Normally, we would like to use iMovie to edit VOB videos, in order to get better videos files for sharing. Whereas, when importing VOB to iMovie, you will be disappointed- the program can’t support the format. The easy workaround I’ve figured out is to convert VOB to iMovie compatible format. For this purpose, this article will guide through how to rewrap and transcode VOB to iMovie 11 editable format in details.
As far as I know VOB is basically a MPEG-2 video file which is stored in Video_TS folder in a DVD. As this kind of video file usually contains one or several audio tracks and subtitle tracks that are multiplexed together into one stream form, it is not so easy to playback or edit. Since Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) is the most compatible codec introduced by Apple which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, the common practice for VOB to iMovie workflow is, get a VOB to AIC Converter and transcode the .vob files to AIC MOV, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.
How to Convert VOB for iMovie editing smoothly
Step 1: Download, install and run Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, and then click the “Add” button to load the .vob videos. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the media files to the application UI.
The program is an easy-to-use yet professional app which can be used as a VOB video converter under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, Leopard 10.5. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode VOB to AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11/FCE, Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X/7/6, DNxHD for Avid MC, etc. and it works well and converts flawlessly.
Step 2: Click the Format box and select iMovie —> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.
Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc for iMovie.
Step 3: Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the VOB to iMovie Converter will start transcode VOB to AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11 on Mac immediately.
After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted VOB videos into iMovie. Now it would be easy for you to edit VOB files in iMovie 11.