5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 1:41 PM by Gary Scotland
BurdetteBD10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey folks,


I bought Quicktime 7 Professional a while ago to be used as a video editing tool as I digitize my movie collection, so I could trim down the movies and eliminate things like opening & closing credits, etc.

 

It has worked really great for almost every movie so far, but tonight I tried to trim down an M4V file of "Bridesmaids." When I ripped the movie from the disk, it created a 2+ GB file that has two loops of the movie back to back, and then extra footage at the end I don't really need.

 

Weirdly enough, when I open the movie in QT & Pro, it lets me drag the sliders to the correct positions to trim, and let's me trim to fit selection. BUT, when I try to save or Save As, it tells me the outputted file (which ends up as a .MOV file if I proceed) winds up being 12MB with no data in it.

 

I looked again, and immediately when I trim the movie down, I lose all data. The sliders are gone, and there is nothing to view, as if it deleted everything.

 

Any thoughts on what I can do here? One 2+ GB file is no big deal, but I'd love to know a fix or workaround in case I encounter this more and more as I proceed through my collection.


Thanks all!


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Quicktime 7 Pro will not trim movie
    Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6 (8,225 points)

    I presume this is a commercially produced Feature film that you are trying to copy and edit.

     

    Doing so is illegal without the explicit permission of the distributors and providing information on how to do perform copyright theft will break the terms of the Apple discussions.

     

    Digital Rights Manacement Certificated in the files will try to prevent you proceeding.

  • 2. Re: Quicktime 7 Pro will not trim movie
    BurdetteBD10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Gary,

     

    Thanks for the reply.

     

    The movie is not an illegal download, bitTorrent, etc. It's a fully legal copy, cover box and all, that I am simply trying to produce a digital copy of for making all my traditional disks "On demand".

     

    Not sure why this one file isn't working - but I'll continue trying.

  • 3. Re: Quicktime 7 Pro will not trim movie
    Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6 (8,225 points)
    It's a fully legal copy, cover box and all, that I am simply trying to produce a digital copy of for making all my traditional disks "On demand".

    Ripping, Copying and editing material without permission from a commercial disc where ever it was purchased is illegal.   Have you  read the copyright enfringement notice printed on all commercial DVD?

  • 4. Re: Quicktime 7 Pro will not trim movie
    BurdetteBD10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Gary,

     

    Thanks for the reply.

     

    I did a little bit more research and found in most articles that it's legal to make a personal "Archival" copy of disks you legally bought. THEN I read the next line, that basically said that ripping DVDs is a bit of a grey area since ripping it involves cracking the encryption assigned to the disk.

     

    Having read that, I think I'll hold off on digitizing for the moment until I read a bit more about the subject. The reason I bought all the stuff legally was so I would avoid this whole issue - but obviously the matter isn't exactly cut and dry.

     

    Again, thanks for the help - I have noticed the warnings at the beginning, but based on what I had previously read online thought it was doable for personal use - after all, I bought it so why can't I use it how I want, right?

     

    BUT, I do see it's not always that easy - especially in the American Legal system.

     

    Thanks again - I appreciate the help - even if it does stop me from accomplishing my goal for the moment.


    Cheers!

  • 5. Re: Quicktime 7 Pro will not trim movie
    Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6 (8,225 points)
    after all, I bought it so why can't I use it how I want, right?

    What you bought is a licence to play the video in a domestic environment, you did not buy a licence to copy or edit. You own the physical media, not the intellectual property contained on the media, music, pictures, story.