September 8, 2007

Extract movies from a DVD

MPEG Streamclip is a free video converter, player, editor for MPEG, QuickTime, transport streams, iPod. And now it is a DivX editor and encoding machine, and even a stream and YouTube downloader.

As a DVD ripper MPEG Streamclip is commonly used, and it "lets you visually set the In and Out points for the conversion so you can convert just the part of the file you are interested in, and also cut commercials and other unwanted parts, or edit the stream and join two streams with Cut/Copy/Paste."

A notch above in extraction features and some cost is Cinematize2 from Miraizon, which available for both Mac and Windows.

Note: MPEG Clipstream is not limited to exporting QuickTime; look under File>Export/Convert/Demux.

You can use the MPEG data on your DVD in Premiere without transcoding since Premiere can import .MPG files. Just copy the .VOB files from an unprotected DVD to a hard drive and rename them to .MPG, then import that into Premiere.

If you can't decode (ie, see) MPEG files then you have problems. Installing a codec pack like "K-Lite" should do the trick. Also Premiere Elements and other editors like Vegas and Liquid import from DVD, so you can download a tryout version and check it out.

On the Mac you'll need Final Cut or Apple's QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for QT MPEG. I'm not sure what the free codec situation is now, beyond open source compressor/decompressors that come with ffmpegX and Visual Hub.

4 comments:

Nestor said...

Hi:
Thank you a lot for this.
The other they i passed so ma=uch time wondering how to import DVD Data into Premiere...
Finally I did the trick to change the extension from the file .vob by .mpeg.
But when I tried to do the same in AFX, it didn' t work. I think AFX dosn't support MPEG files.
Then even if boths programs are talking each other, when i was opening the premiere file in AFX, it wasn' t recognising the source (the mpeg file!!!)
Anyway, i finish rendering tgas from Premiere to import to AFX and applying the effects and rendering again from AFX to import in Premiere....CRAZY.....
Do you know a different workaround for that one?
Thanks for all

Rich said...

I'm on a Mac right now and can't check...The only thing I can think of offhand it that you could use Dynamic Link to go to Premiere rather than an import.

Rich

Rich said...

You can backup DVDs that you own, if you can find something that does it.

DVDShrink never cracked protected Dvds. I heard that SONY set lawyers on DVDDecrypter and updates for it ended, but I'm not sure which apps can crack or which DVDs are protected.

Rich said...

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