I have several MPEG files (technically "MPEG 2" I believe).

I want to do some very simple editing, mostly deleting a few frames here or there.

I do not want to have to re-encode or transcode the video, or do anything else which would decrease the quality of the source.

The only software that I am aware of which does this sort of editing is MPEG_Streamclip, but surely there must be others.

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MPEG-2 is subject to license restrictions and royalty payments, so you won't find much in the line of free software to edit MPEG-2 videos.

You can do this sort of editing in QuickTime player with QuickTime Pro, but be aware that MPEG-2 for DVDs uses a complicated compression scheme using key frames and "difference" frames that repeat in a regular pattern (Group of Pictures a.k.a GOP). You cannot just edit out one frame without re-encoding the rest if you want to play it in a DVD player.

  • Thanks. Forgot about old QuickTime Pro. I've used that in the past. Fortunately these files will be watched on macs or iOS devices, not DVDs.
    – TJ Luoma
    May 7, 2012 at 1:10

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