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Go back to the original tapes. DVDs generally make poor source material.
Not an option. (don't have the tapes anymore...some were 20 years old) How else can I do this. What if I play the dvd (media player i.e.) and then capture?
use an external dvd player, run it thru a converter (can be a dv camera with fire wire port, or Canopus has good converters,(look for dv-avi output on specicifications).
Or use a software converter from .VOB to DV for editing in Premiere.
Canopus Pro Coder Express may be suitable.
> use an external dvd player, run it thru a converter (can be a dv camera with fire wire port
This is one way, or try to look for a tool VOBtoMpeg that will convert your vob to mpeg. Try renaming the .vob to .mpeg as well.
The last thing you want to do is play and recapture the output of the dvd's. This will only degrade the quality of the video even more than it already is.
The best thing is to...
1. use a product like dvd decrypter v3.5.4. to rip the multiple vob's off the dvd into one vob. Set the mode to "info" w/ "none" for file spliting. you can still find it online, its free and its easy to use.
2. use a product like canopus procoder or some other vob-to-avi converter to convert the vob into a type 2 avi file.
3. edit you heart out!
There is software out there that will rip the dvd and convert the vob's into mpeg or avi all at the same time but i've found that most have problems keeping the audio in sync.
www.videohelp.com is a good place to start for info and free software on this subject. Select "convert" under the "how to" category on the left side of the page. It will present you with search criteria on finding the right conversion software.
Here u go
Thanks to all for responding. I tried simply renaming the .vob to .mpeg and it worked!