Tutorial: Converting VOB to ProRes 422, ProRes 4444

Published on by Chris King

Before importing & editing VOB files in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, first thing you need to do is to convert VOB to Apple ProRes, the FCP most compatible video format. 


Q: “I have a few VOB clips that I need to incorporate into the timeline, should I convert these VOB files to Apple ProRes? Is there a good ProRes converter mac?”

You may get a lot of mts, mp4, mkv, avi, mov or vob files shot by camcorders or ripped from DVDs. When editing these videos with iMovie, Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere in Mac, you'll often run into troubles like import error, poor color or quality. In this article I focus on how to convert VOB to ProRes to solve the VOB to FCP incompatible issues.

Actually, VOB such a kind of video file usually contains one or several audio tracks and subtitle tracks that are multiplexed together into one stream form. It is the ideal format for editing purpose. Instead, raw clips like Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov) perform much better in Final Cut Pro. Thus, it's not optional but a must to decode your VOB files to ProRes if you want to achieve the best results.

After getting some reviews online and multiple testing, I found one of the best VOB to ProRes Converter is Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It can help you change VOB into ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into Final Cut Pro 6/7 OR FCP X with smooth editing without any trouble. It will ensure a perfect VOB importing, playing and editing workflow with Apple FCP.

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How to Rewrap VOB to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

1. Load VOB files

You can directly drag and drop the VOB files to the software, or click “Add” or “Add From Folder” to locate the VOB movies into the Mac converter.


Tip: You can join VOB video files if you like.

2. Choose Apple ProRes as Output Format

Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP 6/7 and FCP X on Mac.


Tip: Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.


3. Start encoding VOB to ProRes

Tap “Convert” button on the main interface to start VOB to ProRes conversion with the best VOB to ProRes 422 Converter on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, it is easy to import VOB videos to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X via following File >> Import >> Files…, and browse to where you save the converted VOB clips to. Choose the videos for further editing.

Additional Tips:

Besides converting VOB to ProRes, the best VOB to ProRes Converter, can also help you transcode VOB/MKV/AVI/MPG/TiVo to ProRes for FCP, AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. and it works well and converts flawlessly.

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