Converting .dvdmedia to .m4v

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by davidpaul, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. davidpaul macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Just wanted to see if anyone has had success in finding video conversion (specifically .dvdmedia to .m4v or mp4) freeware that does not have a watermark? I have tried a numer of 'free trails' but they have all been about as 'free' as Hester Prynne walking around with a big, red A. I have a couple programs that run conversions great, but that '.dvdmedia' extension is throwing them all for a loop.

    Please let me know what y'all have seen and use. Thanks
  2. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Unless I've missed something, .dvdmedia files are just full DVD rips (VTS Folders), right? If that's the case you can just use Handbrake and convert them to iTunes friendly files. Not sure if you have to remove the .dvdmedia extension or if they will load directly as is, but I would try Handbrake.
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You're correct, martinm0. .dvdmedia files are just VIDEO_TS folders with an extension tacked on. If you delete the file extension you're left with a normal DVD rip folder.

    Either way, Handbrake can handle these conversions (either .dvdvideo or VIDEO_TS) and doesn't cost a dime.
  4. davidpaul thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Tried to rip the original DVD with Handbrake but securities on the DVD wouldn't allow it. When I delete the extension it does give me the Video_TS and Audio_TS so I will try doing through Handbrake again.

  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    you need to rip the video before converting. I use RipIt.
  6. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Not true. On a Mac you Handbrake can use a VLC plug in, on a PC you need a decrypter such as AnyDVD.
  7. nopw macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2012
    Ok i would say: Use "Permute"

    Yes it is shareware, but you can so several conversions as a trial.

    After using the trial i personally was utterly convinced, and i use it for any kind of audio / video conversion.
    It is just superb.
  8. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Most of the time (with VLC) Handbrake will rip and convert.

    When Handbreak fails, the RipIt followed by Handbrake

    .dvdmedia files are already ripped and Handbreak encoded to .m4v

    BluRay rips with MakeMKV, converted withHandbreak to .m4v

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