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How to rip a DVD with HandBrake & import to FinalCut Pro

Created by: Federico Torre ‘12 [updated 2014-07-24]

1.Insert the DVD and open Handbrake (icon looks like a Cocktail with a Pineapple).

2. Navigate to the VIDEO_TS folder in the DVD.

- Handbrake should recognize and select your DVD video contents in a Finder Window bearing your video's title.
- The highlighted folder will have the name "VIDEO_TS". Click <OPEN> in the Finder Window
- If not, click on "Source" in the HandBrake window, and choose the VIDEO_TS folder

- HandBrake will scan the folder (2-3 minutes)
- When it's done go to the Title drop-down menu and choose the file you want to convert. HandBrake will default-select the largest file.
 


Handbrake will auto- matically search for DVD video contents and choose larg- est file (usually the main one). If you want a section you can choose it from the Title pull-down menu.

 

 

3. Once open you can configure the settings. Destination is the path and file name it will be given.


Format allows user to choose the video format – not very important since we will need to convert it before importing anyways. More advanced options are offered for video and audio compression, quality, chapter divisions, etc. These can be left as the default. To begin ripping, click “Start”. Progress will be shown on the bottom of the window.

 

 

More on Settings

- On the right-side of the upper menu bar click the "Toggle Presets" icon
- If you want to insert into Final Cut or playback on a computer (in a presentation, etc.) then choose "Normal" or "High Profile."
- However, if you just want to playback the video on another device choose an option under the "Device" menu.
- More advanced options are offered for video and audio compression, quality, chapter divisions, etc. These can be left as the default.

To begin ripping, click “Start”.
- Progress will be shown on the bottom of the window.
- When HandBrake is done the Cocktail & Pineapple icon will appear to tell you it's done.

4. Next you need to convert the HandBrake .m4v file to a .mov using MPEG Streamclip. To do so, open up MPEG Streamclip.

- Drag the m4v video file into the MPEG Streamclip window.
- Go to File > Export to QuickTime
- Set the Compression to "Apple ProRes422"
- Drag the quality bar to 100%
- Choose the frame size "(unscaled)"
- Click "Make Movie". Choose the path and file name and click Save.


Drag the video file into MPEG Streamclip. Click File > Export to QuickTime. Set the Compression setting to “Apple DV/DVCPRO – NTSC”. Drag the quality bar to 100%. Choose the frame size to be “320 x 240 (unscaled)”. Click “Make Movie”. Choose the path and file name and click save.

 

 

5. Import into Final Cut Pro. To do so, open Final Cut Pro. Click File > Import > Files. Locate file and click Choose.