Why is Handbrake selective about the .vob files it converts?

Major Upgrade July 22, 2010
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I’ve been backing up my DVD collection to my Windows XP SP3 laptop hard drive. I use DVD Decrypter to rip the main movie to a .vob file, then use Handbrake to convert the file to a .mp4 file.

Eight times out of ten it works without a hitch, but every once in a while Handbrake refuses certain movies. The black encode screen will open for a few seconds with no information then close, then the message “Encoding Finished” pops up in the tray.

I’ve tried to isolate the reason, but it seems pretty random. Has anyone experience this and know of a reason or fix?

  1. pceasies
    July 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Make sure you are selecting the correct vob. You want to make sure you select the first 1GB (or similar). Some movies have multiple vobs that are 10-60secs that have advertisements and previews in them. Looking at my Iron Man DVD to first vob of the actual movie is VTS_03_1.vob, with lots of extra small ones before it. If you still can't get it to work you may also want to give AutoGK a shot.

    • William Brand
      July 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

      I'll second AutoGK. Such a wonderful program.