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Ask Max: Taking Clips from DVDs on Your Mac

Asked on 05/26/2006:

I want to use clips of DVD movies for my classroom. Is there a software that does this well? I have tried MacTheRipper and Cinematize be they don’t work well for me.


I used to run MacTheRipper for similar projects but have changed recently to HandBrake ( It is simple and powerful tool to convert DVD VOB files into MP4, AVI or OGM files. Many Video iPod owners like HandBrake for its ability to convert DVDs to iPod-friendly video. The files HandBrake will create are not easily editable in iMovie or other Video editors, though. If you need to play segments of video alone or cut together different sources, then you would be better off using ffmpegX ( This program has many more features but has a bigger learning curve.

Both are free so check them out and see which works for you.

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