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Copying commercial DVDs or VHS is it possible?
on Sep 15, 2002 at 12:08:58 am

I want to do some commentary and just take some short clips from DVDs or VHS movies/footage, etc.

What are the legal issues and also is it possible?

What software/hardware does one need to do this?


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Re: Copying commercial DVDs or VHS is it possible?
on Sep 15, 2002 at 3:52:13 am

Hi there
Yes it is possible to do so, but it is totally illegal as it is copyrighted, but you shouldn't get charged as long as you are just showing it to friends in your home and not making copies and selling it or putting it on the web for everyone to see. You would need a capture card to get the footage onto your computer and editing software such as Adobe Premiere.
Good luck.

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Re: Copying commercial DVDs or VHS is it possible?
on Oct 1, 2002 at 10:41:18 am

Yes it can be done and it is illegal to do so. Firstly, all DvD commercial disks are Macrovisioned encoded. No software like Adobe, Canopus or any other editing software can beat it. The only way around it is to use a Video Mixer with full field TBC. Time Base Correction beats and eliminates macrovision. You would have to have the following equipment:
Computer with capture card, Analog Converter, Video Mixer w/TBC, DvD Player, DvD Burner with Mpeg 2 encodeing and authuring software.
You take the SVHS Out of the DvD Player into the SVHS In of the Video Mixer, then SVHS Out of the mixer into the SVHS in of the Analog Converter, then the firewire out of the Converter to the Firewire in of the Computer.You can run your audio directly into the analog converter from the DvD Player. Put in a disk in the DvD Player, hit play, and start captureing.

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Re: Copying commercial DVDs or VHS is it possible?
on Oct 23, 2002 at 3:02:56 pm

The legal issues depend on the intended use of the product and whether if it falls under the "fair-use" restrictions and there are also considerations for "news" events.

The Preamble to Section 107 lists the following purposes as considerations for Fair Use:
1. Criticism, comment and news reporting
2. Teaching, scholarship or research

There are other requirements that are too long to type so it would be better to do a search on copyright and fair use.

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