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Patricia
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Hello,

I need to show a number of videos in my classes... professional videos of plays done at Shakespeare's Globe, etc  I have several on DVDs which are not available on youtube or vimeo.  Is there a way I can get my dvd transferred to digital and upload them to canvas so my students can watch them?  I will not be able to upload them to youtube because youtube would just take them down.  I only need my class to be able to view them.  

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There are dozens of programs that will rip DVDs for both Macs and Windows machines.  I can compile a list for you in a bit.  Handbrake and WinX DVD are two off the top of my head.  Toast is another great one, but it's for Macs only.

The problem you will probably run into is copy protection, but you can get around it.  Be prepared to go have dinner and a drink somewhere or take a nap because it takes awhile depending on the length of course.

Another way is you can use a screen capture program like ScreenFlow or a dozen others like it. You won't have to worry about getting around copy protection issues which will undoubtedly be an issue if it's a commercial DVD.  I do this all the time and the videos turn out great.  Plus it's easy to split them up this way to avoid having a huge file.

Keep in mind that you can only upload up to 500 MBs in Canvas.

By the way, YouTube allows you to keep videos private.  I'm not sure if the You Tube people monitor copyrighted material if it's private, but I don't think so.  They have enough to do!!

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@aaron-garner  Hi.  Thank you for responding.  I have a Mac so I tried to find Toast but Googling it only came up with other programs.  Can you send me a link or know someone at Delta who can help me burn my DVDs?  Do you know if the print shop does that?

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Free DVD Rippers - Handbrake has been around for a long time, but I haven't used it for years.  I'd try one of these first.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro- I haven't used this one, but it's been around for awhile and it's pretty cheap.

Toast Titanium 18 Titanium - I would probably not get the Pro version.

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@aaron-garner   Why is this so hard????!!!  First I tried to use the Screen Record program I already have on my Mac.  It seemed to work fine until I hit record.  Then it greyed out the screen so the video couldn't be seen.  So I tried QuickTime but the same thing happened.  

Okay, so I tried to download the links you sent.  First I tried the MacX DVDE Ripper Pro trial just to see if it would work.  It wouldn't download to my computer, I tried three times.  No Go.  I'm not comfortable paying a lot of money for a program that will, if past experience is an indicator, will not actually work.  So I can't even try the other programs.  Even the Free ones want me to pay.  I'm willing to do a trial and pay after if it works and I keep it.

You are the one and only person who responded to my request for help at all.

 

 

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@aaron-garner  Ahhh... I may (may) have gotten it to finally work.  I was able to find a program called WonderShare UniCon that downloaded and let me download a 1/3 of the video as a trial.  I did and then uploaded it to youtube and set it to "unlisted" (at first I did private, but the video wouldn't show on my Canvas.  Unlisted did the trick.  And hopefully youtube doesn't scan unlisted videos). And was able to embed it on a page on my Canvas.  It took many, many hours of frustration but I may have solved it.  So now is the big test.  I paid for the whole program which should let me rip the entire DVD to an MP4.  Tonight I'll try to final test and see if it works for the whole video.  

Fingers crossed.  And Thanks.

And on a side note, the copyright laws don't make much sense.  It's not violating copyright to buy a video and show it in my classroom full of students, but it does violate copyright to show that same video to students who are watching it from their class page at home?

But I digress.  

Thanks again

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Patricia,

One way you can do this, but it's a little time consuming is to do a screen recording.  I just did one for Al Oritz.  You just play the video and capture it with something like Screenflow.  You never have to worry about copy protection either because you are just recording what is on your screen.  The quality is quite good.

I'll see if I can figure out how to record myself using Screenflow and post a video so you can see how easy it is.  It might be tricky since I'll have to use two screen capturing applications.

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Patricia,

Hopefully this will be helpful and give you an alternative to ripping a DVD.  I do this all the time and it works well for me.

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Here is a link for ScreenFlow.

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but it does violate copyright to show that same video to students who are watching it from their class page at home?

That's because students can easily copy it if it's on their computers.

I'm glad you got it solved.  Let us know how it goes.

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