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Guide on Importing VOB files to Avid Media Composer

As one of the most popular non-linear editing systems, the Avid Media Composer allows for film editing, uncompressed standard definition (SD) video and high definition (HD) editing and finishing. If have experience working VOB files in Avid Media Composer, you may come across problems. Let's look at the VOB to Avid Media Composer importing issues in detail.

Q1: Help with VOB files in Avid

"I've downloaded Avid MC in hopes of editing VOB files from a DVD, and can't seem to open or import them. Any suggestions?"

Q2: Importing VOB files to Avid MC

"I've recently learned that AVID does not read .vob files. I have a number of DVD videos I need to import and edit. Can someone share with me how to convert the .vob files into a file that MC 5.5 reads?"

In fact, Avid Media Composer doesn't import .vob files. For Premiere users, you can simply change the .vob extension to .mpg, but Avid will not import .mpg. Generally, DNxHD is the most compatible format for Avid Media Composer. In this case, you will have to go through another outlet, 3rd party software to convert VOB to DNxHD for using in Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7.

Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use VOB converter for Mac. It's able to convert VOB files to Avid Media Composer more compatible DNxHD .mov video losslessly. With it, you may also encode VOB as well as AVI, MKV, FLV, WMV, MPG and more popular videos to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If you are working on Windows PC, please get Brosoft Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate to solve the problem.

Download VOB to Avid Media Composer converter:

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How to Convert and Import VOB to Avid Media Composer

Step 1: load VOB files

Once you run the VOB to DNxHD converter, click "Add" button to load your source VOB files. When the VOB files are loaded to the program, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the "Play" button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.


Step 2: Choose output format

This video converter offers optimized format preset for Avid. Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It ensures the best quality while working with the output files in Avid.


Tip: Click the "Settings" button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.

Step 3: Start VOB to Avid conversion

As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press "Convert" button to start VOB to DNxHD .mov conversion. You can follow the conversion process via the pop-up windows.

After conversion is done, simply click "Completed" to back to main interface, and click "Open" button to find generated DNxHD videos. Afterwards, you can transfer the converted VOB clips into Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 for editing smoothly with ease.

Related Guides:

How to Import a VOB file to iTunes
How to Convert and Add VOB files to iMovie

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