Tags: tech: dvd ripping


problem with NTSC DVD source in Vegas

Hi everyone,

I hope somebody can help me. I usually use .VOB files in Vegas which works fine. However, I now encountered a problem I've encountered before where the clips on the timeline keep stuttering/looping and these stutters and loops keep changing. Last time I powered through and recut and recut clips, but it was a nightmare and I don't want to do it again.

The DVDs are region 2+4, but the format is NTSC. I started one Vegas project where I chose NTSC and one where I chose PAL in the beginning in both versions these stutters occur. It's hard to describe, the clip is like frame, frame, repeated frame, frame, frame, different repeated frame and so on, sometimes with frames being repeated that are quite far removed from the recent frames. And like I said this keeps changing and it gets worse.

I use DVDshrink for ripping.

I'm open to all suggestions, I will change my ways of clipping/ripping/converting, I am desperate. I really want to make this vid and I don't want the process of making it be horrible.

Thank you!!

Haven't done this in years: decrypting and converting?

So the last time I did a vid was back in 2004. I used to use DVD decrypter but I read in another post that due to its age, it can't really keep up with some of the new DVDs. I don't mind having to pay for a program as long as the price isn't insane, but is there anything out there compatible with Windows 7 that is easy to use? I haven't done this in years so I pretty much have the training wheels back on. :(
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Best method for decrypting and encoding footage?

Hello, I have a few questions about the best way to decrypt and rip DVDs. I've been ripping DVDs for years, but only to back up discs, not to use the footage in vidding. I used to use DVD Decrypter to rip the discs to VOBs, encode them as mp4 and then move the big VOB files to my external drive in case I needed them again. But DVD Decrypter is pretty old now and can't crack the copy protection on a lot of the newer discs, so I started looking for a replacement, but it doesn't look like there is a free option out there that is as good. Then I discovered that with a little tweaking, I could rip the discs straight through Handbrake as mp4s and skip the step of having to decrypt and then re-encode. Yay! But I want to create the best footage possible for vids, and according to what I've read, I should be making VOB files and then saving them as DV in MPEG Streamclip. So what I'm wondering is, if I'm converting them to DV anyway, couldn't I just use the mp4 files I made with Handbrake, or would there be a huge quality loss in doing that? I will make VOB files if absolutely necessary, but I'd prefer not to. Also, if anyone can recommend a good decrypter that's more updated than DVD Decrypter, that would be great. I'm a fairly tech-savvy person, but new to vidding techniques, and the amount of stuff you need to know seems a bit overwhelming. Thanks!

DMCA exemption proposal: it's that time again.

The OTW's Fan Video & Multimedia Committee is once again working with the Legal Committee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we'll be pushing to add Blu-Ray—and, of course, to renew the exemptions we've already won in the last two rounds of DMCA rulemaking.

And we need your help to do it! If you make or watch vids, AMVs, or other forms of fan video, we need you to tell us:

1. Why making fan videos is a transformative and creative act;
2. Why video makers need high-quality source;
3. Why video makers need to be able to manipulate source (change speed and color, add effects, etc.);
4. Why video makers need fast access to source (such as using iTunes downloads rather than waiting for DVDs);
5. Why video makers need to be able to use Blu-Ray;
6. Why video makers need to be able to use streaming sources; and
7. Anything else you think we should keep in mind as we work on the exemption proposal.
ETA: We're also looking for vids that we should add to the Fair Use Test Suite, and we'd love to have your suggestions.

If you have thoughts about any or all of these topics, you can comment on this post OR contact me (Tisha) directly at tisha dot turk at gmail dot com or fanvideo-chair at transformativeworks dot org, or email the Legal Committee at legal at transformativeworks dot org. You don't have to use your real name; we can use your name or pseudonym or describe you anonymously as "a vidder" or "a fan video artist."

The DMCA is U.S. copyright law and only directly affects U.S. vidders, but it does potentially have ripple effects outside the U.S.: Strong DMCA exemptions help send the message that fan creativity should be protected everywhere. With that in mind, please feel free to send your thoughts even if you don't live in the U.S.

Also, please help us signal-boost! This info is being posted to LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities and on Tumblr; if you can think of other places the OTW should post, please let me know -- and if you can spread the word in your own communities, on streaming sites, etc., please do.
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Take the Vidding Source Import Tools Census, share your experience

What tools do you use to gather footage for vidding? How do you rip, convert, contort, and cajole source video into the format your editing program works with? This survey will crowd-source this information. The more people share, the more we can learn from each other. Tools you love, things you tried that weren't worth the time and effort, all your vidding experience is valuable.

We all have our preferences, we always will. There's still room to learn from others, find new things to try, new tools to try.

There's space for DVD ripping software, torrent sites, and more. The opinions entered can be anything from "this is perfect and I use it exclusively" to "tried it, didn't work, never again" and even in between. The aggregate data will include as much or as little personal comments as each person wants.

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cagmOfbAKsA5HtO3gzHRQ-vUGcbjuZemxdxpss-DCBU/viewform?usp=send_form

Thanks in advance for contributing! Feel free to share this link and information with other vidders, anyone interested in sharing.

Problem with DVD drive

Hi everybody,

I hope someone here can help me.

I'm so furious! A while ago I bought a new computer, a HP Probook 470. So far so good. Today I wanted to watch a Region 1 DVD (I live in Europe) and I couldn't do it. I wasn't even asked if I wanted to switch region codes, it used to be the case that you could do that a number of times. (But even if I could do that, I wanna watch more than 3 DVDs in the future...) Anyway, I decided to rip the DVD like I had done before and that didn't work either, according to the error message because of the DVD drive and the region code. My brother can watch and rip the DVD fine on his computer even though he too is Region 2, of course.

Now I figure I'll have to get an external DVD drive if I ever wanna watch my Region 1 DVDs (for which I paid!) again. Any suggestions? I really don't wanna spend the money only to face the same problem. Would a Blueray drive make sense? Or could I buy a region 1 drive? Would that be compatitable with my notebook?

Thank you so much in advance for any advice you can give me!!!
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DVD ripping/software question: replacement for Mac the Ripper?

Since moving to my new Macbook, which runs Lion OSX, I've been looking for a new software to rip DVDs, since the wonderful Mac the Ripper is not compatible with my new computer. I've never had any success with Handbrake, and various other softwares I've tried - RipIt, MacDVDRipper, some other random things - save content into bizarre file formats that I can't make use of, at least not for vidding purposes.

Are there any Mac users who've had to abandon Mac the Ripper but found something comparable? Any suggestions would be much appreciated, thank you.

Question about reauthoring from DVDFab 8 (or another better program?)

I am new to vidding and have been using DVD Shrink to reauthor scenes from my movies, but I have come up against some newer disks that DVD Shrink can't analyze/rip. So I got a trial version of DVDFab 8 on a suggestion from someone in the community.

I was able to rip the movie I'm working on, but I'm having trouble reauthoring specific scenes using the trial version, and I can't find the correct tutorial that deals with this. I would appreciate any tips from people more familiar with this program. Also, I see the program slaps a logo on the ripped files every couple of minutes... any way to get rid of that? (I suspect I just have to buy the real program to keep it from doing that.)

If not, any better reauthoring programs you can suggest? ^___^ Thank you so much!