Video clips from a DVD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ThatGirl, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. ThatGirl macrumors regular

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    Can someone please tell me how I can take small clips from video that I have recorded onto a DVD? I can't get the recording to open in iMovie.

    I am using a MacBook, with OS X 10.4.8

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  2. -DH macrumors 65816

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    You have two basic options: software or hardware.

    Software: use a program like MPEG Streamclip, Handbrake, DVDxDV or others to rip and convert the DVD's content into an editable format.

    Hardware: connect a DVD player to a qualified DV device (camcorder, VTR or converter), then connect the DV device to your Mac via Firewire. If you have FCE or FCP, set device control to "Non-Controllable Device" and use capture now. iMovie should have a similar feature.

    -DH
     
  3. ThatGirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, very much! I will give your suggestions a try.

    TG
     
  4. ThatGirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried accessing the DVD content with MPEG Streamclip but the program wouldn't recognize the file. I used MacTheRipper instead and ripped the files to my hard drive.

    I'm not sure what to do with the files now, to get to a point where I can make clips. Neither iMovie nor Streamclip would recognize the files, so I'm assuming I have missed an important step.

    When you have time, I would really appreciate your advice.

    Thank you!
     
  5. slosh macrumors newbie

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    now that you've used mactheriper to rip the dvd, you can drag the ripped .vob files (in the video_ts folder) into mpegstreamclip. that'll let you set in and out points for your clips, and then you can export them to a variety of formats.

    it takes some experimenting to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's pretty easy. i usually set in and out points for the clip, trim it, and then save a copy of the clipped .vob file, so that i've got the clip in the best format i can get it in (not re-recompressed); then i export it to whatever i need it for. though usually for teaching purposes, i just replay the .vob clips back in vlc player.
     
  6. ThatGirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    I did try that but I got an error message saying I needed to buy MPEG-2 Playback from Apple.

    Does anyone have an opinion about the program Cinematize? I tried the demo and it seemed to make it pretty easy to take pieces from video files. It's not cheap, though.

    Thanks for your help! :)
     
  7. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    Just use HandBrake to rip the DVD. Very easy.
     
  8. ThatGirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you!

    I gave Handbrake a try, and I agree it was very easy. Now I guess I should use MPEG Streamclip to make the short clip? I will give it a try.

    Thank you, very much! :)


    Hey! I think I've got it! Thank you all, very much, for your help.
     
  9. ThatGirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was able to use Handbrake easily, but once I uploaded the Quicktime movies, they wouldn't play online. Is there a setting that I just didn't understand that needed to be adjusted?

    Thank you.
     
  10. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    What is the website for the video? Every video should be playable, try clicking in iMovie, share, than to quicktime, and choose "for web" or LAN or something like that...
     

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