Hi Bob,

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 18:34, bobmeetin <bobm@dottedi.biz> wrote:

Also to note, with another list member's help, he suggested and this is
working.  I open the big video in Pitivi, grab the start/end times in
seconds, then go to the command line and use ffmpeg to cut and save the
snippet.  I looked into doing this in mencoder also but didn't see options
for start/end time (or I missed them).

As you found out, best option for extracting portions of a video file into separate video files is to use ffmpeg, not Pitivi. This has been asked previously, see http://old.nabble.com/hello..-td30841942.html for the howto.