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**SOLVED!** Convert VIDEO_TS / VOB files to IMovie-compatible format?

ElectroWolf 5,755 797 August 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
So, I'm still fairly new with my Mac, and trying to do some of the semi-basic functions, and am running into a bit of confusion. So, I figured it'd be easiest to just ask on here, rather than fumbling around with it for a few hours Smilie

I've got a rip of a couple DVDs (personal video, nothing copyrighted), ripped with AnyDVD to a VIDEO_TS structure. Unfortunately, IMovie doesn't import in this format, and requires other formats instead (I'm assuming Quicktime, etc.). However, I don't know of what good software I can get on the Mac to do so. I'd prefer some free software, as this is more than likely just a one-off project that I'm doing, and I'm not looking to spend $20+ on a converter to use just once.

Is the any available freeware that I can use to easily convert from VIDEO_TS / VOB to a format acceptable by IMovie?

Thanks!

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On second thought, it looks like Handbrake might be getting me what I want...... I'm waiting for it to encode one video right now.

*Fingers Crossed*!!
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So apparently Handbrake only converts to MP4 / M4V formats; neither of which are the right format for iMovie. While they are now able to import, iMovie wants to take about 4 hours a piece (!!!) to import and "optimize" them for iMovie usage.

Does anyone have a better suggestion of something that can go straight to .MOV, .DV, or something that is better compatible with iMovie?
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Looks like that one requires me to purchase a $20.00 Qucktime plugin from the App Store to be able to export into those formats needed for iMovie Frown
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Looks like that one requires me to purchase a $20.00 Qucktime plugin from the App Store to be able to export into those formats needed for iMovie Frown
mpeg streamclip is probably the easiest option for software that will run on a Mac. To clarify, you're saying it requires you to purchase quicktime pro?

What version of OS X and iMovie are you running? If you're still running a version earlier than snow leopard, upgrade and Quicktime X will probably suffice.

If you have access to a PC, you might try SUPER [erightsoft.com]
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mpeg streamclip is probably the easiest option for software that will run on a Mac. To clarify, you're saying it requires you to purchase quicktime pro?

What version of OS X and iMovie are you running? If you're still running a version earlier than snow leopard, upgrade and Quicktime X will probably suffice.

If you have access to a PC, you might try SUPER [erightsoft.com]
You're right, that does look like the best bet. I've probably already wasted $20 in my own time trying to find something for free!

I decided just to pony up the $20.00 to do so. However, I went to Apple's site to purchase it, and it said that it doesn't install the Quicktime plugin component on Lion / ML. So I'm leery about buying it if I don't even need it! I downloaded the new beta version that's supposed to work with Lion / ML, but it still requires the Quicktime plugin Frown
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look closely at the expanding sections of the mgep streamclip site:
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The installer of the MPEG-2 Playback Component may refuse to install the component in Lion and Mountain Lion. Apple states the component is unnecessary in Lion and Mountain Lion, however MPEG Streamclip still needs it.

To install the component in Lion or Mountain Lion, please download MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3b8 beta above; inside the disk image you will find the Utility MPEG2 Component M. Lion: use it to install the MPEG-2 Playback Component in Lion or Mountain Lion. The original installer's disk image (QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg) is required.

The current versions of MPEG Streamclip cannot take advantage of the built-in MPEG-2 functionality of Lion and Mountain Lion. For MPEG-2 files you still need to install the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, which is not preinstalled in Lion and Mountain Lion. You don't have to install QuickTime 7.

Also read the information for Snow Leopard below.

The Snow Leopard upgrade DVD released on August 28, 2009 may wipe the content of the /System/Library/QuickTime folder during the upgrade process, and delete your MPEG-2 Playback Component installed in that folder. To use MPEG-2 files with MPEG Streamclip you have to reinstall the MPEG-2 component or restore it from a backup copy.

If you are going to upgrade to Snow Leopard

Open the /System/Library/QuickTime folder and drag the QuickTimeMPEG2.component file to your desktop to make a copy of it. Then upgrade to Snow Leopard. When the upgrade is complete, open the /System/Library/QuickTime folder again and move the QuickTimeMPEG2.component file from the desktop to the /System/Library/QuickTime folder (enter your administrator password if necessary).

If you already upgraded to Snow Leopard

You have to reinstall or restore your MPEG-2 Playback Component.

If you have a Time Machine backup of your System folder, then open the /System/Library/QuickTime folder, enter Time Machine and go back in time until you see the QuickTimeMPEG2.component file; select that file and then click Restore.

If you purchased the MPEG-2 Playback Component from the Apple Online Store, then you probably still have the DMG file that contains the installer. Use Spotlight to search for "QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg": if you find a file with that name, double-click it and then in the disk image, double-click the installer package for Intel Macs.

If you purchased the MPEG-2 Playback Component from the Apple Online Store but you can't find the QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg file, you can download the file again from the Apple Online Store if you remember the Apple ID used when you originally purchased it (if you forgot your Apple ID then go to Apple iforgot). Visit the Apple Online Store, click on "Account" in the store menu, then click "Downloadable Software Purchases," enter your Apple ID and password, and click the link to the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component to download it again.

If you obtained the MPEG-2 Playback Component from the installation of Final Cut Studio, then you can reinstall it again from the Final Cut Studio DVD. Insert the DVD and use the Finder's Go menu > Go To Folder... command to get to the /Volumes/Final Cut Studio/Installer/Packages/ folder inside the DVD. Locate the QuickTimeMPEG2.pkg or the QuickTimeMPEG2Pro.pkg installer: double-click it to reinstall the MPEG-2 component.
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look closely at the expanding sections of the mgep streamclip site:
Bingo! After I had said that, I did some more digging, and your post reiterated that. While the Quicktime plugin was no longer necessary on Lion / ML, it still needed it for the Beta version of MPEG Streamclip to access.

So, I went ahead and plunked down the $20, installed the plugin, and am now converting my first clip. So far, working like a champ.

Thanks!
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