Posted by Matthew Watt - Sep 07, 2021 | Contact Author
Top 2 Methods to Play VOB Files on Mac
VOB is the container format that contains audio, video, subtitle, menu information, etc. stored in DVD. Let's say there are some VOB files shared from others or a collection of DVD movies, and you just want to enjoy them on your Mac without any disappointment such as format limitation or DVD hurt. Normally, both the built-in media players in Windows and Mac platform such as Windows Media Player and QuickTime do not have support for the VOB format. Luckily, there are some solutions out there that allow you resolve this incompatibility issues easily. In this article, I will share my experience and offer two commonly used methods to help you open VOB videos on Mac for enjoying with ease.
Solution 1: Play VOB files on Mac with professional VOB player
To watch VOB files on Mac OS X (E1 Capitan and Yosemite included), another feasible method is take professional Mac VOB players to use. Here are some you can choose, to name a few.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player can play video/audio in any format, from MPEG to FLV, VOB, RMVB, etc., including HD and Blu-ray. It supports for 10 bit codes plus multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4, XviD and WebM. VLC Media Player also offers great hotkey support. Besides, it is able to convert the video files to different format.
MPlayer is a free media player. It has several versions to fit for different operating system like Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The interface of MPlayer is basic and minimalist. However, it supports more than 192 video and 85 audio codecs natively, which means that it can fast response to anything you load in it. Besides, you can choose subtitles and take screenshots as you like.
Editor's Note: There are many other third-party video players that support VOB playback on Mac OS X, you can refer to this article "Top 5 Free VOB Player for Mac" to find more.
Solution 2: Convert VOB files to Mac Compatible Format
With VOB players, you can only play VOB files smoothly on your computer, you can't still make full use of the VOB files because of the incompatibility issue. If you want to edit VOB files with iMovie, Final Cut Pro or transfer the DVD .VOB files to play and watch in any player, application and device etc., the best solution is to convert VOB to another format you want. To do it, you can use EaseFab Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to perform video conversion.
As one of the best VOB Converters for Mac, the program is able transform VOB files to any popular video format like MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, AVI, WMV and more. Better yet, it offers optimized preset for a variety of mobile devices like iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Blackberry, PSP, Xbox and many others. Besides converting VOB videos, EaseFab Video Converter for Mac is also able to edit VOB files without any hassle. You can touch up the video by appending artistic effects, adding special text watermarks, cropping the frame size and so forth.
This VOB video converter works on Mac OS X (macOS Catalina). Windows users who are seeking for helps to transform VOB files in Windows (Windows 10) can have a try on the VOB Converter for Windows.
Step 1: Import VOB files by directly dragging files to this program.
Step 2: Next, select an output format from the output format list that open by click the Profile icon. If you want to play VOB files on the go, use the optimized presets for iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and so on.
Step 3: Hit the Convert button on the lower-right corner of the main interface.
Other Useful How-to Guides & Tips
Plex can't directly play VOB media files. To do this, you may have to convert VOB to a format compatible with Plex like MP4, AVI, MOV, etc.
The easiest way to play VOB files on Chromebooks is to convert VOB to a fully compatible format by Chromebooks.
Most TVs doesn't support DVD VOB format. To play VOB files on your Samsung TV, LG TV or other TVs, you need to convert them first.
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