Last updated: February 18, 2011
|Split n Join 2 - User's Guide|
1. Installing and uninstalling Split n Join 2
Please read the README file that comes with the application.
2. Using Split n Join 2
When you launch Split n Join 2 (Hereafter, Split n Join) for the first time, you will start with an introduction screen. You should find three Toolbar buttons at the top. They are Preferences, Split and Join.
Split n Join mainly consists of two parts - Split and Join. If you want to split a file into multiple clips (or parts for the DMG disc image), choose Split on the top Toolbar bar menu. If you want to combine multiple clips (or mutiple disc image parts) into one independent clip (or one complete disc image), choose Join.
By saying 'Split,' typically, it means that you want to split one file into multiple segments, each of which can be opened separately. That's true for SplitZip, SplitMOV, SplitMKV and SplitAVI, but not for SplitImg1 and SplitImg2, which deal with disc image parts as they cannot be independently opened. A major advantage in splitting one file into multiple independent clips is that you can still open the rest if you lose one or more parts. But if you split a movie file into multiple segments with RAR, StuffIt other archive applications, you will lose the entire file if one of the parts goes missing.
Once you click on Split or Join, you cannot go back to the introduction screen unless you restart the application. You can switch between Split and Join at any time.
When you first start out with Split n Join 2 (Hereafter, Split n Join), you should open Preferences and work on software settings. Under Startup screen, you can choose to start with Split or Join without seeing the introduction screen.
Find Timeout for SplitZip and Show timeout? We will talk about these settings with SplitZip, one of the Split components. Additionally, if you want to find out if there are any software updates available every time you launch Split n Join 2, enable Run update notification.
Let's switch the tab to Media types. We will talk about these settings with JoinMovie, one of the Join components.
Switching to System files, you can locate the applicaion folder that Split n Join 2 creates with a click of Mouse. Default destination is used to set a default export location where to save the final split or joint file. This setting will apply with all Split and Join components. But there are cases where it won't apply. In order to set your default destination, simply click on the Select button. If your default destination becomes unavailable, Split n Join will automatically set the default location to the desktop.
Updating to Version 2.6, the user is able to set default file names under this tab as well. When you click on a Select button to set an export destination, the application will automatically set the file name to your default one.
B. Using Split n Join 2
Split comes with seven components - SplitZip, SplitMOV, SplitMKV, SplitAVI, SplitImg1, SplitImg2. Under these components with the exceptions of SplitImg1 and SplitImg2, the user is able to split a single file into multiple clips, each of which can be independently opened. SplitImg1 and SplitImg2 will instead let you split a single disc image into multiple parts, each of which cannot be independently opened. If one of the parts goes missing, therefore, you will lose the entire data.
The screenshot below shows typical elements of Split component's user interface. All components come with a drop box on which you can drop a file to import. Right under the drop box, there's Show button. Click on this button to locate the file that has been imported. And click on the Drop button to drop (deselect) the file. There are two more check buttons - Open (or Mount for SplitImg1 and SplitImg2) and Info. 'Open' here refers to an action that will allow you to launch a built-in movie player to play back the imported video file. Clicking on the Info button, a file information window will pop up to the right.
Inside the black box, you can decide how to split a file and then create split clips or parts. Click on the Select to set an export destination. If you have a default destination, clicking on the button, you will see your default export location. Click on the Open button to show what's inside the folder of your export destination, especially after exporting split files. Finally, click on the Split button to split the file.
Split n Join currently accepts three file types with which to automatically launch the application. Simply, drag and drop acceptable file types onto the application or the one in the Dock. If you drag and drop unsupported file types onto Split n Join, then the application will launch itself with the introduction screen instead of going to a specific Split or Join component.
SplitZip will allow the user to split an imported ZIP archive into smaller multiple archives. It's a process where you have files in a large container and you want to repackage them into smaller containers. An imported ZIP archive must contain one or more files. SplitZip will not divide any of them. Therefore, you must set a split size greater than the data size of the largest file inside the compressed package.
First, drag and drop a ZIP archive onto the drop box. And Split n Join will quickly read its data and show some statistics in the data screen at the top. Number of files can be a bit misleading, depending on the OS. If it's a ZIP archive that was created under Window OS, the number shown here is what it is. But if it was created under Mac OS, the archive may contain the resource fork. In any case, the number is still descriptive enough to give you an idea as to approximately how many files the package contains. If not, simply click on the Info button see to see what's inside the package.
The file size of the original archive is shown at the very top of the data screen. And you must use the slider to indicate the minimum size by which to split the imported archive. The split size must be greater than the data size of the largest file in the package because no file in the package can be divided. As you move the slider to the left, the split size will become smaller. Split n Join will tell you how many archives you would end up having with the given split size. The blue split description is a sign that the split size is good while the red description indicates that it is not. If it's red, then it should also tell you which file is in the way of the minimum split size you have set. Click on the Info button at the top, and you can find out the exact data size of the file that is in your way. By so doing, you can adjust the split size more effectively. Again, set a split size such that the split description will be indicated in blue.
Finally, click on the Select button to set an export path. And then click on the Split button. The export process should be quick if the data size of the original file is the matter of several hundred mega bytes.
SplitZip utilizes a built-in command-line tool called zipsplit that comes with Mac OS. zipsplit does not issue a signal when the split process is compelete. Therefore, it is possible that SplitZip's progress window will not close when in fact the split process is compelete. In order to automatically close the progress window when an accident happens, you can set a Timeout number. This number should appear to the right of the progress window. Of course, you can press the Cancel button (to the right of the progress bar) to close the progress window when you believe the split process is complete.
SplitMOV will let you split a single QuickTime-based (3GPP, 3GP2, DV, M4V, MOV, MP4...) movie file into multiple independent QuickTime (MOV) clips, each of which can be opened with QuickTime and other media players including VLC Media Player. That implies that chopped movie clips are MOV-formatted files whatever the original format of the imported movie file is. The imported file will be split with a given duration (number of seconds). Unlike an older version of Split n Join, Split n Join 2 can split a movie into any number of mini-clips. And SplitMOV's split execution part is written with a much-shorter code. In other words, it's rewritten from a scratch.
To begin with, just drag and drop a movie file onto the drop box. And Split n Join will read data and quickly display movie information in the data screen. If necessary, click on the Info button to see detailed movie information. Also available with SplitMOV is Open button. Click on it, and Split n Join will launch a built-in movie player. The following is a list of some of the available commands.
In order to split a movie, you must set the size of each clip in terms of seconds, not a data size. If you use the slider, Split n Join will automatically converts the number of seconds into a time code, telling you how many clips you would end up with. For example, if you set the split duration to 30 seconds, you would end up with a number of independent movie clips which all have a duration of 30 seconds except the last one. The last clip will have the remaining seconds.
Unless you deal with 100s of split clips, the export process should be quickly completed. If it's just the matter of a dozen split clips, Split n Join will execute your order in a second. Note that whatever the original video format (3GP, DV, M4V, MP4...) is, the format of split clips will be MOV.
Please note that split movies are unflatten. They mainly contain information on the source movie. Therefore, they may not be viewed without the source file. In order to convert them into self-contained movies, please read 3.1a - FlattenMOV.