You probably know that PowerPoint allows you to place movie clips within a slide with a few clicks. These movies can be in several PowerPoint friendly movie formats, although if you need a movie clip from a DVD, you might not find things too easy! And Cinematize, a product I have reviewed earlier does extract movie clips from a DVD, and then it saves those extracts into different movie file formats that can be inserted in PowerPoint.
And now the folks who create Cinematize have launched a Professional version of the same product. So what does it do better than the basic version? Read on...
Cinematize 2 Pro is from Miraizon, a company based in California, USA. You can learn more about their products from their site.
Cinematize 2 Pro allows you to extract almost any content from a DVD, be it an audio track, a video track, or a subtitle. It has the ability to batch-extract any number of segments from both DVD menus and movies, multi-channel audio extraction, subtitle decoding to QuickTime video and images. Preset settings can be saved -- and you can use the extracted movie clips in PowerPoint, QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Keynote, iTunes, and iPods. The product is available in both Windows and Macintosh versions.
My contact at Cinematize for this review was Naoko Miyazaki - thank you, Naoko.
Download the installer, run the setup routine and follow the instructions.
You'll end up with an Miraizon program group in your Windows Start menu
(see Figure 1 below).
Figure 1: Miraizon Start menu Group
Be sure that you have a movie DVD in your drive, before using the application.
This DVD must allow decryption -- and most commercial movie DVD's don't do that! Miraizon does mention that Cinematize can work with DVD discs that are decrypted using decryption programs -- but Cinematize itself won't do that for you.
Follow these steps to extract a movie clip from a DVD using Cinematize 2 Pro:
- Go to your Windows Start menu and choose All Programs | Miraizon | Cinematize 2 Pro (see Figure 1 above).
- This launches the Cinematize 2 Pro interface, as shown in Figure
Figure 2: Adding Files
Clicking on the Add button will open a dialog box from where you can select the files under the "VIDEO_TS" directory within your DVD disc, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Open
All video data files for the DVD must be inside a directory named "VIDEO_TS" -- make sure you select all the files, and click Open. This will add all the files into the DVD Files list within the Cinematize main window (see Figure 4).
- Select the Video Title Set 01 (or similar) from the added list and
click the Select VTS button, as shown in Figure 4
Figure 4: List
- This will render the selected chapter of the DVD -- which could take
a while, if your selected chapter is long. Thereafter, you will see
the main interface of Cinematize 2 Pro , as shown in Figure 5
Figure 5: Main Interface
The interface has five tabs -- but we will explore only the Segment and Output tabs.
The Segment tab provides the main options:
- Title and Angle: Title allows to select the title you want to work with. A DVD can have more than one title as in a different episode, an extra bonus feature, an alternate ending, etc. Angle is for selecting multiple camera angles. Some options will work only if the DVD being used provides these features.
- Start Point here you can select the start point from where you want to extract the clip.
- End Point allows to set the end point for the clip you want to extract. As you select the start and end points, the slider below the preview window also moves -- and the scene itself can be seen in the preview window.
- Segment Extraction List allows to do a a batch extraction. You can add as many segments you want to extract to the Segment Extraction List, and then you can extract them all are by pressing Extract Data. It's a nice excuse to go and get a cup of coffee while Cinematize Pro is working!
- Preview: It shows the preview of the frame you
Right at the bottom of the preview window, there are navigation buttons and a slider bar which can be used to make selections and view the movie clip.
- When the selections are made in the Segment tab, select the Output
tab (see Figure 6) to choose the format for the extraction.
Make sure that you choose AVI if you intend to use the movie clip on
a PowerPoint slide.
Figure 6: Output
- Finally, click on Extract Data button, which is at the bottom right
of the interface (see Figure 7).
Figure 7: Extract Data
Select the location to save the extracted file -- Cinematize will start processing the extraction. Depending upon the length of the segment and extraction option settings you choose, this process can take a while.
Cinematize 2 Pro for Windows costs $129.95 for the download version, whereas the boxed version costs $149.95.
Miraizon provides an upgrade path from Cinematize 2 to Cinematize 2 Pro for Windows (downloadable) which costs $89.95. The boxed, upgrade version of Cinematize 2 Pro costs $109.95.
Support options include e-mail, phone support, and an online FAQ.
Cinematize 2 Pro makes easy work of a complicated job ensuring that almost anyone can extract movie clips from a DVD using a simple learning curve.