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Old September 8th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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From DVD to FCP

Hey guys.

I've just received a DVD with some images we have to put on a project that's been edited on FCP5.
Does anybody knows how to "capture" the MPG2 from the DVD (it's not copy protected) and convert it to some Quicktime file that FCP would work with?

Cheers.

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Old September 8th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #2
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Hey guys.

I've just received a DVD with some images we have to put on a project that's been edited on FCP5.
Does anybody knows how to "capture" the MPG2 from the DVD (it's not copy protected) and convert it to some Quicktime file that FCP would work with?

Cheers.

PP
A shareware program like Cinematize can do the job as well as various freeware programs. Depending on your computer this can be a lengthy process or not so bad. I've found that this method can increase visual artifacts depending on the scene and the quality of the original mpeg2 file.

A quicker way and sometimes with better quality is to run the DVD player directly into your camera (use an S-Video cable) and either copy to tape or capture directly into Final Cut. The analog connection can soften mpeg artifacts.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #3
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Get the free app called MPEG STREAMCLIP then just open your dvd in it and then do an export to Quicktime Movie and use all the same codec and compressor options that you are using in Final Cut then just import that and edit away! you can set in and out point in MPEG with the i and o keys just like to FCP if you want to work with just specific parts of the dvd.
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Old September 9th, 2006, 09:32 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys !
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Old September 9th, 2006, 10:32 AM   #5
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MPEG Streamclip is DA BOMB. I use it all the time to get stuff off DVD for clients and personal use. I have some excellent presets for making iPod movies as well, that are much better than what Apple offers in its iTunes Music Store videos.

Yesterday I used it to pull video from a PAL DVD for conversion to NTSC at work.
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Old September 9th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #6
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Other than running an analog signal from a standard DVD player through my Canopus ADVC-300, I also find DVDxDV very handy when I want to extract only a specific selection from a DVD. You can save a little time and disc space by not having to extract an entire file.
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Old September 10th, 2006, 08:54 AM   #7
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MPEG Streamclip allows you to set in and out points before you save the clip so you only save what you need.
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