Issue importing a home DVD..Please help

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  1. scooterguitar macrumors regular

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    I have some old home video dvds I'd like to import into iMovie, edit, and save or be able to make copies if I'd like for family members.

    So, I created a disk image (chose cd/dvd master)
    Opened iMovie, got it to import, but only video, no audio.
    Am I doing something wrong or should I look into additional software to help with this? The old video is pretty important to me.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Get footage from a video DVD into an editing application

    OR

    There is MacTheRipper, RipIt and Fairmount to rip (copy the DVD to your HDD while removing the copyright protection) the video DVD to your HDD. Then there is Handbrake to convert the ripped DVD to a file like .mkv, .mp4 and .avi with MPEG-4 codecs like Xvid and H264, which are not meant for editing though, as they don't store every frame of the video (video DVDs use MPEG-2 as a codec, which also only stores every 15th frame and the frames in between are approximations). After that you can use MPEG-Streamclip to convert the compressed video file to a .mov file encoded with the DV codec (or AIC - Apple Intermediate Codec), a codec iMovie can read and is meant for editing, as it stores every frame and takes up approx. 220MB/min. You can also skip Handbrake and use MPEG-Streamclip for converting directly to a DV/AIC encoded .mov file from the ripped video DVD, but you need the QuickTime MPEG-2 component (19USD) to be able to access the MPEG-2 encoded video DVD footage via MPEG-Streamclip.But it would save one encoding process.

    OR

    In order for you to edit your videos stored on the video DVD, you need to rip it via MacTheRipper/ RipIt/ Fairmount,if the video DVD is copy protected (all commercial video DVDs are). If it is not copy protected, you might be just able to copy the Video_TS folder onto your HDD.Now there are two ways to convert the MPEG-2 compressed footage.
    1. Get Handbrakeand convert the footage to an .mp4/.m4v file with the H264 codec. Further reading on Handbrake on transcodding video for iMovie. Then use MPEG Streamclip to convert/export the .avi or .mp4/.m4v file to a QuickTime (.mov - CMD+E) file encoded with the DV codec or the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) or to a DV file (CMD+OPTION/ALT+E). Both, .mov and .dv, can be read by iMovie.
    2. Get the QuickTimeMPEG-2 Playback Component from the Apple Online Store for 20USD, open MPEG Streamclip, in there go to File > Open DVD and select your Video_TS folder on your HDD. Then either export it as QuickTime with the DV codec or AIC or as DV file as explained in step 1. This saves you one encoding process, therefore time and image quality loss.

    Screenshots:
    MPEG Streamclip export options
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    Handbrake export as .mp4 - example
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    OR

    http://www.google.com/cse?cx=011016...e:forums.macrumors.com&hl=en&as_qdr=all&meta=
     
  3. scooterguitar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info and links!
    WHich would you suggest for ease and quality? As some are old vhs vof my bands I had converted several years ago to DVD. Now some of I want to import into iMove to clean up.
    I don't have an issue buying an app if it is easily and works well...of course now super pricey.
    Thanks
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    The one, that is described in the link with screenshots. That involves buying that Component for 20 USD and will involve only one transcoding process and get you the best quality.
     
  5. scooterguitar, Mar 29, 2011
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    scooterguitar thread starter macrumors regular

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    The mpeg streamclip? I'm must be misreading that link because it also says I'll need the quicktime mpeg component as well.

    I installed the trial of RipIt and it did that, but I can't get it into iMovie. Is this where Handbrake would work?

    This is pretty frustrating, wish I could just rip to HDD then load into imovie to edit. Isn't there just one thing that can do it all?

    Sorry for the ?'s. but I'm getting lost, or just not "getting it" :>)

    Now that I'm trying RipIt, can I just get the streamclip to convert it and then import to iMovie for editing and final processing or is the $20 Quicktime needed for this?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    You use MacTheRipper (MTR - free) to rip the DVD, as the video DVDs you have does not have any copy protection schemes involved, thus MTR should be able to read them,
    then use MPEG Streamclip to export the loaded video DVD (in MPEG Streamclip - the link explains how) to a .mov format using the Apple Intermediate Codec. You need the QT MPEG-2 Playback Component to be able to read the MPEG-2 encoded video of the video DVD in MPEG Streamclip.
    You could also just go the Handbrake route and export an .mp4, but this transcodes the video from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 and upon import into iMovie the video normally gets transcoded again into Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC).

    What don't you understand with that guide I linked to?
     
  7. scooterguitar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, making more sense now with your replies and rereading the linked tutorial several times. I always overthink things!
    I'm going to out this down for a few hours and then come back with a fresh mind!
    Thanks again for your time and patience:)
     

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