Reassemble VOB, IFO & BUP files into an AVI and/or burn to DVD-r?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by VideoNewbee, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. VideoNewbee

    VideoNewbee Guest

    I've downloaded the contents of a DVD - VOB, IFO and BUP files - to my
    hd (WinXP). Now what? I'm used to one large AVI file that plays in
    Windows Media Player. Two questions:

    1) How can I reassemble these files into an AVI file, for viewing on
    computer? (most AVI movie files are about 700MB. Hopefully the 3.78GB
    VOB's can reduce to about 700MB)

    2) How can I burn these files onto a DVD-r?

    My video software tools are limited: Sonic My DVD, TMPGenc 3.0 XPress,
    Windows Movie Maker.

    Am fairly new to video files, and am looking for specific
    software/procedural suggestions. Thanks very much.
    VideoNewbee, Jul 4, 2006
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  2. This would be a good place to start...
    Select "VOB to AVI" in the "Format Conversion" menu

    Note that "AVI" is only a container file. There is no "AVI"
    format. It contains video encoded with some particular
    codec. Which codec you use depends on exactly what you
    are trying to accomplish (which is not clear from your
    Typically AVI files are *much larger* than the compressed
    MPEG2 video in your VOB files.

    Several aspects of your question don't make sense
    without the rest of the context. Where did you get
    these files? Did you rip them off a DVD? Did you
    download them from somewhere?

    If you are just trying to make a copy of a DVD, there
    are plenty of free software apps out there that will do
    that without fooling around with converting the files.

    If you have a DVD that you want to play on your
    computer, there are plenty of software DVD players,
    and even plug-ins for WMP to play DVDs.

    If you have a download of a bunch of files, what did
    the source say about re-assembling them into something
    What files? The original DVD files? The resulting
    AVI file (of unknown coded)? If as you say "most
    AVI movie files are about 700MB", it is not clear
    why you would even need a DVD? Also not clear
    what "most AVI movie files" means?

    The simplisic answer is that you can write DVDs
    with any DVD writing software.
    Sorry, I don't use any of those applications myself.
    Perhaps others here can help.
    It is not clear from your question exactly what the context
    is and exactly what you are trying to accomplish?
    Richard Crowley, Jul 4, 2006
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  3. VideoNewbee

    VideoNewbee Guest

    I have two goals:

    1) to reassemble these VOB, IFO and BUP files into an AVI file, for
    viewing on computer

    2) to burn these VOB, IFO and BUP files onto a DVD-r
    They were ripped from a DVD. I do not have access to that DVD, only
    the VOB, IFO and BUP files mentioned.
    the VOB, IFO and BUP files.
    To accomplish: I have VOB, IFO and BUP files from a DVD, and would
    like to burn them to a DVD-r plus create an AVI file to keep and view
    on my WinXP computer.
    VideoNewbee, Jul 4, 2006
  4. VideoNewbee

    PTravel Guest

    Only the VOB files contain the actual video. Assuming you're not simply
    trying to play a DVD on your computer (there are lots of programs that will
    do that for free), you could copy the VOB files to a directory, then rename
    the extensions from .vob to .mpg. Assuming this is an unencrypted, i.e.
    non-commercial, DVD, you can play the mpg files in Media Player, or you can
    use any number of shareware mpg to avi transcoders.

    Do you want to copy your DVD? Just copy all the files over to a directory
    on your computer, then use a program like Nero to burn a video DVD.
    PTravel, Jul 4, 2006
  5. VideoNewbee

    Ken Maltby Guest

    Ok, you have what you need. Use the "Source Wizard" in
    TMPGenc 3.0 XPress and check "Add source from a DVD-Video".
    Make a VIDEO_TS folder and put the IFO, BUP and VOB files into
    it. Then you can find that folder after you click the "Next..." button.

    You can now select a title to encode to a smaller .avi file. You
    will probably only have the one title but if there are more than one
    select the one with the language and material you want.

    On the next window you can have the encoder "Import chapters
    as key frame", if you want. (Usually a good idea.) Since you
    already have the title on your hard drive there is no need to check
    the "Copy selected titles to the hard disk drive" box.

    Once you have your title in the "Set Source" tab's window, you
    can apply any "Cut-edit..." or "Filters..." you want, or not.

    Now on to the "Set Output" tab. You haven't made any custom
    templates, so select the "AVI Output" Standard template.

    Read the information that pops up and then click on the "Select"
    button. This is where you can set the compression formats for
    the output file. The default for both video and audio output is
    "Uncompressed", and the whole point of this is to compress the

    ( You might want to add some codec to your system, for the
    file sizes you seem to be looking for you might want to get the
    free XviD codec or the DivX codec. If you have a reasonably
    powerful system you might get the free x264 codec as well.
    You might want to consider "VLC" and "Media Player Classic"
    for playback, while you are downloading.)

