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Lightworks DVD Importing Tutorials

Lightworks DVD Importing Tutorials

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Lightworks is one of the fastest growing and most popular video editors on the market. It has both a free and professional (paid) versions, which meet the demands of both beginner and advanced video editor professionals. And some of Lightworks long for importing DVD video into this software for further editing, but failed because of the video incompatibility issues. Just like the man bleow:

Q: "I am trying to help my friend with a video, and I have some footage on a DVD. I need to get the footage into Lightworks, but it of course needs to be in one of the many formats. I have tried ripping the video(to mp4 and avi), but there always seems to be a bit of green that attaches itself to the side of the video and it becomes unplayable in Lightworks. It works fine outside of the program."

In the next passage, I will give you two ways to successfully input DVD videos into Lightworks, go check. Before we go any further, you have to know Lightworks supported import video formats in advance. This is the key to Lightworks DVD impoting tutorials.


Lightworks Supported Import Formats:

  • DVCPRO 50
  • Uncompressed SD 8 bit and 10 bit
  • Uncompressed HD 8 bit and 10 bit
  • MPEG-2 I-Frame SD
  • MPEG-2 I-Frame HD
  • MPEG-2 Long GOP
  • IMX 30, 40, 50
  • AVCHD (M2T, M2TS, MPEG4, H.264)
  • Avid DNxHD – all variants, including Thin Raster**
  • AVC-Intra 50
  • AVC-Intra 100
  • XDCAM EX (native MP4 support)
  • XDCAM HD 50 422
  • Apple Pro Res
  • RED R3D
  • DPX 8 bit, 10 bit, 16 bit
  • Image Sequence (BMP, DPX, JPEG, PNG, TGA, Compressed TGA, TIFF)
  • Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
  • Cinema DNG

More info about Lightworks import/export video formats in the link, if you need, go check.

Method 1. Import DVD files into Lightworks with VirtualDub (Free)

For importing VOB files from a DVD, and also any MPEG2 video file, my solution is to convert the file in DV-AVI format (the same that we can grab from an handycam MiniDV via Firewire).

VirtualDub is particularly handy if you want to convert only a part of the vob/mpeg2 file (example some minutes in the middle, a particular scene, and so on) and also because VirtualDub permits to scroll the video (with audio) very easily. So, download Virtualdub zip file, decompress it in a appropriate directory (for example "C:\Virtualdub\")

For importing a VOB or MPEG2 files into Virtualdub it is necessary to install also a plugin that can be finded here Download the ZIP file and decompress in a temporary directory. Follow the instruction in readme.txt and copy the needed files in the plugin32 or plugin64 directory inside the VirtualDub directory.

Now for exporting in a DV-AVI format VirtualDub needs a VfW codec. I have used Panasonic-DV or CedoCida-DV that are codec VfW (video for windows), and so they are library ".dll" file that must be installed on the windows system.

Follow the instruction for installing the codec.
Everything is ready for conversion:
-start VirtualDub
-import VOB/MPEG2 file
-wait that MPEG-2 plugin analize the file
-Virtualdub now display the first frame of our video files
-click the menu "Video" and select "Full processing mode"
-click the menu "Video" and select "Compression"
-select "Cedocida DV Coded" or "Panasonic-DV" and click "OK"
-select the menu "File"->"Save as AVI" , choose a file name for the output file and click "OK"

Now the output file can be imported in LightWorks.

Method 2. Best VirtualDub Alternative to Import DVD to Lightworks

I must to say Method one is not easy for everyone because of its complexity. So here comes the Method 2 which allows you convert Home-made DVD, commercial DVD/Blu-ray, DVD/Blu-ray folder, DVD IFO file, DVD ISO Image file, BD ISO image files and output Lightworks editable file formats listed above. You also need a professional third-part assistant - Pavtube ByteCopy | for Mac is strongly recommended for you, which can comprehensively convert virtually any DVD/BD to MOV, AVI, MPEG-2 for Lightworks postproduction. To get better output video and audio quality, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc.

Before loading output video into Lightworks for some professional post editing workflow, you can do some simple video editing tasks with the program’s built-in video editing functions. You can flip or rotate video, trim or cut DVD videos to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to remove the unwanted black bars or area, add image/video/transparent text watermark to DVD video, apply special rendering effect to video, flip or rotate video angel, remove/replace audio in video, add external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to video, split large video into small clips by file size, count or length or merge separate video into one file.

Step by Step to Transcode DVD to Lightworks

Step 1: Load DVD/BD into the program.

Install and launch the program on your computer, click "File" and select "Load from Disc". You also can click "Load IFO/ISO" or "Load folder" to load files into the program.

load dvd

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click "Format", from its drop-down option, choose one of Lightworks supported "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category. Or "MPEG-4 HD Video (*.mp4)", "Mov – QuickTime(*.mov)" from its luxuriant video format list.

Output Lightworks supported editing formats

Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.

Click "Settings" to open "Profile Settings" window, here you can flexibly adjust the frame rate and other profile settings such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc to make them adapt with Lightworks.

adjust settings

Step 3: Edit video.

Check an item to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

edit dvd

Step 4: Begin DVD to Lightworks conversion process.

After all settings is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to begin the conversion from DVD to Lightworks supported editing format conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, you can click "Open Output Folder" button to get the output files effortlessly, and now you will have no problems to import and edit DVD/BD with Lightworks.


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