Reauthor a DVD on Mac?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by DeadPenguin, May 12, 2008.

  1. DeadPenguin macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2007
    I am receiving a DVD today that will have multiple small videos in it.
    I would like to move each video to it's own DVD. It is for a presentation and it would be easier to stage and cue multiple DVD's.

    I am new to Apple. I have used windows and Scenarist to reauthor DVD's in the past.
    I was wondering if Apple had something I could use to achieve this goal.

    I would like to avoid compression in the ripping process. I would like the resulting DVD to be as close to the original as possible. I was thinking on using handbrake to rip and Visual hub to encode each piece and see what happens, but I was worried I would end up with major quality issues on 100"+ screens these will be viewed on.

  2. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    If you use handbrake to rip, you will compress during the ripping process. What I would do to minimize the compression and encoding is this:

    1. Rip the DVD to your hard drive using Mac the Ripper (free)

    2. Using MPEG Streamclip (free), I would create separate VOB files from the VOB ripped by Mac the Ripper for each of the small videos. While MPEG Streamclip is free, you will need to buy the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component from Apple which is $19.99 in order to work with VOB files in MPEG Streamclip. MPEG Streamclip allows you to open the VOB created by Mac the Ripper, set In and Out points, and trim the clip. Then do a Save As... and give each new VOB a unique name.

    3. Using MPEG Streamclip, convert each of the new VOB files to DV files so you can edit them. Or if you don't want to edit them, then still do this step as you can burn to DV files to DVD. Depending on your machine and the length of the clips, this could take some time.

    4. Use iDVD to author a new dvd for each clip and then burn to disc.

    That is it. I know this works because I have done it before.

    EDIT: I have never used VisualHub, but you could rip with Mac the Ripper, convert the VOB to DV in VisualHub, edit the DV file in iMovie to get each individual clip (this would require an iMovie project for each clip) and then export each iMovie project to iDVD. I wouldn't do it this way because I think it has more steps and will take longer.
  3. DeadPenguin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2007

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