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How to Rip and Convert DVD to Final Cut Pro (X) on Mac OS X

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I need to get a few clips from a couple of movies from a DVD (or the whole thing) and convert into ProRes format (or some other workable format) to edit it in my Final Cut Pro software, but have worked on this for quite a while but it's a real challenge. Is there any good and reliable ripping software out there can do this?

Although downloading funny video and TV shows is easy in an increasingly downloadable world, there are several reasons to own DVD discs. DVD as a format providing full motion video and sound, the picture quality of DVD movie is very excellent. Let alone the disc can hold a storage capacity of 4.7 GB for a single-layered disc and 8.5 GB for a dual-layered disc, which helps you save hard drive spaces on your computer.

If you have DVD collection that you would like to extract any movie clips to be able to edit it in Final Cut Pro (X) on Mac OS X, it is possible to rip the DVD to a Final Cut Pro (FCP) friendly file that you can then import into Final Cut Pro on Mac. Well look no further—all you need to do is get a reliable DVD Ripper to Final Cut Pro software.

There are a number of DVD to FCP video ripping software for creating digital copies that are workable on your Mac. In this article I'm going to show you a simple yet reliable program called DVD Ripper for Mac—it can convert the disc to a movie file compatible with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iPad, or Apple TV and all other Mac products, and you can choose to rip the contents of the entire disc or extracts just the individual chapters or episodes. Additionally, it provides you full control over the video that it produces (size, codec, framerate, bit rate). This program is available for Mac OSX and Windows, so if you want to rip DVD movies on Windows computer, please use DVD Ripper for Windows.

Note that this guide pertains to convert DVD to Final Cut Pro supported video on Mac OS X. The process of dealing with disc on Windows PC is essentially the same. You don't need to worry about the things you do in PC.

Step 1: Insert a DVD and select what to rip

Insert your DVD into your Mac's drive and launch the program. Now head to File > Load DVD to locate the DVD mounted on your Mac. Or simply drag-n-drop the DVD files into the program window. The program then scans the titles contains in DVD. Generally speaking, the program will choose main movie of the disc.

Note: The first time you launch this Mac DVD Ripper to Final Cut Pro, the software will prompt you to configure preferences and choose Load DVD Files with "Main Movie Only" or "All Title" option.

Now, you'll see the DVD movie you choose in the main interface, see screenshot below.

Step 2: Choose a preset or a friendly format

Now that you've imported the source DVD contents, you need to set your output preferences. To extract DVD file and put onto Final Cut Pro on Mac, there are two ways to do that:

1) Choose a preset. This Mac DVD Ripper includes handy presets that make things easier. Go to the format tray at the bottom of main interface and switch to "Editing" tab. There you'll find options for Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X. Simply choose one of them as your output format, the most appropriated ripping settings will be prepared for you.

2) Or choose a specific format. Final Cut Pro (X) accepts the following video formats: ProRes, AVCHD, H.264, DVCPRO, MP4, MOV (recommended!). So here we switch to "Video" tab and pick the video mentioned above (MOV, for example) as the resulting output format.

For advanced users, if you are planning on giving more control over the video, you can click the Gear button and tweak a few settings: resolution, bit rate, frame rate and more.

Step 3: Start converting DVD to Final Cut Pro video file

Now you're going to ripping the DVD in Mac. Click the "Convert" button at the lower right corner of the main window and the ripping will begin. Depending on the power of your Mac hardware this can take anywhere from minutes to hours.

Step 4: Import the Converted DVD video into Final Cut Pro (X)

The last step, copy the file into Final Cut Pro (X)'s project area by dragging it or click Import Icon, you can now edit the movie file right in FCP or FCP-X, enjoy!

See Also:

Final Cut Pro X: Supported media formats

How to Import Video into Final Cut Pro X (Part Two): Organization and Analysis

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