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Video Surgeon Version 1 User Guide Windows

Video Surgeon Version 3

This Video Surgeon User Guide (UG) covers all of the major functions of the software. It is meant to be used in conjunction with the Training Videos. A link to the training videos can be found in the Help Button of the software or they can be accessed via a link on the website.

Mac OSx 10.15.7 – 14.X Video Surgeon 3 for Apple
Win 7 – Win 11 Video Surgeon 3 for Windows

Let’s begin with an overview of the layout of the main user interface, which is shown below.


Address Bar

This area displays the location of the file upon which you are currently working. This address may be a URL ( or it may be a file path (C:\My documents\anyfolder\test.mpg). You cannot edit this information. It is for display purposes only


Go Button

This button existed in earlier version but has been removed. See item #26 of this Quick Start Guide for instructions on how to download videos.

Video File Buttons

The group of four buttons, (3-6) at the top of the page, performs functions on the raw video files. These are NOT project buttons. The Project buttons are the group of buttons on the lower, right-hand side numbered 12-15.


Open File

Open File

This is the open file button. When you click this button it opens a typical windows dialog box an enables you to browse your computer for video files that you can open in Video Surgeon.


Save Current Loop As

Save Current Loop As

This button functions much like a Save As button. If there are no loop point set, selecting this button and saving the currently loaded file with a new name will result in the making of an identical copy of the file currently loaded in Video Surgeon. However, if you have loop point set, and then select this button, Video Surgeon will save ONLY the portion or segment of the Video that is defined by the loop points.

When you select this button, the dialog box that opens has several functionalities built into it as noted below. You can change the audio and video bitrate, you can change the sampling frequency, you can change the audio type (mono or stereo) and you can resize the video.




This button will rip the video from non-encrypted DVDs. When you click this button a Windows dialog box will open that will enable you to browse the DVD. The DVD may have more than one folder. The file type that you will be opening is a .vob file. These are typically stored in the video folder on the DVD. Video object files (.vob files) can be no larger than 1 GB, therefore a DVD may have more than one .vob file. If you would like to place the entire contents of the DVD on your computer to be able to access it in Video Surgeon, you will need to select and rip each .vob file to your computer.

Warning – this is a CPU intensive and time consuming operation. A 1GB file may take 10-20 minutes to rip and will tie up virtually 100% of your CPU power.


Rip Audio

Rip Audio

This button enables you to rip the audio from a video file stored on your computer. For example, if you find a song on Youtube that you would like to place on your mp3 Player or Ipod, you can download the video using Video Surgeon – and then you can extract the audio from the video and save it as a .wav, mp3 or other file format.


Question Mark (Help)

The selection of this button open’s Video Surgeon’s Quick Start Guide.




This button is the About button which provides you with basic details about the Version of Video Surgeon you are currently using. Within the menu for this button are some basic default settings for Video Surgeon that you can customize for your use.

After clicking this button, locate the default file locations button

After clicking this button, locate the default file locations button. This will open a window that looks like that shown to the right. You can use this window to change the default locations on your computer where Video Surgeon Project files (.vsp) are stored and you can also change the location where you store video files you download from Youtube

Project Files Sliders and Buttons

The buttons in the dark blue are on the right are project buttons. These sliders and buttons pertain to the currently loaded video. Any settings such as slowing down a video, or the usage of loop points can be remembered and applied in the future if you save your work as a PROJECT


Pitch or Key Slider

This slider changes the pitch of the video playback in either semitones (1/2 step) or cents 1/100th of a step. The slider can be grabbed with a mouse and moved manually or the + and – buttons can be clicked or held down to change automatically move the pitch slider.


Tempo Slider

Tempo Slider

This slider change the speed of playback. The available range is 50% of the original (1/2 speed) to 300% or 3X the original speed. The slider can be grabbed with a mouse and moved manually or the + and – buttons can be clicked or held down to change automatically move the pitch slider.


Volume Slider

This allows you to adjust the volume of the playback in Video Surgeon. The slider can be grabbed with a mouse and moved manually or the + and – buttons can be clicked or held down to change automatically move the pitch slider.


