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September 29, 2011
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How To Bring DVD Video Into Final Cut Pro X

Bringing DVD footage into Final Cut Pro X is simple!  Convert your DVD footage with the free application, MPEG Streamclip, by transcoding it into a format that works natively within your non-linear video editing application (Premiere, AVID, Final Cut Pro X).

Ripping media off a DVD to insert in your video project does not have to be a tricky process!  Because DVD video does not natively work within FCPX, DVD video files must be ripped off the disc and then converted.  This process works to rip DVD video for use in any editing application, but in this example we’ll optimize for Final Cut Pro X.  Follow these simple steps:

1.  Download Squared 5′s free video conversion software, MPEG Streamclip (Streamclip is an industry favorite for converting a multitude of video formats and codecs).  Install the application on your system.  

2.  Open MPEG Streamclip and then open your DVD in the application (from the menu bar, File > Open DVD…)

3.  Select the Video_TS folder (this contains the main video).

4.  MPEG Streamclip will open up your DVD video in the application.  Just like the shortcuts for Final Cut Pro (and FCPX) you can set the in and out points of the video you’d like to export by using the shortcuts “I” and “O”.

5.  MPEG Streamclip will let you convert your DVD to a wide variety of video formats.  Choose the format that best matches your project settings (ie what your timeline is set for).  ProRes (Apple’s intermediate codec optimized for post production) is typically a good choice for converting your DVD video.

6.  Crank your quality setting up to 100%.  Although you have a multitude of options for customizing export out of MPEG Streamclip, typically all other defaults will suffice for a standard DVD conversion.

7.  Import your clips into Final Cut Pro X and get to editing!

Do you have another way you like to convert your DVD video?
Let us know in the comments!

**Premiumbeat does not recommend of endorse ripping copyrighted media.  Be sure you have clearance to use copyrighted footage before using it in your project.


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  • alphajolt

    MacTheRipper should work in the same way

    • Robin Hislop

      No, MacTheRipper is a tool to remove the CSS encryption on commercial DVDs. It will simply copy the DVD folder structure intact to your harddrive. You would still need to use MPEG Streamclip to convert the DVD folder to ProRes.

      • Chris King

        To convert a DVD to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro, I’d recommend you get a DVD ripping and converting software. Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac is the top-rated DVD to FCP converter program on the market.

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  • Joseph

    Cinematize works also – does a better job (more options) but it $costs$

    • Danny Greer

      Thanks for the suggestion, Joseph!

  • clintonlane420

    will this also work with just my video footage from an event? or does it have to be a dvd

  • Torg

    When I open the DVD and the Video TS folder, the program doesn’t seem to recognize any of the files as video. No luck. Shoot.

    • Jesson Gasol

      You can have a try at brorsoft dvd ripper for mac (it costs $), I’ve used it for years and it does a great job for dvd to prores conversion.

  • christina

    how long does this process take? actual time of the DVD?

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