DVD --> MP4
November 6, 2012 5:25 PM   Subscribe

How do I pull clips out of a DVD and export them as mp4s?

I've been trying to do this using vlc but all of the advice I can find online is dated, and no longer applies to the newest version that I just downloaded (2.0.4). I'm using Mac OS X 10.7.4., btw.
posted by duvatney to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Mpeg Streamclip or Handbrake.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:41 PM on November 6, 2012

(MPEG Streamclip is more powerful, Handbrake is a little more user friendly)
posted by nathancaswell at 5:42 PM on November 6, 2012

I use Handbrake for ripping and MPEG Streamclip for editing the resulting MP4 files (it has pretty simple editing capabilities, you hit "I" at the start of your clip and "O" at the end, and then you can copy/trim/whatever).
posted by bcwinters at 5:44 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

When I try using Handbrake, a dialogue box with this message opens up: "HandBrake could not find a compatible version of libdvdcss (32-bit libdvdcss is not compatible with 64-bit HandBrake and vice-versa)."

What now?

(Forgot to mention, I know fuck-all about computers, programming, etc.)
posted by duvatney at 5:48 PM on November 6, 2012

When I try using Handbrake, a dialogue box with this message opens up:


posted by nathancaswell at 5:52 PM on November 6, 2012

I think it worked! Huzzah!
posted by duvatney at 6:29 PM on November 6, 2012

Hmm...are there any tips for achieving comparable video quality?
posted by duvatney at 6:37 PM on November 6, 2012

There are plenty of people out there writing endless essays on Handbrake quality settings, but I would try ripping something using the Normal preset and then the High Profile preset so you can do a quick comparison.

If you are then editing the resulting clip with MPEG Streamclip, just do Save As and keep the format set to MP4; if you do that, the program won't recompress your video and you won't lose any further quality.
posted by bcwinters at 6:47 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

One last question...is there any functional difference between an m4v and an mp4? I'm having good luck with the m4vs coming out nicely, not so much the mp4s...
posted by duvatney at 9:40 PM on November 6, 2012

M4V is a video+sound format, MP4 is sound only.
posted by sophist at 9:45 PM on November 6, 2012

That's strange because I have mp4s that are video files...? Either way, I am happy as long as a m4vs works under the same conditions as an mp4.
posted by duvatney at 9:52 PM on November 6, 2012

MP4 can most certainly be used to store video. For your purposes, MP4 and M4V are exactly the same file. M4V and M4A are just Apple-specific file extensions which specify if it's an audio or video file.

Apple uses M4V and M4A to reference files downloaded from it's services, especially those containing DRM. According to Wikipedia, it also signifies that it may have AC3 encoded audio, which is outside the MP4 container's spec.
posted by Magnakai at 12:41 AM on November 7, 2012 [2 favorites]

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