We need a lot more information about the DVD first mate. Details, details! Is the DVD authored is it quicktime/video files on a DVD? If your talking about DVD authored material (Video_TS files) then there are a few programs that will do it. DVDSP is not going to help you get material off a DVD its for DVD creation.
Re: Importing DVD by todd reid on May 30, 2009 at 1:56:43 pm
Also, PLEASE tell us that you are not trying to import copyrighted commercial dvds.
I can't believe I actually wrote this, I get a bit tired of reading that response to this question, as I have had several legitimate reasons to need dvd material transfered into my mac, but that was my very first thought after reading this post.
Having said that, assuming your intentions are honorable, Hand Brake, is one of the many programs that will do this. Google!
DVDSP is a dvd authoring program, so it just makes dvds.
Re: Importing DVD by Rich Rubasch on Jun 1, 2009 at 3:15:32 am
Ahem....Depending on what codec you are editing with in FCP there are a few options....but MPEGStreamclip is perfect for this. Mostly because if it is a copy protected DVD MPEG Streamclip won't decode it.
We edit SD material exclusively in DVCPro50. We have found that since most of our final SD programs end up on DVD anyway, and since we actually get quite a bit of our elements on DVDs from past projects etc, the 720 x 480 frame size is a better workflow with the advantages of being 4:2:2. It is also a slightly faster encode going back to DVD.
Oh, and much of our SD material is on DVCAM, also 720 x 480 natively on the tape.
In any case, although 8 bit uncompressed is fine, it's also pretty fat and a good fit if that is what you are editing with in FCP. DVCPro50 has been our workhorse codec in SD over the years and it is solid all thru post, and again, the 720 x 480 frame size makes it even more convenient.
Re: Importing DVD by Jeff York on Jun 4, 2009 at 2:36:58 pm
Could you give us a little more info? I have NOT been successful with using Handbrake in ripping DVD material for use in FCP. My copy of Handbrake only seems to give me MP4, AVI, MKV, and OGM as output options. I do like that it reminds me to put the cocktail down when it's time to get back to work.
MPEG Streamclip seems to be the best option for ripping directly into editable MOV.