Rip, Clip, Encode

Ok, lets imagine you want to use a video from youtube as part of your work or your creative process. Whether this is to create an animation, or compress a video for editing in Final Cut, or for use in Isadora, you will need a key (free) tools:

1) Rip

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There are a few sites and tools to grab videos from youtube, but I find this one works well enough.

  1. Copy the url of your youtube video
  2. paste it into – hit download button
  3. choose .mp4 filetype – right click and ‘save as’

2) Clip

> MPEG Streamclip –

Download MPEG Streamclip to top and tail your video to select the bit you want.

  1. Open your video file in MPEG Streamclip
  2. MARK IN (i) – Move the playhead to the start of the bit you want, press ‘i’ to set the in point
  3. MARK OUT (o) – move the playhead to the end of the bit you want, press ‘o’ to set the out point.

3) Encode

> MPEG Streamclip export settings

  1. EXPORT – go to File > Export   – and export your clip with appropriate settings. Depending on your use, then you will need to choose different settings from compression and frame size:
  • DV Video Editing: Go to File > Export to DV – choose DV 25 PAL standard compression, select the correct aspect ratio (4:3 standard, or 16:9 square)

  • Image sequence for animation / rotoscope – Go to File > Export to Other choose Image Sequence compression. In the options menu, choose JPEG compression and set a frame rate (12 fps). Set appropriate frame size or leave as is.

  • Isadora clips: Go to File > Export > Quicktime. Choose Photo Jpeg compression. Set appropriate frame size or leave as is.

  • Video for upload to web / iphone – Go to File>Export to MP$, choose H264 compression, or choose an appropriate iTunes preset.

More tutorials on using MPEG Streamclip can be found on youtube, including Encoding Canon 7D files for video editing


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