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Clip-DVD Tutorial (Mac)
Written by Bill Kirkpatrick   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
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Clip-DVD Tutorial (For Mac)

This brief tutorial explains how to quickly assemble a simple DVD of film clips on a Mac. The tutorial assumes that you will be pulling your clips from commercial DVDs, and that your Mac is equipped with a DVD burner.

The following instructions are not the only way to do this, but this is a very quick and reliable system. Also, there are many programs that will help you extract and convert video from DVDs, but the ones used in this tutorial are free, stable, and well established.

What you will need:

  • A Mac running a recent version of OS X.
  • A DVD burner (either an external burner or a built-in CD/DVD burner, which Apple calls a SuperDrive).
  • Two free programs: Mac the Ripper and MPEG Streamclip. Both of these programs are mature, stable, and safe for your computer. Instructions for downloading them are below.
  • One program that is probably already on your Mac: iDVD.

The process in a nutshell:

  1. Download the programs you will need.
  2. Rip the rough clip you want using Mac the Ripper.
  3. Select the exact clip you want (to the frame) and convert it to DV using MPEG Streamclip.
  4. Burn the clip to DVD using iDVD.

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