Open Project

Save Project

This button will open a Windows dialog box and allow you to browser your computer for any saved Video Surgeon project and open them. Video Surgeon project files use the designation (.vsp)


Save Project

Save Project

This button will save the currently open video as a project. If the currently open video has been previously saved as a project, it will overwrite your existing project file and its settings. When a video that is currently open in Video Surgeon is saved as a project, Video Surgeon will remember and save the position of the three sliders (pitch, tempo and volume), the loop points (if set) and any notes that you may have entered.


Project Save As

Project Save As

This button allows you to save the currently open video and Video Surgeon settings as a project. If you are working with a video that has never been saved as a project before, this button enables you to assign a name for the project file. If you are working with a project that you had previously created, that is open in Video Surgeon, this button will allow you to save the project with a different name – and prevents you from overwriting the existing settings of the project file. If your intent is to overwrite the settings of a project file, then you should use the Save Button (13).



The notes button opens a blank screen and allows you to type text, notes, comments, etc. into this screen.

The notes button opens a blank screen and allows you to type text, notes, comments, etc. into this screen. In order for these comments to be saved and retrieved for future use, you must save them using the Save Project or Save Project As buttons.


Toggle To Original Size

Open to Full Size

As the button text suggests, this button opens a second video screen of the video currently loaded into Video Surgeon and displays it in the original size. Since videos maybe shrunk or stretched to fit into the Video Surgeon window, using this “Original Size” button may result in either a larger or smaller image being displayed. Once this button is clicked and the second window opens, please click the PLAY button to start the video playing in this second screen. Videos Surgeon allows you to use the zoom on the video displayed in this second window. Also any loop points or tempo or pitch changes will be applied to the video in this second screen.

Loop Setting Buttons

Buttons 17-20 are buttons that are associated with loop points.

17 Cancel Loop Points

Cancel Loop Points

This button when clicked removes all loop point from the time line.

18 Beginning Loop Reset

Beginning Loop Reset

This button moves the current position of the slider to the beginning loop point.


Ending Loop Point

Ending Loop Point

This button when clicked will place a red line with a time read out, just above the video timeline, thereby designating the ending loop point.


Beginning Loop Point

Beginning Loop Point

This button when clicked will place a green line, with a time read out above the video progress bar. This designates the beginning loop point.

beginning and ending loop points

Once beginning and ending loop points are set, the video will loop continuously between these points until stopped. If you wish to adjust the placement of the beginning or ending loop points you can click with our mouse on the video time line. This will increment the video by 1/10th of a second. Using this procedure, you will move the video progress slider either forward or backwards until you have the video at the precise point that you desire. When you have located that point click the beginning or ending loop point button again. This will reset the loop point to this more precise location.


Combo Button

This is a three part combo button that from left to right has these three functions: play, pause and stop. This button controls the video playback in Video Surgeon.


Current Position Slider

Current Position Slider

This slider indicates the current position of the video that is loaded in Video Surgeon. You can grab the slider with your mouse and move it. When the video is in the paused position, you may also click to the left or right of the slider, directly on the timeline and it will increment or move the video forward or backward in 1/10 sec increments. If you click directly on the timeline and hold down on the left mouse button the slider will continuously auto increment in 1/10th second increments.


Start Loop Point

This green entry just above the video timeline indicates the current position of your beginning or starting loop point.


Ending Loop Point

The red entry just above the video timeline indicates the current position of your ending loop point.


Main Window

This is the main video window on Video Surgeon. Whatever video you open, regardless of the size will be shrunk or expanded to fit within this window. You can zoom in or out on by placing your cursor in this video screen and left clicking to zoom in, or right clicking to zoom back out.


Toggle Sniffer Window Button

The "Toggle Sniffer Window" button will open the small window (shown below). This window is referred to as the sniffer box because it is the window in which the video links appear once they are "sniffed" or found by Video Surgeon. This window is "always on top" so you can view the window as you are browsing the internet and looking at videos.

