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which app is needed to download dvd's to iMovie

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cruze11 Calculating status...
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Jun 16, 2012 12:11 PM

I am looking for the name of the app that is needed to download dvd's to iMovie?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 12:16 PM (in response to cruze11)

    As in commercial movie DVDs? You cannot. It is illegal and prevented by special encoding on the DVDs.  If you mean home DVDs then we need more detail about the kind of DVD.  Is it the kind you put in a television set, or a data DVD?

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to cruze11)

    This tip will show you how to import your home movie on DVD into iMovie 09 for editing. It will not work on commercial, copy-protected DVDs. (Ripping commercial DVDs is against the Terms of Use of the Apple Discussions).


    DVDs are encoded by iDVD into MPEG2, which iMovie cannot edit. So you need to convert the DVD into a codec that iMovie can edit. For highest quality, I recommend that you convert the DVD to Apple Intermediate Codec. There is a free tool called MPEG Streamclip that will do this. You will also need to install the Apple QuickTIme MPEG2 Playback Component.


    Here are the details.


    1) Download and install the Apple MPEG2 QuickTime Component ($20) - available online from Apple.


    2) Download and install MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 (free).


    3) Start MPEG Streamclip


    4) Insert your DVD into your Mac. If DVD Player or Front Row starts automatically, quit those.


    5) Open a Finder window. Navigate to the Video_TS folder on your DVD.


    6) Drag the Video_TS folder and drop into MPEG Streamclip.


    7) If MPEG Streamclip offers to fix timecode breaks, say yes.


    8) Use FILE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME to convert the files to Apple Intermediate Codec (or h.264 if you prefer)


    9) Optional steps.


    9b) Optional: If you know the date and or time of the footage, name your file

    clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh;mm;ss

    (let mpeg streamclip provide the extension). This will provide metadata that iMovie will use to put the event in the right year and month.


    9c) Optional: If you don't want to make one huge clip out of your DVD, you can make smaller clips by using MPEG Streamclip. Move the cursor to the "in" point of the clip, and press i. Move the cursor to the "Out" point of the clip, and press o. Then do steps 8 through 10 and repeat until you have done this for all clips you want.


    10) Save the resulting file in a place where you can find it, like your Desktop.


    11) Open iMovie.


    12) In iMovie, choose FILE/IMPORT/Movies... and choose the file you saved in steps 8, 9, 10.


    13) iMovie will generate thumbnails and you can edit.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 2:43 PM (in response to cruze11)

    Copy the whole VIDEO_TS folder on the DVD to your computer. Open Handbrake and open the folder with Handbrake. Select a conversion mode and you will end up with a video that your computer can play.


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