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How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

  1. #1


    LJ Marinello Guest

    How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    I have a Sony Handycam that uses mini-DVDs. I am trying to edit some content
    from the mini-DVD in Windows Movie Maker, but the content is in VOB files so
    WMM cannot import/open them. Do I need to convert the VOB files first? If
    so, what is the suggested app to do so? Thanks.

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  3. #2


    Mark Guest

    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    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
    (http://www.labdv.com/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
    works well.

    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,
    etc.

    Hope that helps!
    Mark


    "LJ Marinello" <LJMarinello@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C65CC0D0-F74A-4E37-947B-DC266A81E664@xxxxxx

    >I have a Sony Handycam that uses mini-DVDs. I am trying to edit some
    >content
    > from the mini-DVD in Windows Movie Maker, but the content is in VOB files
    > so
    > WMM cannot import/open them. Do I need to convert the VOB files first?
    > If
    > so, what is the suggested app to do so? Thanks.

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  4. #3


    John Inzer Guest

    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    LJ Marinello wrote:

    > I have a Sony Handycam that uses mini-DVDs. I am trying to edit some
    > content from the mini-DVD in Windows Movie Maker, but the content is
    > in VOB files so WMM cannot import/open them. Do I need to convert
    > the VOB files first? If so, what is the suggested app to do so?
    > Thanks.
    ===================================
    Maybe these articles will offer some ideas:

    Movie Maker 2 -
    Importing Video from Discs
    http://tinyurl.com/n3g2b

    Editing video from a dvd
    camcorder
    http://tinyurl.com/rdo3k

    Movie Maker 2 -
    Importing MPEG Files
    http://tinyurl.com/eajjh

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    Digital Image MVP

    Digital Image
    Highlights and FAQs
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    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



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  5. #4


    John Hanley Guest

    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    As an alternative -- I use Windows Media Encoder to convert my .vob files to
    ..wmv for Windows Movie Maker. I chose it because it was already part of
    Vista. I use 2Mbps VRB video compression and CD quality CBR audio quality
    settings.

    "LJ Marinello" <LJMarinello@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C65CC0D0-F74A-4E37-947B-DC266A81E664@xxxxxx

    >I have a Sony Handycam that uses mini-DVDs. I am trying to edit some
    >content
    > from the mini-DVD in Windows Movie Maker, but the content is in VOB files
    > so
    > WMM cannot import/open them. Do I need to convert the VOB files first?
    > If
    > so, what is the suggested app to do so? Thanks.

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  6. #5


    steveskil Guest

    RE: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    Have you tried Zamzar.com, they convert files for you for free and send them
    to your email adress. This is good for not only personal files but like you
    tube clips.
    --
    Regards
    Steven


    "LJ Marinello" wrote:

    > I have a Sony Handycam that uses mini-DVDs. I am trying to edit some content
    > from the mini-DVD in Windows Movie Maker, but the content is in VOB files so
    > WMM cannot import/open them. Do I need to convert the VOB files first? If
    > so, what is the suggested app to do so? Thanks.

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  7. #6


    Doolittle81 Guest

    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker


    John Hanley;6969 Wrote:

    > As an alternative -- I use Windows Media Encoder to convert my .vob
    > files to
    > ..wmv for Windows Movie Maker. I chose it because it was already part
    > of
    > Vista.
    Where do I find this Windows Media Encoder in VISTA? I couldn't find
    it. I downloaded a Windows Media Encoder application, installed it,
    but it does NOT include an input option for *.VOB files for direct
    conversion.

    I'm confused.


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  8. #7


    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker


    That's the only Windows Media Encoder. How to use VOB with it would vary
    greatly, though. For example, when encoding my friend's home DVD (darn DVD
    camcorders) to WMV, I just used VirtualDub to export to AVI and then encoded
    those to WMV.

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    See http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
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    "Doolittle81" <Doolittle81.311e4i@xxxxxx-mx.forums.camcorderanswers.com> wrote
    in message newsoolittle81.311e4i@xxxxxx-mx.forums.camcorderanswers.com...

    >
    > John Hanley;6969 Wrote:

    >> As an alternative -- I use Windows Media Encoder to convert my .vob
    >> files to
    >> ..wmv for Windows Movie Maker. I chose it because it was already part
    >> of
    >> Vista.
    >
    > Where do I find this Windows Media Encoder in VISTA? I couldn't find
    > it. I downloaded a Windows Media Encoder application, installed it,
    > but it does NOT include an input option for *.VOB files for direct
    > conversion.
    >
    > I'm confused.
    >
    >
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  9. #8


    John Hanley Guest

    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker


    "zachd [MSFT]" <zachd@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:uh4ZXaLOIHA.6036@xxxxxx

    >
    > That's the only Windows Media Encoder. How to use VOB with it would vary
    > greatly, though. For example, when encoding my friend's home DVD (darn
    > DVD camcorders) to WMV, I just used VirtualDub to export to AVI and then
    > encoded those to WMV.
    >
    > --
    > Speaking for myself only.
    > See http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    > rights.
    > --
    >
    > "Doolittle81" <Doolittle81.311e4i@xxxxxx-mx.forums.camcorderanswers.com> wrote
    > in message newsoolittle81.311e4i@xxxxxx-mx.forums.camcorderanswers.com...

    >>
    >> John Hanley;6969 Wrote:

    >>> As an alternative -- I use Windows Media Encoder to convert my .vob
    >>> files to
    >>> ..wmv for Windows Movie Maker. I chose it because it was already part
    >>> of
    >>> Vista.
    >>
    >> Where do I find this Windows Media Encoder in VISTA? I couldn't find
    >> it. I downloaded a Windows Media Encoder application, installed it,
    >> but it does NOT include an input option for *.VOB files for direct
    >> conversion.
    >>
    >> I'm confused.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
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    >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    >> View this thread: http://camcorderanswers.com/showthread.php?t=3046
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    When you Browse for Source File in WME, select All files (*.*); then you
    will see your .vob files in the window. WME will then accept your .vob
    file for encoding.


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  10. #9



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    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    I've had no problem importing video from .vob or .vro files made from my Panasonic VDR-M75PP DVD video camera. The problem is I can't get any audio. The camera's manual says that the audio playback format is, "Dolby Digital, linear PCM, MPEG Audio Layer 2."

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

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    Re: How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

    Ooops. I failed to mention that I was using Windows Media Encoder x64.

    I did discover something that does work for .vro files. Simply change the .vro extension to .mpeg. Both audio and video came through.

    It didn't work for the .vob files though. It ran for a short time then the video froze and the audio stuttered.

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