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Convert DVD movie file to AVI file in 6 simple steps



There are many reasons you want to convert VOB to AVI format. For example, you may want to view VOB file on your mobile device such as PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). My nephew's school had this DVD for all the past year's students music and art performance - all files are in VOB format on a DVD disk. He asked me if I can convert them to AVI and at the same time reduce file size at no cost of losing too much of quality. AVI files can be watched by using Windows Media Player.

Here are some of the VOB files on my nephew's DVD disk:

AVI (Audio Video Interleave File) is a very popular format created by Microsoft to store video data. AVI can be played by Windows Media Player.

VOB is movie data file typically stored in the VIDEO_TS folder on a DVD disc. VOB file contains video, audio, and subtitles.

I always use MediaCoder to convert VOB to AVI. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open MediaCoder and add the VOB file you want to convert.

Click the Add icon and select Add File. Then browse to the file(s) you want to convert. You can also use drag and drop to add VOB file(s) to MediaCoder.

The VOB file is listed. Note that you can add multiple VOB files to convert in batch.

Step 2: Clear all previous settings.

When MediaCoder is open, it uses whatever the settings you used before. So you may want to remove these settings before you start.

Click File in the menu bar and then select Revert All Settings.

Step 3: Select the output folder.

Here you select where to save the converted AVI file.

Step 4: Select the input file format and output file format.

Click the Video tab. On this tab, you need to define the source video file format, output container format, and output video quality.

In Mode dropdown, select Quality Based. Using the slider to adjust to the relative quality you would like or type in the the number between 1 and 100. Higher quality will result in bigger file size of the output AVI file.

In the dropdown called Format, select XviD. This is the format of the input VOB file.

In the Container dropdown, select AVI. This is the output file container format.

Step 5: Select the audio encoding type.

Click the Audio tab and in Encoder dropdown, select Lame MP3 as the audio encoder, which can encode/convert the audio part of the video.

Step 6: Start converting.

All other settings in MediaCoder can be left as is. Now click Start button which can be found in icon menu across the top. MediaCoder will start the conversion immediately.

When the conversion is completed. A message is popped up to let you know some statistics about the conversion, such as file size of the converted file, time used and compression ratio. The converted file will be saved in the output directory you defined in Step 3.

My nephew's file was converted and reduced from 71 MB VOB file to 45 MB AVI file in 73 seconds and the quality is still good enough for viewing. My nephew thought I was a computer geek on that day.

Happy Converting!


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