Is there a way to easily make a MPEG from a DVD?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I want to make a WWE compilation video/tribute video in MPEG-4 format. Is there a way to just stick in a DVD and get an MPEG from it?

Are do I have to do all that DeMux crap?


  • Reply 1 of 8
    It can be done...but it takes too long. Roughly 20+ hours on a 800mhz G4. There are three very good tools for OS X to convert DVDs to Divx/MPG4 videos. I tried a it a few times, but the time to do it was too long.
  • Reply 2 of 8
    [quote]Originally posted by spyder:

    <strong>Are do I have to do all that DeMux crap?</strong><hr></blockquote>If it's a commercial DVD, yes.

    Mr. Fantastic is quite right. The whole conversion process takes an excruciatingly long time to process. I've tried it on my dual 500, but I don't remember how long it took. I'd estimate it took about 20 hours also.

    PC's can do it a little faster but still take many hours to process. Their only advantage is having typically faster processors to crunch away at the numbers.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    Has anyone had any sucess getting files from DVD's that have pictures and sound in sync?

    I want (as a way to practice using FCP3) to do a chronological edit of Pulp Fiction. Time decoding is not a problem (just leave it on and go out !) but the attempts I've made so far have caused such problems with audio track out of whack that I can't be bothered once I have the file. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

    Any tips?
  • Reply 4 of 8
    spyderspyder Posts: 170member
    What are these three programs? I don't really care about time, because I have more than one comp.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    spyderspyder Posts: 170member
    BTW, I have OSEx and MacDVDtoDIVX.

    But what process do I go through to do this correctly?

    I notice that OSEx has a option in the format drop down to rip to a Quicktime Movie, but it's greyed out.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    For every Divx/DVD tool available for the Mac, go here: <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>;
  • Reply 7 of 8
    here is the direction:

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    1. take the files off the dvd (5-30 min depending on your DVD drive and HD). usually on a 4gig dvd, it takes me 15 min. (from ibook 600's combo drive &gt; ext. Fw drive 120gig).

    after step 1, you will end up with .vob file(s) on your HD

    2. decoding .vob to .avi (temporary container). this process takes anywhere from 6hr-20hr depending on the movie (not necessary the size of the vob file) i usually just decode them to 512x384 96kbps mono.

    3. converting .avi to .mov (sigh, here's a tip that no one will tell you: use QT5 not QT6, i have a 2gig partition with 10.1.5 w/qt5 just for this purpose, QT6 will take forever, if it does at all) with qt5 this process takes about 2 min.

    4. synching sound you'll need the "pro" version of QT for this, so i hope you have QT5pro. basically open your .mov file in qt5pro (for this step, qt5pro or qt6pro performs equally). a. extract video track. b.delete the vid track on your original .mov file all on the new vid-only and copy. your original .mov file which is now audio only. e.go to "edit" and "add scaled" now you'll have synched the vid and audio

    5. save the resulted "synched" file... as a independent movie.

    6. watch and enjoy, burn to a cd, chop it up and make your own edit...whatever you want.

    tools required:



    DivX Doctor II

    QT5pro (NOT QT6pro) for step 3

    for step 4 and beyond qt6 works fine.

    huge a$$ harddrive

    note: to perform this task on PC takes just about the same time trust me, i built a pc specifically for this task to save my precious g3 processor not gonna relegate a mac processor to do such simple task as flasking <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    flasking refers to step 2
  • Reply 8 of 8
    klinuxklinux Posts: 453member
    [quote]Originally posted by Wagnerite:


    note: to perform this task on PC takes just about the same time </strong><hr></blockquote>

    Hmm, I have read that fast Intel/AMD processors, say 2.4 ghz+, are now able to encode DivX in real-time (or near real-time) e.g encode a 2 hour movie in 2-3 hours.
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