How can I use VOB files in After Effects

When you add video files like VOB to After Effects, you’ll be disappointed since AE doesn’t support the .vob format natively. First of all, have a look at the related issues:

Q1: “When i am importing a VOB file to AE, it gives an error saying that it is a unsupported file type. Is there a way to open vob in After Effects CS5?”

Q2: I am currently having a problem encoding or converting a vob file to edit in After Effects. I first tried encode it using Adobe media encoder but it only seems to encode the first 30 seconds of the clip, when the clip is 29 min long. So after that I searched around the net for answers, and a popular suggestion was changing the file extension to mpg, I did this and put it into ae but it loses the audio.

As some guys suggest, you can change the file name from *.VOB to *.MPG and then import the MPGs in After Effects and render. You may have a try. While, when I tired the way, the files still can’t be imported to AE perfectly. Message says: “File format not supported”. It seems that the re-naming method does not work.

If you’re in such a situation, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Get a VOB converter and transcode .vob files to MPEG-2, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing. For this purpose, this article will show you how to convert VOB to MPEG-2 for After Effects on Mac in detail.

Read More: How to convert VOB files to work with Final Cut Pro

How to convert VOB for editing in After Effects Smoothly

Step 1: Download, install and run Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, and then click the “Add Video” button to load the .vob videos.

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 MPG for After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Premiere Elements, 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. If you’re using a Windows, simply get the equivalent Windows version to encode VOB to After Effects on Windows (Windows 10 included).

Step 2: Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPEG format.

Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need to get the best quality video.

Step 3: Simply click the “Convert” button to start converting and everything else will be automated. If you have added quite a bunch of video files, it would take some time to convert. In such case, you can click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion”.

You’re done. Now your VOB files will be converted into MPG files ready to be imported to After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC beautifully.

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