In this guide we are going to explain
how you can frame serve from Virtualdub to any
program that is able to read AVI files. In this guide we
focus to frame serve from Virtualdub to Adobe Premiere.
Because this method does not use any intermediate
compressed AVI files, you will achieve the highest
quality and speed possible. An other advantage is that
you do not NOT need a large amount of free HD
As many people know, Virtualdub has a
built in frame server. Unfortunately, this frame server is
not compatible with many programs. Premiere is one of
those programs that is not compatible with the default
frame server of Virtualdub. With my new Link2
tool you can solve this compatibility problem, and
allows you to frame serve directly from Virtualdub to
If you never used the frame server of Virtualdub
before, please install it. This can be done by running
the AuxSetup.exe that is included in the Virtualdub
package. When this program is launched, please click on
handle button". If you ever used the frame
server before, make sure that the proxy server is
disabled. This proxy server is NOT enabled by default.
If the proxy server is enabled, you can disable it by
running the proxyoff.reg file included in the Virtualdub
To simplify this guide, I also provide a
(AVIsample.AVI) to registered users. This file can be
downloaded in the members only download section to
limit traffic on my site. If you registered one of my programs, you can retrieve
your password and login in the member section. One of the main
advantages of having this same sample stream is, that it
allows you to follow this guide exactly. Of course you
can use other streams, but you will not get exactly the
1) Launch Virtualdub and select File->Open and
open the file from c:\videofiles\AVIsample.AVI file. (make
sure the file is not in the root)
When the AVIsample.AVI is loaded into
Virtualdub, we add a rotation filter. This filter
rotates the input AVI over 90 degrees.
If you move the slider to another
position you can see that the input is rotated over 90
Now we setup Virtualdub and start to
frame serve the AVIsample.AVI with the selected
processing options to Premiere. First we start the
default frame server of Virtualdub. This can be done by
selecting File->Start frame server.
Save the frame server file as
AVIsample.vdr. When you entered the file name, please
click on the save button.
If everything went O.K. Virtualdub
wrote the AVIsample.vdr file and started the frame
server. If Virtualdub is serving, the normal Virtualdub
window disappears and the frame server window appears. Do
NOT close this window. The Virtualdub frame server
should be running during the WHOLE process.
Now it is time to launch the Link2
program. This program will wrap the Virtualdub frame
server file into an AVI file. This enables you to read
the Virtualdub frame server file in any program that is
able to read AVI files.
The first step is to load the
AVIsample.vdr file into the link2 program by clicking on
the browse button.
WARNING: The total length of the
filename is limited (including the path). So please use
short file and path names for the input files for the
link2 program. If the length is to long, the link2
program will report this. If you receive such an error
please reduce the length of the filename and path.
Please use the audio RAW mode for
Premiere and do NOT force the video format and any
Now you are ready to wrap the
AVIsample.vdr (virtualdub frame server file) into an AVI
file. This can be done by pressing the Wrap button.
After the program has created the avisample.avi file, you
can close the Link2 program (leave the Virtualdub
frame server running). Please make sure that you are not
overwriting the original AVI file (It was also called
avisample.avi file, so if you would have put the original
file in the root you will overwrite this file).
Now the link2 program wrapped the
Virtualdub frame server file into an AVI file. As
Premiere can read AVI files, it can read the
AVIsample.avi. In the next section were are going
to load the avisample.avi file into Premiere.
Launch Premiere and select
open the wrapped virtualdub file (c:\avisample.avi).
Now you can play the "c:\avisample.avi"
file and include them in your projects. If you want to
stop frame serving please close the file in Premiere, before closing the Virtualdub frame server.