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Extracting DVD Clips

The following instructions explain how to extract media clips from a DVD for editing within Final Cut Pro. For a guide to extracting DVD clips using Handbrake, which is the simplest way for web or slideshow presentation, see this post from Jason Mittell. For higher resolution, see the tutorial below.

  • Insert the source DVD and use the Apple DVD player to create a written log of the in and out points for all of the clips that you want to extract from that DVD.
  • Quit the DVD player.
  • Launch the Fairmount application.
  • Launch the MPEG Streamclip application.
  • Select File->Open DVD from the top menu.
  • Browse to the decrypted disk image and choose "Select" to open it.
  • Choose "1" when prompted to choose which movie to open. Click OK.
  • Select Edit->Go to Time from the top menu.
  • Input the first in point from the written log that you created.
  • Select Edit->Select In to make the current playhead location the in point.
  • Select Edit->Go to Time from the top menu.
  • Input the first out point from the written log that you created.
  • Select Edit->Select Out to make the current playhead location the out point.
  • Select File->Export to Quicktime.
  • Choose Prores 422 from the codec dropdown list.
  • Name the clip, select a save location and click Save.
  • Repeat the process above until all of the clips in your written log have been captured.
  • Launch Final Cut Pro.
  • Set up your project using the FCP Setup tutorial.
  • Select File->Import Files from the top menu.
  • Browse to the location where you saved the clips that you extracted with MPEG Streamclip and click Choose.

Other Resources

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Official Farimount Website

Official MPEG Streamclip Website

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