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Noam Osband
What's the best way to convert a DVD into a MOV file for use in a timeline?
on Dec 4, 2014 at 9:08:27 pm

I have some VHS tapes that I had digitized as DVDs. I want to use the footage from these DVDs in FCP. What's the best way to transfer it from DVD format into a .mov format for use in FCP?


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Mark Suszko
Re: What's the best way to convert a DVD into a MOV file for use in a timeline?
on Dec 4, 2014 at 9:49:42 pm

You can rip the DVD to a MOV file using the free MPEG Streamclip conversion app. This program has been so useful, I should name my next child after it.


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Noam Osband
Re: What's the best way to convert a DVD into a MOV file for use in a timeline?
on Dec 5, 2014 at 12:26:09 am

Is that the highest quality way to do it? That's my biggest concern.

And, yeah, MPEGStreamclip rocks. It's how I convert stuff to Pro Res.


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Shane Ross
Re: What's the best way to convert a DVD into a MOV file for use in a timeline?
on Dec 5, 2014 at 12:33:15 am

[Noam Osband] "Is that the highest quality way to do it? That's my biggest concern."

Yes. Use the DV50 codec. Also called DVCPRO 50. You can use DV/NTSC, but I find that DV50 gives slightly better results.

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Noam Osband
Re: What's the best way to convert a DVD into a MOV file for use in a timeline?
on Dec 5, 2014 at 5:47:08 pm

Why not use the Pro Res codec if I'm using FCP7?


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Mark Suszko
Re: What's the best way to convert a DVD into a MOV file for use in a timeline?
on Dec 5, 2014 at 9:29:21 pm

Because your source material is only standard def resolution, using pro res, a high def codec, is wasting space, like getting a gallon bucket when you only need to carry a quart. At DVCpro50, you're getting a lot more room on the hard drive for carrying the material, in a format that already covers more detail than the original VHS or converted MPEG2 did, so you're essentially lossless going forward. DVCPro 50 is a better standard def format than DVCPro25/DV, in terms of graphics quality and fine details. It runs at twice the speed as a DVCPro 25 tape, because it's 50 mbits per second versus 25.


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