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KB-000360: How can I easily capture DVD footage for use in impaticized presentations?

This article outlines the steps taken to capture and process DVD (.VOB) footage to create video materials suitable for use with Impatica OnCue.

Note: This is NOT a definitive procedure - it is just one of MANY different ways to capture and process DVD footage (and there are many video editing applications which do this). However, this process is particularly useful when your chosen video editing application does NOT have native DVD capture capability.

The video processing tools used in this two-stage process are: -

'HandBrake', an open source, multiplatform, DVD to MPEG-4 converter, and 'QuickTime Pro' an inexpensive video processing application.

As a general rule-of-thumb, Impatica OnCue will support all of the video formats currently supported by QuickTime - hence the use of QuickTime Pro to produce the final video edit. Please see the Impatica OnCue User's Manual for the complete list of supported and unsupported video formats.

Step One - Capture the Raw DVD Footage

Using 'HandBrake', from the main interface select the following parameters: -

a) Select the 'Source' .VOB file (or folder) to be captured.
Important: It is only possible to capture non-copy protected DVD material.

b) Select the 'Destination' file on your HDD using .m4v as the file extension.

c) Use output settings of MPEG-4 (for Video) and AAC (for Audio)

d) At this point you could 'crop' your video if required

e) It is possible to de-interlace your video at this point (see KB-000358) although this process can also be done as part of the final QuickTime video conversion.

f) The 'Video' and 'Audio/Subtitle' tabs can remain at their default settings.

Then select 'Encode Video' to start the capture and you should see a new window which contains information about the capture process.

Once the capture process has completed you should check the newly created video file (using QuickTime) to ensure that it's captured correctly and as expected.

Step Two - Convert the Captured Footage

Whilst viewing the video in QuickTime you should select 'File', then 'Export' to begin the conversion process.

a) Firstly, select your target video filename and 'Movie to QuickTime Movie' setting.

b) It's now necessary to select the 'Settings' and 'Sizes' for your finished video, along with the 'Settings' for the audio.

c) For the video settings the conversion type should be 'MPEG-4' Video. You should also enter the desired frame rate for your target video and remember to use a frame rate (fps) suitable for your finished Impatica presentation - 16fps, 15ps and 12 fps are usually good settings.

You could also experiment with the compressor quality to see which setting gives you the best results (i.e. quality vs final video file size).

d) You can select the relevant frame-size for your video in the 'Size' tab. Typically 160x120 or 240x176 for OnCue presentations, depending on the OnCue template you're using. Use 'Custom' to select other frame-sizes if required.

You should also select 'de-interlace' here, but ONLY if the video was not de-interlaced by 'HandBrake' at the capture stage.

e) Finally, select PCM, 32khz, 16-bit, mono in the audio settings to achieve optimum audio quality.

Now you're good to go, select 'ok' then 'save' to convert your video ready for Impaticization. Your new file will have a .MOV extension and will be created with MPEG-4 compression.

Notes

HandBrake needs the MicroSoft.Net framework to be installed.

Further details about HandBrake can be found at:

HandBrake Homepage: http://handbrake.m0k.org/
HandBrake Download: http://handbrake.m0k.org/?article=download
HandBrake Forum: http://handbrake.m0k.org/forum/

NOTE: Suggestions of third party applications in this article should not be seen as an endorsement by Impatica for these applications. Use of any third party software is always at the user's risk and Impatica does not assume any liability for damages of any kind resulting from use of the third party software. Specific software is mentioned by name in order to provide detailed end-to-end instruction.

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