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opening a VOB file to edit in FInal Cut 8 years ago #20999

  • Riccosan
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I have permission from the owner to edit a video however the only copy we have is a finished DVD Is there some way to break open the VOB file to alow me to edit it in Final Cut??

Re: opening a VOB file to edit in FInal Cut 8 years ago #21000

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First, caution your client that editing material extracted from a DVD generally results in a disappointingly low quality clip, especially compared to the original source. The DVD material has been highly compressed, and converted to a Long GOP MPeg-2 format that is not a friend of picture quality. Keep expectations low.

With that out of the way download MPeg Streamclip, select the DVD, and export at the highest quality your system can work with in FCP 5. Given that you probably won't have the hardware to work in uncompressed SD, a fair compromise for consumer systems is to work in QuickTime DV. Here's how:

1) Insert the DVD into your Mac;

2) Open MPeg Streamclip and choose File > Open DVD;

3) If there is only one movie on the DVD MPeg Streamclip will identify it and open it in the viewing window. Choose File > Export to QuickTime (NOT Export to DV);

4) In the dialogue window choose a compression such as Apple DV/DVC Pro - NTSC (or PAL, you don't specify), set to Quality 100% (unnecessary because it is by default with DV despite what the slider says, but it makes most people feel better) and set the correct frame size (there may be other settings to adjust, but you don't mention what is on the DVD so I am not going to confuse things by adding details you may not need);

5) Make a Movie, and save it to your Scratch Disk. You can then import the resulting file into FCP to edit.

You may want to experiment with using DVCPro 50, or even Uncompressed 4:2:2 if your set-up can handle it. Note you can set In and Out points in the viewing window of MPeg Streamclip so you do not need to process the entire film just to run some experiments. If you find you need additional information to complete your task please read the Read Before Posting article that will help you anticipate the kind of information other members might need in order to help you.
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Re: opening a VOB file to edit in FInal Cut 8 years ago #21002

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Thanks very much Duane for the quick response. the end product is to be a 320 px web stream of the movie for corporate viewing about how to deal with winter driving conditions, so the quality might be adequate.
Rick

Re: opening a VOB file to edit in FInal Cut 5 years, 3 months ago #23066

This following will introduce a step by step guide on how to successfully import video to Final Cut Pro (including Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7) or Final Cut Express no matter what format the video is at http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-import-video-to-final-cut-pro-or-final-cut-express.html

This guide applies to:

Import AVI video to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express
Import MP4 recorded from various camcorders like Samsung HMX-H100 camcorder, Sanyo XACTO HD1000 Full HD camera, Flip camcorder, JVC GY-HM100, JVC GY-HM700 and more to FCP or FCE
Import VOB files from DVD disc or Camcorder Mini DVD disc to Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Express
Import AVCHD in MTS, M2T, M2TS to Final Cut Express or to Final Cut Pro HD/6.0/7/X
Import WMV video to Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X or to Final Cut Express
Import YouTube video, Flash video in FLV, F4V or SWF to Final Cut Pro HD/6.0/7/X or to Final Cut Express
Import MOV recorded from Nikon to FCE or FCP
Import some unsupported MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 to Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Express
Import other video like MKV, MOD, TOD, MVI, H.264, BIK, 3GP,Xvid, DivX, RM,WTV, MXF and etc to FCP or FCE

Re: opening a VOB file to edit in FInal Cut 2 years, 12 months ago #23401

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VOB files are not supported by most editor software . You can convert them into another format like mp4,mkv,avi,ect.Since you want to improt them into FCP. So PRORES would be the best format to import in the FCP. It renders fast and convert fast

Re: opening a VOB file to edit in FInal Cut 6 months, 3 weeks ago #23437

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A VOB file usually contains more than one audio and subtitle tracks that are multiplexed together into one stream form that not so easy to playback directly on PC or Mac let alone edit in NLEs. The users will find that once they are trying to import the VOB files to FCP X, they just get the "gray out" result. In other words, FCP X does not support VOB files natively. Thus, to edit VOB files in FCP X, the users have to convert VOB files to FCP friendly format Apple ProRes MOV first.

To import VOB files in FCP without problem, the easiest way is to get Brorsoft Video Converter Mac which is professional yet easy-to-use installed on your Mac to transcode the VOB files to Apple ProRes 422 which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP.
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