Cable to DVD to Mac (edit) to DVD: want app recs?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by tonylinde, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. tonylinde macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
    Apologies if this has been answered before but I searched on 'VOB' and found lots of threads but none exactly what I want. I am recording stuff from cable (VirginMedia V+ in UK: sometimes 1-2 films, sometimes 4-5 TV programmes) which I then transfer to DVD (recorded in EP format, so ~4 hours on DVD) - it turns up in TS/VOB format (whatever that means).

    All I want to do is import to the Mac (OS X 10.5.5), edit out the adverts and then put the uninterrupted programme(s) back onto DVD in the same VOB/TS format so that it plays on our DVD players.

    Can people recommend the best software to do this (free - $100), preferably all in the same app. I've seen Toast recommended - will this do it all? If not, any others?

  2. RatVega macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Southern California
    First off, I suspect that what you're proposing violates all kinds of copyrights and generally makes a mockery of the whole concept of intellectual property, but...

    I going to guess from the OS version number that your Mac is semi-modern and came with iLife. If so, all you should need to do is get a copy of MPEG Streamclip and the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component ($20 at the Apple site if you don't already have it) and de-mux the VOBs to .dv to be editable in iMovie. Once edited, the clips can be exported to iDVD and burned or sent to Toast for conversion to a VIDEO_TS file. If you burned via iDVD to a DVD-RW you could copy off the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS files and then recycle the disk, you could skip Toast altogether.
  3. Exman macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Sadly, there is nothing that's half decent on a Mac that can be compared to VideoRedo on Windows. This is the best and fastest method, there is no conversion needed (no time wasted, no quality loss) and it authors directly to DVD. It is worth using Windows alone for his product.

    Alternatively, you can chug along for hours with iMovie and iDVD. But I wouldn't fancy that.
  4. tonylinde thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
    Thanks to you both. I'll give both options a try.

    I'm astonished. I'd assumed that the Mac would have much better tools for this sort of thing. Luckily I have VMWare Fusion (and a separate WinXP machine in case that doesn't work).

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