iMovie, Final Cut Express are known as the most popular video editing tools on Mac OS X. With the programs, you can make a home video or create your own movie project, which greatly enriched your digital life. Both iMovie and FCE supports most commonly-used video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD and AIC. However, due to the wide range of media files, not all formats are compatible with iMovie '09/11 or FCE. That's why you can always see questions like "How do I import a .vob file into iMovie..." come up from time to time.
As you see, VOB files usually exist on DVD discs, or are downloaded from movie sharing sites. When you put a commercial DVD disc and home DVD disc, you'll see lots of VOB files there. Besides VOB files, you'll also find IFO and BUP files inside the Video_TS folder. However, only VOB files contain the real DVD movies. Back to the point, if you are attempting to edit VOB movie files with iMovie/Final Cut Express, what's the available workaround?
Previously, you can try to create an disk image file with VOB files by using Disk Utility and then import .dmg image to iMovie as camera. Actually, that is a workaround. But it doesn't work anymore. Since both iMovie and FCE work best with clips in the Apple Intermediate Codec encoded MOV format, the easy workaround to transfer your local VOB files or VOB files from DVD discs to iMovie/FCE is to convert VOB to iMovie compatible AIC MOV with a VOB converter software.
Here I highly recommend this professional yet easy-to-use video converter - Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It lets you trancode VOB files to iMovie in only a few clicks. And the iMovie native codec - Apple Intermediate Codec preset is included for easy access. See how below about converting VOB files to iMovie format.
Download the Mac VOB to iMovie Converter:
How to convert and import VOB files into iMovie/FCE timeline
Step 1: Load VOB files
Launch Video Converter for Mac, drag the .vob video files to the program. You can check the “Merge into one file” box to join several VOB videos together.
Step 2: Select iMoviE/FCE friendly format
Click the “Format” to select output format. Choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express--> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the output format.
Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc for iMovie, Final Cut Express.
Step 3: Converting .vob video files to iMovie/FCE
After all the necessary setting have been done, click "Convert" button to start transcoding VOB to AIC .mov.
Finally, launch iMovie. In iMovie, go to the File menu, choose Import > Movies, and then navigate to the folder that your output VOB files are saved. Select the files and click "Import". The same with Final Cut Express.
How to convert VOB for editing in Final Cut Pro X
You're done. By converting VOB to iMovie/FCE compatible format, you can easily enhance your video and make high quality movies with iMovie or Final Cut Express.