Hi, everyone -
First post here, and yes it's another clueless newbie post. My first OpenShot effort was an abject failure. Running Ubuntu 10.04 on an old Pentium 4 PC. I used the ppa to get the latest version of OpenShot rather than the older version in Ubuntu repos.
The 2nd Ghost Rider movie has a short section where the Rider hops into a huge stacker-reclaimer and tears things up. We have a smaller stacker-reclaimer where I work. It was modified, and everyone hates the way it works now. I want to get that clip from the movie into a Windows Media Player compatible format, then bring it to work and suggest that we hire the Ghost Rider as our new Krupp Trainer.
So I used Handbrake to encode the movie in both .mkv and .mp4 formats. I could drag & drop either movie into OS. But sound was a mess in .mp4, so I proceeded with the .mkv file.
I had a heck of a time removing the rest of the movie from either side of the desired clip. At first I used the Resize Tool. That seemed to make the left side of the movie go away, but as soon as I clicked on the right side the part I wanted to keep disappeared. So I tried the Razor Tool, and that seemed to work better.
The Timeline arrow kept disappearing. It'd go way out to the left somewhere and I fought to keep it in view.
Finally got just the clip I wanted showing in the Timeline. I tried to Export the clip to the desktop. It took 30+ minutes to encode it to .avi. I was guessing, but I googled WMP-compatible formats and .avi was supposed to work. When the encode was finally done (the clip is only about 70 seconds) I tried to play it in VLC and Movie Player. Blackness. No sound or video.
Does anyone have some suggestions for an utter newbie? Maybe I started out wrong by using Handbrake? Or maybe I should have used one of Handbrake's other settings?