How to Edit Video TS Files

by Alexis Lawrence
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The file that a DVD uses to store all the video, audio and data for the disc is known as an ISO, or disc image file. If you open that ISO, you find two folders, the Video_TS folder and the Audio_TS folder. The Audio_TS folder contains nothing, while the Video_TS folder contains all the disc files, including video object files, or VOBs, and disc information files, or IFOs.

Extract and Edit Files in Video_TS Folder

Step 1

Pull the Video_TS folder out of the ISO file if you haven’t yet. Right-click the ISO file and choose “Extract Files” from the menu. The Video_TS and Audio_TS folders extract from the ISO and save into the folder containing the ISO file.

Step 2

Double-click the Video_TS folder on your computer’s desktop. A new window, labeled “Video_TS,” opens and all the contents of the folder display on the screen.

Make any changes you want to the Video_TS folder. Right-click any file you want to delete and choose “Delete” from the menu or drag files to move them around in the window. Make any changes that you want and the changes automatically take effect.

Edit Video_TS Video

Step 1

Extract the Video_TS folder from the ISO file. Double-click the Video_TS folder to open it on the screen and look for the files with the VOB extension.

Step 2

Download Any Video Converter and install it to your computer, or go to an online conversion system like Media-Convert or Zamzar. (See Resources.) Follow the directions on the screen in the conversion system to import any of the VOB files from the Video_TS folder. Select a standard file format, such as AVI, to convert the files into and click the “Convert” button.

Step 3

Launch your normal video-editing program. Go to “File" > "Import” and import the converted files to the video-editing program. Drag the files to the timeline of the video-editing program and use the program tools to make any cuts or changes to the files.

Save the project as a movie by going to “File" > "Publish.” Enter a name for the edited video files and choose the location where you would like to store the files on your hard drive.


  • When you delete or move files in a Video_TS folder, the files may no longer play correctly if you ever want to burn them to another DVD.


  • When you convert the VOB files from the Video_TS folder for editing, convert the file into whatever format works best with your video-editing program. For instance, Windows Movie Maker uses Windows native WMV files, while iMovie works with Apple’s MOV files.


Photo Credits

  • Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images

About the Author

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.

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