This hack just in from Flat Classroom. We've been using it a couple of weeks and it works very nicely. Last year we stumbled on it and I didn't realize how useful it was.
When you want to easily take a file off a DVD.
1) When you put the DVD in the computer tell it to NOT play the dvd. Instead (on a PC) right click and open the DVD.
2) Open the file folder on the DVD and look for the .VOB files - usually there are 2 or 3.
3) Make a directory on your hard drive. Then, right click and copy the VOB file and paste it into the directory.
4) Right click on the vob file and rename it *.mpg - where the * is whatever you want to call it.
Although the quality seems to degrade a smidge - it is a file ready to edit and put up on youtube or wherever like flat classroom.
This way, we rip from our camera directly to dvd and then can edit w/out coverters. Also, some of our football heroes have been able to snag game film to edit and include.
I'm sure there is a better way and something that I may do that is not quite OK - the only caution is that I think this can be used to snag film that is copyrighted, so use w/ caution.
Let me know if it works for you too. I found this tip in a remote forum in cyberspace somewhere and had never heard it but use it all the time w/ film editing now.