How Do I Get Movie Clips to Video Edit?

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This may seem like a stupid question, but I was wondering.  You see, I  have dedicate this next year of my life to learn a useful trade, namely video editing, and was starting work on the basis of knowing very little of how to use the basic equipment.

Specifically, I was going to take some scenes from big screen movies, and make some keyboard cat videos, if only for practice, namely from the movie Saw, and also from Oliver Stone's flick, Savages.  Also, I was going to add some screen scene commentary, like for the remake of Footloose, and maybe also from Peter Jackson's half-dozen Middle Earth movies.  Beyond that, I aim to make a poster of militant radicals across the world, showing some measure of empathy, for them all (ha, ha).

Trouble was, when I tried using my Asus  laptop that I'd bought this year from Best Buy, I found that it only plays DVDs, not Bluray, thus being unable to play my Bluray copy of Savages.  

How to find, and download movie clips?  Sounds like a stupid question, I suppose, but I was wondering, what the simplest way, was.  I expect a lot of explanations of how to do this, but I was wondering.  All I know to do is download clips from Youtube, but that significantly limits my options.
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One way to obtain things like that is to perhaps rent the movie from a streaming service. Play it on your computer and record it using the Camtasia Recorder. I needed to do that in order to obtain a small clip for a minister that wanted to use the clip as part of her talk and it worked out quite well.

Cheers... Rick :)
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You mean like Hulu?  Hmm...I just got a Google Chrome extension, at the suggestion of a Google how-to video, namely Video Download helper, which allows me to supposedly download whatever video happens to be playing on my screen at the time.  Know of it?   How does the Camtasia Recorder differ to this?
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I might assume that the downloader somehow just copies the file. Perhaps from the temporary internet files, not sure. Generally speaking, something like that just downloads a file while the Camtasia Recorder actually records what happens on the screen. A file can be downloaded much more quickly than playing and recording. 
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Hm...tried to download Powerpuff Girls episodes from this site, but to no success. how to do it right, or is the site below just too worthless to bother?


http://www.toonova.com/the-powerpuff-girls?page=2
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Not sure I have any idea. Again, if download fails, recording should work. ;)

I'm gathering you are only wanting to do this in an effort to learn the ropes. Keep in mind that there are also many copyright issues you could be facing if you choose to share the content anywhere. There are lots of issues surrounding this. Things like "fair use" and a raft of other things come into play.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Well, I'm trying to learn this in effect, but I'm not currently focusing on a specific project, because on my own, I'll be hunting, and pecking, too blame much.
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In the UK it is easy to download BBC programs, which can then be captured.
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I would agree with what Rick stated on the copyright or trademark issues also. This can be a touchy subject and a chancy one to take with others videos that are copyrighted.

However when you say you are trying to learn video editing then keep in mind that Camtasia Studio does offer some video editing options but it is not a full blown video editing software and was designed more for recording what is on your screen monitor. Also if you do a Google search for video editing for beginners you can find some great articles, videos etc. to help you learn too. If you are wanting to use Camtasia Studio then I would also suggest watching the TechSmith Tutorials for learning Camtasia Studio as they are basic but a great place to start. I have provided the link below for you. They have them for both the PC and Mac Versions of the software.

TechSmith Tutorials

I hope this helps a little and thanks for posting and have a great day/night. If you have any further questions post them here.
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Hm...so, play a dvd, and record the screen, see what happens--got it.
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Well, I recorded the dvd screen, but with a few unwanted additions of my own. I suupose there is away to minimize this, but how, I know not.
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Bothers!  I had a hard time playing my dvd of Master and Commander, but my Camtasia recording program seemed to work, much better, at least; I need to find a place where I can really learn.
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Okay...new problem.  Found out my laptop does indeed play DVD, but not Bluray.  Seems strange it doesn't play Bluray, given I bought it this year, but oh, well.  Popped in a Spongebob DVD, and it worked well enough...visually, though saving, and re-playing I have not mastered.

