"I'm doing volunteer video editing for an oral history project, but the files I received are .vob, and iMovie won't import them the usual way. I've had no luck finding a free converter that works on my computer. Any ideas?"
VOB is basically a MPEG-2 video file which is stored in Video_TS folder in a DVD. As this kind of video file usually contains one or several audio tracks and subtitle tracks that are multiplexed together into one stream form, it is not so easy to playback directly on PC and Mac. If you need to import VOB to iMovie, you need a find VOB to iMovie Converter to convert VOB files to iMovie MOV, MPEG-4, DV files.
iOrgsoft VOB to iMoive Converter can do the work for you. With it, you can easily convert VOB to iMovie compatible MOV, MPEG-4, DV files for direct importing to iMovie ‘08/'09/'11 for free editing. Apart from converting VOB to iMovie MOV, MPEG-4, DV files, VOB to iMovie Converter is also able to convert VOB to other file formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, FLV, 3GP, ASF, RM, RMVB etc
Step by step to convert VOB to iMovie with VOB to iMoive Converter
Step 1: Download and install VOB to iMovie Converter
Free download VOB to iMovie Converter, and install it on your computer, open it to pop up the following main interface:
Step 2: Import VOB to iMovie
Click Add Files button to click as many VOB files as you like into VOB to iMovie Converter
Step 3: Choose output format and directory
Click the drop-down list of Convert To to select iMovie > iMovie ProRes (*.mov), and then, click the drop-down list of Save To to select a directory to save your converted files
Step 4: Convert VOB to iMovie
Click Convert to begin converting after all the settings have been done. Wait for a while, then you can import VOB to iMovie for editing.
Tips: You can also do some simple video editings with its built-in video editing functions like Trim, Split, Crop and Edit.