Ripping VOB and DVD Files

To import VOB files, which are in MPEG-2 format, or to rip a DVD that is not copy protected you need to use MPEG Streamclip. This is one of the most useful conversion to tools to have and every FCP editor should have it installed. You need to download the latest beta version of MPEG Streamclip from the Squared 5 web site ( In addition you will need to purchase the QuickTime MPEG-2 playback component from Apple, which is $19.99. You don’t need this playback component to playback MPEG-2 files in 10.9 Mavericks or other recent OS versions, you do need it however for use with Streamclip. There’s a catch. The installer for the MPEG-2 playback component is PowerPC based and will not run in recent versions of the OS, and will not run in Mavericks. So how do you install your $20 purchase from Apple? The beta installer of Streamclip comes with a script that allows you to do this.

1. Download the two components, the beta version of MPEG Streamclip, which at the moment is MPEG_Streamclip_1.9.3b8.dmg, and the QuickTime MPEG-2 installer, which is QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg.

2. Open the Streamclip .dmg file, which will contain two files, the MPEG Streamclip application and a utility script.

3.   Double-click the QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg to mount it. You don’t have to do anything inside it.

4.   From the Streamclip .dmg run the Utility MPEG2 Component M. Lion. This script will install the MPEG-2 component from the QuickTimeMPEG2 disk image.   


Now you’re ready to rip from MPEG-2 or VOB files.

1. Launch MPEG Streamclip and from the File menu select Open Files for VOB files or Open DVD if you have a disc mounted.

2. From the File menu select Export to QuickTime.

3.   Your media is probably 720x576 for PAL or 720x480 for NTSC. Select the appropriate size.

4.   Set the frame rate to whatever the original file was 23.976, or 25, or 29.97.

5.   I recommend checking on Deinterlace Video, unless you know your media is not interlaced.

6.   For high quality and excellent intermediate use I suggest setting Compression to Apple DVPRO50 either PAL or NTSC.  

7.     Click the Options button to set the Scan Mode, either progressive or interlaced, and the Aspect Ratio. If it’s widescreen set 16:9. This will produce a file that’s anamorphically squeezed in either 720x576 or 720x480.

8.     Click Make Movie and select the name and location for your file.


That’s it. You’ve converted your VOB or DVD files for use in Final Cut Pro or another application that uses QuickTime.

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