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How can I capture images from a DVD? (Part 2)

Episode 972

Steve from California

Steve would also like to capture images off of a DVD, but it won't let him do it. Leo says that is an antipiracy measure. DVD players won't allow it. There's always a way around it, though.

He can go into his video card properties setting and turn off video acceleration. Then Cmd-Shift-3 will capture it. Another option is to use VLC Media player to play his DVDs.

How does streaming work?

Episode 945

Tony from Kentucky

Tony was streaming while he's on the road and the TV show stops every so often. Leo says that's called "buffering," which is when the stream has to stop for a second while it waits for all the data to be downloaded in order so it can continue. Sometimes a packet of data will get lost or delayed, so the media has to stop and wait for the data packets to "catch up". It usually has to load 30 seconds of the content before it can start playing again. If it's starting and stopping all the time, that usually points to an internet bandwidth problem.

How can I rip DVDs and save them on my Macbook Air?

Episode 926

Josh from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says Josh would need to get a USB SuperDrive to read the DVD. Then, use a DVD ripping program called Handbrake and VLC Media Player. Both work together to rip and encode the DVD files to a format that will work on his Macbook Air. It works great for DVDs. Blu-rays though are much harder. Of course, Leo recommends doing this only for movies he already owns.

How can I get my DVDs onto a portable hard drive?

Handbrake

Episode 892

Walter from Huntington, WV

Since Walter doesn't have DVD menus and extra features to contend with, he can just rip the DVD to his hard drive and re-author a disc from that. There's a program called DVD Shrink which can put commercial DVDs on his hard drive so he could both create a new DVD of the content and play it from his hard drive. Leo doesn't think he would need this though.