How to Create a dvavi file [for use in a video editing program] from a DVD.

You will need to install

* Virtual dub mod -
download it
- it has an installer for windows.

* Ac3 Codec -
download it - Uncompress the files from ac3acm.zip archive, right-click on the ac3acm.INF file and select Install.
- You may encounter a prompt saying: "The software you are installing for this hardware... has not passed Windows Logo testing..."; click on the Continue Anyway button.

* Panasonic DV codec -
download it

- Uncompress the files from pdvcodec.zip archive, right-click on the PANADV.INF file and select Install.
- You may encounter a prompt saying: "The software you are installing for this hardware... has not passed Windows Logo testing..."; click on the Continue Anyway button.
- You should now be able to load DV-AVI Type-2 files with VirtualDub (and any other program that loads AVI files).

How to do it!

Some infomation: DVD's have thier video data on the disk in the format of *.VOB files. A film is often split into several VOB files. If you want these can be played in your media player if you open them up on at a time. It is good to do this to find out which VOB file the particular bit of footage you want is in.

If you want to do this with a bit of footage that spans more than one VOB you will need to use Gordian Knot to do this, there are some tips here.

Video

Open up Virual Dub Mod.

File > Open File

Choose the *.VOB file that contains the bit of footage you want.

You can scan through the file with the Play head like in a video editing program[1]. And you can set the in and out points as well. with buttons [2].

 

 

Now we are going to set the Video settings. This help file on makeing xvids maybe useful to you as well

In the Video Menu choose Compression.

Video > Compression.

Choose from the list Panasonic DV avi.
Click ok

Audio

Select Streams > Stream list.

You should see a gray banner. Right click on that. and Select Full processing mode.

Then right hand click again and select Compression. Choose the top option - No compresssion PCM.
Then click ok.

Now you are ready to save your DV avi file.

File > Save as

Give your file a name choose where to save it and click ok.

You should be able to import that file into premiere or other video editing programs.

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