How to RIP VCD to new format

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by vjaaan, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. vjaaan macrumors 6502

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    I bought WinX DVD Platinum to rip my old home movies (that I had created in Pinnacle long ago) to a single movie file that I can keep on and play from a flash drive anywhere. However, my very earliest movies are in the VCD format and this program won't convert from that.

    I was reading about Handbrake on this forum, but their online documentation does not mention if they can rip VCDs. Does anyone know if they can? And if not, what (hopefully free, at this point) program I can get for the few VCDs I need to rip.

    My ultimate goal earlier was to import my old movies into iMovie so I could make them cool again, with chapters etc. Is this possible, after I rip them into something new?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Well, Handbrake is free, so why not try it and see?

    Can you not access the files on the VCD?
     
  3. vjaaan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The VCD disc will play in my DVD drive. But I need to convert the whole thing into a single movie file.
     
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Its usually better to rip the VCD or DVD and then transcode with handbrake to something editable. You sometimes end up with a number of video segments that you would have to rejoin. If there is no copy protection on the VCD, then HB should work directly.

    Many do something like this: MakeMKV (free)>Handbrake (free; using ATV preset)

    I've also used MacX DVD Ripper Pro which you can sometimes get free as part of a promotional package or give away offer.

    Heres a way to use HB directly: https://www.macxdvd.com/mac-dvd-video-converter-how-to/how-to-use-handbrake-to-rip-dvd.htm
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    And what happens if you double click on the disc icon on the Desktop? Does a Finder window open with the video files showing?
     
  6. aarond12 macrumors 65816

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    Background: VCD format is MPEG-1, 352x240 format with MP3-encoded, 44.1kHz stereo audio (maximum).

    Any application that can convert MPEG-formatted video (e.g., Handbrake) will convert these files. What Handbrake and many other converters may do is to take each separate file and put it into a separate video file.

    FFMPEG will convert the files and concatenate them into a single file, but it ain't for the faint of heart (it's command-line only). I will be happy to assist if you choose this direction.
     

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