3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2008 5:21 PM by David Harbsmeier
kjoseph Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I shot footage of myself teaching and need to transfer it from a DVD to iMovie where I have to cut it then burn it back to a new DVD. I downloaded Mac the Ripper and can play the original DVD footage on Quicktime but can't import it to iMovie. Do I have to spend the $30 to buy the pro version of Quicktime to save then import to iMovie? Is there another way to rip the video from my original DVD, get it on iMovie so that I can burn it onto another DVD?

Thanks so much. Deep bows to all of you who have helped me with my previous requests.

kjoseph

PowerBook6,5, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iBookG4
  • 1. Re: DVD to iMovie
    David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,650 points)
    To convert DVD footage into an editable format (.dv stream) you can use DVDxDV or MPEG Streamclip. If you choose MPEG Streamclip, you'll also need the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component from Apple.

    Or you can connect a DVD player to your DV device and capture in iMovie.

    -DH
  • 2. Re: DVD to iMovie
    TigerSSMac Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
    If using MPEG Streamclip, and in order to keep the video quality untouched, how best to save individual clips out for later insertion into a project? I have a similar need and also would like to create some MP4 files for the PS3 to play so I'd like to save the clips in as close to the original form as possible? Which option is best as the list of available formats is QUITE long?
  • 3. Re: DVD to iMovie
    David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,650 points)
    in order to keep the video quality untouched, how best to save individual clips out for later insertion into a project?


    Convert to the format that suits your needs. If you need to edit the footage, convert to an editable format that works natively in your NLE. For example, if your NLE works with DV, convert to the appropriate DV codec (iMovie uses a different DV codec than FCE/FCP).

    But if you just want clips that will go unedited to a delivery device, convert directly to the format the device works with. For example, if your PS3 uses MP4 files, then convert directly to MP4.

    I'd like to save the clips in as close to the original form as possible?


    Unless the original was recorded directly to DVD-Video, they will never, ever be the same quality again. Encoding for DVD-Video involves heavy compression and a lot of information from almost every frame of the video has already been thrown away.

    -DH