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Video conversion question

post #1 of 23
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I have a DVD of my skiing taken with a Sony DVD digital camera. When I copy the VOB files to my computers, I can watch the entire DVD. I'd like to "rip" just the frames of my skiing so I can put them up here for MA and discussion. Anyone know how I can do that (Mac or PC)?
post #2 of 23
Perhaps using Windows Movie Maker?
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
Perhaps using Windows Movie Maker?
I'll take a look. I didn't think it could read VOBs.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Tried to do that... It doesn't read VOBs as far as I can tell...
post #5 of 23
Do you have conversion software?
post #6 of 23
I think you'll need to find some DVD ripping software, of which there are many out there and I don't really know much about any of them. DVD vobs I believe are one of the MPEG formats, not sure completely. Rusty and others should know. An off-the-shelf DVD is also encrypted so that you have two steps to convert a commericial DVD, one is to rip the video and the other is to unencrypt it. The unencryption part has historically been illegal, though I guess by now there are many tools that do it and have gotten around the legalalities somehow. But the conversion from VOB into an avi or other editable video format is not illegal. There is probably a free conversion util for this floating around the net somewhere. Here is one free one I found just now with google:

http://www.yasasoft.com/magicdvdripper/md_download.htm

Once you convert it to AVI format, then you can use movie maker or other software to cut out the sections you want or make other edits.

Note that DVD video is compressed and unfortunately you have to uncompress it when you extract to avi for editing it. Then after that you will recompress it again to make the file size small. This will result in some picture quality loss.
post #7 of 23
BTS,

Good answer. What do you need me for?

VOB is basically an MPEG 2 stream designed to run in a DVD Player.

Although some movie making programs can export still frames to jpegs, I just usually do a frame capture during playback, then paste into Photoshop. After I use Photoshop to fix my technique flaws, I'll post the pics.
post #8 of 23
Googled "vob mac sony" and this was one interesting thing that came up: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=242170 I also looked at the forums in the Apple support ares (searched on "vob sony") - seems a reasonable amount of discussion on this topic. At least one person claims Toast 7 is good for this sort of conversion (which is not surprising)... I also would not be surprised if there's a way to use QT Pro as well. Good luck!
post #9 of 23
Most dvd rippers can convert a VOB to an AVI. Generally the price range is 29-39.00 for a decent package.

I use DVDRipper.

With the Codec's loaded V1 software can even read the VOB files but I don't think there's a way to export from V1

DC
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post
Googled "vob mac sony" and this was one interesting thing that came up: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=242170 I also looked at the forums in the Apple support ares (searched on "vob sony") - seems a reasonable amount of discussion on this topic. At least one person claims Toast 7 is good for this sort of conversion (which is not surprising)... I also would not be surprised if there's a way to use QT Pro as well. Good luck!
Thanks, spinner! I grabbed MpegStreamclip as recommended in that thread. We'll see how it goes. The Sony camera isn't mine, BTW...

Interesting that the consensus is to not use DVD camcorders if you plan to edit the results!
post #11 of 23
Or instead of going through the hassle of ripping the entire DVD - just playback through firewire IEEE1394 into your PC, capture the clips you want using Windoze Movie Maker.
post #12 of 23
Ask DD223 - he knows a decent amount about that stuff.
post #13 of 23
I've never tried doing exactly that, but I don't think it would be too hard. Play your dvd in a small window in whatever viewing app allows you frame-by-frame advancing. (I use Intervideo WinDVD 7) Then, once you have the frame you want, use a screen capture program (I use Snagit 7, I can send you the install package Steve) to basically drag a box over what you want and save it as a jpeg. I see no reason to waste time and processor real estate converting to mpeg. Windows movie maker creates awful quality stills anyway.

I made my highway star montage capturing with snagit out of the quicktime player.

Do not pay for a DVD ripper app, I can give you a few different options by hosting them on my server. Anydvd works well to bust encryption, dvd shrink is good for compression (that one is open source), and dvd decrypter (free) does both at once.

Now, after reading your first post again, do you want to grab specific clips of you skiing, or specific frames? I have a solution for you if you want to grab clips, so let me know.
post #14 of 23
dd223,

I'd like to compress a whole bunch of AVI's to create a DVD playable DVD.

These AVI's are about 60 Gig, but only about 60 minutes. I have no clue how to do this...

Do you know how to do this?
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by veeeight View Post
Or instead of going through the hassle of ripping the entire DVD - just playback through firewire IEEE1394 into your PC, capture the clips you want using Windoze Movie Maker.
How would I do that without the camcorder? Remember, all I have is the little DVD that Pete sent me...
post #16 of 23
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DD223, I'd like to convert the video so that I can post the video and not just stills. I think I've found an app to do this (MpegStreamClip), but I've got to move the files around in my network and I'm currently set up for a lab test for my "day job".

BTW, the Sony DVD camcorder doesn't encode the DVDs. I didn't have to rip them, just copy the files to the hdd and they play.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by ssh View Post
How would I do that without the camcorder? Remember, all I have is the little DVD that Pete sent me...
Would that be a D Veeeee D?

Just play it from a DVD player into your PC? Yeah I'm too lazy to that too.
post #18 of 23
Want a copy of premiere elements? There are a variety of tools you can use to rip the dvd (vob files) to something more manageable like an avi. You can then load the avi into premiere elements and do whatever you want to it.

You could use the divx program to rip it to divx, then convert that to avi so you can play with it in a video editor. I have an install file for that as well.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
Would that be a D Veeeee D?

Just play it from a DVD player into your PC? Yeah I'm too lazy to that too.
How would that let me post just my portion to EpicSki?
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'll let you know how the one I grabbed works... when I can get back to it... which may be a while, now.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by ssh View Post
How would that let me post just my portion to EpicSki?
When you're playing into your PC, you need to be running movie capture software. I'd tell you which software to use, but since you're using a Mac I'd have to kill you (rumor has it that IRobot uses IMovie on an IMac). You simply either play whatever piece(s) of the DVD you want and/or edit the movie on your Mac after you've captured it.
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post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by amethst View Post
 

You can download video converter software to slove this problem.

http://download.cnet.com/Any-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-10661456.html

http://download.cnet.com/Total-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-10429299.html

But can you send it back to 2006 to help the original poster?

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