LOTR dvds....how to merge?

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  1. miTunes75 macrumors 6502

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    I have LOTR movies, like many of you do. I am wondering since each movies is two DVDs long, how do people merge the two .mp4 files together to make one long movie? Is this even possible?
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I thought a DVD holds 5+ hours of video. Why is your copy spread across two disks?
     
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    The LOTR Special Extended Edition DVDs come with the movies spanning 2 DVDs each, apparently so they can hold the bazillion audio commentary tracks.
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    ahhh. That sounds entirely needed. :rolleyes: What a crazily over hyped movie.

    The only way I can think to solve the OP's problem would be to use iMovie, Final Cut, or maybe even Quicktime.
     
  5. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    i used final cut express to merge the 6 dvds into the 12+ hour feature as i only watch it together.
     
  6. miTunes75 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow, isn't that software pricey?
     
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Not really. It's $200, but it'd be a waste to buy it just to watch a peter jackson film. Only buy it if you're into film making.
     
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    I use Quicktime Pro. You simply open the first part of the movie in Quicktime and then you drag and drop the second part of the movie into the view area of the first part. The save the combined film. Good luck.
     
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    what?

    Oh, you shut your mouth! That was the greatest trilogy of all time. That's not even a debate.
     
  11. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    £129 and its most use full for other projects for college and hobbling, its not expensive but then i don't really consider anything expensive i look at things as best value and what i would be most comfortable and happy with buying.

    Its like if you were to buy a TV, do you buy one with a feature list and spec longer than your arm but looks pug ugly or one that looks really nice, has a few less features and not as good a spec but would sit nicer and be more ascetically pleasing in your living room on a nice unit.
     
  12. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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    You like or dislike for any movie or music or anything is irrelevant to this discussion nor to anyone else but yourself. Everyone has different ideas to what makes a good movie/book/music.
    Your opinion on other peoples tastes is irrelevant to that person and best kept to your self unless you are in a movie critics forum. Such statement like "you cant like that because it sucks, or its not cool" and all the other tosh are statements children make in school.
     
  13. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's more like software piracy or corporate piracy; either works. I think you can use VsiualHub to stitch them together.
     
  14. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    That wasn't my opinion on anyone's taste it was my opinion on a movie. I answered his question as best I could, I just added something I felt like sharing.
     
  15. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    yeah....

    Wouldn't it be copyright infringement? If he owns the movie, he's just using it in an illegal manner, but he's not stealing it.
     
  16. gcmexico macrumors 6502a

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    that must of took forever to merge
     
  17. jmulls macrumors newbie

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    imovie

    I have this same problem and tried it in imovie. IT was taking over 10 hours to just import the movies into imovie ... that was even before I stitched them together to make the final render. I have since given up. I guess visualhub is the way to go or QPro.
     
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    hmmm interesting idea, could you........ extract the dvd's as VOB's then merge the vobs into one huge vob, then convert that into a MP4 ?
     
  19. miTunes75 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I may try viisualhub and/or quicktime pro to see what I can do. But, in the end, I'll definately be needing to convert the files into .mp4
     
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    i'm not sure if it's a possibility.
    you could rip them visual hub and import the .mov's into final cut pro for example, but I believe it has a 4 or 5 hour limit per track which means it wouldn't all fit.

    It's a neat idea though. Would be neat to have 1 long massive file to play seamlessly.

    honestly, it might not be worth the effort.
    maybe you could set up a script where after playing part 1, it would automatically play part 2, then 3? that might accomplish the same thing?
     
  21. ilovebananas macrumors member

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    ignoring the legality of the operation

    convert both discs using handbrake (or program of your choice) into h264 then combine the 2 files using qt pro if you have it or if you don't want to buy it use ffmpegx (don't forget to install the binaries needed. check ffmpegx website)
     
  22. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

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    This thread on the Handbrake forums will tell you exactly how to do what you want to do. Instead of using Fairmount I used Mac The Ripper, though. It works perfectly.

    Regards,
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  23. quid squid macrumors regular

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    i tried watching all 3 in a row. i got sick and thought i was gonna die. too much straight tv.
     
  24. Lebowski macrumors 6502

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    So merging in FCE (import, edit time & export to any decent quality) probably took roughly 20 some odd hours to do, if not WAY more depending on your machine... all so you can have an uncut 12 hour feature (which you watch in one sitting)... sounds like ALOT of wasted time when you can easily just plop in a DVD every few hours... no day job?
     
  25. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    yeah....

    Visual Hub would have taken a lot less time. I did this because I no longer own a DVD player.
     

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