Converting DVD to DV?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Mac In School, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    A family member had a bunch of old VHS tapes put on DVD a few years back. Now I'd like to convert them to DV and import them into iMovie. What's the best way to convert them?

    I don't need anything that breaks copy protection. I managed to sucessfuly use the disk image trick on some of them, but it failed on others.

    Thanks.
     
  2. DPA macrumors 65816

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    I use MPEG Streamclip for tons of stuff and love it! A professional film editor showed me it so I got the free download. It converts in great quality and works almost perfectly!:D
     
  3. bnavapolo macrumors newbie

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    I've done this several times and the method that is most effective is to put the dvd in a dvd player, and instread of running the video and audio out to a monitor, plug it into a DV camera or DV deck and turn on the AV in --> DV option. Then you can capture it on iMovie or FCP. If you use FCP be sure to change the capture settings so that the device is "non-controllable." Press Capture Now and then press play and watch you DVD get captured in real time.
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 603

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    I agree with the 2nd and 3rd posts. Use MPEGStreamclip. It's free and easy.

    While this method will work, and sometimes it's my only option, the results are less than stellar. I find that the colors tend to get washed out along the way from the analog source to the the miniDV camcorder. The end result is bland DV footage. (note - if you have the ability to use s-video instead of composite, that should help out a little with the color ... unfortunately, very few miniDV camcorders have s-video inputs anymore)

    Seeing as how the OP's original subject is VHS tapes, I would think keeping the number of AtoD conversions to a minimum would be paramount.

    ft
     
  5. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the replies. I haven't tried it yet.

    luwen,

    Is step 1 necessary? I'm under the impression that MPEG Streamclip will convert the DVD's native files (VOB?) directly, but I *may* need the MPEG2 Codec from Apple.

    Still a little confused.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool. Thanks.

    Would you move the .VOB files over to the hard drive before running them through MPEG Streamclip? I think I remember hearing someone say that's more reliable.
     
  7. DPA macrumors 65816

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    Yes, move the .vob files over. It's move reliable because you have the originals on your hard drive.

    Regards,
    David
     

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