Most digital film purchased or rented through various distributors come with some sort of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to prevent copying. This can often prevent users from making screencaps or clips of scenes for educational use. Some of these problems may include:
For still images, the major culprits are movies purchased through iTunes and Amazon, and DVD films played on the default DVD player on your laptop. For best results, we suggest using VLC Media Player (free download) and a DVD to capture still images for use in your presentations and research projects for classes.
You can also use VLC to create short clips of flims for your presentations. Before embedding the clips into PowerPoint or Prezi, you will need to convert them from mpg (VLC's default) to mp4 (a video format that works in most presentation and video programs). We suggest using Handbrake (free download) to convert files into mp4.
If you want to capture subtitles with your video, you will need to use HandBrake to rip the clips (VLC does not support burned-in subtitles). If the DVD has copyright protection, HandBrake will not work unless you download the libdvdcss files from the VLC website and install them onto your machine. University labs do not support this function, so you will need to use your own computer. Directions for this are available elsewhere.
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