Ripping files to edit off of a DVD

This hack just in from Flat Classroom. We've been using it a couple of weeks and it works very nicely.  Last year we stumbled on it and I didn't realize how useful it was.

When you want to easily take a file off a DVD.

1) When you put the DVD in the computer tell it to NOT play the dvd. Instead (on a PC) right click and open the DVD.
2) Open the file folder on the DVD and look for the .VOB files – usually there are 2 or 3.
3)  Make a directory on your hard drive.  Then, right click and copy the VOB file and paste it into the directory.
4) Right click on the vob file and rename it *.mpg – where the * is whatever you want to call it.

Although the quality seems to degrade a smidge – it is a file ready to edit and put up on youtube or wherever like flat classroom.

This way, we rip from our camera directly to dvd and then can edit w/out coverters.  Also, some of our football heroes have been able to snag game film to edit and include.

I'm sure there is a  better way and something that I may do that is not quite OK – the only caution is that I think this can be used to snag film that is copyrighted, so use w/ caution.

Let me know if it works for you too.  I found this tip in a remote forum in cyberspace somewhere and had never heard it but use it all the time w/ film editing now.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Justin K. Reeve November 25, 2008 - 4:03 pm

The only thing I don’t like about this method is that the VOB files tend to be huge. You can convert them to more compact filetypes directly off the DVD with a free tool like Handbrake ( or WinFF ( Takes some extra time to convert, but if hard drive space is an issue, this is a good way to go.

Anthony A December 1, 2008 - 9:30 pm

Great post. I have not tried this yet but will use it for sure in the future. I have searched for tutorials on how to do something like this in the past but have not found anything. Although Handbrake (and other similar tools) is nice , I might find this to be most useful for small, quick rip jobs.

DVD Duplication August 11, 2010 - 7:08 am

I already did this but I’m still getting the right thing. I guess I missed something.

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