I Can't Find Software to Convert Formats

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Lauren the Ravishing, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. What software will allow me to convert a VOB file into an uncompressed
    AVI (or at least low compressed) file so I can edit with it. I want to
    do a quick and easy edit with Windows Movie Maker and get the final
    output to DVD.

    I thought it would be an easy thing to do but it isn't. I've downloaded
    half a dozen shareware and freeware over the past week and a half
    without any luck. I can't remember half of their names (DVD2AVI,
    Xili-something, #1, ...). Many simply crash and others give me too much
    compression. I've tried fiddling with all the little cryptic settings
    on the ones that do work, but my transfers all have little MPEG motion
    artifacts. I'm at a loss as to what to do next. At this stage I want as
    little compression as possible so I can render the finished edit in the
    best quality possible. I'm willing to put up with huge raw files.

    I'm happy to buy one of those sharewares but I don't want to throw my
    money away on crap. Do I need to buy some expensive software like

    I'm using XP on a laptop and have a more powerful Win2k workstation.

    ~ Lauren
    Lauren the Ravishing, Jun 7, 2005
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  2. I should point out that the DVD is a copy of some digital footage that
    I paid to have converted to DVD from a MINI-DV tape, since I don't have
    a firewire card.
    Lauren the Ravishing, Jun 7, 2005
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  3. Also, I read the letter regarding DVDDecryptor which leads me to
    believe that I'm not alone in not finding this software. And such
    software seems to be evaporating due to legal issues. The DVD I want to
    copy is not encrypted. But I guess no one would bother to make a ripper
    that doesn't deal with encryption.

    ~ Lauren
    Lauren the Ravishing, Jun 7, 2005
  4. Richard Crowley, Jun 7, 2005
  5. Lauren the Ravishing

    Ken Maltby Guest

    You do realize that your "VOB" files are very compressed, and
    that once you have something compressed you will not get back
    what the compressor threw away. That said, it is often possible,
    if the source is both less compressed and of a larger image size;
    than the DVD compliant MPEG that you will make after your
    editing, to have results with no noticeable degradation.

    One good combination is to start with Full D1 at a high Bitrate
    and convert that to "AVI" (or use an "editor" that will accept
    MPEG/VOB files). Then do your editing in the editors native
    format and output/export your edited results as Half D1 MPEG
    at a somewhat lower bitrate. If the "editor" has no MPEG
    output/export/save as.. feature then you would run the editor's
    output through an MPEG encoder prior to authoring your DVD.

    If you are saying, about now, that this is way too technical,
    and you don't wish to spend the time and effort to learn enough
    to do things this way; then you will have to settle for the results
    that you can get from the "All-In-One" "One Button" converters.
    There are plenty out there and some apparently do a good
    enough job, keep looking. Perhaps www.videohelp.com which
    has extensive, searchable lists of available software and hardware
    would be of some help.

    Ken Maltby, Jun 7, 2005
  6. Lauren the Ravishing

    Da Choppa Guest

    If it's not encrypted, simply copy & paste the contents of the video_TS
    folder using good old windows explorer

    Da Choppa, Jun 8, 2005
  7. Lauren the Ravishing

    Bariloche Guest

    Install Avisynth. Install VirtualDub. Write a text file with the line

    DirectShowSource("MyVob.vob", 29.97)

    and save it as Vob.avs (of course, instead of MyVob, put the name and
    path of the VOB file. And I was assuming framerate to be 29.97. You
    would use 25 for PAL video).

    Load Vob.avs into VirtualDub, and save as Avi. Your choice for a
    codec, but it is recommended that you choosee between Huffyuv (no loss
    at all, but only compresses by half, or by 1/3 at most), MJpeg, DV, or
    Alparysoft (yeah, I like this one).
    Bariloche, Jun 8, 2005
  8. Thank you all for your help! I managed to get a decent looking 1GB
    file from one of the DVDs. I used DVDtoAVI (not to be confused with
    DVD2AVI). If I still have problems I'll explore the solutions posted

    Many thanks!
    ~ Lauren
    Lauren the Ravishing, Jun 10, 2005
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