Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Adventures in PAL DVD ripping on Mac

So I've been messing around with a PAL DVD on my G5 desktop Mac to make it into a NTSC DVD. First I guess your have to "rip" the DVD. Here's what I've got so far...

I've downloaded 3 MAC Rip programs:
Mac The Ripper
http://www.mactheripper.org
Handbrake
http://handbrake.m0k.org/?page_id=24
Forty-Two
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18193

I had to change the Mac's DVD Drive player to Region 2 (u can change it 4 times)

Mac The Ripper http://www.mactheripper.org/ was only one I could rip the disc with, but it gave me a

"BAD VECTORS" warning that the disc may not playback properly when burned.

I took what I had ripped, dropped into DVFilm Atlantis

http://www.dvfilm.com/atlantis

gave me

"no audio" and "cannot support HD-size frames" error messages!

I checked the Atlantis help page on making DVD copies.
http://dvfilm.com/atlantis/helpmac.htm
Looks like Atlantis will only take quicktimes.

Solution: I have to convert the vob or mpeg2 file to quicktime first, you cannot take it in straight to Atlantis.

I tried Mpeg Streamclip. http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html

Must have a DVD-Drive equipped MAC, running OS 10.0 or later, at least 2 GB free hard drive space.

I'm reading that the conversion will only retain the playing video from DVDs, not the menus, special features like languages, commentary, subtitles; but you can create your own with the editing program and some DVD burning programs.

insert the PAL DVD

quit Apple DVD player application (usually opens automatic)

open “Mac the Ripper” application

to rip whole entire DVD: select all .VOB files from DVD

to rip certain scenes: select the .VOB file that contains the scene (may take some trial and error to find right scene, hint: shorter scenes=smaller files)

click ‘Rip’ button, quit program when done

I have an unencrrypted VOB now!

Open “Mpeg Streamclip” application

drop VOB file(s) into Streamclip window

I tried export to quicktime with mpeg B conversion, upper field first selected, quit program when done

opened “Atlantis” application, drop converted QT file into window, I set the Atlantis setting of deinterlace and clicked START

Hooray! It makes a quicktime in NTSC format.

Next I will try burning it with iDVD.

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puffypuff said...

Very interesting post! I often use iSkysoft DVD Ripper. A simple tool for you to convert PAL DVD to NTSC DVD on Mac. Also a reliable Video converter and DVD burner software provider for both Mac and Windows

how to convert vob files to avi on mac said...

I like using handbrake to rip my dvd files.
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