Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Rod:
> This is a good Plan B for sure. But I already recorded the video to a
> DVD, so I just want to "rip" the DVD onto my hard drive and then
> convert to iPod video with Quicktime.
Well, that you can do that with this kind of device by taking the
outputs from your DVD player into this and then into your computer. Of
course, if you have a DVD drive in your computer, you don't need this,
just interior software to encode to Quicktime.
> Just out of curiosity -- why aren't there a gizillion pieces of
> software to do this?
Yes, there are many companies such as Ulead (many people like this
company) and Roxio.
> Is it all because of Hollywood user-hostile copy restrictions? Are
> those restrictions placed on a DVD I record in my JVC machine?
If it's not a commercial DVD, you don't have a problem, but the
Hollywood product has copy protection built into the DVD.
> If so, is there a way I can turn them off?
Yes, as usual, there are ways to get around that, but Hollywood won't
like it similar to copywrite legal problems.
> Sorry, showing glaring ignorance about the DVD format. I usually work
> in audio only.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rod Stephens" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2007 6:57 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DVD video to iPod
>> Tom Fine wrote:
>>> Hi All:
>>> Is there any relatively easy way to get DVD video onto my iPod? This
>>> isn't even a Hollywood movie, it's a dub of a U-Matic tape that I
>>> made myself. I Googled and found lots of text-line kind of stuff (ie
>>> made for people far more expert in computers than I). I have the
>>> full version of Quicktime, so as long as I can get the DVD video and
>>> audio to a format that Quicktime can handle, I can save it to iPod
>>> format in Quicktime.
>> This is the unit I suggested to my brother-in-law, and he has found
>> it works well to input video/audio into his desktop. It will do
>> frame captures as well. I'm probably going buy one in the near
>> future, too, since I've got some BetaMax, S-VHS and 3/4" that I want
>> to make into DVDs. I don't know enough about the input capability of
>> an iPod, but this unit has a USB output and generates MPEG4 which is
>> the highest video resolution currently available unless you want
>> HighDef. It has both standard composite (RCA) and S-Video inputs,
>> and the latter gives the best video quality when you're feeding from
>> a deck that has that kind of output. It has multiple uses for the
>> future, since the USB connection allows you to input audio as well as
>> video into any kind of computer. Also, the accompanying software
>> may give you more options to create a more professional end product.
>>> -- Tom Fine