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How Can I Edit a Purchased DVD Movie?

post #1 of 25
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I have a movie, that I would like to "cut out" a scene. What software could I use to easily mark the beginning and the end of the scene and just delete out that section?
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post #2 of 25
This is tricky because you will likely lose all your chapters and things.

First you need to rip your DVD because all commercial DVDs are encrypted. I use MactheRipper or YadeX to do this.

If you rip as a .vob, you should be able to open this in a program called MPEG Streamclip but I think you may need the Apple MPEG2 component to read DVD files.

Then you'd set in and out points for the bit you want to cut and just cut it out and save as a new VOB.

This likely won't fit on a single sided DVD so you'll need to requntize it using either ffmpegX or DVD2one (neither are free for that feature). DVD2one expects a video_ts so you will need to author the vob to video_ts.

Then compress it down and burn to DVD again.

Like I say, using Vob will likely lose all the chapter settings and definitely the menus.

The main trouble is that DVD is a delivery format and not intended to be edited.
post #3 of 25
theres an even easier way to do it than that. theres a program called Handbrake that lets you rip a dvd file right into an mpeg-4 video. it gives you some nice options and is fairly easy to figure out. when it finishes up, you can use quicktime pro or just about any video editor to edit the clip directly. then you can either play it off your computer or burn it to a disc. like previously stated, you may have a problem if you don't wanna shell out the money for expensive double-sided discs. you can either compress it with a variety of methods, or in Toast 7, theres a fit-to-dvd compression option, if you're not worried about nice menus and such. its very easy to use and i highly recommend it. hope this helps
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post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by iMick

I have a movie, that I would like to "cut out" a scene. What software could I use to easily mark the beginning and the end of the scene and just delete out that section?

Are you a teacher?
post #5 of 25
i thought "teacher" too....

i used to be an ESL teacher and i wanted to show Animal House, but i couldn't because of the nudity when bluto looks through the sorority window.... instead i showed Ferris Bueller's Day Off... the students loved it.
post #6 of 25
Why couldn't you just set a playlist and use AppleScript or some such to drive DVD Player, VLC, or another app? ie, tell it "Play from 00:00 to 37:41, then from 39:12 to the end"
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post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by icfireball

Are you a teacher?

No, I just have a movie, Talledega Nights, that I think is great, except the part poking fun of prayer. That part doesn't impress me.
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by iMick

No, I just have a movie, Talledega Nights, that I think is great, except the part poking fun of prayer. That part doesn't impress me.

So close your eyes and mute the tv.

But honestly, how often are you going to be watching this movie that it matters?
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by icfireball

So close your eyes and mute the tv.

But honestly, how often are you going to be watching this movie that it matters?

Hopefully, a lot! I watch Dodgeball all the time. There's always time for great humor.
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There's always time for great humor.

So why do you watch Dodgeball and any movie involving Will 'unfunny' Ferrell?
post #11 of 25
Keep replies respectful and to the original question please. If you can't assist in editing the DVD as requested, do not reply.
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post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by lundy

Keep replies respectful and to the original question please. If you can't assist in editing the DVD as requested, do not reply.

The OP hasn't said if he tried the suggestions already made.
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Woot! I win!

What's my prize?
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post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kickaha

Woot! I win!

What's my prize?

You get to write the Applescript.
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post #15 of 25
Grrrr.
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post #16 of 25
there is nothing you can do to edit the disk since doing so would violate the DMCA. No one can post anything to help you with illegal activity without breaking forum rules
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by intlplby

there is nothing you can do to edit the disk since doing so would violate the DMCA. No one can post anything to help you with illegal activity without breaking forum rules

This is patently untrue. Applications like MacTheRipper would be patently illegal in the U.S. if this were the case, because that's all it's designed to do. This type of program is illegal in Germany, AFAIK.

As long as he is doing this only with his own private viewing in mind, he can do pretty much whatever he wants. At least for now, or until the MPAA/RIAA start up their circus.

Please have at least a cursory look at the law before spouting nonsense.
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post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by benzene

Applications like MacTheRipper would be patently illegal in the U.S.

It is if the disc in question has copy protection enabled.
post #19 of 25
even for private viewing you can't...

this disc mentioned (Talladega Nights) has copy protection, in order to edit the disc he has to bypass the copy protection and make an edited copy. that is illegal in the US.

it's not nonsense.
post #20 of 25
Aaaaaaand, looking at the AppleScript suite in DVD Player, there's no way that I see to simply say "Jump to this timecode" Bastiches.

QT Player does, however. Investigating how to get that to play DVDs instead of DVD Player.
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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by intlplby

even for private viewing you can't...

this disc mentioned (Talladega Nights) has copy protection, in order to edit the disc he has to bypass the copy protection and make an edited copy. that is illegal in the US.

it's not nonsense.

Crap, you're right. Sorry about going off the handle.
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post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by intlplby

even for private viewing you can't...

this disc mentioned (Talladega Nights) has copy protection, in order to edit the disc he has to bypass the copy protection and make an edited copy. that is illegal in the US.

it's not nonsense.

I'd say that it's quite likely true that this is the law, but then I'd say also the law itself is the nonsense here. (It would be interesting to see how this would play out in court if ever some prosecutor somewhere becomes motivated enough, for whatever strange reason, to push for a trial on a case like this, something I think that's incredibly unlikely to happen.)
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post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kickaha

Aaaaaaand, looking at the AppleScript suite in DVD Player, there's no way that I see to simply say "Jump to this timecode" Bastiches.

I wonder if he set 2 bookmarks, one at the beginning, and another after the scene he wants to skip, and then coded "play named bookmark 1" and "play named bookmark 2"?

I think it probably does not stop at each bookmark though.
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QT Player does, however. Investigating how to get that to play DVDs instead of DVD Player.

He would have to rip the DVD to mp4 with Handbrake.
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post #24 of 25
the reason DVD player does not allow such things is because DVD players in the US have certain restrictions that don't allow you to jump certain parts.

i.e. the FBI piracy warning has a flag set on the DVD that disallows control of the fast forwarding or skip button, you must see that part before you are even allowed to view the rest of the dvd....

you also have region coding on dvds.... so, because of the format standards of dvds you aren't going to be able to choose jump to a timecode.... vlc on the other hand should do this if you set up a playlist and save it.

personally i would love to use dvd player if it wasn't for the limitations set by the MPAA that have become part of DVD player. i don't know if apple is legally required to follow such things, but they do.


there is also a program called DVDAssist which allows you to use VIDEO_TS folders with Front Row.

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post #25 of 25
Got it.

DVD Player includes the ability to set Film Clips. Look under the Controls menu. You can set each clip as a start and end time. So far so good. Set the clips for the portions of the movie you want to watch. Unfortunately, I don't see a way to automate this at the moment. (DVD Player .plist munging maybe?)

AppleScript can then run the video clips in order. Voila.

Edit: Yup, look in ~/Application Support/DVD Player/ and you'll see a bunch of hex string named plists. The hex string is the DVD ID. You *should* be able to create and share lists of clips that 'edit' DVDs without altering the original disc - it'll just skip over portions deemed unacceptable.

Of course, I honestly have to wonder why you'd do that instead of just avoiding that particular piece of work completely (it strikes me as painting a bikini on Boticelli's Venus because it shows bewbies), and it goes against my own beliefs pretty strongly, but there ya go. The ability is there, in DVD Player, already.
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