Using DVD clips in iMovie or FCP 4

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by newt2mac, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. newt2mac macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2004
    I'm looking to "rip" DVD clips and edit them in iMovie or FCP. Is there an easy way to do this?
  2. joshuajestelle macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    You can use DVDBackup to rip video off of your DVDs,

    But I'm not sure how you would take what you ripped and then use it in iMovie.

    If you figure this out I'd be interested to know.

  3. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    After you extract the VOB files using DVD Backup, you will need to demux and save the VOB files as a quicktime movie, so then you can edit it in iMovie or FCP. To do this you will need a program like MissingMpegEdit.
    It can be found on version tracker here:

    Good luck.
  4. newt2mac thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2004
    Bare with me, I'm really new.. Do I need to buy QT Pro or can I unlock it?
  5. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    You don't need QT pro, the app saves it as a quicktime movie. You can then import it into iMovie or FCP. However if you read the second post on the download page, it states:

    So you need to download that in order to use it. If you have FCP or DVDSP you should be able to download it through software update.
  6. NP3 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2003
    Los Angeles
    There's a much easier way to do this....

    Download this program called OSEx...

    Then among the many options select "FMT" and hit elem. streams. this will put an mpeg2 file and a audio file on your computer when you import it. Then you can easily open the mpeg2 file in FCP. If you want the audio too, do a search for the program mAC3dec, this will convert it into mp3, or aiff or just about anything you want to use in fcp.

    NOTE: you do need to have the Quicktime Mpeg2 codec.

    I've found this way to be better because you can edit the mpeg2 straight in FCP without having to demux anything...

    BTW, if you have problems with FCP crashing on export of the file, post it here, b/c then you have a little solvable problem with copyright stuff which is possible to get around. I can't remember if OsEx solves that problem automatically.
  7. GigaWire macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2001
    The simplest way is DVDxDV With this you can load up the VIDEO_TS folder that you ripped with DVDBACKup and select exactly what you want to convert and to what codec you want to convert it to. Using in and out points, you can extract only what you want wihthout having to process the entire movie. It has a simple and easy interface.
  8. SeemsCool2Me macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2004
    Easy as Cake

    you guys are making this way too hard. All you have to do (assuming you have a DV camera) is connect your dv camera into your dvd player, and connect your computer into the camera, take out the tape from the camera and set your camera to dv-out. open iMovie and set it up to import. play the dvd on the dvd player and then click the import button. as soon as you're done, click the button again, and there you have it. dvd in iMovie. simple. no other applications involve, no worrying about video types, it's all right there for ya. :D
  9. Hakkinen macrumors member

    May 7, 2004
    Just came upon your post while searching the forum.
    Well, I tried this on my Canon DV camera just now. It works!
    One thing really cool about this is : I can just import any part of the movie I like without have to find a software to cut and edit the movie files. Cool.
    Thanks for the tip!

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