I don't know why more applications don't just use VOB files. Why do we have
to "convert" them into other things?
Anyway, one method of converting VOB to AVI is via dvdx
). One of the tricky things about conversion is
how good of quality you want it to have. Most of the codecs (the codec is
the encoding mini-program) that are built-in (like Cinepak and Indeo and
Microsoft Video 1) give out some pretty sad results, appropriate for 10
years ago when 320x200 movie files of 50k in size were circulating. I use
the DIVX codec (www.divx.com
) on the "Home Theatre" setting and the AVI file
comes out pretty good. I've found dvdx confusing but once its set up it
If you use dvdx- heres a mini-primer
I select the "Open IFO" and select the folder where the VOB files are.
Under "Output Settings" I have to pick the "Audio ACM" every time (I don't
know why) and I select "CD Quality"
Under "Output Settings" I select the DIVX codec and don't bother with
"Enable 2nd pass"
Then let it run (on my system its about 1-1 so a 2 hour movie takes about 2
hours to encode) and I have a spanking new AVI file. Note you can stop it
after a minute or two and verify the output file looks ok and has sound,
Hope that helps!
"LJ Marinello" <LJMarinello@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I have a Sony Handycam that uses mini-DVDs. I am trying to edit some
> from the mini-DVD in Windows Movie Maker, but the content is in VOB files
> WMM cannot import/open them. Do I need to convert the VOB files first?
> so, what is the suggested app to do so? Thanks.