I am a professional director, and often use FCPX as a kind of private editorial sketchbook before working with an editor. I also use it to review, sort & prioritize selects from my dailies.
I prefer to get my dailies on a thumb drive, but am still sometimes given them on a DVD. When that happens, I have historically used HandBrake to convert the VOB files to a format FCPX can read.
I recently experienced some playback choppiness on material imported from converted DVD dailies. After reading online a bit, it seems there are some issues with files converted this way.
My question to the community is: can you recommend a converter and/or workflow to most efficiently convert material on DVD to ProRes or another FCPX useable format? The files in the Video TS folder are listed as VOB (which is, I know, only a "container"), but I believe HandBrake is reading them as m4v files. It can convert them to mp4 (but no longer to ProRes, it seems).
I am starting to import them into FCP, having checked the "create optimized media" in the import pane. I'm hoping this will solve the problems, but am eager for any other advice.
I've had some luck with using
Video Container Switcher
to convert .mkv to .mov or .mp4. I think it's just a GUI wrapper around ffmpeg, so you might explore that for batch conversion at the command line – the easiest ffmpeg installation is probably via
I have tried both the MPEG Streamclip method and just using the 3rd party app MacX DVD Ripper Pro, and I don't see any difference in conversion time or output quality. MPEG Streamclip gives a lot more options and can produce a higher bitrate, less-compressed file. However the limiting factor is the DVD quality itself which is only 720x480.
You already know this but just eliminating the DVD is the best option. It incurs additional time to produce and rip, hurts quality, and adds sources of error such as aspect ratio, interlace, etc. Even if you have to buy and supply your own USB thumb drives that's better than dealing with DVDs.
That said, either of the above methods should produce smooth, lag-free video ripped from a DVD. If I was doing it myself I would probably use MPEG Streamclip. If I had to delegate this a less-experienced person, I might have them use MacX DVD Ripper Pro since the installation and usage is simpler.