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Rip, convert, and edit a dvd video:

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Untitled Document Disclaimer: The workflows here are offered as guides for further experimentation and learning. The technological landscape for Audio/Visual editing changes rapidly; the products and methods mentioned are for illustrative purposes only.


In this example, we will clip 20 seconds from a DVD using Imtoo's DVD Ripper Ultimate (commercial software).

Disclaimer: This particular software is used here only to illustrate the concepts behind the procedure, and is not an endorsement; nor is there any relationship between Columbia and Imtoo. These same tasks can be accomplished with a variety of widely available tools, both free and commercial. You may use your favorite program, but the procedure will be similar.

  1. For the purposes of following along with this tutorial, you may download and install the trial version Imtoo's DVD Ripper Ultimate here. The trial version limits any video editing to the first 5 minutes of the video.
  2. Launch the program. The first step is to select your output format. For our purposes (of inserting a videoclip into Powerpoint), the output format will be WMV. To specify it, first click the dropdown menu next to Profile.

    In the dropdown menu that opens, select Common Video and scroll down to select WMV.

  3. Next, if you have not already done so, insert your DVD into your DVD drive.

    Note: Give the computer a few seconds to recognize the DVD after you insert it. Also, if your DVD player program tries to play your DVD movie automatically, close it.

    When the DVD is ready, click the DVD button in the Imtoo window. Imtoo will take a few minutes to read the DVD information.

  4. The Browse for Folder window opens. Select your DVD in your DVD drive (usually drive D: or E:). Click OK. ImTOO will now process your DVD information for a few minutes.

  5. When it is done processing, ImTOO lists the DVD chapter and title sections. Select the chapter from which you would like to extract a clip, and click the Clip button.

  6. In the Clip Window, select the starting point of your clip by clicking on the timeline. You can also use the play/pause and step control buttons to reach the correct location in the film. When ready, click the left bracket button to make the cut.

  7. Now locate and mark the ending point for your clip. You can once again use the play/pause/step controls, or simply click on the timeline until you have the right location.

    When you're ready, click the right bracket button to make the cut.

    You can check or test your clip by clicking on the clip play button which is now highlighted.
    You can make minor adjustments to the start/end points of your clip by manually modifying the start/end timestamps in the Segment timeline that now appears.

  8. You can optionally continue to create additional clips from the same DVD. Simply click the New Clip button and repeat steps 7 and 8 for a new segment.

    The segments (or clips) you create will each appear in a list in the Clip Window. In this example we have made two clips. When you are done, click Ok.

  9. Back in the ImTOO interface, put checkmarks next to the clips you would like to "rip" (that is, extract) into WMV files. In this example we've put checkmarks next to both clips that we created above. They will be listed as segments.
    Select the destination folder for your WMV files by clicking the Browse button.
    When you are ready to start ripping, click the Rip button.

    Note: ImTOO will take some time to process and produce the WMV files. The amount of time it takes can vary depending on the speed of your computer and the length of the files. Depending on these factors, it is not unusual for such processing to take half an hour or more.

  10. For instructions on how to insert your new WMV video files into Powerpoint slides, click here.
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Last Updated 10/10/09

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