Convert VOB files to edit in iMovie?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by netdog, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Anyone know a free app that I could use to convert my VOB files ripped from a DVD (of material that I created btw) to a format that iMovie can accept?

    Any suggestions about how to retain maximum quality in that? Ultimately, I just want to join the different VOBs, edit them, and burn several different DVD from the various content.

  2. Macnoviz macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    Roeselare, Belgium
    iSquint, maybe? worked great for my on some flvs
  3. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    ffmpegx is pretty good
  4. elvirav macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2006
    California, off and on.
    I really like MPEG Streamclip:

    You'll need Apple's MPEG-2 Playback component ($20) to get it to convert VOB, but that's only $5 more than ffmpegX. MPEG Streamclip has many options, including uncompressed video. I like ffmpegX, but I find that too often it's "picky" and won't convert properly. It's a guessing game, sometimes, trying to figure out what will work with it and what won't. (But don't get me wrong—I still like ffmpegX.)

    A good thing about MPEG Streamclip is that you can find just the part of the VOB file you want to convert, and get that part only. With ffmpegX, you have to convert the whole thing.
  5. PerfectlyFlawed macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    I use handbrake to rip my movies to AVI or MP4, then Quicktime to roughlty cut out the scene I want and export to DV. Then import to iMovie and do whatever with.
  6. Zimmy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
  7. thworple macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2005
    Sussex, England
  8. elvirav macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2006
    California, off and on.
    Oh YES! How could I forget DVDxDV? I have that too. Wonderful app.

    The thing I've found is that while a lot of these different apps will convert VOBs for iMovie, some of the converted files are not top quality. Editing them in iMovie loses even more picture quality. The finished movie made in iMovie then has a picture which is not very sharp.

    DVDxDV, however, makes excellent quality DV/MOV files, which retain the sharp picture. MPEG Streamclip will too, but it's best to use DV format (or even uncompressed). Handbrake is a little tougher—I know of one person who made 3000 bitrate H.264 MP4s from Handbrake, then imported them to iMovie, and the picture quality was stellar.
  9. hardchemist macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2002

    This is a freeware app that worked very nicely for me. I had already made a backup copy of a DVD using Mac the Ripper, and then was able to convert the VOB file of interest into a DV file (don't be alarmed, it uses a terminal window to work its magic). Google Drop2DV and you can find it too. You might need another app to convert from DV to your file of choice. Cheers! -Chris
  10. neilakoga macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006

    yeah thanks for all the reccomendations...i've recently switched to mac from windows and I'm finding it a nightmare finding any conversion software that isn't designed to create ipod movies
  11. n-abounds macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2006
  12. numediaman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2004
    Chicago (by way of SF)
    All the software mentioned is good -- but I'll second MPEG Streamclip -- other than QuickTime, it is the most important utility program I have for video.
  13. lanray macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2005

    I just used this program to do just what you're wanting to. I was having a devil of a time of it: tried FFMPEGX (kept on messing with the aspect ratio), and I couldn't seem to find help anywhere (there's a few threads here and there where I'm asking without much of a reply). I tried DVD2DV, and Presto!, it worked! Quality ain't so bad, either. If you don't mind posting what you finally do, I'd appreciate it - stilll curious as to why I had such a time of it.
  14. Indianpearl677 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    same question

    Hi i am definitely computer savvy and am looking for the same process. I have a Sony Handycam that uses DVDs. I have a P.C. at home but i use iMovie at my local Film Center. How can I convert my DVDs at home on my P.C so they are ready for iMovie at the Film Center. please help!!!
    thank you
  15. ftaok macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    If the Macs have iMovie'08, there's a chance that your Sony DVD camcorder is supported. iMovie'08 would convert the MPEG-2 footage to something else, probably DV.

    Otherwise, you might want to look into MPEGStreamclip. There's a Windows version.

  16. lovewenc macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
  17. TrailMix macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    Old thread I know, but just curious as to what you ended up using Netdog. Got a wedding DVD from my new father in law that was done at Walmart. The files are VOB's. Right now, I am converting them with DropDV. Obviously no idea at this moment what the quality is like. Curious as to what will really give the best results for editing video in iMovie 09.
  18. levyuri macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    Sorry to disturb you Im new to mac , I use OPENSHIVA but for some risen i gut the movie with no audio , any idea? thanks.
  19. simsaladimbamba, May 5, 2011
    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  20. boulderchunn macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    No audio in openshiiva

    Click on the audio tab and check encode audio. I did the same thing first time I used it. Also be aware that under the Video tab, if you leave it selected with XviD, Quicktime will not play your movie but it will import fine into iMovie.

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