Using VLC to convert a DVD to a video clip for online streaming delivery
This tutorial will provide information on converting a DVD to a video clip for online streaming delivery
If your video clip is less than 20 minutes, you can use VLC to digitize the clips using the steps below. However, if you plan to deliver the entire film you should use free software called, Handbreak. Here’s additional information on Handbreak: https://kb.uwm.edu/cetl/99057.
There are pedagogical, technical, and copyright implications when using entire films. This resource provides some guidance about copyright and best practices for online video: http://uwmltc.org/?p=6246.
Before you begin:
- You'll need access to a DVD/CD drive (either built-in to your computer, or as an external drive). If you don’t have access to DVD/CD drive, you’ll need to purchase or borrow one to convert your DVD to an online format.
- Copy Protection is built into most commercial DVDs in order to prevent the reproduction of copyrighted material. This includes film and TV shows and any other video material that has been distributed widely on DVD. If a DVD is copyright protected, you will not be able to digitize the film using VLC. The video image will appear distorted, with a block or random dot pixel pattern. Copyright protected video is usually labeled as such on the packaging material. If you have a DVD that was created by a video camera or on a computer, it is likely that this material is not copy protected.