VOB file fixer quickly and easily fixes incorrect video length

I’m blogging about this because I had a terrible time finding a solution to my problem and I want to help other people who are having the same problem.

A while back I was digitizing old VHS tapes using my DVD/VCR combo player/recorder.  I was creating raw DVDs from old VHS tapes and then taking the raw DVDs and copying them onto my laptop for editing.  But sometimes the VOB files that were created by the DVD recorder would have terribly incorrect lengths when viewed on my PC.  For example, a 30 minute VOB file would show up and play as a 10 second long VOB file on my PC.  This incorrect time was keeping my PC software from being able to view and edit the VOB files.  Apparently this is a fairly common problem with some DVD recorders, since this VOB length information is not actually used by many consumer electronic devices.

It took me a while, but I was finally able to find a simple and free utility called MPEG Streamclip that was able to fix the VOB file length data without having to completely render the entire VOB.  This program has a terrible user interface and it also has a couple of quirks.  For example, it gives me a couple errors regarding some Apple Quicktime software that is not installed on my system, but it did what I needed it to do anyways.  But what do you expect for free, huh?

MPEG Streamclip screen shot

When you tell it to open a VOB that has incorrect length information, it realizes the problem during the open operation and prompts you to fix the timecode breaks or not.  Once it fixes the timecode breaks, you can save as MPG (not Export … Save As) which doesn’t perform any processing nor rendering of the file because the VOB was in MPG format already, or you can export into a number of different video formats.

broken and fixed VOB file

One other thing.  MPEG Streamclip does not require admin rights to install on your PC.  Just download the zip, unzip it, and run the executable.  Here is the website where you can download the utility.  Have fun!

http://www.squared5.com/

Kurt

Postscript: In January 2017 I got a new PC and MPEG Streamclip refused to run until I installed the Alternate Quicktime package that it pointed me to.  This Alternate Quicktime package does require admin rights to install.

40 thoughts on “VOB file fixer quickly and easily fixes incorrect video length”

  1. Thank you for the information and tip. I had tried several different converters that failed to render the VOB video clip to any format correctly. This thing finally worked! I had a1 GB VOB video that would show a 16 second time code. Would play okay in a media player or DVD player, but could not be edited at all, as only 16 seconds would show up of the entire video in the editing programs.

  2. Hey, you said you were able to fix the time code breaks and save it without converting, how were you able to do that? Every format i’ve tried seems to require some form of conversion, even mpg. Let me know.

  3. Excellent advice – has fixed a number of old home videos which I’d burned to DVD years ago and was worried when I could only access half of the vob file!

  4. Amazing! Thanks, Kurt. I was having that exact problem. There’s no way I would have found a solution without stumbling on your blog.

  5. omg. This recovered my grandpas WWII interview!!Prison camp. When he was shot down. everything! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Many Thanks,

    I hope i saw this blog earlier, I have been struggling for a while,,, super easy solution.

  7. It works???Finally???Thank you so much for sharing this with us?I have this software for 4 years?never thought it could help to solve such difficult problem, won’t be judging free software ever again. Thanks again!!!!!

  8. No idea why all the “!” became question mark in my last post, but anyway…Thank you so much!!!

  9. I am so grateful for this blog and the software. It worked perfectly! it’s 3 am and i was searching for the solution for this problem from yesterday morning lol. Thank you very much.

  10. Awesome! Spent hours looking for a fix to vob files playing for 7-8 minutes instead of 45. This is it! Thank you so much for this!

  11. Thanks so much!

    Helped me out as well 🙂
    Had to install quicktime alternative, (it was version 4.10) and after that it worked like magic.

    Bless you Kurt!

  12. Is anyone else having issues with this?

    When I did this, the breaks were fixed to some extent, but in the resulting file, every 3 minutes or so, 5 seconds of footage is skipped

  13. Thank you so much for the info. Just an update, you cannot install MPEG Stream Clip now without installing Quicktime (40MB file). Once installed when you open the VOB using the software like the author mentions, it automatically checks for breaks and fixes the file with the proper length. Next step should be to save as MPEG as if you try to convert the file to AVI or anything else, it will ask you to install the MPEG-2 component which is a paid software from Apple. Instead just save as MPEG, then install ANy Video Convertor and then convert to whichever file you intend to.

  14. This worked, I had some videos of 30 minutes, but it showed like it has 14 hours, I run this software once and video was limited to 1hour and 40 minutes, I run it again and then it was limited to the correct length, 30 minutes. So you need to run it again and again to work like it should.

  15. This post helped me a lot! Had an old home movie from 1970 which was getting cut short. Making a short movie for my Parents 50th anniversary party.

    Thanks,

    Rob

  16. Thank you so much! Your hard work saved me hours/days/?? finding a solution to this problem! Much appreciated!

  17. Kurt, thank you. I spent hours trying to resolve this. The DVD RAM VRO file showed 12 minutes but was actually 3.5 hours. This fixed it and now is changed to a mpeg file. Thanks again.

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