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Rip a DVD Video to my hard drive (windows)


JoeDavola
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JoeDavola

Why is this so fucking hard.

Trying VLC - coming out with frame skips and no audio. Takes ages.

It's a UK region 2 DVD.

Anyone else managed this on windows and have any software recommendations? This is getting too much like work.

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muggle

I tried the same thing myself recently.

Eventually I decided it just wasn't worth the hassle and chucked the DVD!
 

 

 

 

 

No need to thank me for this advice  :D

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MrLibertyRedux
Just now, JoeDavola said:

Is it the copy protection that's fucking me here I wonder.

Yup. There is software out there that will do it but it is that dodgy I wouldn't have it installed on any of my kit.

I have a mate who does it, but I don't know what he uses. He spends far too much time on it, which is why I have never bothered.

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Snake Plissken

I haven't done this in years but used to use handbrake software for dvd ripping

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JoeDavola
6 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Others have mentioned DVDdecrypter, I concur - a brilliant piece of software.

This will create an uncracked DVD image on your hard drive. But you then might want to extract the contents of the new folder into a single file. A DVD image is a bit complicated in that the video gets cut into 1GB chunks. There is plenty of free and fast software out there that can do this...

 

XYY

Yep I'm at this point now. So I have a series of 1GB VOB files. It's for another editing project so ideally I'd like to stitch them together to one file preferably in a more compressed format? What's the next step?

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JoeDavola
Posted (edited)

Knew this probably wouldn't work but tried dragging one of the chunks into the video editor and it's a tiny size on the screen:

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JoeDavola
Just now, inactionman said:

TBH, you are better off downloading a Rip via torrents/VPN.

Yeah I'd considered that but part of the footage I want is from the 'deleted scenes' of the movie so a torrent generally just has the original movie.

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JoeDavola

OK well at least I've mastered step 1 which is getting the data onto my hard drive. Thanks to @XswampyX for the recommendation. I need to do the same with another DVD so I'll kick that off before I start reading about file conversions and all that malarkey.

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inactionman
Just now, The XYY Man said:

 

No he's not.

If you've got the original DVD, there is no point in downloading a more compressed and inferior copy of it.

 

XYY

These days the quality of a DVD is pretty poor, even on FullHD panels let alone 4K, so it doesn't really make much difference.

The problem with ripping DVD's (en-masse at least) is the time it takes. For a single one, it's no bother. For ripping a big collection, forget about it!

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JoeDavola
6 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Just noticed you want to compress the extracted video. It's already compressed. If you want to compress it more, there are plenty of ways of doing this, but it depends on how you choose to view or distribute the finished file. Conversion method depends on a number of factors. 

 

XYY

Ya know what I don't even know why I said that. Ignore that.

Main thing now is once I have the stuff on my HD get it into a format that I can start to edit in VSDC.

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onlyme
15 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Just noticed you want to compress the extracted video. It's already compressed. If you want to compress it more, there are plenty of ways of doing this, but it depends on how you choose to view or distribute the finished file. Conversion method depends on a number of factors. 

 

XYY

The quick way to compress a DV collection is buy a bulk pack of plastic sleeves, cut up the original box art into a squares to suit, slip the disc and resized box art into the sleeves and throw all the bulky the boxes away.

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JoeDavola
5 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

@JoeDavola are you planning to upscale your finished project...?

Not quite sure what you mean but if you mean upscale from a DVD's resoution to an HD or 4K res - then I didn't think that was do-able really just via software? I'm gonna put the finished product on YouTube so basically however I can get it looking as good as possible given the limitations of the source material i.e. it's a DVD not a blu-ray or 4K rip.

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XswampyX
11 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Why would you further compress an already compressed video file that you are going to be editing before you actually edit it...?

For many valid reasons, I would always master the edit in its original format. You can shrink it all you like after that.

 

@JoeDavola are you planning to upscale your finished project...?

 

XYY

A valid point, but...

The new compression algorithms are better, not worse than the original DVD source. 

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XswampyX
2 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

You are correct in one sense, but also completely wrong in another.

New video compression algorithms are much better than older ones. 100% True.

But they cannot make an already compressed source better than it was before the older, inferior compression was applied.

Joe's source(s) are already mpeg2 encoded. Compressing them using even the most up to date, bollocks of the dog algorithm won't change the damage that's already been done. It can only make it worse.

Video compression is driven by broadband speeds. Video editing is not...

 

XYY

 

I agree. I wasn't talking about the image being better quality, only the compression.

Now they may add their own artefacts over the DVD compression, but I doubt it.

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MrPin
2 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Yes, we are approaching Joe's problem from different perspectives. Nothing either of us has said is bullshit.

But these cutting-edge algorithms will always add artefacts - particularly if you shrink a DVD to fit on a CD. That's where your 800Mb comes from, and I would not do that to footage I am editing. 

But if it's going on YouTube, then fill yer boots. They'll compress it even further, and they particularly don't like 50Hz interlaced material. 

YouTube will do their best to fuck it up no matter how well you've edited it... ;)

 

XYY

 

 

A lot of "ripped!" videos were squashed to the size of a CD, many years back, for, er, "distribution", as nobody had the disk space.

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MrPin

Well I saw "Game of Thrones" as a mate had ripped it to 720p, 1080 wouldn't add much on a normal sixed screen, and takes 4 times the disk space.

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JoeDavola
Posted (edited)

Well I'm calling it a night.

Everything's on the hard drive now, though getting it editable is the next issue.

And the second movie has ripped the special features i.e. the deleted scenes I'm after, as I can access them if I go in via the menu, but I can't see where the raw 'video file' that contains these scenes is. When I play the raw video files in isolation it seems to be the main movie and the 'making of', but the deleted scenes don't seem to be there....even though they obviously are as I can get the via the menu.

But that's for another day. Likely next weekend as I can't be arsed with this stuff during a work day!

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