Convert DVD VOB Video Files To AVI Format

A friend has some home videos as DVD. He wants to convert the DVD files to AVI so he can edit them with a movie editor.

This is how to do it.

N.B. This is for DVD home movies which are NOT encrypted. This will not work for DVD Videos such as those produced by the Hollywood studios. The movie industry has worked to prevent back up copies of DVDs by encrypting content.

This is for the Windows platform. You can achieve the same using Debian/Linux. I'll leave that for another day.

Download and install the following software:

DVDFab HD Decrypter

Avidemux Video Editor


Fireup DVDFab HD Decrypter. Place your DVD video disc in the drive. When it spins up, DVDFab should detect it and start to scan the disc. DVDFab will ask you to specify the region code. Western Europe for us.

The DVD video will be identified in the field at top marked 'Source'. Click field underneath marked 'Target' and select a drive and a folder / directory to output the ripped DVD data. Make a note of the directory/folder the ripped data is in. You will need to know that a little later.

Click start. Go grab a coffee or watch wrestling. When its finished close DVDFab. Its done its work for today.


Fire up Avidemux. We want to convert the file to AVI.

Left hand panel. Click drop down arrow button under Video. Select MPEG-4 ASP (Xvid)
Left hand panel. Click drop down arrow button under Audio. Select MP3 (lame)
Left hand panel. Click drop down arrow button under Format. Select AVI

Click folder on toolbar go to the location where DVDFab put the ripped files. You do remember the folder location, dont you?

Click it and open the folder makred VIDEO_TS.

Ignore .BUP, .IFO, .idx files.

Select the first VOB file. Should be something like VTS_01_0.VOB. Click 'Open'

Avidemux confirms its opened the file.

Back at main screen, click Save. Second button from left on toolbar. Image of floppy disk.

Give the file a name, including '.avi. extionsion. Avidemux will not add the extension for you.

Avidemux starts conversion.

Go grab a coffee or watch some more wrestling. This could take a couple of hours.

For large files, run it over night.