Turn DVD into separate clips
November 10, 2006 3:31 AM   Subscribe

DVD Rip Filter: I want to rip several movie clips of a DVD and convert them into separate mpeg files. Please help me out.

I would like to be able to decide where I cut the separate takes to be converted. It will be short sample clips to put on a website, I'm not talking complete chapters here. I would like to know which piece of freeware you recommend to do this fast and easy. Thanks.
posted by IZ to Technology (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I occasionally do this for presentations, but have not been able to find a way to do it directly from the computer's DVD drive. You may end up having to buy a cheap adapter that goes from your USB port to the AV out from a standalone DVD player.

Once you've got the video on your computer, try Pinnacle's Studio 9 to cut up individual clips. The program is incredibly easy to use, cheap to buy, and they have a fully functional trial that you can try for 30 days or so...certainly long enough to accomplish what you want for free.

My only concern would be that you might want to think carefully about copyright concerns if it's something that you're going to put on the web...
posted by richmondparker at 5:41 AM on November 10, 2006

Use the now-illegal DVD Decrypter to select the appropriate chapters/cells and extract as .VOB files.

Then, grab a little tool called S.U.P.E.R. from videohelp.com. Tell it to convert your .VOB to an .AVI made with HuffYUV compression, and your basic 16-bit PCM/WAV stereo audio.

That you can import right into Premiere. Warning, HuffYUV runs about 55gb/hour of footage.

Of course, a lot of folks can't play MPEGs that easily, you may want to recompress into some kind of streaming format.
posted by adipocere at 6:35 AM on November 10, 2006

posted by blind.wombat at 6:50 AM on November 10, 2006

DVDdecryptor-->your harddrive-->virtualdubMPEG-->.vob to mpeg
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 9:56 AM on November 10, 2006

Best answer: No best answers yet, so here we go:

This is actually very easy, and fully automated with EazyVCD.

It's a little out of date, but it has a few very nice features, including custom compression rates, chapter selection, and MPG/VCD/SVCD/XVCD options as the final result.

It hasn't been updated in a couple of years, but it's free, and it does all the work for you, and it gives a nice GUI to the command line stuff that does the heavy lifting in the background.

My trick for finding the chapter I want ripped is that I play that chapter in my DVD player, and take a note of the total time of the chapter. Then I look for a chapter of the same length in the chapter selections in the EazyVCD menu.

This is how I used to rip special features off of my DVDs.

Finally, unlike some of the options above, this takes a DVD in your PC's DVD drive, and spits out a file, just like you want. Should be perfect for your needs.
posted by SlyBevel at 10:27 AM on November 10, 2006

I would use DVDshrink to grab the sections off the DVD (using the 're-author' function, and the trim markers to just get the bits I wanted, save to a .iso and then probably use acidrip to convert into something more convenient.

(NB I've bothered to set up dvdshrink under wine on an ubuntu machine).

DVDshrink is free to download, though I believe it is illegal in some places (read USA), from here, and Wine and Acidrip can be installed on an ubuntu box using Synaptic.
posted by pompomtom at 11:28 PM on November 10, 2006

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