Segment from DVD for online viewing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by steverossiter, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    I would like to pull short segments (2-3 minutes) from a DVD and keep
    as high a quality as possible within an approximately 100 MB size and
    in common format for viewing over DSL or cable lines that provide lets
    say a minimum 300 kbps bandwidth.

    My initial research shows this may be a bit involved so I am hoping to
    get a sketch outline of the steps and some help on the following:

    Once the video is on the hard disk using something like DVD Decrypter
    what is a basic editor that would let me cut and paste a short segment
    to a separate file? I do have Windows Movie Maker 2 and it may be all I
    need for the simple task at hand although conversions into and out of
    Movie Maker may be necessary. Is DivX a good choice for preserving
    video quality while keeping file size reasonable? I am hoping for a
    resolution around 720 x 300 so that full screen viewing is high
    quality.

    As I see it the process might flow as follows

    Extract video
    Convert if necessary to format editor can handle
    Cut and paste desired segment
    Convert segment to DivX (or other recommended format)

    Thanks for all the help.

    Steve
     
    steverossiter, Apr 24, 2006
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  2. steverossiter

    Davey Boy 2 Guest


    My first question is - why the 100mb limit? I'm guessing that you are either
    (a) not using steaming video or (b) you are using an external provider who
    charges for file sizes.
    If you are using Windows Media Server for streaming you can use Windows
    Media File Editor to set In and Out points for streaming - you don't need to
    editing the original file. You can then encode using Windows Media Encoder.
    Both of these are FOC downloads from Microsoft.

    I do have Windows Movie Maker 2 and it may be all I
    I don't use DivX but WMV which I then load onto a streaming server.

    What bandwidth do you have available at the server end? And what equipment?
    How many concurrent users are you expecting?


    Extract video - YES
    Convert if necessary to format editor can handle - YES
    Cut and paste desired segment - OR MARK IN/OUT points as described above
    Convert segment to DivX (or other recommended format) - Depends on delivery
    method
    Dave
     
    Davey Boy 2, Apr 24, 2006
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  3. What bandwidth do you have available at the server end? And what equipment?

    Server is a fast HP dual Xeon Proliant sitting on a dual pipe (as my
    brother desribed it) so this is not the choke point.
    One or two at a time. This is just a family project and thanks for your
    help, Steve.
     
    steverossiter, Apr 24, 2006
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  4. steverossiter

    Davey Boy 2 Guest

    In this case streaming video will be probably be overkill. But I still
    recommend you convert your "ripped" image to wmv format which could be
    downloaded and viewed by windows media player.

    Dave
     
    Davey Boy 2, Apr 24, 2006
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  5. Thanks for the help, Steve
     
    steverossiter, Apr 25, 2006
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