Importing VOBs

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Introduction

Using MEP 10 and earlier

Using MEP 11 and later

Using VOB2MPG


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Introduction

A DVD typically contains one or more VOB files. These are the movie files, and are the files that you drag into MEP for editing. A typical Standard Definition DVD folder is shown:

The movie files are the named VTS_01_1.VOB to VTS_01_4.VOB (there may be more than one movie on the DVD; the first VOB for the second movie will be VTS_02_1.VOB and so on). The other files are menu files and their backups.

If you want to edit just one VOB and know which one it is, drag it into a suitable folder on your hard drive and then rename it so that MEP won't recognise it as a DVD file. My preferred new name is to simply change it's extension from VOB to MPG. Then you can easily change the name back to the original later if you wish.

If you would like to create just one large MPEG of your movie, say for archiving or use in another device, use VOB2MPG as described below.

 

Import with MEP 10 and earlier

Earlier versions do not have the auto-import function described above. While DVD players will play across the VOBs without a hiccup, if you drag these files into MEP one by one, discontinuities often occur at the object breaks and the movie will not be seamless. There will probably be some slight interference at the joins.

The best way to overcome this (or if you just want one long MPEG of your movie) is to use a free program called Badgeit's VOB2MPG. See instructions below.

 

Import with MEP 11 and later

Magix has improved VOB handling from earlier versions. All you need do now is drag the first VOB onto the timeline.

If the VOBs are still on a DVD, MEP will ask you if you want to import all the disk movies or just that movie. Choose the most appropriate answer, normally "copy movie".

This screen is from MEP 14.

MEP will then ask you to nominate a folder to store the VOBs in (the VOBs must be on the hard drive to allow editing).

After the files have been saved to the hard drive, MEP will import all the VOBs in sequence and join them up into one video object on the timeline.

If the VOBs are already on the hard drive, MEP will simply bring all the VOBs onto the timeline in order straight away.

Edit away.

That said, I have had less problems joining up the VOBs into one large MPEG (using VOB2MPG) and editing that file in MEP. See the guide below.

 

Using VOB2MPG to join up your VOBs

VOB2MPG is a sure-fire way of minimising editing problems with VOBs.

One minor downside to using VOB2MPG is that you will also need to install the Microsoft dot net Framework version 2. This is not a big deal and you will be prompted to do this, with download links, during the installation of VOB2MPG.

You can get version 2.5 from this page. Download the VOB2MPG25.ZIP file.

The latest version is version 3 which has more features (not necessary for joining MEP VOBs); get it from the Badgerit website here. It is similar in operation to version 2.5. Click the Mode button to select VOBSET mode and use the procedure shown below.

Start VOB2MPG from the Badgerit program group.

Now, click on the dark-outlined folder icon to browse to the folder containing the VOB sets (yes, you can use this to do multiple VOB sets if there is more than one movie on your disk). Click OK as required to put your VOB folder into the top field. The names of the VOBs can be manipulated (if you only want a selection to be converted) but you must have a VTS_01_1.VOB as your first file.

Then, click on the bottom folder icon to nominate a folder where VOB2MPG will save your MPEG.

When ready, click Start. You'll get a screen like this:

If the conversion seems to stop after a few seconds, just hit Start again.

After VOB2MPG has finished, you will find your MPEG, named VTS_01.MPG (and then VTS_02.MPG and so on if there was more than one movie) in the folder you nominated (in version 3, the MPG is called "Title_1").

Then simply drag that file into MEP and edit away.

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