Unfortunately, what you have as the Source Footage, has been Transcoded to MPEG-2 DVD. There has been compression. However, if you have no other option, your method of Importing the VOB into your Project, will likely be as good, as it gets. At least you had the DVD-Videos.
Thank you Mr. Hunt! The painful truth... but at least I know what I can/can't do. And yes, at least I had the DVD! I'll have to count my blessings - hopefully I'll have a good backup system for my next project. This is a painful way to learn!
Thank you Mr. Smith for the link, I was going to research something about organizing my project - this will prove helpful to me. Thanks!
Also, make a periodic full image backup of your boot drive to a USB hard drive
The product I use is at http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm
Image runs off of a bootable CD via Linux (the Zip you download includes a program to make the bootable CD) and it reads EVERYTHING on the drive, even the hidden registration information, so everything is restored when needed... and you may restore the image to a brand new drive in case of a crash, and not have to re-install anything