Can't paste into Trim & Copy output field

MrVideo

Active member
I don't know if this is the way it has always been, but it is an issue now.

What I wanted to do was T&C a file and keep the filename, but place it into another location. So, I highlighted the input and tried to paste it in the output field. No luck. The browse button is useless because you can't search for a file that doesn't exist.

I ultimately had to C&P the filename into a Cygwin terminal and edit the line so that I created an empty file in the new location. Then I browsed to that file.

We need to be able to manually place text into the output field and be able to edit it. As mentioned, you can't browse for a file that doesn't exist.
 

glenpinn

Member
I have always been able to do this without any problems, based on what i think you are explaining here, then again maybe i am reading/understand your question wrong.

I can import a file, cut/trim it, hit the Save Video button, in the Save Video dialog box i select the profile that i want, and the the input file name is already in the Output File box, however it is preceded by a destination location that i had used for a previous output file.

(i don't know why this happens, only to suggest that VRD probably thinks that this new output file will be going back to the same location as the previous output was saved to)

To save the new output file to another location than the input file, just leave the Output File name as it is, CLICK on the Select File button and you will get the Save File dialog box appear, in this box, you will now see your Input File name only in the File Name box, then all you do is browse to the context menu to the left of the Select File box and find the exact location to save your new output file to.

When the output has completed, go to your save location and you will find your new file there, with the same name as your original input source file.






I always place my Source Files in my Videos Folder on C-drive, which is a 512gb TEAM brand PCIe M.2 SSD and i output them onto my Storage D-drive which is another 512gb SSD.
 

glenpinn

Member
Is this what you are trying to do, as i don't use this tool, never even knew it was there to be honest, maybe i just do things differently.



If this is what you are referring to, then no you can't paste the file name here and then Browse to the Copy location, but that is not really an issue from what i can see, and there is a very easy fix for this if you take a look at my screenshot below, it still does the same thing you want, but the action is reversed where by you highlight the File Name from the Source File box and copy that, then you browse to your output location and Paste the File Name into the File Name bar, then click Save, this takes you back to the Trimmed File Copy box, and you click Start Copy.



It should end up doing the exact same thing as you are asking, but kind of in an opposite way.
 
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Dan203

Senior Developer
Staff member
The paths in the trim & copy dialog are read only and can only be edited by hitting the ... button next to each. Supporting hand edited paths in a given dialog requires a lot of extra code for validation, change detection, etc... Since this tool is only intended to be used on rare occasion, and not one of the main features of the product, we didn’t put the same level of effort into it as we did the main save dialog. In fact until relatively recently it didn’t even have progress. It would simply freeze until the output completed. (basically doing a truncated file copy in the main thread of the dialog itself) We only decided to add progress because files these days, especially UHD, are huge and that freeze could potentially take long enough that the user would assume the program had crashed. But like I said this is a low priority add-on tool, not main feature of the product, so it's unlikely to get anymore upgrades unless we happen to find ourselves with an abundance of free time. If you find yourself using it frequently then you might want to reevaluate your workflow as it’s not intended to be used that often.
 

glenpinn

Member
I was thinking the same thing Dan, i can't even imagine why anyone needs this option, i certainly don't see any point nor use for it to be honest.

As i showed in my screenshot above, this would be the simplest method of acheiving the exact same result, and certainly not difficult to do.
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
Staff member
I was thinking the same thing Dan, i can't even imagine why anyone needs this option, i certainly don't see any point nor use for it to be honest.

As i showed in my screenshot above, this would be the simplest method of acheiving the exact same result, and certainly not difficult to do.
It has it's uses, like when the first part of a file is corrupt, but sometimes people start using it to make actual cuts and it's not really good for that.
 

MrVideo

Active member
That trick for getting the file names there works just fine. No idea why I didn't of that. I'm sure I was doing something like that, but it complained that the output file didn't exist. Oh well.

Ya, I do not use the feature to edit files. It is mostly used when working with corrupt files. But, I've used it to trim the fat from satellite captures in order to not do any processing of the file until later. I certainly do not use it constantly, but I do use it.
 

glenpinn

Member
Glad to see you got the first bit sorted, i never used that feature before, in fact i had no idea it was there, but i picked up your issue straight away and tried it the way i explained, taking screenshots along the way, as i felt this method should work ok and get you the same result, but maybe having to use 1 extra step along the way.
 
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