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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 07:05 PM
Hi there.

I have a bunch of DVD's of footage of a 5-hour reception/banquet/dance. I want to go through these DVD's, isolate highlights, and convert the desired portions to a video format for web delivery. Once I get to an mpeg, avi, etc., I'm fine, I can handle all of that, but I don't know how to extract video from a DVD. I'll probably be looking to pull about an hours worth of material from five different DVD's, and then host them as maybe 20 3-minute clips, or something like that. These are home-made DVD's (from the videographer), so there won't be any sort of funky encryption or rights management on them.

Can anyone here recommend free or cheap software that will accomplish this, and maybe point me to a tutorial?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks. Randy

 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 07:19 PM
I just opened the folder and pulled out the files I wanted and then had Windows Movie maker reformat if to whatever was more internet friendly. Other than that, good luck Randy.
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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 07:31 PM
Randy,

I recommend MPEG Streamclip for your request. This is a free software with so many functions to convert many video formats and very easy to use.
It also needs Quicktime with MPEG2 playable option (this is not free) but they also have a link to Quicktime alternative, so you are able to do what you want completely free with this software.

Following is the link to their homepage.

http://www.squared5.com/

I'm using this Mac version for re-authoring DVD, convert original DVD to DV format.

Usage is very easy.
1 File menu > Read DVD
2. select which part you want to convert by slide bar
3. select what type you want to convert to, from File menu

That's all. I hope this will be a little help to your requirement.


 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 07:43 PM
Thanks to both of you.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 07:45 AM
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I can handle all of that, but I don't know how to extract video from a DVD.


Heres another way to do it for free. open the DVD and copy the Video TS folder to the hard drive. The VOB files in the video TS folder are what you are looking for. It contains the video and audio. You can open the VOB (usually MPEG 2 or AVI) with "Virtual Dub" and cut out unwanted footage. You might need the AC3 codec for virtualDub. One caveat is VirtualDubs output files are much larger than the original, and you can't stich videos together. But DVD flick will do that for you.
it also works good on Vista.

http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/downloads/showsoftware_virtualdub_346.htm l

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Virtualdub

http://www.dvdflick.net/

You can also extract video from a DVD and export video with Nero if you have it.
I use Nero ultra 6 (not free).

Here are some links to more tutorials.
http://www.videohelp.com/convert

And here's an easy, though maybe not legal, way to get a decent video editor for free. Go to wallmart, and find/buy a DVD burner that comes bundled with Arcsoft Showbiz 2. (usually HP DVD burners) When you get home, install Showbiz 2 from the cd. then put the cd back & take the DVD burner back to Wallmart and get your money back. I'm still using Showbiz and the burner it came with is long gone.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Arcsoft_ShowBiz_DVD

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