Monday, August 10, 2009 at 4:12 PM - Response #1
Yes, you need to convert it. If you want to get all technical, when a consumer-format DVD is made (which is what you have) a thing called "multiplexing" happens. That basically just means that the video is put into a format that can be played by consumer DVD players and computers. The problem with a disc that has been multiplexed is now that's the ONLY thing the disc can do. You can't upload a multiplexed DVD to Youtube.
So, what you need to do is demultiplex the DVD into a format that Youtube understands, such as wmv or mpg. There are numerous demultiplexing products on the market, and many major video editing software applications can demultiplex a consumer DVD.
If you do a Google search for "demultiplex DVD" there are several products that will come up that will all work. Some are pretty inexpensive, around $30 bucks or so. With software like this you can convert your DVD to a Youtube-compatible format and then easily upload your video.