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How do I get the best quality DVD rip?

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Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 13, 2013 7:14 PM

I need to rip some video from a DVD (my own work, no copyright issue) and everythign I try makes a noticably inferior quality video image.  I have used Handbrake and a few different commericial utilities.  I am looking to acheive a file size which is similar to the file on the DVD, which is about 1 GB.  I tried one utility which converted to Apple Pro Res .mov, but it made the file a massive 8 GB, but the image looked significantly worse!  Can't understand that.  I know the image is compressed on a DVD, but what is the best way to get it off and looking no less quality than it did on the DVD.  I eventually want to edit that file in Final Cut Pro X to make a showreel.

 

Thanks

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)
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    Oct 13, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    This seems to come up a lot lately.

     

    Use MPEG Streamclip. You'll also need the,MPEG-2 Playback Component – $20 from Apple.

     

    Russ

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Oct 14, 2013 5:51 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Here are detailed instructions for using MPEG Streamclip for this. I wrote this for iMovie, so you might choose a ProRes codec over Apple Intermediate Codec, but other than that, these instructions should work for you.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3951

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    The Pro Res file is much larger because it uses intra-frame compression.It is a codec meant for editing, not delivery. Transcoding should not produce a detectable drop in quality,;  however it cannot add quality to something that is deficient in that department.

     

    Describe in detail how you are comparing "frame by frame".

     

    Also describe the equipment and connections you used to rip the DVD,

     

    Russ

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,670 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 5:38 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Looks like it's been scaled. What are the complete specs of the media?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 6:04 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    You didn't provide any more details on how you ripped from the DVD.

     

    Russ

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,670 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 2:58 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    That's wrong. You should use 720x480 anamorphic, which is what the original file should be if it was correctly made. I can't say what rip it is doing but that's the way it works.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 3:58 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Cartoonguy wrote:

     

    so I used 854 x 480 to get it output 16x9 and I de-interlaced.

    I don't know Ripit either and I can't tell much by going to their website. It could be their product's processing.

     

    Check the quality in Streamclip (or VLC) before export.  If it looks ok, skip de-interlacing and see if that's better. If you need to, you can always do that later.

     

    Russ

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,670 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Would need to know the exact specs of the RipIt media. It might be in a non-standard format, which is causing the problem. Also the media hasn't been converted properly in Streamclip. Can you post a piece of the ripIt media somewhere?

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