Adobe Premiere: How to Import VOB files

We often see people trying to edit existing DVD-Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, etc. Some seem to be able to do this fine, while others struggle mightily. What’s the deal? Why can’t one just Import those VOB files to Premiere Pro and edit happily away? Read on to find it out.

What is VOB?

VOB (Video Object) is a container format in DVD-Video media. VOB can contain video, audio, subtitle, menu and navigation contents multiplexed together into a stream form. VOB is based on the MPEG program stream format, but with additional limitations and specifications in the private streams.

Why we can’t import/edit VOB files in Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly

VOB file support was added in CS4 with the 4.1 update, however non-standard VOB files remain problematic. Yeah, editing a VOB in Premiere Pro can be tricky, as it can contain all those different things. Some people have reported success renaming the VOB files to MPG and then editing them in Premiere Pro, however you are likely to experience problems. You may be able to adjust the “File options” for deinterlace and flicker removal options.

Ripping the MPEG-2 file from the VOB is usually the best approach. That is what PrPro, PE, or other NLE’s (Non Linear Editor) attempt to do. Sometimes, it works fine, but sometimes it does not. Another problem can be when there are multiple VOB’s, as the MPEG-2 files can span multiple VOB’s, as they cannot contain more than about 1GB of data. This is why a DVD-Video can only have 1GB of space for ALL Menus and their elements.

Effective Solution to work with VOB files in Adobe Premiere Pro

To import VOB files to Adobe Premiere Pro for editing without any problem, the easiest way is to convert the VOB files to an editable format like MPEG-2. To finish the task, a lot of forum members has recommended the utility Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. By runnig it, there is no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for Adobe Premiere (Premiere CC included). With it, you can convert any video file including VOB to Adobe Premiere compatible format with the original quality. If you’re using a Windows PC, just turn to the Windows version. Below is how to do it.

How to convert VOB files for editing in Premiere Pro

Step 1: After downloading, install and run this VOB to Premiere converter, and then click the “Add” button to load the .vob videos. You can also drag and drop the vob files to the software directly.

Step 2: Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Tip: The default settings works well. If you’re not satisfied with the output quality, 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 Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC7 beautifully.

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