Help! Working with Home Movies

In My Life by Daniel M. Clark5 Comments

I've just spent half the day trying to find a solution to my problem, and wow, has it been confusing. What I want to do should be fairly simple – I think. Here's the situation:

We have a video camera that we use to record home movies. It records directly to mini DVDs, in standard DVD format. I'm on a Mac, and I want to take each chapter off of each DVD that I've got, rearrange them, and burn them to full-size DVDs. Now, I know I can use iDVD to make great menus and such, and that's cool, but I'm running into trouble getting my clips from the DVDs into some usable format.

One thing I've tried is to rip the whole DVD as an mp4 using Handbrake and importing to iMovie to set the chapters (since the chapters are lost as the contents are saved to a single mp4 file). From there, I expect to push the project into iDVD. The problem is that iMovie takes hours to import a simple 35 minute video clip and that's unacceptable. I tried converting the file to DV format, and iMovie imported that in about half an hour, but it played at super-speed… unusable.

Incidentally, Mac the Ripper crashes on my machine when I try to load my content. It will load and rip a store-bought DVD just fine, but my home movie DVDs crash it.

Does anyone have any easy ways to accomplish what I'm trying to do? I just need to bring in several clips – chapters – from my many mini DVDs, rearrange them, and burn them to standard sized DVDs. Help!

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  1. I haven’t, no. The one time I called them to ask about anti-spyware software, they were less than helpful – presumably because Apple doesn’t want to recommend software that they don’t develop themselves (maybe because of liability issues?). Nope, haven’t called them, but if it takes me much longer to figure this out, I’ll give them a shot.

  2. I haven’t, no. The one time I called them to ask about anti-spyware software, they were less than helpful – presumably because Apple doesn’t want to recommend software that they don’t develop themselves (maybe because of liability issues?). Nope, haven’t called them, but if it takes me much longer to figure this out, I’ll give them a shot.

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