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How to Convert VOB Files for use with Windows Movie Maker

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LJ Marinello

#1
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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#2
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
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>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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John Inzer

#3
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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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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me may not work for you

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John Hanley

#4
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
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>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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steveskil

#5
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.
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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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Doolittle81

#6
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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zachd [MSFT]

#7
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.
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>
> 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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John Hanley

#8
"zachd [MSFT]" <zachd@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>
> 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 news:Doolittle81.311e4i@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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>> 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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#9
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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#10
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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knaveman

#11
you can just rename .vob files to .mpeg files. It's the easiest way.

"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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PapaJohn

#12
if your system doesn't support using the renamed vob files directly, see my
website's Import Movie Source Files > Video > Discs page for info about the
needed file conversions.

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PapaJohn


"knaveman" <knaveman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> you can just rename .vob files to .mpeg files. It's the easiest way.
>
> "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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#13
I tried my luck with Roxio's Easy Media Creator 10 Suite . The Video Copy & Convert program converted the .vob files perfectly to .wmv files. It doesn't have the ability to convert .vro files though. Not a problem as simply changing them to .mpg files works okay. It is on sale now in Canada at Staples.ca for under $50.00. I had no problem installing the program on Vista Premium x64. The two gadgets are a little wonky refreshing, but as I don't really need them, I took them off the sidebar. Thank you to everyone for your replies.
 

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