Need a ripper for DVD. Camtasia will not work.Suggestion?

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I have camtasia 2 for mac. I am very happy with it. I have a problem you may be able to help me with. Many years ago I had my 8mm movies put on a DVD by a commercial company. I want to capture bits of these movies to make a presentation for my family reunion. When I tried to use camtasia the screen went blank while I had camtasia on. Could you recommend a good "ripper" program? I am very disappointed pointed that this company made my DVD in such a way that I can not use it.
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Joe Morgan

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Have you tried Googling "Free DVD ripper for MAC"?

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Hi Gordon;

This is actually less an issue with the specific DVD and more a feature of Mac OS X; Apple introduced copyright protection / HDCP in their devices a number of years ago that prevent users from being able to copy from the Superdrive / internal devices. The easiest way around it is to either use Windows (not necessarily all that easy if you don't have a Windows machine) or to pick up an inexpensive USB DVD drive.

Perhaps others in the community will have some ideas?

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The thing about a DVD ripper is that you should be able to convert that DVD into a MOV and import that file directly into Camtasia.

There's a lot of choices out there.

MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition is a 100% safe yet free DVD ripper for Mac users to backup and rip DVD movies on Mac freely for convenient storage and viewing. This DVD ripper for mac free rips DVDs (incl. commercial DVDs) to MOV, MP4, M4V, iTunes, Apple TV video with original video quality, 99.99% works with most new DVDs, DVDs with multiple false titles, and even damaged DVDs, which some common free DVD ripper for Mac may crash or work out of order.

If you are trying to record the video playing in full screen mode.That's why you are getting a black screen.Camtasia cannot record in full screen mode.If you play the video in windowed mode you should be able to record it.
However, I've found that recording a video while it is playing. Does not produce ideal recordings.They are usually jittery and I recommend ripping the DVD to a file and editing it.

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I know that Handbrake is a popular choice. Here's a link to an old, but decent, tutorial:

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