Greetings from newbie Skyllasibe.
I have movies in individual VOB files (1.4GB average) after converting from AVI.
Also have a few in MPEG format.
Most burners need VIDEO_TS folder to burn from - they don't even recognize VOB.
How did this happen?
I was using Ashampoo 10 and DVDflick - both give good results.
I got tired of waiting 5hrs+ for convert & burn programs to "do their thing" so searched for separate programs. Found Format Factory and a few other free converters as well as burners.
The converters lump everything together and have choices - avi to dvd - avi to vob-mkv to dvd - etc etc
Format Factory - lists "All to : AVI, MPEG, MKV," etc and the result is a single,large VOB file (or whatever you've chosen)
The only free burner I'd found capable of burning VOB was trialware and has since expired. Blew the budget on Ashampoo 10 and must rely on free software.
Problems: Single VOB file won't play on my DVD-TV player (Apex 700 -it's older and only accepts VID_TS)
I can't burn these VOB files to DVDs.
Question : How can I re-convert these VOB files to VIDEO_TS format and is it worth time and trouble ? Is it simpler/faster to re-download original AVI file and start again ?
Any advice will be much appreciated.
Congrats for great forum - it's answered a few questions for me.
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you must have chosen some weird settings to get vob only. try searching "how to author vob" in the vch search box, there are guides here.
next time maybe try avstodvd. and it will take lots of time on that computer you have listed no matter what you use.--
"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
Many thanks for all your speedy replies and suggestions.
I will start experimenting. Again - oooooff.
When I converted the AVIs there wasn't much choice in settings, ie: Format Factory is pretty simple. You get to choose the output folder and output format.You have 12+ selections : All to MP4, All to AVI, All to GIF, All to WMV, All to MKV, All to MPG, All to VOB, All to MOV, etc.
My mistake obviously - I chose VOB (I also tried All to MPG) but neither give me
Should I have chosen "All to MP4" ?
Time wise it was good - Format Factory took approx 22min. per movie and burner another 20-30min to burn.
Somewhere I read (if I understood correctly) that you can split a vob file into it's pertinent parts (vob-ifo-bup) by using a Demuxer. Opinions please.
Guess I'll do it again - till I get it right
Again many thanks to all. I'll keep checking in for more hints and tips.
Somewhere I read (if I understood correctly) that you can split a vob file into it's pertinent parts (vob-ifo-bup) by using a Demuxer.
Yes - I got the gist re: vob-ifo-bup being separate files within Vid-TS but I also thought
that they must also be contained within the one large VOB file.
I burned a few VOB and can play them on a portable DVD player or PC.
I'm off to download all the software you all suggested. It's gonna be another long night. Wish me luck
VOB files should usually be used only for DVD authoring and truncated to 1 GB chunks.
With DVD shrink one can make larger VOB files, but this is not a good thing to do for compatibility.
One god thing to do is convert your VOB to MPG files with no re-encoding to avoid quality and time loss.
After that you can load them in DVDFlick and ask DVDFlick not to re-encode MPEG2 streams if your files are not to big for a DVD.The MPG files must be DVD-compliant for resolution ,frame-rate, bit-rate ...
DVD flick will anyway re-encode audio.
To convert VOB to MPG you may try to rename .VOB to .MPG ,it may work but I do not advise you to do that:
.VOB and .MPG are slightly different and trouble may come from that...
To convert properly .VOB to .MPG without re-encoding,I use AviDemux or ProjectX.
AviDemux is easier to use but ProjectX allows multiple audio tracks.
For subtitle tracks,well ... I don't know what to say ...
Last edited by misermidas; 24th Mar 2012 at 11:27.
Solution : Making a playable DVD
I never thanked you all properly. Stumbled through frustration and recurring PC problems and finally settled on a combination of programs (software) that works perfectly for my PC (OS system info at bottom).
1. I download using Deluge (have used Bit Torrent, u Torrent, qBittorrent - all good)
2. Convert using Format Factory 3.0.1 using the "All to VOB " setting - but ALL to MPG setting works as well
It takes anywhere from 35min. to 1hr (on average) per file
*if Format Factory "fails to convert" I analyze .avi-mkv with GSpot or VirtualDubMod
or I just download another version of .avi which is easier for non-tech me.
3. I burn with AstroBurn Lite - burn and verify takes about 30 min.
The result is a single .vob or mpg file that plays on DVD player or on portable DVD player.
Simplistic - yes. Dependable-yes. Fast -YES
It will do until I understand the complexities of it all
Again many thanks