Hi all, I am converting VHS tapes (family home movies) for a customer. Instead of wanting DVDs in return, he provided me with an external hard drive. My software creates VOB files, so I will need to convert them to either MPEG 2, 4 or MP4 (right?) to make them more user friendly. Question is, which of those should I choose? I do not know what he will use the videos for -- whether he'll want to burn some to DVD himself, just have them to watch & store on a computer, or if he'll want to upload them online. What is the most user friendly format then? Storage is not an issue since he gave me a brand new 4TB drive. Thank you.
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VOB segments for DVD Video already contain MPEG-2 video, they are MPEG Program Stream containers. PC software media players will play DVD Video structures (the whole \VIDEO_TS directory content) from harddisk just fine.
If you consider producing MPEG-4 video formats as well, then please, do not convert from the VOBs, they already have a limited quality. Instead, convert from your capturing master files. I mean ... I hope you captured into a lossless video format first, before producing VOBs, I hope? Or did you simply use a VHS-to-DVD recorder?
skwnmkr could just ask the guy what he wants. If DVDs aren't acceptable, then invite the guy to go somewhere else to have his tapes digitized.