What is VOB files?
VOB stands for DVD Video Object. It is basically one of the core files found on DVD-Video discs and contains the actual movie data, including an MPEG-2 video stream and support audio (MP2, AC3, DTS etc.)
Different ways to play VOB files
There are a variety of ways to play VOB files. You can play VOB files with some media player software such as VLC, MPC-HC, burn VOB files to DVD disc for any regular DVD player that supports burned disc or install a software DVD Player on your computer for the best DVD playback experience. For the more detailed steps, just read on…
Watch VOB files with media player software such as VLC or MPC-HC
View VOB files with VLC (for both Windows and Mac)
Step 1: Download, install and run VLC on your computer.
Step 2: Click the “Media” (Windows) or “File” (macOS) menu. This will display the menu options for opening media.
Step 3: Select “Open Folder” (Windows) or “Open File” (macOS). This will allow you to open the VIDEO_TS folder that contains your VOB files.
Step 4: Browse for the folder containing your VOB files. The folder will usually be labeled VIDEO_TS if it was ripped directly from a DVD.
Step 5: Open the selected folder to start playing the VOB files. When you open the folder, VLC Player will begin playing the video as if you had inserted the DVD. You’ll have access to the DVD menus, special features, chapters, and other bonuses.
Enjoy VOB files with MPC-HC (for Windows only)
Step 1: Determine if you are running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. You’ll need to know in order to download the correct version of MPC-HC.
Step 2: Download, install and run MPC-HC with the correct version on your Windows computer.
Step 3: Click the “File” menu and select “Quick Open File.” This will open the file browser.
Step 4: Browse for the folder containing your VOB files. When you rip a DVD to VOB format, you typically will have a VIDEO_TS folder that contains all of the VOB files. Navigate to and open this folder in the file browser.
Step 5: Select the “VIDEO_TS.ifo” file. This file loads the contents of the DVD in order so that you can play the menus and all of the special features.
Tips: You can select individual VOB files, but this will only play that portion of the DVD.
Step 6: Open the file. This will begin playing from the beginning of the DVD, loading the proper VOD files when necessary.
Burn VOB files to DVD disc with ImgBurn for regular DVD Player viewing
If you have a DVD burner, you can burn VOB files to DVD disc for playing on any regular DVD players. ImgBurn is a free DVD recording application that allows you to create a playable DVD using the VOB files in your Video_TS folder.
Step 1: Download, install, setup and start ImgBurn.
Step 2: Select “Write files/folders to disc” from the menu. This will open Build Mode, which will make an image file from your VOB files and then write it to a disc. Build Mode will preserve all of the original DVD menus and features.
Step 3: Click the “Browse for a folder” button. This will open the file browser. You’ll find this button to the right of the “Source” fields.
Step 4: Select your VIDEO_TS folder. The VIDEO_TS folder contains the VOB files that you want to burn to DVD. Opening this folder will load all of the VOB files into ImgBurn.
Step 5: Click the “Calculate” button. This looks like a calculator, and can be found in the lower-right corner. The size of the image file will be determined, and you’ll be informed if you need a single-layer or dual-layer disc.
Step 6: Insert the disc type recommended. After calculating, you’ll see a “Min. Req. Media” entry. Use this as a guide as to the type of blank disc to insert. Most movies will burn to DVD±R/RW.
Step 7: Click the “Options” tab. This will display the disc options.
Step 8: Select “ISO9660 + UDF” from the “File System” menu. The disc will be encoded in a way that can be read by DVD players.
Step 9: Click the Labels tab. This will allow you to add a label, which can help the player read your disc.
Step 10: Enter a label in the “ISO9660″ field. It can be whatever you’d like, but can’t use spaces.
Step 11: Click the “Copy” button next to the “ISO9660″ field. The label you entered will be automatically entered into the other applicable fields (they need to match).
Step 12: Click the “Build” button. This will start burning your project to the blank DVD in your drive. The time this takes will vary depending on your DVD burner and the size of the video.
Step 13: Play your burned DVD. After the DVD has finished burning, you can use it in most DVD players. Some players will have problems with burned discs, and may not load the video.
Play VOB files with installed DVD Player software
In order to view stand-alone VOB files, it would be a good option to have a DVD player software that supports VOB playback. You can download and install either PowerDVD or WinDVD to playback VOB from hard disc drive. Both of these are commercial software packages.
Play encrypted VOB files
All above listed solutions only work with VOB files that are non-encrypted. If you wish to play encrypted VOB files, you will need a powerful disc decrypter to bypass the encryption used on VOB files. Here, a powerful yet simple to use application called Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended to you.
The program features a powerful built-in disc decrypter to assist you to bypass all types of copy protection used on VOB files in the background. Apart from bypassing the protection from VOB files, the application can also assist you to convert the VOB files to various popular digital file formats such as AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WebM, 3GP, etc for viewing not only on DVD Player software or regular DVD Players but also on any of your favorite portable devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android phones/tablets, etc anytime anywhere as you like.
The advanced output profile parameters setting function also facilitate you to get the best output video and audio quality by flexibly adjusting output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc.
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Step by Step to Bypass Encrypted VOB Files for Convenient Playing
Step 1: Add VOB files.
Download and install this best VOB File Converter on your computer and then run it on. Click “Add video/audio” icon to add your VOB file to it. It supports batch conversion so you can insert more than one VOB files at a time.
Step 2：Choose output format.
Just open “Format” drop-down list, here you can see many profile. You can select the output format according to your need. Here, we choose to output VOB to one of the popular digital file format such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category which is compatible with most portable devices.
Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin VOB encryption removing and VOB to digital file format conversion process.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. You will then have no problem to play VOB files on any portable devices you like.