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Application to convert home DVD to editable format.


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Hello all.

I am a new Mac user. What I am looking for is advice on how to convert video on an authored DVD to an editable format that I can edit on iMovieHD or Final Cut Express (AVI or MPG).

The DVDs in question are home videos that were originally recorded on analogue camcorder tape. They were then "backed up" onto DVD using a standalone DVD Writer.

I now want to go back and edit these videos as they are untouched. So something I knew how to do on Windows I don't on the Mac. So all help would be appreciated recommending applications and / or a suitable (lossless) format.

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i can help. send me a private messagee

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I don't know if this program is taboo on here but I really like VisualHub, it's the best $20 I've ever spent on software. It'll convert pretty much any video format to any of the most common formats, and it'll also optimize for playback on iPods (all video playing iPods), Apple TV's, etc. :tup:

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I second VisualHub, great piece of software....

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I'll second that, I'm trying to find out how to do the same things. I don't know how t do it on a Mac or a PC so any help I can get I'd appreciate!
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I'll second that, I'm trying to find out how to do the same things. I don't know how t do it on a Mac or a PC so any help I can get I'd appreciate!
Seems like it will be necessary to extract the video off the DVD. I searched versiontracker and found this app for that purpose, but I have not tried it. There are probably others, as well: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/19483

About converting after you've edited it; for WMV, I've used Flip4Mac with great results. I just did a 60MB movie yesterday and F4M reduced it to under 10MB, without any loss in quality. Visual Hub is another one, but it's manual states it won't do WMV9...that, to me, suggests it isn't as robust as F4M, but it *is* a little cheaper.
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