As you browse the internet and as a video starts to play, Video Surgeon will detect the video playing, it will find the URL, and it will insert into the sniffer window a summary of what it has found. The sniffer window displays a number which is the chronological order in which a particular link was located. It also displays the time the link was found, the file type, and the video size. In addition to this data, the sniffer window also contains color coded boxes. These boxes tell you the status of a particular link in the sniffer box. The color key is as follows. Red means the video has NOT been downloaded. Green means the video HAS been downloaded. And Orange means the video is in the process of downloading.

There are four buttons on the sniffer window. The "Preview" button allows you to preview the video before you download it. Since video URLs are loaded into the sniffer box as they are played in your browser, in many cases you will know what link corresponds to a particular video and may not need to use this function, especially if you have only 1 or 2 links in the sniffer window. However, as the number of links in the sniffer box grows, you many need to use the "Preview" button to remind you of the video associated with a link before choosing to downloaded it. Please note, due to the way some videos are created and coded on the internet this button will NOT always work, but it does allow you to preview most videos.

The "Remove" button will remove or delete a link from the sniffer box.

There are two different types of download buttons. The "Download & Play" button, when clicked, will open a Windows dialog box and prompt you to enter a name for the file you are downloading. Once you have given the file a name, you will click the SAVE button on this windows dialog box, and Video Surgeon will begin to download the video to your computer. Once the file download is complete, Video Surgeon will begin the process of converting this file to an AVI format which is the internal format used by the program to manipulate the video. Once the conversion is complete, Video Surgeon will open the file in the main video window and begin to play the video.

If you are only working with a single video that you want to download and begin to use immediately, this download options would be ideal. However if you are surfing the WWW and looking for several or many videos that you want to download as quickly as possible the "Download Only" button would be the preferable choice.

The "Download Only" button, when clicked, invokes a Windows dialog box AND asks you to assign a name to the file you are downloading. Once you have done this click the SAVE button on the windows dialog box and Video Surgeon begins the process of downloading the video.

There is ONE very important difference with this download procedure versus the Download & Play described above: The file downloaded will be saved to your computer with the SAME file type as it is found on the internet. For example if the video is an flv file, the file will be downloaded and saved to your computer as an flv file. It will NOT be converted to the AVI format which the "Download & Play" option does; it bypasses this step (Although when you open these files in Video Surgeon at a later time, Video Surgeon will then convert these file so they can be loaded into and used in Video Surgeon). Bypassing this conversion step after a file download is completed, means that that the downloading will occur more quickly; and, since file conversion does take a fair amount of computing power, this approach to downloading will not require as many system resources.

Bottom line, if you are using the Download and Play button, we recommend that you download only a few videos simultaneously, say 3-4. When using the Download Only button, you can download many videos simultaneously.

Alternative (YouTube) Sniffer - Due to episodic problems caused by continuing changes on YouTube, we have built and implemented an alternative sniffer module specifically for YouTube. If the main sniffer module is working, you do not need to use this, but if you are having problems with YT, this alternative approach should be employed.

To use the YT Sniffer, close the main sniffer window, then use the keystrokes Control + Shift + S, holding all three keys down simultaneously for a brief second. This will cause the alternative sniffer window to open. Once this window is open, you can copy the URL of any YouTube video from your browser to the clipboard and then paste it into this YT Sniffer window. Once you have done this click the Download button and the file will be downloaded. We recommend you watch the training video for the YT Sniffer, if you'd like to visually see this demonstrated.



Zooming in Video Surgeon is accomplished by left clicking your mouse while it is positioned on the video screen. Each successive left click doubles the level of zoom. As you zoom in more, the image on the screen will become more pixilated which results in a loss of detail. To zoom back out, right click the mouse button and with each click you will zoom out until you reach the original un-zoomed image. You can zoom while a video is playing, or you can zoom while a video is paused.

Please note that where you click on the screen when you zoom make a difference. Generally speaking, when zooming, you should click near the area of the video that you want to see enlarged.