I've never used Handbrake, but I understand it's great. Another option is MPEG Streamclip (free) and the Quicktime MPEG Playback component ($20 from Apple). Here are a couple of links:
I'm not sure what corner you are backed into, but if you can't extract video files from the DVDs, another software that will extract video from DVDs (which then MPEG Streamclip will turn into DV files for iMovie) is MacTheRipper. Do a search.
... actually it is for an internship. The new boss gave me several DVD files he made over the past few years for various graphic novel projects he has done in the past... He wants a promotional compilation made from both still shots of his books and the videos of interviews and TV news broadcasts. The clips from the DVDs are in .VOB formats but I only have iMovie to work with. I downloaded Handbrake to convert the .VOB files over to MPEG-4 so I can build the promo with iMovie.
Is there a better solution to do this job than Handbrake?
One of the options to be picked when converting the files is bit rate. The default rate is set at 128 but goes much higher. What bit rate should I use?
The school just loaded Final Cut Pro on some computers just this afternoon. One professor suggested it could do the .VOB conversions but I am working on a short schedule (needs done by this weekend) and I know how to use iMovie... I don't know Final Cut and don't have time to learn just now.
I also have one file he gave me that is from his website. It is a shockwave file (.swf). Is there a way I can convert this so it can be added to the iMovie project?
Thanks for any and all suggestions!