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I want to take the DVD video slideshow that I got from my wedding photographer, and put the video on youtube (I have permission, I made sure to get the non-exclusive rights to use anything she created while working for me in any way I wanted when we working out the terms before-hand).

Can anyone suggest the best way to get a video file that can be uploaded to YouTube from this DVD? The source DVD is not encrypted, so I don't need to worry about that. I am using a Mac, so Mac-friendly suggestions are preferred.


EDIT: So, I tried Handbrake, and it looks very promising. However, When I select the title in Handbrake, it says it is about 12 minutes long. The resulting file ends up only being about 4 minutes long, and the music is messed up. It seems to be going normally through the photo transitions, but removing the time that the slideshow stays on each photo.

I believe the DVD was created using iDVD. Does it do anything weird to save space by varying hte framerate, or anything like that? Are there special settings in Handbrake I need to use?

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I think the current version of VLC allows you to record the DVDs you could give that a try.

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VLC ended up working very nicely. Handbrake's output ended up getting screwed up in that it seemed to drop frames when the picture in the slideshow was static (for a couple seconds). – pkaeding Aug 31 '09 at 21:17
Good stuff, I've found handbrake very good with normal DVD's particularly for portable devices but I've never tried picture DVD's. – Col Sep 1 '09 at 8:50

The best tool I've found to rip a DVD to a video file is Handbrake. You have the choice of what part to rip, what format to rip to, etc. The resulting video should be easily uploaded to the video site of your choice.

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Thanks, that was coming up in some Google searches too. I tried it though, and it wasn't getting the whole video. It would just show a single photo transition into another photo, and then end. The video ended up being about 2 seconds long, instead of 12 minutes. Any ideas? – pkaeding Aug 27 '09 at 7:16
Of course, that could be because I'm using OS 10.4, so I'm using the old, unsupported version of handbrake. Maybe I should try with my work laptop, which runs 10.5... – pkaeding Aug 27 '09 at 7:18

As mentioned, Handbrake get good reviews.
My own favorite is imgburn at
Also take your pick as the need may arise among :

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