The 'Unofficial' iMovie FAQ

Using MPEG or DVD footage

Last edited: 18 April, 2006
Author: Daniel Slagle

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Notice: Almost all the commercial DVD's available today are protected with Content Scrambling System (CSS) encryption. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the US prohibits “circumventing” this encryption. If you feel like this violates your "Fair Use" of a product you have paid for, please visit Digital Consumer and do your part.

First off I would like to say that this is not a trivial process and besides being a royal pain, it takes a long time too. Rather than re-typing the "free" way of extracting video to use in iMovie, I will send you to Matti Haveri's site. He is very good about keeping it current and is also very, very knowledgeable about these things. NOTE: Steps 2, 3, 4, and 5 (below) have been simplified by the program MPEG Streamclip and the good news is the cost. Nothing! Yes, free!

The basic steps are:

    1. Pull the Video OBjects (VOB files) off the DVD using something like Mac the Ripper (Not necessary if you have an .MPG/.MPEG already on your hard drive).
    2. Demux the VOB or MPEG file (extract the audio and video tracks out of it) with something like BBdemux. (Streamclip)
    3. Convert the video to a format that iMovie/Quicktime can read with something like DiVA. (Streamclip)
    4. Extract/convert the audio with something like MadPlay or Wiretap. (Streamclip)
    5. Put the audio and video back together using Quicktime Pro or iMovie. (Streamclip converts to DV)

The "easy" way that may cost you a little $$$

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