I hereby throw down yet another ‘Do my work for me’ gauntlet to my readers.
I’d like to try doing an anime music video. I have the video editing software. I have a pile of DVDs three times taller than myself. I need to migrate from the latter to the former. The only techniques I know of involve:
1. Copying a 1-3 gig VOB file to your hard drive, decompressing it overnight, then copying the lousy five seconds you wanted from it.
2. Buying a hardware widget that digitizes video and running a DVD player through it, reducing the quality in the process and draining your wallet.
Which just seems silly. I mean, it’s digital freaking video. DVD playback software can clearly decode and display select bits of it, why can’t I yank out select bits of it to a file too? I don’t even need the audio, just the VIDEO. I’m tempted to frame capture / next frame / frame capture / next frame until the cows come home just because that’d be easier than the money pit and/or the timesink.
So, is there a better way…?