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Old April 18th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #1
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Importing DVD files onto timeline?

Right, I have been given permission to use footage from a DVD for a doc. Am using FCP HD (v. 4) and would like to know whether the program is capable of simply editing VOB DVD files (that are MPEG2, I understand)?

If not do you recommend a program that can convert these files into an AVI?

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Old April 18th, 2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about FCP 4. With FCP 3 you needed to purchase the MPEG2 converter for Quicktime separately (on Apple's site here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/products/mpeg2playback/). This didn't allow saving MPEG2 files, but it did permit you to open, view and export them in another format (such as DV). You could then edit that in FCP. I believe FCP 4.5 includes this codec, but maybe FCP 4 doesn't.
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Old April 18th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #3
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Old April 29th, 2005, 08:05 AM   #4
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Investigate the wonderful (and free!) MPEGStreamclip at

http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html

It will open the .vob files, and demux/export/convert them to DV and AIF files (don't even think about AVI - what are you? a Windows user???) :)
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Old April 29th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #5
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I agree with Martin. MPEGStreamClip is the ticket. You will need the QT MPEG2 playback component though. But I think you already have it with FCP HD.
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