How to Export a Clip From a Recorded Session

Redistributing short clips from the General Assembly is an excellent way to keep your constituents informed about the legislation that impacts them. Below are instructions on how you can extract short clips from the sessions recorded by the Colorado Channel. These short clips can easily be uploaded and shared through YouTube or other video websites.

Download and Install MPEG Streamclip

  • Visit http://www.squared5.com to download the latest version of MPEG Streamclip. This free program allows you to cut, trim and select clips for further distribution or archiving.
  • Install the program using the appropriate instructions for your operating system.
  • Windows: Unzip the downloaded package. Drag-and-drop the MPEG Streamclip icon into your desktop folder.
  • Mac: Unzip the downloaded package. Drag-and-drop the MPEG Streamclip icon into your application folder.
  • Confirm the application is installed properly by opening the program. Program icon looks like this:

Download recorded sessions from ColoradoChannel.net

  • Visit http://coloradochannel.net/archived-sessions for access to all the recorded sessions (sessions are available to download shortly after they are adjourned.)
  • Navigate to the desired recorded session.
  • Click on the download link and then choose to save the file to your computer.  Navigate to where you would like to save your file (your desktop may be easiest.)  Please note: the longer the session, the longer it will take to download.

You may request a DVD of a recorded session. DVDs are standard definition, and therfore lower quality than the version available for download. Send your request(s) to support@coloradochannel.net. Please be sure to include the calendar date or legislative day of the session you are requesting, and which chamber.

Open downloaded session in MPEG Streamclip

  • Open MPEG Streamclip, by clicking on the MPEG Streamclip icon.
  • In MPEG Streamclip, click File > Open Files...
  • Select the downloaded session from your computer’s hard drive.
  • Alternatively, you can also drag-and-drop a video file into the gray square in the middle of the MPEG Streamclip interface.

When exporting clips directly from a DVD, you must first purchase and install Quicktime Pro (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/extending). To open a session recorded on DVD, drag-and-drop the DVD icon onto the large square icon in MPEG Streamclip. If prompted to Fix Timecode Breaks, select Fix Now from the pop up box.

Select the clip

  • Find the point where you would like your clip to begin by clicking and dragging the playhead through the video. For fine tuning, use the left and right arrows on your keyboard.
  • To set the starting point, click Edit > Select In (or alternatively you can press the “i” key when you have the correct frame you would like to begin on.)
  • Find the end point of your clip by clicking and dragging the playhead through the video. For fine tuning, use the left and right arrows on your keyboard.
  • To set the end point, click Edit > Select Out (or alternatively you can press the “o” key when you have the correct frame you would like your clip to end on.)
  • Remove the excess video content, by clicking on Edit > Trim.

Save the clip

  • To export your clip, click File > Save As...
  • Give your clip a name and choose the location you would like to save it in (by default it will want to save your clip to the same location as the original file.)

If you prefer, you can export your video as a Quicktime, AVI, DV, MPEG-4 by navigating through the various export options in the File menu.

Review your clip

  • Locate the exported video clip.
  • Double-click to open and play the video.
  • Ensure the clip stops and starts at the right places.

Questions? Please contact support@coloradochannel.net