Editing a finished DVD

Posted on 2005-05-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
Is there a way I can edit a finished (finalized) DVD? Can Adobe Premiere Pro do the job? If not, what are your recommended applications for this? Actually I'd like to combine snippets of video from several DVD video discs into one separate DVD disc, plus add some special effects on text that I know Adobe Premiere Pro is capable of doing.
Question by:Anton Tajanlangit
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    I reckon that the video is not copyrighted, so you can take the mpeg2 stream easily.

    You should convert the mpg to a full frames format (lossless, maybe dv), to keep the image quality. Note that this will take up *a lot* of disk space. Using the videos in such formats you will be able to edit them in premiere. Editing MPEG2 directly is not advisable, in my opinion.

    > How to convert DVDs back to MPG files or demultiplex DVDs for reauthor or reedit

    > AutoGK illustrated guide 4 dummies, DVD to AVI/DiVX/XviD;33#738

    You will find a lot more like this on

    Good luck ;)

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    by:Anton Tajanlangit
    Hi acseven, there are so many choices that I would appreciate if you gave me your personal recommendation.
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      I haven't done any video editing (from dvds) in quite a while, and these softwares are constantly being updated and new, better ones come up all the time.

      So, these guides are probably a good option for beginning. Remember that the only (maybe) complicated thing you need to do is get the video out of the dvd (the vob files).

      Now, two scenarios:

      1. DVD is copyrighted. So you shouldn't even being messing around with it, but for educational purposes you have to use a ripper, these are free, to get the vob files out of it:
          DVDDecrypter (
               On the first link I gave you are instructions for this DVDDecrypter.

          Smartripper (

      2. DVD is not copyrighted, you will probably be able to copy the vob files to  the hard drive and use them directly. I think you can use the above as well to do this.

    After that, you can either convert it to a full frames codec, or try to edit the mpeg2 video directly... It should work. Try importing the mpeg files directly in premiere, check back if you can't.



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    by:Anton Tajanlangit
    Hi acseven,

    Sorry for not returning sooner. I'd wanted you to know that Adobe Premiere couldn't do the job. The DVD is homemade.

    Any more ideas?

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      No problem ;)  Please try one of the ones that stated under the following line, in the first link I gave you (

    "Tools that can "convert" the DVD VOB files back to a MPG file or MPEG2, AC3,MPA files (demultiplex)"

    Try them in the order by which they are stated there. The reason why I am not pointing out anyone is because I'm not too sure if some aren't unavailable, because of a new regulation that forbidds decoding [copyrighted] dvd's, even for personal use (that's not your case, so try them in order to get MPG streams to edit...).

    I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but I am quite busy these days, ... :( I don't have time to try them - I haven't used a program as such in a while).

    Good luck ;)

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