Video Surgeon Version 2
Quick Start Guide (Windows)
Thank you for your order of Video Surgeon. This Quick Start Guide is designed to walk you thru the necessary steps to get Video Surgeon up and running as quickly as possible, which should be in less than five minutes.
All orders, even those where a CD version is purchased, provide for access to the product immediately via a download link. This link can be found on the final page of the ordering routine after your purchase is completed. It is also provided in the order email confirmation that we send to you. If you wish to download and begin using immediately, click this link. In most browsers you will see a dialog window that will give you options to either Save or Run the file. We suggest you SAVE this file to a location on your computer where you can find it such as your Desktop or in your Downloads folder.
Most browsers will prompt you to run the file after downloading it. If you are not prompted to run the file, you will need to locate this file on your computer and double click it to run it. Some antivirus program may warn you or try to block the running of this installation file. If they do, please proceed anyway. The installation file used for download is scanned for viruses and digitally signed. Most people encounter no problems when downloading, but a few people, because of browser, virus security settings, or internet connection issues may encounter problems with downloading this file. If you encounter a problem, please clear your browser cache and download history and try again. Alternatively, please try a different browser.
3. It is best to ACCEPT the default settings suggested by the installer. One of the steps in the process is to download and install a utility program called WinPcap, which powers the sniffer module. Please allow this program to be downloaded and installed. If you do NOT the sniffer module will not work.

Please go thru the entire installation wizard and clicking next at each step until you see a message the installation is complete.
The first time you run Video Surgeon, you will see a dialog window with two buttons: "I am a Customer" and "Run as Demo". Click the "I am a Customer" button and enter the data requested. If you have not yet purchased and are want to use in the Trial or Demo version, simply click that button and proceed.
The information required for registration MUST be EXACTLY the same that you entered when you ordered. So for example, if you made a mistake and spelled your name wrong, you MUST enter this misspelled name. If you used both your first name and your middle initial in the first name field, then you must enter the data this way in the form. This process of registering activates and unlocks the software
Ready To Use
After you have completed the registration/activation, Video Surgeon should open on your screen, ready to use. If it does not, the most likely cause is because of a problem with the installation of the WinPcap utility. If so, please contact the Help Desk and complete a Support Ticket.
Opening a File for the First Time
Once Video Surgeon has opened on the screen you are ready to begin using it. To open a file, click the File button and then using the dialog window that open select a video file or browse to the location on your computer where you have video files stored, and select one. The click the Open button at the bottom of this dialog window and Video Surgeon will begin the process of importing the file and opening it. You can also "drag and drop" a file using your mouse, onto the opens SS interface and this will also open a file.

Once you have a file open, you can begin to manipulate it. See the training and learning resources which can be accessed via the Help Button for more detailed information about how to use the program.
Saving / Exporting
After you make changes to a file, you have two alternative options for keeping these. One is to Save the file. This creates a Video Surgeon project file (.vsp) which is an internal format used by Song Surgeon to remember all of your settings. When a .vsp file is re-opened Video Surgeon re-applies these same settings when it opens the file.
Your other option is to Export your changes. This allows you to create a new video file, such as a .mp4, avi, flv, etc. When you Export you are making the changes to this video permanent. Since this file created is a standard video file it can be used and played back in the same way as any standard video file.
Help Button Resources
Like any software program, Video Surgeon has a learning curve. The Help Button has links to several important resources for helping you learn and troubleshoot Video Surgeon. These include:
Quick Start Guide - The QSG is the document that you are currently reading.

User Guide - A more detailed overview of the program

Video Tutorials - Screen videos that describe and illustrate how to use each functionality found within Video Surgeon. These videos cover all aspects of Video Surgeon's operation and we STRONGLY encourage you to view these. Help Desk - Video Surgeon has a full featured Help Desk which includes FAQ's, a Knowledgebase, Troubleshooters, Download Section, and Ticket System.