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    Unhappy Trouble copying home movie DVD VTS .VOB file to Desktop
    Hello,

    First off, please forgive my ignorance, I'm relatively new here.
    I'm trying to transfer my home movies to my iMac to edit a movie for my niece's graduation. I used a VHS to DVD conversion deck (I have VHS, miniDV, 8mm's). I read that i needed to copy the VTS .VOB files from the DVD to my computer. It worked on one of the DVD's I made. I keep getting an error message "The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “VTS_01_1.VOB” can’t be read or written.
    (Error code -36)". I don't think I did anything different during the transfer on each DVD so I can't figure out what went wrong.
    I was able to use HandBrake to transfer the .VOB file to mp4 on the first (good) DVD. I'm not able to use Handbrake directly from the DVD.
    I also tried to use old software I bought a few years ago (iSkySoft DVD ripper) but it won't work there, either.
    I'm going crazy because I only have a few weeks to get this thing finished.
    Any help (step by step, in non-geek English--Remember, I'm new! ) will be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!
    Michelle

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    You might wish to try Handbrake instead. Download a free copy from here.

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    Unless I am misreading the OP HandBrake is a no go on this particular DVD. Take a look at the disc to see if it is dirty/scratched. You might try MPEGStreamclip. if the disc is bad/scratched it may have the same problem.
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Oops, I missed that. Thanks Sly, but Handbrake should have worked.

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    That's why I was wondering about the discs.

    @OP If the discs seem to be ok try using a different optical drive if you have one. Sometimes one drive will read a disc that another drive won't read.
    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Thanks for replying.

    I thought it might be a disk problem so I made another copy but it still didn't work. I tried using my laptop to transfer the VTS VOB file to its desktop. I was able to copy there and use HandBrake however, when I played the mp4 that HandBrake converted it was just a black screen.

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    See if adding Flip4Mac WMV Player and Perian (both free) to your machine "fixes" the MP4 file.

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