    For now try this;
    Video output: "Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2" with
    Settings; "Compression Control" = 75
    "Data Rate (Kilobits per Second)" = 1045

    Audio output: "Windows Media Audio V2, 64 kbps, 32 kHz,
    stereo" (selecting from the "Settings" button's pages.)

    Now all that is left is to go to the "Encode" tab.

    Setup where you want the .avi file to be made. (It is a good practice
    to have the output of a process go to a different drive from the one
    the files that input to the process are on.)
    You might also want to go to the "Encoder setting" Tab and set the
    "Task priority".

    Click "Start Output" and you will have your smaller .avi that will
    play on your media player. Now this is going to take longer to
    encode than it takes to play the movie, so be prepared to wait.

    That takes care of making your one long AVI.


    To author a new DVD:

    You could use your "Sonic My DVD", but I feel that suggesting
    that is a form of torture not allowed under the Geneva Convention.

    You would be much better off trying "TMPGEnc DVD Author"
    and using its "Add DVD video..." button. (It works much the same
    as the "Source Wizard" described above.) You should be able to
    find a trial download of TDA.


    P.S. Ignore PT & Dicky, they believe all AVI is DV-AVI and
    comes over firewire from their camcorders. To them MPEG is
    that "lossey" format that ruins video.
    Ken Maltby, Jul 5, 2006
  6. VideoNewbee

    Netmask Guest

    It is quite clear the avi files of around 700MB are referring to DivX or
    Xvid. What files you have downloaded is a movie or whatever ready for
    burning to DVD-R. So you could just pop all of these files in a folder
    called VIDEO_TS and open NeroExpress and select DVD video files.

    If you want to reduce it to 700mb either to keep on your harddisk or burn it
    to a CDR as data then I suggest you download for free AutoGK - read the docs
    on the site. Then open AutoGK and point it at the first IFO file. AutoGK
    will recognise the collection of vob files and produce a AVI file that is
    700mb or whatever size you want,
    Netmask, Jul 5, 2006
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    RS Guest

    Tutorials for DVD to AVI can be found there.
    RS, Jul 5, 2006
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    Bob Guest

    Auto Gordian Knot may work.

    As a Data Disc.
    Bob, Jul 5, 2006
  9. VideoNewbee

    VideoNewbee Guest

    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, and especially Ken - your
    directions were perfect.

    TMPGenc3.0 Xpress created an AVI, and the video looks excellent, but
    there is no audio.

    The first sign of this problem was right after Media Import Selection,
    when TMPGenc3.0 Xpress said:

    The selected DVD contains an audio track which cannot be decoded.
    The decodable audio format are as below.
    MPEG-Audio, Linear PCM
    Other formats are not recognized.

    Audio codecs listed by TMPGenc are:

    CCITT A-Law
    CCITT u-Law
    DSP Group Truespeech (TM)
    GSM 6.10
    Microsoft ADPCM
    Microsoft G.723.1
    MPEG Layer-3

    Is it possible for me to add audio codecs that would allow the audio
    decoding? If so, where would I find them?

    You mentioned XviD codec, the DivX codec, and the x264 codec (yes, my
    system is a powerful Dell 8400 Dimension XP 3.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM). I've
    already added XviD and DivX, so the codecs listed by TMPGenc are:

    DivX 6.2.5 Codec (2 Logical CPU's)
    Indeo video 5.10
    Intel Indeo Video 4.5
    Microsoft Video 1
    XviD MPEG-4 Codec
    Uncompressed RGB

    Actually I'm very close to achieving my objective. I just need to find
    a way to decode the audio.

    All suggestions will be appreciated.
    VideoNewbee, Jul 15, 2006
  10. VideoNewbee

    Frank Guest

    Reassemble VOB, IFO & BUP files into an AVI and/or
    burn to DVD-r? - no audio>,

    I've been too busy lately to follow this thread closely, but it sounds
    to me as though what you may need is simply an ACM (Audio Compression
    Manager) compatible Dolby Digital AC-3 decoding codec such as this
    free one:

    Follow the simple installation instructions in the ReadMe.txt file
    included within the downloaded .zip archive.

    I can't guarantee that installing this codec will solve the problem,
    but I think that it's worth a try and I'd love to know about the
    results whether it works or not.
    Frank, Jul 15, 2006
  11. VideoNewbee

    Ken Maltby Guest

    That sounds like you don't have the AC3 plugin installed.
    It is hard for me to check out other approaches, with 3.0
    XPress, as I have the plugin installed on my system; so
    the program will always use that.

    It might be possible that the codec Frank mentioned will
    work with 3.0 XPress (but the plugin might be worth it, if
    you like working with 3.0 XPress and these free approaches
    don't work)

    or you might try
    Ken Maltby, Jul 15, 2006
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