Convert .vob to .avi in Adobe Premiere

While older versions of Adobe Premiere had problems with working with the default .VOB files that are used to create DVD discs, Adobe Premiere CS4 has no problems whatsoever importing and converting these types of files. With Premier CS4, you can quickly import DVD footage directly into your project panel and output the clips from the DVD in a standard .AVI format. Performing this task is straightforward, and this simple how-to guide will show you everything you need to know.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Adobe Premiere CS four installed
  • A DVD to import into Premier

Step 1: Copy the Contents of the DVD to Your Computer

Insert the DVD Rom into a compatible reader or burner on your computer. Then, browse to the VIDEO_TS folder on the DVD that you want to import into Adobe Premiere CS4. Next, simply right-click on the folder and choose the "copy" option. Then, paste the VIDEO_TS from the DVD to your computer's local hard drive. Before you do this, however, make sure that you have enough available hard drive space.

Step 2: Open Adobe Premiere CS4

Launch Adobe CS four by choosing the icon on your Windows desktop or the icon on your Mac dock.

Step 3: Creating a New project in Adobe Premier CS4

Once Adobe Premiere is open, go to the 'File | Create New Project' menu option to create a new bin and project file in Adobe Premiere.

Step 4: Import the DVD's .VOB Files into Adobe Premiere CS4

Once you have created a new project, browse to the VIDEO_TS folder on your hard drive, and import all of the clips into your project panel window. When you are importing the .VOB files from the DVD folder into Adobe Premiere, you may encounter errors; however, you can simply ignore them.

Step 5: Drag the .VOB Files to Your Timeline

Once you have imported all of the clip files into your project viewer window, you can begin dragging and dropping them on your timeline. Once you drag the .VOB files to the timeline, you can then make cut or trim edits, apply transitions or apply any other effects that you need to customize the clips. Once the .VOB files are on the timeline, they're no different than other types of files natively supported by Adobe Premiere.

Step 6: Convert the Clips to .AVI Format

Once you have finished editing the files from the DVD, you can simply convert or export the footage into a .AVI container. You can use any supported format you want, such as: Windows .AVI format or other formats for which you have a codec installed. For instance, if you have the popular DIVX or XVID codecs installed, you can export to.AVI files that support these popular codecs.

Step 7: Test the New .AVI Video Files

Once you have exported the new.AVI files, you should open them up in a media player that supports the .AVI format. If you use Windows, Windows Media Player is a good choice for testing. On the other hand, if you use a Mac, you can test the videos with the default QuickTime movie player.

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