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Karl Miller
Convert VOB without loss of quality
on Jan 21, 2008 at 2:53:37 am

I have transferred many old VHS tapes to DVD. I bought the Vegas Movie Studio platimum edition to edit and enhance these DVDs.

As I first learned Vegas can't import a VOB file, I went through 3 other software packages to experiment with converting. I learned that only an AVI file won't lose quality during rendering, and DIVX seems like the preferred option (most manageable size without loss of quality). So I bought DIVX pro 6.8 to continue converting files.

I've read through other posts to learn DIVX 6.8 and Vegas aren't compatible, period. I can't import a DIVX file to movie studio, but I can import the same file to architect studio. If I import directly to architect studio, I can create a flawless copy of the original, but my goal was to edit before burning.

Is my goal of using Vegas to edit DVDs without losing quality too complicated? Seems like the key is starting with a high quality AVI file, but Vegas seems to prevent this from happening. I think I've experimented with every conversion and rendering option. MPG2, WMV, and some other AVI options (Panasonic, Cinepak) are not bad, but I found DIVX has the best quality for the file size.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Mike Kujbida
Re: Convert VOB without loss of quality
on Jan 21, 2008 at 11:01:50 am

"As I first learned Vegas can't import a VOB file..."

Have you tried the "File - Import - DVD Camcorder Disc"feature?
It was originally designed for miniDVD discs but works just as well with full-sized DVDs. The key is be patient while the files load in.

As long as the original transfer from VHS to DVD looks OK, the new DVD should be OK as well. Try one and see if the quality is up to your expectations.

If all you want to do is cut out a few scenes, look at Womble and VideoReDo as they allow you to do this without re-encoding (which is what happens with Vegas).

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Alice Hohl
Re: Convert VOB without loss of quality
on Dec 15, 2008 at 7:07:01 pm

If the above does not work for you, try opening the video in Nero. This is a free or cheap program for CD burning.

Choose "Make or modify DVD/Video"

Then choose "Make CD" > "Video CD" (unlikely you would think of choosing CD, but trust me)

Then choose "Add Video Files"
Choose the VOB file you are converting. Once it is pulled in, drag it down to the timeline. Then hit "Export"
You will be able to choose AVI from the choices. Once you export as AVI, you can open Sony Movie Studio or whatever and import the AVI file.

After many attempts to work around this problem, this is what worked for me. I tried the solution posted above but couldn't get an audio track to import.

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Lee French
Re: Convert VOB without loss of quality
on Apr 20, 2010 at 5:31:03 am

I don't know how you stumbled upon this "screwy" solution. I would have never thought to try it but glad you did, thanks for letting others know . . . it worked!

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