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Q: software that will allow me to grab and assemble scenes from DVDs? ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: software that will allow me to grab and assemble scenes from DVDs?
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: gnossie-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 15 Oct 2006 01:15 PDT
Expires: 17 Oct 2006 22:07 PDT
Question ID: 773593
I'm a teacher and I would like to put together my own "clip show" of
scenes from movies about various subjects.

Let's say I want to teach the class about bank runs, so I want to grab
the scenes off a few DVDs, such as "Mary Poppins" and "It's a
Wonderful Life," and edit them together into, say, a 20-minute movie
about bank runs that I can show my classes.

Obviously this is faster than bringing in all the separate DVD's and
individually having to fast forward each of them to the desired scene.

I'm sure this is possible, and it might even be legal, if the scenes
taken are short enough (and considering it's for educational

I seek only the name of some software (preferably downloadable from
the internet; paying is no problem) that will do the trick without
things being too complicated.

What program can I use?

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 15 Oct 2006 05:07 PDT
It doesn't look legal to me:

FROM: Consumer Tips - What You Should Know about Digital Recording

Movies and Television Motion Pictures
Today, DVDs purchased or rented in stores include technologies that
prevent people from making copies.  DVDs also are regionally encoded
which prevents consumers from watching a DVD bought in England when
they return home to America, for example.

Because of copyright protection technologies on DVDs, consumers cannot legally:  

-Compile clips of films for a class project or criticism 
-Make a backup copy 
-Make a copy for use in the car DVD players or on a portable player 
-Play a DVD on computers running popular operating systems like Linux

If it's not legal, we can't provide links to programs to accomplish
what you want, although they DO exist.

Clarification of Question by gnossie-ga on 16 Oct 2006 01:21 PDT
Wow.  Okay, I have a few reactions to this answer:

1.  First of all, Cynthia, thank you for the time and trouble you took
to answer this question.

2.  Next, are you SURE that it would be illegal for the Google
research team to indicate where such software is peddled?  I just read
a story on CNN about how a Russian website,, is
selling mp3s illegally.  Does that mean that if I go there and buy
some mp3s illegally, CNN can be held liable?  In other words, is it a
crime merely to DISCUSS where illegal activity is taking place?  I
thought the crime was actually doing it.

3.  Could it be true that merely by installing copying-thwarting
technologies on their DVDs, the movie industry has magically -- ex
nihio -- generated a law to the effect that no copying -- even for
backup purposes -- may take place?  I seem to remember during the
height of the Napster brou-haha that there was a 1987 Supreme Court
ruling that one could in fact make backup copies of one's own VHS
tapes, cassette tapes, etc.  Are DVDs different merely because they're
trickier to copy?

4.  In any event, I would also like to do this for various DVDs of
mine (videos I've made of my family or whatever) to which I certainly
own the copyright.  Surely THEN it would be licit for you the Google
crew to point out where I can obtain software that will allow me to
selectively copy only parts of my own DVDs and edit them together. 
How about that?

But thanks anyhow.  I don't want to get roped into a discussion of the
legality or illegality of my proposed activity, but your answer really
threw me for a loop.

Thanks again.

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 16 Oct 2006 01:36 PDT
FYI - your question is not officially answered, your credit card will
not be charged until someone posts "in the answer box" --below.  (it's
empty still)

If you were to close this question and open another one which
described home movies that you had professioanlly put on DVD's --and
asked how to take clips from them and compile a new DVD --we could

I'm sure you have some movies sitting around! Don't you want to know
how to make a compilation DVD for Christmas?

Clarification of Question by gnossie-ga on 17 Oct 2006 22:04 PDT
Okay, okay.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: software that will allow me to grab and assemble scenes from DVDs?
From: probonopublico-ga on 15 Oct 2006 03:23 PDT
That's a great idea, gnossie!

I do hope that there's an answer.

Best of Luck

Subject: Re: software that will allow me to grab and assemble scenes from DVDs?
From: banastas-ga on 15 Oct 2006 13:00 PDT
There are concerns with legality here, but if you own the content I would use: - to extract -
to convert to quicktime

and any video editing program to assemble.

This is mac software - not sure of a pc solution.
Subject: Re: software that will allow me to grab and assemble scenes from DVDs?
From: rcast-ga on 15 Oct 2006 21:51 PDT
This is indeed illegal.  While fair use under coypright law allows
content to be used in this way, the DMCA does not allow you to
circumvent the copy protection on the media as required to exercise
those rights.  Please complain to your congress person and
representitives about this.  VHS alos has macrovision copy protection,
so you can't use that either.  The legal way to do it is to record it
from TV, and transfer it to your computer with a video capture device.
 You can then freely and legaly edit it any video editing software.

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