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faketrout
03-29-2004, 05:46 PM
I read over some of the TV tuner threads and dvd backup discussions here but none really addressed my main curiosity...

I have some DVDs I'd like to take clips of for a project (read: not bootlegging) and then assemble them in iMovie or Final Cut express 2. Basically, I'm starting to get into editing and I'd like to try my hand at making some music videos and trailers out of existing footage so I can practice on the cheap before I set out with my camera to do stuff for real. totally non-commercial.

So I assume I'd have to download some of these DVD decoder programs just to lift the footage and audio off the disc, but can I convert them into a form that iMovie or Final Cut can read?
Since I'm not interested in backing up or copying movies, source quality isn't a major concern. Would I be better off just getting a TV tuner to record from an outside dvd player?

rman
03-29-2004, 06:50 PM
Wouldn't it be easier and go to the park and shoot some video. Then play with the footage you just shot.

GLJones
03-29-2004, 06:59 PM
I would convert them to Quicktime. iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut and others can read them just fine. If you choose MPEG, remember that DVDs are MPEG 2 and most converters I have seen on the Mac go to MPEG 4. This required iMovie or iDVD to convert it back to burn to DVD again.

Jerry

rman
03-29-2004, 07:01 PM
Toast 6 can also be used to create DVDs.

faketrout
03-29-2004, 08:18 PM
I don't want to make DVDs.

I also don't have anything to shoot at parks. I live in Wisconsin, and even though spring is around the corner, its still about as barren as you can imagine here. I haven't even seen an insect in 6 months. Plus doing a short documentary at an anime convention proved to me that even the most free spirits tend to lock up and be intimidated by a camera.


I reiterate my orignal question: HOW do I take footage from a dvd and convert it to a format useable in final cut or imovie?

rman
03-29-2004, 08:42 PM
Your questions still stands. i was just wondering, because it would be easier to just shoot some video.

I know someone here can answer your question.

witeshark
03-29-2004, 10:09 PM
After opening iDVD and iMovie, it looks pretty easy. You can drag movies in to iDVD and just edit them, though I have none to try it on right now. I have not tried Final Cut yet, don't know when I may try that.

faketrout
04-10-2004, 12:11 AM
After opening iDVD and iMovie, it looks pretty easy. You can drag movies in to iDVD and just edit them, though I have none to try it on right now. I have not tried Final Cut yet, don't know when I may try that.

Maybe that works on planet neptune where you live, but just taking a plain old dvd and dragging it to ANYTHING gives an error message. I have to wonder if you're just screwing with me and were aware that iDVD wouldn't rip a dvd movie or if you're actually a gigantic retard. Either you've been no help and a colossal waste of time, thanks.

this goes ditto to the other maroons in this thread who never read my question but made random responses about semi related topics that hindered my progress even further.

GLJones
04-10-2004, 10:19 PM
Hey,

I use Macthe Ripper (available on MacUpdate.com) to convert the DVD to something I can use. Make it an AVI and you can then open it in an editor and crop it down to what you need.

I know you want to be able to convert only the little piece you need and this will convert the whole movie but I don't know of any other method.

Jerry

witeshark
04-10-2004, 10:25 PM
Maybe that works on planet neptune where you live, but just taking a plain old dvd and dragging it to ANYTHING gives an error message. I have to wonder if you're just screwing with me and were aware /<snip> No one here posts but to try to help no one tries to hinder another's progress in my case I posted what I knew at the time and in 3 lines -if it wasted any of your time then who's retarded? :rolleyes:

sKaD
04-11-2004, 12:52 AM
http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/12987

This can take a DVD into an .avi which I "THINK" can be used in FCE 2 but I'm pretty sure it wont be possible to use in iMovie unless you convert it to a .mov file, I forget what programs I used to do that though.

It might be possible to convert it with Quiktime pro if you got it.

Well, hope Handbrake leads you into the right direction :)

chris041067
04-14-2004, 02:26 AM
http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/12987

This can take a DVD into an .avi which I "THINK" can be used in FCE 2 but I'm pretty sure it wont be possible to use in iMovie unless you convert it to a .mov file, I forget what programs I used to do that though.

It might be possible to convert it with Quiktime pro if you got it.

Well, hope Handbrake leads you into the right direction :)

yep, if you can get the dvd into a format quicktime can open then you can use qt pro and crop/export the video to your liking

kweenelmer
12-30-2004, 12:56 AM
people keep recommending mac he ripper but i cant figure out how to make it convert to mpeg or mov.

Macman
12-30-2004, 01:28 AM
you can use mactheripper to rip the dvd, then use forty-two dvd vxplus to convert it to avi, the use divx doctor 2 to convert to a quicktime .mov. its a lot, but relly simple and gets the job done.

Macman
12-31-2004, 08:24 PM
also, forty two dvd vx plus can convert dvd formats into dvd quality avi files.