How to re-author a DVD from one or more VOB files on my hard drive

In this article we start from one or more VOB files that were recovered with IsoBuster from a Movie DVD. Only the VOB files are usable as input files, IFO and BUP files can be discarded.

VOB files

If you're not sure how to get the VOB files, please read the first article of this series of articles:

There are many DVD authoring tools available but for this example we'll use NeroVision Express, to stay in context with previous articles as NeroVision is part of the Nero suite:

Start up NeroVision and select Make DVD -> DVD-Video:

Nero - Make DVD

In the next window, select "Add Video Files":

Nero - Add video files

And add the VOB files you had set apart:

Nero - Add VOB files

Nero now loads the different files that you selected and displays them on the left of NeroVision.

Each file gets its own chapter in the main menu:

Nero - Chapter for every file

You can dig into making extra chapters and extra menus etc. For instance, select a video fragment on the left (see picture above) and choose "Create Chapters" on the right:

Nero - Create chapters

In the next screen you can now make sub-chapters for this video fragment or have Nero auto-find sub-chapters for you. Click "Next" (bottom right corner) to return each time. There are obviously a lot of possibilities here and the only way to learn more about this is by actually playing with it. That's beyond the scope of this article now, we stick to the bare essentials.

After you're done making chapters and menus, maybe even editing the movie here and there, click "Next" (bottom right corner). The next window allows you to graphically define your menu layout. Again, this is beyond the scope of this article. Play with it, that's the best way to learn.

Click "Next" (bottom right corner) when you're done and you can now examine the end result. You can still go back ("Back Button") and change things if you want.

Click "Next" (bottom right corner) when you're done and enter the final stage. In the top right corner, select "Burn To" and make sure the correct drive is selected. Then, if you're ready, hit the button "Burn" (bottom right corner) and make the actual disc.

The result should be a perfect Video DVD with self created menus etc. It's fun making your own DVDs like this and you'll be the hero of your family when you master this well ;-)

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