Figured out the green box record feature.  Got it to record, but there is an echo to the sound quality, which I do not understand.  Why is it so tinny?  Also, I don't understand why my clips are being stored inside documents, file.  I have moved them out, but they seem to want to keep going there, automatically.

Saving files, and understanding the difference between them and projects looms large, too, in what I'm currently striving to understand.  

Does this help show where I'm at?

Hm...turned off the microphone.  That semms to have stopped the recording echo.
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Hello Philip,

Here's my suggestion. Quit investing so much time using Camtasia to record your DVD playing on screen. Why? It's a relatively slow process.

Here's what you could do instead. Download and install Freemake Video Converter. There are other programs that do this as well but this program has worked well for me for many years now. http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/

That way you can convert you DVD to a video format that you can edit. It still takes a while to convert a DVD but it’s much faster than recording it while it’s playing. Plus, you can still use your computer while the video is being converted.

 One precaution though. Download Freemake Video Converter from the link I provided. Before the installation begins the program will ask you if you want to install a number of other programs. You can just decline these extra programs by checking or unchecking the pop up prompts. If you accidently install a program you don’t want they uninstall easily. These aren’t nefarious programs that will infect your computer; they just don’t have anything to do with video conversion.

Below is an image of a test I just ran. I converted a 1 hour and 55 min video to an mp4 in just under 23 minutes.  See Image Below, Click to enlarge.




Here is that converted and loaded into video in Camtasia.





Here is an image of the process in Freemake Video Converter. Follow the steps below.

I choose MP4 because the file sizes are small enough to still be easily manageable by Camtasia. There are a number of reasons for this. Video editing is not that difficult once you get past initial learning phase. Stick with it and you won’t be disappointed you did. Good luck to you.{:>)

Regards, Joe


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Thank you; I'll check out the process, this afternoon.

Oh, dear...tried to download on the link, and I got an error message.  The link also triggered my "virus alert" software.

Is there another link the download Freemake?  Also, is there an alternate software that does the same thing?
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Hey Joe, would FreeMake be able to read a BluRay? On one hand, I might think a file is a file. But on the other, since BluRay players exist, I might wonder if the drive would even understand a BluRay if it's not a "BluRay" drive.

Cheers... Rick :)
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It can handle Blu-ray conversions. 

 But you still need a Blu-ray player on the computer so it can read and transfer that information to Freemake.
 
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Thank you; I'm afraid that my laptop doesn't do Bluray, but I can buy a Bluray extension I can plug into my laptop, I understand; can't install a bluray into my computer direct, I fear, but oh, well.
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Okay...I tried to download the  software from another site, and still got a virus warning--very bad sign.    Me, I'm gonna look into another video downloader program.
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Would Koyote Free Video Converter do Bluray, as well as DVD?

Downloaded Free Video Converter...it's widely well reviewed, apparently.

Downloaded Free Video Converter...gonna try to use it.
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I've never had any problems with Freemake Video Converter.  I also update it any time  I'm prompted to do so.

Maybe it's your system security settings giving you this warning. As long as you found a program that works,  that's all that really matters.

Regards, Joe
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Well, that's what I'm going to look into, tomorrow.  I see,..so the term of downloading from a CD/DVD is "ripping."
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That is correct, ripping. Sometimes I think they call it that because people would rip off copyrighted content by copying it to disk and selling or sharing it with others.  
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Okay...I spent four plus hours today, trying to figure out how to rip a DVD.  To that end, I watched these two videos on using VLC do so:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12oIJFSzoOc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAZ8O4fjYdg

Well, I waited for it to download the the Sponge Bob Movie, but it keeps ending in a 39-second loop, of download, and re-downloading, forcing me to stop, even if I've downloaded for about an hour.

I've tried to download this three times today, and am looking for a new perspective, especially over VLCgiven it plays all my DVDs on its software, and it alone.  If could download over VLC, that would make things much easier.
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If you act fast you can get  this full featured DVD Ripping  program for free. http://www.windowsdeal.com/w/winx-dvd-ripper-platinum-discount-coupon-code/

The offer expires 1 day and 18 hours from right now. 6 AM Eastern time in the USA.

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