Open the DVD using Windows Explorer or Finder (mac), then copy
all of the .VOB files to an internal drive and import them into Premiere.
...convert to a format like *.AVI or *.MPEG...
The .VOB files are already mpeg.
In fact, you can change the extensions to .mpg if you prefer.
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You will not actually "capture" the video from the DVD-Videos, but rather Import the VOB's into PrPro - sort of similar, but with important distinctions.
For a 100% DVD-compatible DVD-Video (and from Encore, that is what you should have), just Copy the VIDEO_TS folder with all files to your internal HDD (that is not 100% necessary, but there are several great reasons to do so), then Import the VOB's into PrPro. They should come in just perfectly, as they are MPEG-2 DVD files, wrapped as a VOB.
They will be 720 x 480 (for NTSC), or 720 x 576 (for PAL - forget which country you live in, but think Italy), in either Standard 4:3, or Widescreen 16:9, depending on what was originally shot. That would also be my Sequence Preset.
Good luck, and please let us know of your success with Import of the VOB's.
You are just quicker, than I am - but at least we had the same instructions.
Hi Joe and Bill
Thank you very much for this valuable information. I´ve just made the test and it worked perfectlly. Very good to know about it. It´s easier than I could imagine haha.
Just 1 question:
1. After importing the VOB file to Premiere and inserting to timeline, I noticied the audio track does not show the ramp of different levels. Yes there´s audio, but you see just the track but not the "zig-zag" graphic of the music. Anything I should care?
Thank you very much!
Thank you very much Joe