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Review by Steve
I really haven't had the need to rip files
from DVDs in the past, yet I found the need recently and was
concerned with any loss of resolution I might find when doing
so. It was suggested that I take a good look at DVDxDV Pro and
so I had a go with it.
To make a short story shorter,
DVDxDV Pro is one of the easiest applications to use that I have
come across. DVDxDV allows you to extract high quality, multi
channel audio and video from DVDs and convert to a QuickTime
format of your choice for re- editing in Final Cut Pro. This
works for any application capable of using QT and enables a straight
drop into FCP without rendering. In addition, while not tested
by myself, the DVDxDV support team state that it works just fine
There are actually two versions
of this application, DVDxDV for $25.00 and the Pro version for
$80.00. While they both use the same extraction engine, the Pro
version makes it all the more worth while with its many additional
features which include video time code, audio level meters, batch
conversion, video cropping, wide screen 16x9 resizing, 24 bit
extraction and 3:2 pull down removal. They both have audio and
video preview in common as well as Field order reversal and 16
bit extraction. In addition, while the base version of DVDxDV
is limited to a 720x480 and 720x576 video output, the Pro version
will output as small as 240x180 right up the sizes to 768x576.
The extraction is done digitally
so there is no further compression or analogue degradation to
the footage. This application's interface is intuitive and simple
DVDxDV Pro's interface
consists of a basic Title Browser, Preview window and timeline.
After placing your DVD in the computer you just go to DVDxDV
Pro's menu and click on 'Open DVD'. A Title Browser opens up
with the various items from the original disc, which you then
highlight for extraction of whatever footage, you need. A timeline
can be played for you along with a sizeable preview window enabling
you to place your in and out points.
In and out points
are set as you would in Final Cut Pro while using the Preview
Window. Keyboard shortcuts worked as well.
I did not find this to be 100% frame accurate, but that was not
an issue as the purpose of this app is to enable you to extract
footage for additional postproduction work in Final Cut Studio.
Any additional trimming could be accomplished there. Back to
the menu and you are given two choices, either batch export multiple
sets of in & out points or, if you are just trying to extract
a single section, click on 'New Movie'. This will prompt a new
window wherein you set your format as being either a QuickTime
to Final Cut Pro or iMovie or compressed with the appropriate
settings to iPod, Apple TV or a host of others in either NTSC
or Pal. Should you choose 'Expert Settings' your Compression
Settings window will open wherein you can set your compression
codecs, quality, frame rates and the rest.
are yours to choose from though for better tweaking you might
want to use the Expert Settings choice.
Next a 'save to' window comes up wherein you set your destination
folder. A Status window shows you what percent of your clip has
been extracted and the remaining time until completion.
Like most time predictor
windows, you will find the extraction goes quicker than indicated.
For an additional test I was given a DVD with 16mm footage originally
shot sometime in the early sixties. There were 48 minutes of
this ancient footage to be extracted in one shot. DVDxDV Pro
did it without a hitch and was easily imported back into Final
Cut Pro for further editing.
If you were hoping to rip store bought
movies, which are copy-right protected, you will be disappointed,
as DVDxDV Pro cannot do this. I know, for strict research purposes,
I tried and failed with a copy of 'The Italian Job'.
Thus, my bottom line here is that, for
the price, the DVDxDV Pro is the way to go. For a few extra dollars
you get a significantly greater versatility than the standard
version and the knowledge that there isn't much you will not
be able to extract off a DVD.
available in the lafcpug store for $80.00
Steve Douglas is a certified Apple Pro
for Final Cut Pro 6 and underwater videographer. A winner of
the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film Competition, 2003 IVIE
competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic competition,
and the prestigious 2005 International Beneath the Sea Film Competition,
where he also won the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater
Videography and 'Diver of the Year', Steve was a safety diver
on the feature film "The Deep Blue Sea", contributed
footage to the Seaworld Park's Atlantis production, the History
channel's MegaDisaster show and other networks. Steve is one
of the founding organizers of the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
and leads both underwater filming expeditions and African safaris
with upcoming excursions to Indonesia and the Coco Islands, Costa
Rica in 2008, Kenyan safari in Africa and the Red Sea for 2009,
and Truk Lagoon in Micronesia for 2010. Feel free to contact
him if you are interested in joining Steve on any of these exciting
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