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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 WinX DVD Ripper (free).

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 Winxdvd. 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 free version of WinX DVD Ripper here.
  2. Launch the program. 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 opens automatically, close it.
    When the DVD is ready, click the DVD Disc button in the WinX interface. If prompted, select your DVD Player's drive letter. WinX will then take a few minutes to read the DVD information.

  3. Next, select the output format of your clip. Since our clip will be inserted into Powerpoint, we will select the to WMV tab.

  4. Next, select your desired clip by either dragging the two sliders underneath the video, or by entering the timestamps under start time and end time. Select the destination folder for the clip by clicking on the Browse button. Then click the blue start button to begin the ripping process.

  5. Depending on the length of your clip, the program will take some time to produce the output file. When it has completed, your clip is ready to be inserted into Powerpoint.
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Last Updated 10/10/09

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