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How to Convert VOB to iMovie Supported Video Format

By Emily Watson, Monday, November 20, 2017

This Post has been updated on March 14, 2018

"I have a Mac Book Pro and want to edit my VOB videos in iMovie. When I'm trying to import VOB files to iMovie for editing, however, all VOB files in the Video-TS folder are just grayed out. What's wrong? How can I import VOB to iMovie?"

What is a VOB file and how do I play VOB files on a Mac?

VOB, a container file format for DVD video storage, can contain digital video, audio streams, subtitles, DVD menus and so on. If you rip a VOB file from DVD, you may fail to play it on your smartphone or computer. That is because most of the mobile devices and computer don’t support this format. To play VOB files on a Mac, you have to convert it to MP4 or other appropriate formats.

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If you want to edit the VOB file with iMovie and play it on a Mac or other devices such as iPhone, iPad or Android, just scroll down and check how to do. To elaborate on this question, we divide this post into two parts:

Part 1: What Formats does iMovie Support?

The below table lists out iMovie supported video formats for importing.

iMoive Supported Video Formats

From the list, we learn that you can use DV, HDV, AVCHD and some MP4 and MOV files in iMovie. Obviously, VOB, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc. are not supported by iMovie. For iMovie unsupported formats, you should convert them to iMovie compatible format before importing and editing. In the next part, we show you how to convert VOB to iMovie.

Part 2: How to Import VOB to iMovie on Mac?

To import VOB to iMovie for editting on Mac, we need to draw support from a VOB to iMovie converter which is called FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (Mac). This program can convert VOB to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) encoded MOV which ensures best result for editing in iMovie 11. It also convert VOB to DV, MOV.

Besides VOB, you can convert other iMovie unsupported formats like AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV and even MP4 to iMovie video. Apart from the core ability to convert video to iMovie, you can edit video files with the built-in editing tool in the program.

Download the program and follow the steps below to fulfill the VOB to iMovie conversion.


1. Import VOB files to iMovie

After running FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate on Mac, drag VOB files directly to the interface of the program. You can add multiple videos at one time by clicking "Add File" > "Add Folder".

Import VOB Files to FonePaw Program

2. Set output format

Click "profile" drop-down list and select "iMovie and Final Cut Express" preset. Then, click "Browse" button to select a destination folder.

Set Output Format for iMovie

3. Edit VOB files on Mac (Optional)

Use "Crop", "Effect", "Watermark", "3D" and merge button to edit your VOB files.

Edit VOB Files on Mac

4. Convert VOB to iMovie

Now you should convert the VOB to MP4 format. You can click the "Convert" button to start VOB to iMovie transcoding. When the conversion is end, launch iMovie and go to the File menu, choose Import > Movies, and then navigate to the output folder. Select the files and click "Import".

Convert and Import VOB to iMovie Videos


As long as you get the FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) and follow the step by step guide, you'll never worry about the VOB cannot be imported into iMovie problem. With this tool, you are also entitled to convert videos to QuickTime (MOV) and Final Cut Express on Mac. So why not try this VOB to MP4 converter and free download the full version to make thing easier?


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