I do not own the work, yet have releases for the DVDs. It would be too much to ask the owner to provide orginals of the many clips included in the DVD, assuming he still has them.
Also, there is no need to own copyright when you are doing documetnary work. Thankfully that law, regarding Fair Use was passed recently.
>Also, there is no need to own copyright when you are doing documetnary work. Thankfully that law, regarding Fair Use was passed recently.
I'm sorry...I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw that. You can't be cavalier about this. Get a lawyer...a fair use lawyer. One cannot simply grab any footage they want and use it in a doc and call it "fair use." You need to make sure you are protected on that. TRUST ME...I've been cutting docs for most of my professional career, and it isn't that easy. Yes, you can do it, but there are some restrictions. I've been down this road quite often.
Mac The Ripper is for converting the DVDs to H.264 for viewing...not for editing. For that you use MPEG STREAMCLIP, and convert to DV50. Then you take that into Compressor for upconversion...or Adobe Premiere Pro (does better than After Effects). Upconvert with those tools.
Thanks so much for you help! Your the best!
I will try MPEG STREAMCLIP again. My earlier version does not seem to be working.
The previous poster stated I needed to be the owner to rip DVDs. Yet, I just wanted to point out that there are two instances where you actually do not need to own copyright. As I mentioned I have the releases from the copyright owners. And mentioning Fair Use was inportant to know about as well. But you're right, not something to be cavalier about.
Definitely, what constitues Fair Use should be left to attorneys. There are very specific criteria that designates what is and what is not Fair Use. Happily the law has been recently changed so film makers doing documetnary work can editorialize, and commnet under the Fair Use doctraine and ripping DVDs under this doctraine is not punishable.
The courts are broadly interperting the law, and as this link shows, even Yoko Ono couldn't stop a film maker from using IMAGINE, by John Lennon.