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Atticus Brady
Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 27, 2010 at 3:47:53 am

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I recently ripped a DVD of an old movie with the Handbrake software and then ran the resulting m4v file through Compressor. I applied a Quicktime Apple Pro Res 422 HQ setting and came out with a Pro Res file which I then imported into Final Cut. When I play the clip in the Viewer it goes out of sync. When I cut a piece of it into the sequence, it retains sync but the image is a bit pixelated and jerky, not very good quality. Is there some other setting I can apply to make the import better quality? FYI, the m4v file created from the original rip plays perfectly well in iTunes.

Thanks for any help!

Atticus

Final Cut Studio 3
Mac Pro 8-core
12 gigs RAM
2 x 2.26 Ghz
ATI Radeon HD 4870



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Zane Barker
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 27, 2010 at 4:18:01 am

Your converting the file 2x before even starting to edit in FC. That's no the best workflow.

Questions like yours about DVD footage come up all the time. A search of the forums will yield plenty of info.

All I'll say is mpegstreamclip.

**Hindsight is always 1080p**


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Patrice Freymond
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 27, 2010 at 8:14:59 am

1) DVD footage is not a broadcasting format or destined to be edited

2) iTunes... are you monitoring this on a proper broadcast monitor or just on your computer?

3) What are you tryng to achieve? Best workflow to preserve whatever quality is there will depend on this too.

patrice


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 27, 2010 at 12:57:01 pm

Use MPEG streamclip (free) to rip the DVD
Rip the file to dv50
Import into FCP.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Atticus Brady
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 27, 2010 at 5:02:29 pm

Thanks everyone for the prompt responses. Chris, here's what happens when I try using MPEG streamclip: I open the DVD and I get a "File open error: the first part of the file is not valid" error message. I choose to "open anyway". I apply the settings you recommended (export to QT - Apple Pro Res - 720x480 - lower field first, frame blending, interlace scaling - uncompressed stereo audio, etc. Upon saving to an external FW drive, it got about 8% and then stopped, giving me a "could not convert sample rate" error message. When I opened the small file that was produced, it was just a thick green bar passing through the frame.

Any sense of what is going on here or if there's anything I'm doing incorrectly?

Thanks,
AB



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Chris Tompkins
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 27, 2010 at 10:14:07 pm

What I do is open the DVD in the Finder and drag the track(file) off the disc and onto the open ap - mpeg streamclip.
Choose repair time-code breaks or what ever it says. CMD F will force it. Try this and see if it makes a diff.
Let us know.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Atticus Brady
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 28, 2010 at 10:45:55 pm

Hi Chris - I opened the DVD in the finder and moved the VOB video files onto the open app. This time it asked me "Do you want to open this stream as a DVD?" I experimented with both yes and no, forcing it to fix the timecode breaks in the stream...but got the same result: it exports extremely slowly, gets about 12% then conks out, giving me that "sample rate" error message as it did earlier.

I'm not one to give up, but I am tempted to have the DVDs converted to XD, then bring the XD files into my system with a BARE drive. If you have no other suggestions, do you think this is a respectable alternative?



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Chris Tompkins
Re: Quality of ripped DVD file
on Nov 29, 2010 at 1:11:46 pm

Wow, sounds like that disc is corrupt or something.
I don't know anything about XD.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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