tsantee, you are...the guru. For those of you who want the answer to VOB conversion FOR EDITING PURPOSES, here it is:
1--Using MPEG Streamclip (free from Apple) in conjunction with the MPEG2 Quicktime plugin ($20 from Apple), open -- all at once -- all workable VOB files from the Video_TS folder. Then "Fix" the time code breaks when prompted. Then "export to DV". Note: The program creates a monstrous .DV file that's about twice the size of the original .VOB files.
2--Using Final Cut Pro, import the .DV file into a project. Now you can edit it and spit it back out as a Quicktime movie ready for your website, etc.
My goal was to extract video footage from a DVD, edit it, and put it on my website. This worked perfectly and with very little cost. Note: This is time consuming -- a real process -- but image quality and fluidity of movement in the final Quicktime movie are pretty sweet (and since i no longer have the original DV tapes of the footage i shot, this seems to be my only option).
Thanks again tsantee.
Your best bet is to export to DV video for import the Final Cut. Neither Crunch nor Popcorn have this option. If you are only getting a few seconds of video from an MPEG Streamclip export then you need to Fix Timecode Breaks (Streamclip Edit menu).
To use Toast for the conversion from VIDEO_TS to DV you need to first use the Toast Media Browser to extract the MPEG video from the contents of the VIDEO_TS folder. Place the VIDEO_TS folder on the desktop and choose DVD with the Media Browser's top button to access the contents in the browser window. After Toast writes the MPEG file when dragged from the browser, you can select it and choose the DV setting in the Export window.