Ripping DVDs to view on large screen

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MPeg3

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I am copying some old home videos to DVDs. I am first playing them through a VCR/DVD recorder which creates a DVD, but I want to edit them, so am then having to convert them to a format that iMovie can use. Can you tell me the best format to use when my final goal is to be able to view them on a large screen TV? I'm planning to use Tipard Video Converter which looks like it can convert to just about any format, but also have BDlot Video Converter and AVS Video Converter, if one of those would be better.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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leroys1000

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Probably want to go with mpeg2.
It is compatable with most standard DVD players.
 
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First off the source your starting off with is very low resolution and no matter what you do it will never look good on a large screen no matter what you do to it. It's best to import the DVDs as MPEG2 since that is the video native format of DVD. Importing it as anything else will require converting the video which will lead to encoding artifacts.
 

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I agree. Best to NOT change formats. Each time the format changes, you lose quality.
 
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