Output Settings

The Output settings window allows the user to change the filename and output folder, choose High-Speed mode or Encoding mode, change the video format (AVI, MP4) / video codec / video resolution / video quality, etc.


If you click the 'Start' button, the 'Output Settings' window will pop up as shown below:

Bandicut output settings, cutting method

  •  1   Filename: This menu allows you to change the output filename.
  •  2   Folder: Click the [...] button to change the output folder, and click the 'Open' button to view the output folder.
  •  3   Save all (or only selected) video and audio track(s): If there are more than 2 video/audio streams, this option will be shown.
  •  4   High-Speed mode: This mode allows the user to cut a video precisely without re-encoding. (Recommended) » See more...
  •  5   Encoding mode: This mode allows re-encoding if the user wishes to change the codec, resolution or quality of a video.
  •  6   Encoding Settings: Please see the manual (Encoding Mode Settings) below.
  •  7   File Info: The output video/audio format and information can be seen.
  •  8   Merge segments: This option allows the user to merge all the segments into one video file. » See more...
  •  9   Extact audio tracks (.mp3): This option allows the user to extract audio tracks (.mp3) from a video. » See more...


Output Settings > Encoding Mode Settings

If you click the 'Encoding Settings' button, the 'Encoding Mode Settings' window will pop up as shown below:

Encoding Mode Settings

 0   File Format

  • AVI : The video file cut by Bandicut is saved as an .avi file.
  • MP4 : The video file cut by Bandicut is saved as an .mp4 file.

Format Setting - Video

 1   Video - Codec

Codecs are a kind of video compression format. If you use a higher compression codec, you can get a small size video, but the video quality might be poor.


  • H.264: H.264 is one of the most popular codecs for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. This codec will allow you to record the recording target in high speed and high compression ratio with an excellent quality.
  • XVID: XVID is used for portable devices like the Galaxy S mobile phone. The XVID codec offers a good quality of video and uses lower CPU usage than MPEG-1.
  • MPEG-1: MPEG-1 is the most widely compatible lossy audio/video format in the world. Most media players and YouTube support the MPEG-1 codec. The MPEG-1 codec offers a good quality of video and uses much less CPU than other codecs.
  • Motion JPEG: Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) is an informal name for a class of video formats. It is compressed as a JPEG image. If you want to edit the recorded streaming video in Sony Vegas (or Adobe Premiere Editor), you should choose this codec. The file size is quite big.
  • YV12: Due to the fact that YV12 doesn’t compress video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is much bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is smaller than RGB24)
  • RGB24: Due to the fact that RGB24 doesn’t compress video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is much bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is bigger than YV12)

 2   Video - Bitrate Control

  • VBR : VBR (Variable bitrate) allows a higher bitrate to be allocated to the more complex segments of media files while less space is allocated to less complex segments.
  • CBR : When referring to codecs, CBR(Constant Bitrate) encoding means that the rate at which a codec's output data should be consumed is constant.

 3   Video: Quality(%) or Bitrate

  • Quality : You can choose the recorded video quality. If you have a good performance computer and want to get the best quality video, select 100 (%). If you have a bad performance computer and want to reduce the recording lag, select 50 (%).
  • Bitrate (kbps) : If you checked VBR, you can get a better quality-to-space ratio compared to a CBR (Constant bitrate) file of the same data.

    Bitrate represents the amount of information. If you un-checked VBR, you can choose bitrate (3.5 Mbit/s: Standard-definition television quality, 9.8 Mbit/s: DVD, 8 to 15 Mbit/s: HDTV quality)

 4   Video - Size

  • Full Size: The recording target will be saved in the original size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768, the recorded video size will be 1024*768.
  • Half Size: The recording target will be saved in half the size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768, the recorded video size will be 512*384.
  • Fit Width: If you set the width to 1024, the width of the recorded video will always be 1024.
  • Fit Height: If you set the height to 720, the height of the recorded video will always be 720. (If you want to upload a 720p video to YouTube, set the height to 720)
  • 320*240: The recording target will be saved in 320*240. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768, the recorded video will be 320*240.
  • Custom: You can set the recording video size by yourself.

 5   Video - FPS

  • FPS means frames per second. You can set the FPS for your recording video.
  • With a higher FPS, you can get a more natural video (smooth motion)
  • Normally, 30 FPS is good for recording video (Regularly, movies are 24 FPS and TV is 30 FPS)


Format Setting - Audio

 6   Audio - Codec

  • MPEG-1 L2: MP2 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer II) is a lossy audio compression format and it is a dominant standard for audio broadcasting. Most media players and YouTube support the MP2 audio format (MP3 is much more popular for PC). MP2 has a good compression rate, small file size and uses much lower CPU usage than PCM.
  • MPEG-1 L3(MP3) : MP3 is much more popular for PC.
  • PCM: PCM (Pulse-code modulation) is a lossless audio compression format and it is the standard form for digital audio in computers and various Blu-ray, Compact Disc and DVD formats, as well as other uses (such as digital telephone systems).

 7   Audio - Bitrate Control

  • VBR : VBR (Variable bitrate) allows a higher bitrate to be allocated to the more complex segments of media files while less space is allocated to less complex segments.
  • CBR : When referring to codecs, CBR(Constant Bitrate) encoding means that the rate at which a codec's output data should be consumed is constant.

 8   Audio - Bitrate (kbps)

  • Bitrate represents the amount of information.

    (32 kbit/s: MW (AM) quality, 96 kbit/s: FM quality, 192 kbits/s: The highest level supported by most MP3 encoders when ripping from a Compact Disc, 256 kbit/s: Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) MP2 bit rate required to achieve a high quality signal)


 9   Audio - Channels

  • Stereo: Stereo sound is usually achieved by using two or more independent audio channels. Stereo sound is used in most entertainment applications.
  • Mono: Mono sound is single-channel. It is used for radiotelephone communications, telephone networks, etc.

 10   Audio - Frequency (Hz)

(The sampling rate) Frequency is the number of samples per second.

  • 22,050 Hz: Used for lower-quality PCM and MPEG audio
  • 32,000 Hz: Used for television sound in some countries
  • 44,100 Hz: Used for Audio CDs, also most commonly used with MPEG-1 audio (VCD, SVCD, MP3).
  • 48,000 Hz: The standard audio sampling rate used by professional digital video equipment