Let say your manage a PI Company and you have an independent private investigator conduct a surveillance assignment. When the PI completes the assignment they mail you a DVD, but now what? Do you convert the DVD? Do you need special PI Software? In most cases the answer is NO. So now you have the DVD in your have. Let say you need to add in other surveillance video or maybe they labeled it with their information and you can’t send it to your client as is.
First you need to get the DVD into your video editing software.
The quickest and easiest way is to do the following. Locate the DVD file on the DVD. The video file should have the extension .VOB and in most cases the file is large. Copy (Ctrl+C) the file to your clipboard. Now paste (Ctrl+V) your file in your case folder or PI Management Software.
Now here is the trick. Most .VOB file are .MPG files. So you just needed to rename the file from .VOB to .MPG, it is that simple. If you can’t see the file extension when you go to rename it, in Windows XP open Windows Explorer, go to Tools > Folder options, click the view tab and uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for known file types before completing the steps above. For Windows Vista, click Organize > Folder and Search Options , click the View tab and uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for known file types before completing the steps above. You can’t rename the .VOB file on a DVD because DVDs are read only, so make sure you have copied the .VOB file from the DVD to your hard drive.
This procedure works on MOST .VOB file. Always make a backup of your .VOB file before attempting.