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  • Bears0065 Level 1 (0 points)

    And just how do you do that, Balfa? This is becoming way too much work. I have been a loyal Mac user since high school, so well over 20 years. It is becoming very frustrating trying to work with videos, it's very hard to believe that there isn't a simple solution to this....

  • panoramaBobl, Bob Thompson2 Level 1 (90 points)

    I suggest converting the DVD video files with either Toast 11 or Elgato's Turbo164HD.  There are other ways.


    Good luck.  Video is not simple.



  • Bears0065 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've been messing around with it for a long time, making highlight videos for our football players. Unfortunately this year we forgot our HD camera at home for one of the games and had to film it on and older Canon camera. This came with a Firewire cable, but as you know the new Macs don't have a Firewire port anymore! So now I've spent a few days trying to get the footage from the camera to the iMac, and thought maybe I could just import the DVD to iMovie instead. But I see that's not going to be possible without using other applications and spending more money. Just pretty frustrated right now, sorry.

  • Klondike Kid Level 2 (250 points)



    If your Mac doesn't have FW anymore (not even FW800?) then you must have Thunderbolt ports. Apple sells a Thunderbolt to FW800 pigtail plug for $29.  But that FW800 9 pin end will not be physically compatible with those camcorders that use the old FW400 cables that were connected to the Mac with a 6 pin male end.  For just a few bucks on Amazon you can purchase a Menotek Firewire 800 9pin male to Firewire 400 6pin female crossover plug. Just connect the adapter to your FW camcorder cable and then plug it into the Thunderbolt to FW800 plug and you can import that way.


    Note this Thunderbolt/FW cable and the small adapter also come in handy to connect older FW400 external hard drives for additional storage.  Essentially the Thunderbolt circuitry is also cross compatible with FW800 and FW400 hardware using these adapters.  I'm using this set up to import my Canon HV30 and Sony Z1U tape footage as well as connect an older FW400 Maxtor backup drive.


    And as far as converting a non-copy protected DVD to iMovie files for editing I've been very happy with DVDxDV. Works great and after I did the minor editing and run it back to a DVD I could not see any hint of image deterioration from the roundtrip process.  Since then I've worked on a couple of friends "family DVD" movies where the source material was long gone and have no complaints about the final product back on disk.

  • Zamanrve Level 1 (0 points)

    You're welcome. And to be sure, I'm not saying that importing into iMovie is a bad thing to do. It's just the long way to the same destination. And, of course, all this is thrown out the window if you need to edit, add titles, etc. to the source video. Then by all means, use iMovie.


    And if so, these are the basics steps (as I see it; there are other methods): 1) Pull the VOB files off the DVD using MacTheRipper, 2) Convert the VOB files to DV Streams using MPEG Streamclip, 3) Import DV files into iMovie, 4) iMovie edits, etc.

  • Klaim-doc Level 1 (0 points)

    I haven't tried MacTheRipper to compare it, but I agree with Karsten Schlüter's recommendation for Handbrake.

  • kennethfromboise Level 1 (0 points)


    I too am new to the apple community.  I've had my macbook pro for almost 2 years, and cannot import/copy/or burn my DVD's so I can watch them on my iPod Touch.


    Is there a way? 



  • hughmass Level 3 (575 points)

    Check out Handbrake.

    It lets you rip your own legal dvds and convert to form that can be used on iPod Touch etc.


  • kennethfromboise Level 1 (0 points)

    Greetings Hughmass,


    After viewing a couple of youtube videos, I was able to get handbrake to work on my MacBook Pro.  Well actually I used the bootcamp portion as I couldn't get handbrake to work with OSX.  My first attempt wasn't close as the movie converted to a ".m4v" format and didn't work at all (I just picked the "universal" setting.  My second attempt was closer as I picked the "iPhone and iPod Touch" option and it looked very promising as it used the ".mp4" format.  I was able to get the file into iTunes, but the movie was pixelated and unviewable. Today I'll try a few different settings.


    Heck, I'm retired and have time to do these things.


    Thanks again for the tips and I'll keep you posted



  • Glennski Level 1 (0 points)

    In response to the prior post about 'just open the vob file in Quicktime' -

    Are you using Quicktime Pro or something? I have Mtn Lion (10.8.5) and Quicktime cannot open a .vob file.

  • dgwhiting Level 1 (0 points)

    Conclusion:  Macs are expensive, non-intuitive, and they are no better than Windows or Linux at multimedia.  But they look awesome.

  • Lincoln Nymeyer Level 2 (295 points)

    I have asked this question myself, and I have read all of these complicated sounded solutions, but here's what I do, its simple, and it works just fine. 

    At my desktop workstation, right next to all of my external harddrives and printers and other stuff, I have an actual DVD player.  Just a simple old-fashioned DVD planer that you can buy for like $25 bucks these days.  I connect this DVD player to my old Sony video camera.  It came with an input-output jack (that looks like a headphone jack).  The cable has the "headphone" looking jack on one end, and the familiar Yellow, Red and White jacks on the other end.  I connect the Yellow, Red and White ones to the DVD, the small "headphone" one to the camera, and then I use the normal "firewire" connection to connect my camera to the iMac.  In iMovie, the "import" button appears, and I simply push import, and then start the DVD player.  The camera acts as a digital converter or "pass-through" and everything shows up just as if it were recorded on the camera.  I push pause on the DVD player after a scene and stop importing on the iMac, and then I restart the import and DVD so that I have shorter "clips" rather than one really long clip.  But you don't really have to do that.

    This may sound complicated, but its actually very simple, and it works.


    Hope this helps someone,



  • Chileno 65 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot Lincoln.


    I assume you work with IMovie 10.0.6 and the DVD disc was put in DVD player.

  • bluesimage Level 1 (0 points)

    I have some treasured, homemade DVDs that I wanted to transfer into iMovie. From what I could tell, there isn't any simple way to do this for free.  After looking through online reviews, I purchased an app called MacX DVD Ripper Pro (v. 4.5.8).  The best price I found was $29.95.


    After loading each DVD into my Mac mini (Yosemite), I used the app to make .mp4 files that will open in Quicktime and iMovie.  Easy to do and worked like a charm. Now I'm editing the files in iMovie.  Highly recommended.  Haven't tried it on commercially made DVDs.

  • cliffr25 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yay Handbrake - what a great app.