I’m working on creating a curriculum DVD for the Gaylord-Pickens Museum of the Oklahoma Heritage Association, which will be shared with teachers and students before they come to the museum for face-to-face field trips this fall and spring. Thanks to grants from the Dell Foundation and the Inasmuch Foundation free field trips for hundreds of Oklahoma K-12 students are available during the 2008-2009 school year. We (the OHA) have the copyright / intellectual property rights to the DVD content I am working with: professionally mastered DVDs of past Oklahoma Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Previously these videos or excerpts of these videos have not been available on the open web. I am going to include the short, 4-5 minute digital stories about the lives and contributions of 2007 inductees on our curriculum DVD, and will also publish these on the new OHAcast video and audio podcast channel I’m creating. We hope to launch that formally after Labor Day in early September.
My challenge and questions for this post focus on the best way to extract full-quality DVD video and audio from these Hall of Fame DVDs which I can then edit, compress, and publish using Final Cut Studio Pro. Currently I am using Snapz Pro X to create almost 30 fps full-size (720×480) QuickTime video clips of these short digital biographies which were shared during the 2007 Hall of Fame ceremony.
This is representative of the video quality I’m capturing now with Snapz Pro X:
This method of capturing video clips from the DVD is working fine, but I’m wondering if there are other ways that might be more efficient or preferable for some reason? I thought about using Handbrake software (free and cross-platform, btw) to extract the entire DVD video and then use Final Cut to mark and produce the segments I want. Handbrake, however, is really made to extract and compress video to play it on mobile devices like iPods and iPhones. Someone suggested I use Toast to extract the video from DVDs so I can work with it, but I’m wondering if Popcorn would be better suited for this? It’s been several years since I’ve used Toast, and that was just to burn CDs and DVDs. I’ve never used Toast to rip DVDs, just Handbrake. WikiHow suggests using DVD Decrypter, but apparently that software is no longer officially available. I’m not sure but I suspect DVD Decrypter is Windows-only softare. LifeHacker references Wired Magazine’s how-to wiki entry about copying DVDs which recommends using free MacTheRipper software. I haven’t used that program either but may give it a try.
Do you have any suggestions or insights on software tools that can be used to capture DVD footage (particularly in this case short clips) and then readily edit it in Final Cut?
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