Q1: “I have my VOB files on an external hard drive and want to edit .vob in Avid Media Composer. My editor can not read file, what type of conversion do I need to make this happen for editing. Thank you.”
We usually saw Avid users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit VOB files with the program. Let’s work with the question on the VOB and Avid MC compatibility.
The main reason why you can not transfer VOB video files from to Avid Media Composer, incuding MC 5/6/7 is that Avid still can’t recognize VOB format. 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.
If you’re in such a situation, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Since DNxHD is the most compatible codec for Avid which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency, the common practice for VOB to Avid Media Composer workflow is, get a VOB to DNxHD Converter and transcode the .vob files to DNxHD .MOV, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing. Now I will share a way to convert VOB to Avid format using Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. You can learn the details.
Guide on Converting VOB to DNxHD for editing in Avid Media Composer
Step 1: Download, install and run the VOB converter, 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 10.10 Yosemite, 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 DNxHD for Avid MC, AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11/FCE, Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X/7/6, etc. and it works well and converts flawlessly. For Windows users, please turn to Brorsoft’s Video Converter.
Step 2: Click Format on the main interface and choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output format. The output video can be imported to Avid Media Composer of editing natively.
Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Settings as you need to the best quality video.
Step 3: Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac VOB to Avid Converter will start converting VOB to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer on Mac.
Once the conversion process finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files for Avid Media Composer. Now you can edit the VOB videos in Avid MC 5/5.5/6/7 without problem.