Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Converting movie from iTunes to DVD

I just purchased 3 episodes of the TV series "Lost" from the itunes store. I assumed I could burn them onto my Sony external DVD burner using Toast Lite. I would rather watch them on a 32 inch screen than a 14 inch screen. (also sitting on a couch instead of a computer chair - not to mention our family would also like to see the screen) I am not able to convert the files. What do I need to do in order to convert the .mpeg files into a format so I can make a DVD and watch on our TV? If you can help, I would appreciate it.

I don't have any particular advice to offer you...but permit me to take a moment to rant against Digital Restrictions Madness.Apple doesn't want you to do this. Never mind that it's a perfectly fair and reasonable thing for somebody to want to do...they won't let you.Now, there's guaranteed to be some sort of work-around--information theory demands that that be the case--but I don't happen to know what it is. Even if you do get it figured out, though...Apple would claim that what you're doing is a breach of contract (the iTunes EULA) and illegal (the DMCA) both. This is patently (if you'll excuse the term) ludicrous.Apple's official method for you to do what you want would be to hook up a Mac to the TV with an appropriate cable. Now, while this would be a delightful solution--a Mac mini would be a wonderful media-center PC--it's also damned expensive.All this, of course, in the name of stopping people from boarding ships, stealing cargo, killing crews, raping women, and tossing doubloons to colorful talking birds. (Huh? Not that kind of piracy?)If I were in your shoes, I'd start by looking into the ways that other people have already successfully stripped the DRM from music purchased from the ITMS. If anybody's figured out what to do with videos, it's them--or, at least, they know who's working on it.If you really want to see an end to this travesty of justice...well, I'm afraid you'll have to buy several congresscritters of your own. And, let me tell you! They ain't cheap.Good luck.Cheers,b&


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