Another vote for Handbrake. Works under OSX and Windows. I used it to convert DVDs that were originally created from VHS tapes to place on the web. I recently also ran the end-resulting m4v files through another application called iGain to adjust audio levels on the produced videos (http://altosdesign.com/iGain/ - Windows; needs iTunes to run).
End results of the video conversion can be found here: http://www.sspl.org/research/local_history/veterans/
...I just realized I should place a "play" type icon on the images to earmark them as video... Either way, click on the veteran's photos to see the video.
Keep in mind that the conversion process is *about* a 1:1 ratio in terms of time (movie length:conversion time). If you mess up the settings on a long video it's not fun. I haven't yet gotten Handbrake to export to a format that properly plays on both iOS devices as well as PCs via Flash, but it is possible.
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From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Chris Markman [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:54 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] converting video DVDs to something that will play on the web
<a href="http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/">Miro Video Converter</a> will
do WebM if you want to be HTML5 fancy :) You'll need to rip the DVDs first
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On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:38 PM, Brad Rhoads <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> You can probably use http://handbrake.fr/.
> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM, Browne,Ginny <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > We have a bunch of DVDs that we converted from VHS tapes. And now we
> > would like to put them on the web, but we need some sort of converter
> > from the DVD format to a web streaming file. Has anybody done this??
> > (They are all our own material, so we have no copyright issues to deal
> > with.)
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