Transferring .VOB, .IFO files from DVD to iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by newtomac29, May 24, 2010.

  1. newtomac29 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    I am trying to transfer the above files from a DVD to iMovie 8.0.6 9 (I'm assuming I don't need the .BUP files). I have iMac OS 10.6.3. The camera is an older Sony (sorry, I don't know the model number) that records to mini-dvds. The disk was finalized and transferred to a regular DVD. The DVD plays when inserted but will not allow me to open in iMovie or anything other than DVD Player. I have looked at video converters but not sure if this is the best way to go. The files are in two folders: Audio_TS & Video_TS. Each folder contains several files. I am not sure how to do this and end up with appropriate movie clips with sound. I am obviously a novice at this so hope there is a simple solution. Any suggestions?
  2. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    Try MPEGStreamclip and use the "Open DVD" menu item.
    The select "Export to Quicktime" and Choose "Apple Intermediate Codec"
    And select a frame size of 720x480 ( DV-NTSC ) or 720x576 ( DV-PAL )
    depending on what is right for your region.
    NOTE: The resulting file will be very large. Make sure you have plenty of disk space

    Once that's done converting, import that movie into iMovie.

    That's it! Hope this helps
  3. newtomac29 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    more help needed

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I tried your suggestion but got a "can't create video" message. According to the web site, I have the latest version of MPEGStreamclip and downloaded the additional MPEG-2 playback component from Apple. I tried some of the other formats (MPEG-4, AVI) but they didn't work either (of course I wasn't sure of what some of the settings should be so may have got that part wrong. I'm using NTSC as I live in the US so kept that the same during all the attempts). Steamclip plays the videos just fine but won't convert them for some reason (I'm sure it is not just to drive me nuts!). Can you suggest other things to try? I appreciate the help.
  4. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    Since this is an unencrypted DVD, try copying the folders to your harddrive first. Also make sure you have enough free haddrive space... I'd make sure you have at least 30-40 GB free.

    If those don't work, You'll need to contact MPEGStreamclip. I've never seen that error before.
  5. newtomac29 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    It worked!

    Thank you so much! I downloaded the files to my HD and was then able to save them as .mov and transfer them to iMovie. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
  6. newtomac29 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    Follow up

    When I first got my iMac I tried to get video clips from my old digital camera to import to iMovie. Tried the forum but couldn't find a solution. I tried your suggestion with these old clips and it works for them also. I can even adjust the size for the ones that were taken with the long axis of the camera. So I am extremely grateful as I wanted to use these clips in a video for a family member. Thanks, thanks, thanks!
  7. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    You're welcome. I'm glad I could help!
  8. harriett macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    I use handbrake to rip my DVD 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.
  9. newtomac29 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    Thanks for your reply. I am printing it out and filing for future reference. I was able to convert the older movies using the previous suggestions. My new camera seems to have no problem downloading directly to iMovie. I may need your suggestion in the future, tho'.

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