DVD-R discs from camera..how to get the video off 'em.

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Ty Ford, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Ty Ford

    Ty Ford Guest

    Hi,

    A friend just dropped off two small 1.4 GB DVD-R discs from a video camera.
    My Mac system won't even mount them, even though DiskUtility sees them and
    Toast Disc Info sees them and files on them, but it can't do anything with
    them. My DVD player won't play them.

    I have no way of knowing what camera they came out of.

    Any suggestions on how to rip the video off them?

    Thanks,

    Ty Ford


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    Ty Ford, Jan 1, 2009
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    Mike Kujbida Guest



    Ty, if your DVD player won't play them, my guess is that the discs
    weren't finalized.
    Unfortunately the only way to do this particular operation is with the
    same make/model of camcorder :-(

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Jan 1, 2009
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  3. I believe there is a problem with this type of disks and the Mac system.

    A PC will read them, if it is not finalized use ISObuster to read it.

    Regards,

    Martin
     
    Martin van derPoel, Jan 1, 2009
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    Jack Perry Guest



    Plan A:

    Try copying the "VIDEO_TS" files onto your hard drive

    then try renaming the VTS files from .VOB to .Mpg --- then if you have
    final cut pro you may be able to work with them on the timeline

    Plan B: repeat above, then download the free and excellent
    "Mpeg Streamclip" for mac---- and that should be able to convert to
    almost any format

    Plan C: borrow the camera they were shot on and dub from SVideo or
    Composite outputs


    --- JP
     
    Jack Perry, Jan 2, 2009
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    Ty Ford Guest

    Martin,

    Just to stop a myth. Nope A Windows machine and an Vista machine could do
    nothing with them. I'll pass isobuster on to my PC friend, though. Thanks.

    We went to Circuit City and put the discs in a number of DVD-r cameras. The
    sony was able to access the video. We were afraid to try to finalize the
    discs, fearing that slight differences might make the discs totally
    unreadable. We'll try to find a sony in town to borrow to stream the clips
    off.

    Thanks everyone.

    Ty Ford


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    Ty Ford, Jan 2, 2009
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  6. Hu Ty,
    I had something similar with an unfinalised DVD from a set top box, the PC
    could do nothing with it but Isobuster could and extracted the VOB file no
    problem.
    I use Womble to work with the VOB files and make them into Mpegs.

    Regards, Martin
     
    Martin van derPoel, Jan 3, 2009
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    RickMerrill Guest

    That should have worked fine, had you tried it. What finalize does is to
    write the (approx.) equivalent of a directory listing.
     
    RickMerrill, Jan 3, 2009
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  8. Ty Ford

    Ty Ford Guest

    No Rick. we're scared s***less that some quirk will qwangst the disc and keep
    us fro getting to it at all.

    Ty Ford

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    Ty Ford, Jan 4, 2009
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    RickMerrill Guest

    Keep us posted on the progress! (What's on there anyway?!)
     
    RickMerrill, Jan 4, 2009
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    Ty Ford Guest

    Something very important to my friend, but not much anyone else.

    Ty Ford

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    Ty Ford, Jan 4, 2009
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    RickMerrill Guest

    Put the mini DVD in a Sony DVD player on a PC and use ISOBUSTER to read
    the .VOB files right off the disk (unfinalized and all that) and they
    should play!
     
    RickMerrill, Jan 5, 2009
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