go into text view, now you can see the list of all of the parts composing your video (clips, transitions titles, audio etc.). Left click with the mouse on the first line that will so be highlighted. Now go to the vertical scrollbar on the right of the window and scroll down. Holding the shift key left-click on the last line of the text view. All the components of the film should now be highlighted. Right click with the mouse and select the copy option. Now the edl is memorized in your clipboard. Close Studio and right click on the desktop to create e new text file. Open it and select paste. Now you should see the edl lines stored in the text file. Save it.

Good! It's time to execute EdlToAvs but we must first locate the files composing the video. From the main toolbar select Find files or folder, and look for "_z*", you should see a list of files (_z000.avi, _z0001.avi,_z0002.avi ....). We must locate the file containing the audio track. Open _z0000.avi with Window Media Player, if you can hear your audio and no video that's the audio track; if not try _z0001.avi and so on.

Now run EdlToAvs. Select Open Edl and locate the text file we have created before. It should be loaded, selecting the details button on the toolbar you should see the loaded edl. We must now locate the files composing the video. Select the preference tab and go to the directory list. You must put there the path names to all of the files composing the video, including the path to all the _zxxxx.avi we have located before. Set to "checked" the option to search for and update the path for the files. Set to "checked" the option to FlipVerical the clip. You must indicate the audio avi identified before and the first temporary file (normally _z0000.avi).

Warning: Edl Language is fixed to "Italiano" because I never tested an English edl (sorry), I think it should work, if it doesn't I hope you will contact me.

Now click the button translate. If you don't get any error you have done. If you get errors, check which file is missing or duplicated and correct the list of path names in the preferences tab. When done push the button save avs and select a folder of your choice to store the avs file. If you have a 5 minutes video you will have only one file generated.

Make your (S)Vcd ...

Now if you have avisynth (videotools package 2.0) properly installed, you can start VirtualDub or TmpgEnc (2.58), and open the avs file we have just created, it should open without any error. You can now encode to (S)Vcd or whatever you like.

You have done!

Any comment is welcome!

© 2003 - Alessandro Malanca