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Joseph Holmes
Best Way to Rip a DVD for FCP?
on Jul 21, 2013 at 2:17:00 pm

I'm creating a documentary in FCP X, and I'm importing short clips from various films (legal permissions are taken care of). The trouble I'm having is that a standard DVD lets me rip a video file that's typically 720x480 pixels, and my final film must be much higher res (it's 1920x1080).

I've ripped DVDs with Handbrake, Mac DVD Ripper Pro, and Make MKV, but then uprezing those DVD files leaves me with a very blurry clip.

Any tips for how to get a better quality rip for import into FCP, or even how to process the video inside FCP for better appearance?

Thanks for any help.


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Ryan Holmes
Re: Best Way to Rip a DVD for FCP?
on Jul 22, 2013 at 1:27:25 am

For FCPX questions best to use the FCPX forum: http://forums.creativecow.net/fcpxtechnique

This forum is for legacy FCP 1-7 questions.

For ripping DVD's MPEG Stremclip is a trusted tool of many around here - http://www.squared5.com

Keep in mind if you're ripping SD-DVD's and then dropping them into a HD sequence you're going to get a softening of the image. You can apply a sharpen filter to try to mitigate some of it, but there's no way to take 720x480 to 1920x1080 and make it look as crisp and clean as natively shot 1920x1080.

Ryan Holmes
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Joseph Holmes
Re: Best Way to Rip a DVD for FCP?
on Jul 22, 2013 at 1:40:27 am

Oops, sorry, didn't realize I was in the wrong forum, but thanks for the advice anyway. You mention sharpening, but is that possible within FCP?


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Joe Barta IV
Re: Best Way to Rip a DVD for FCP?
on Jul 22, 2013 at 2:56:11 pm

Look for the Unsharp Mask filter. Then dial the numbers way back from the default settings and you can add a little bit of sharpening to the enlarged image.

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Joseph Holmes
Re: Best Way to Rip a DVD for FCP?
on Jul 22, 2013 at 3:48:45 pm

Thanks, Joe!


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Shane Ross
Re: Best Way to Rip a DVD for FCP?
on Jul 22, 2013 at 8:36:13 pm

MPEG STREAMCLIP is the best for this. Well, if you rip it digitally, that is. The BEST way is to play it from a DVD player into a hardware scaler like a terranex, and capture that, or an AJA Kona LHi...those upscale well. Otherwise, use MPEG STREAMCLIP to rip it as DVCPRO 50, 720x480. And then you can upscale with Compressor...or Adobe Premiere Pro (that app does a great job).

Instant HD does a decent job...if there is a version for FCX.

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