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You might try Premiere Elements. I believe it allows import of non copy protected DVDs in a very simple way.
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I just did this a few min ago. Just copy the .vob files from your non encrypted DVD onto your hard drive. To do this put the DVD into your computer and wait for the computer to know the DVD is there. Right click on the dive that the disk is in and then hit Explore. Click on the VOB files and drag them onto your Hard Drive Then click on the .vob file to rename it. Change the .vob to .mpg and then just import that how ever you like into Premiere CS4
renaming the vob will work sometimes depending on how the dvd is made.
When it works, the vob to mpg method is superb. For us we've found that when this method doesn't work, audio will commonly be missing or segments of the video will be cut. In that case we plug the analog audio and s-video outputs from the DVD player into the analog audio and s-video input on our Sony DSR-11 DV Cam deck. Every hair stylist or plummer should have one of these. Then you plug the Firewire from the DV-Cam deck into the computer and capture through Premiere as usual. You just have to be sure to flip the switch on the front of the deck from DV to S-Video.
Maximum PC a few issues back had an article on working with DVD video. The article may be on their website:
I agree with Curt's statment on Premiere Elements, though it is not failsafe either. It handles many DVD VOB's, though not all.
Hooking a DVD player to a proper connection (though it's D-D, and not A-D, most of the bridges will work) and using the bridge's softare to do the Capture as DV-AVI will work fine. Yes, you will take a quality hit, as you have already compressed the original footage to MPEG for the DVD, and now go to DV-AVI, and then likely back to DVD, but that is the name of the game. Better would be to re-Capture the miniDV tape and ignore the DVD, if at all possible.
I use VOB2M which will (usually) restore the MPGs from the VOBs (without encoding) - Use the ifo as input and you can chose the audio if more than one exists. You can get it to reassemble VOBs into one MPG or just chose titles / chapters within the dvd you want
Resultant MPGs are fine in CS4
If that fails I use Procoder 3 (not free) on the ifo with an archiving MPEG preset for output.
Claudia - DVDs are not designed to be edited so it is always going to be a bit hit and miss getting the video back as editable (ish)