Try renaming files with an mpeg extension
otherwise..convert to an editable format.
(Latest version CS4 imports them evidently)
I use Premiere Elements 4 for exactly this. It works a treat. Not sure if PE8 will do it because there have been so many issues with it since release. Certainly, when PE8 came out it didn't work. They might have fixed it by now.
If not, have a search around for PE4.
As of CS4.2 (Important), PrPro can Import 100% DVD-Compliant (Very Important) VOB's. It is likely that your VOB's are not 100% DVD-Compliant. This ARTICLE will give you some background and some methods for handling non-compliant VOB's.
PrE suffers from the same problem that PrPro 4.2 does, if the VOB is not 100% DVD-compliant. Most DVR's, many authoring programs and other DVD recording devices play fast and loose with the DVD-specs, especially with regard to Menus and navigation (the first VOB). When the DVD-specs. are not adhered to, problems can, and usually will exist.
Now, PrElements added VOB Import support long before PrPRo did. As of CS4.2, they are the same.
Craig's suggestion to just rename the file extension to .MPEG often works, and is very simple. However, it often fails with the first VOB, because there is much more inside it, than just the muxed MPEG-2 file. That is why he suggested other means, should the extension rename fail.
The biggest problem is that there are VOB's, and then there are VOB's. It is not unlike saying that a file is "AVI," though there are fewer possibilities in a VOB.
Just like native AVCHD support, PrE beat its "big-brother" by a bit.
Message was edited by: Bill Hunt - Corrected typos.
My windows movie maker and Windows Media player have no problems but my trial version CS5 will not import VOBs.
I wanted to try renaming the extension but can not figure out how to do that.... How do you rename the extension to .mpeg pls?
PS: I have bought a new computer (on it's way) since I had the min. reqs only and also the ProductionPremiere CS5 DVDs are also on their way (so no more tiral version...). But I figured if I am having trouble importing .VOBs now, I might as well figure out how to overcome the problem before my new hardware and the CS5 dvds get here.
Its well stated that the TRIAL version does not handle anything mpeg!.
Your full version will recify the issue.
A bit off topic but does anyone know if the trial has templates and or Encore libary?
Craig has correctly pointed out the limitation with the trial version. The VOB article, that I linked to above will give you some background as to what is inside the VOB (Video Object File), and you'll see that the Video-stream is MPEG-2 - not allowed in the trial version.
Once you have the full-paid, Activated version, that limitation will disappear.
Now, do see that linked article, as it will prove useful, if you STILL have issues. All VOB's are not created equal. If they are 100% DVD-compliant, such as from Adobe Encore, they WILL work fine in CS5. If created by other programs, or equipment, then all bets are off. They may work, or they may not. That article will give you some tips on how to handle things, if the do not work, because they are NOT 100% DVD-compliant.
I don't know for sure, since I never used a trial, but since Encore does not work with the trial at all, it makes no sense to include any content. Maybe that is the reason that when downloading the full version, the Encore contents are a separate download.