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How To Convert From VOB to MP4

Created on 10/09/09-KM

1. Start the program called HandBrake
     a. If you cannot easily locate the program use Finder (on a Mac) or Search (on a PC) to locate it. Double click to open.
     b. If you do not currently have the program installed you will need to install it.
          i. Go to http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php to download the file.
          ii.Once you have saved the program, open it. It will also ask you to download VLC or try the initial scan.
               aa. Download VLC

For DVD's Containing ONLY One file:

(Please note, Figure 1-1 illustrates the referenced steps.)

2. When you open HandBrake you will be asked to locate the source, if you had to download VLC you will need to click on the Source button shown on the top left of the HandBrake program screen.
     a. This is the file that you are going to convert to MP4. Use the navigation window to find the file.
     b. Double click on the file to select it or click once and click on "open" button.

3. You will see the name of the file on the program window where it reads "Source:"

4. Verify the "Destination". Where you want the file saved and with what name.
     a. The portion that precedes the .m4v is the name of the file.

5. Verify that the Output Settings is set to Custom and that the format is an MP4 file.

6. Do not worry about anything that appears on the bottom portion of the screen.
      a. These settings do not need to be changed unless instructed by your professor.

7. Click the "Start" button.

Figure 1-1 HandBreak Interface

8. Once the program is done running, your MP4 file has been created and saved to the specified location under "Destination".

9. If you are done you can close the program, if you have more files to convert refer to step #2.

For DVD's Containing MULTIPLE files:

1. Start the program called Streamclip
     a. If you cannot easily locate the program use Finder (on a Mac) or Search (on a PC) to locate it. Double click to open.
     b. If you do not currently have the program installed you will need to install it.
          i. Go to http://www.squared5.com/ to download the file.
-Download version 1.9.2; do not download the beta version since it is only being tested and not an official product yet.

2.You also need to make sure that you have (at least) DivX Pro 5.1.1.
This is a necessary program to be able to convert to MP3's.
     a. if you do not currently have the program installed you will need to install it.
     b. Go to http://download.cnet.com/DivX/3000-2139_4-21829.html to download a 15 day trial version of DivX Pro 7.1 for Mac.

3. Because you are working with more than one file you will need to open your DVD.
     a. Double click on the DVD icon on the desktop.
     b. Double click on the Folder that is displayed. This will list out all of the files that are on the DVD.

4. Note the different in the files names. You will be working with the files that end in .VOB (you will have several depending on how many videos are saved on the DVD). In this example there are two videos saved.

5. Click on the first or second file (depending with each one you want to work with) and drag it to the square on the screen. The following screen will be displayed. Click on "Yes".

6a. The window displayed below will pop up if you dragged the FIRST FILE on the step above. Click on select 1 from the pull down menu.

6b. The window displayed below will pop up if you dragged the SECOND FILE on the step above. Click on "Open 1 File".

7. Once you have clicked on this the next window will pop up. Click on "Fix Now".

8. Once you click on "Fix Now" the following screen will pop up. Push the button to "Proceed".

9. Once it is complete "proceeds" you will see the following screen come up. Please wait until this process is completed.

10. When the process is complete you will want to play some of the video on Streamclip to make sure that you are working with the right file.

11. Go to "File" -- "Save As" give the file a name and select a location that you will recognize. This will save the single
file that you want to work with.

12. Open Handbreak, and select the file that you have just saved as your Source file.
     a. Refer to steps 3 through 7 for the instructions for "ONLY one file" above in the previous section.

13. Once the program is done running, your MP4 file has been created and saved to the specified location under "Destination".

14. If you are done you can close the program, if you have more files to convert refer to step #3 of this section.

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