Converting DVD into usable iMovie Clips?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by nyycavo24, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. nyycavo24 macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2007
    I've seen variations of this question in different forums, but I didn't know if any of those answers applied to mine, so....

    I am planning on making a rather involved movie in iMovie of some old football games from when my friends and I were in high school.

    These games were originally shot with a normal VHS camera and then converted to DVD using one of those combo players.

    What is the best way to take those games and convert them into a format where I can chop them up (down to individual plays) so I can make this video in iMovie?

    They are obviously not copyright protected or encrypted or anything like that. I just need to import these things and start to slice and dice.

    Thanks for the help everyone!
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    There's a great little program called DVDxDV that takes footage from your non-copy-protected DVD and converts it to a Quicktime movie. It works really well. You can get the pro version for $80 or the regular version for $25.
  3. comebackdwn macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2007
    you could use handbrake.
    it's very easy and converts the files to mp4, which are totally qualified for imovie. that is what i use.
  4. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    I've been using MPEGStreamclip (free :) ) but I had to download Apples MPEG-2 Playback Component (not free, £15 :( ). Worked a treat - divided the original video_ts file into seperate clips by setting in and out points, exported them as mp4 files and dragged them straight into iMovie.

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