Unable to play *.vob files in Windows Media Player? Fortunately, there are possible ways out there that allow you to solve VOB and Windows Media Player incompatible issues! Let’s find them out here.
VOB is the container format that contains audio, video, subtitle, menu information, etc. stored in DVD. It’s actually an MPEG file with additional data which is used to store movies on a DVD disc. Therefore, a media player with MPEG-2 codec can play VOB files without hassles. Though Microsoft claims that Windows Media Player 12 and higher can play VOB files without problem, you can encounter problems when playing VOB in Windows Media Player. If you’re facing problems playing VOB files using Windows Media Player, read on for details.
Why some Windows Media Player cannot play VOB files on hard drive? The main reason is our computer are lacking of MPEG-2 encoder/decoder that only preinstalled in the Home Premium and Ultimate versions of Vista. If we need to play VOB with Windows Media Player, we should download a codec like k-lite codec from the free-codec website to upgrade our media player, which will allow Windows Media Player 9, 11 to playback many new types of file formats, including VOB.
Besides Windows Media Player, a VOB file can be opened on a computer by playing it with most modern media players. Below are two of them:
#1. Play VOB files by using VLC
Just as what tell on http://www.videolan.org, the VLC can play everything-a bit overstate exactly, but we should admit that the VLC is really very powerful media player. It can play DVDs, VCDs, Audio CDs, web videos and much more without any codec packs needed. Furthermore, it can play even damaged media files.
#2. Play VOB files by using MPC-HC
Media Player Classic, which functions very similarly, is a small and lightweight media player for Windows. It looks just like the good-old Windows Media Player 6.4, but has various extra features. For example, it has a built-in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QT and/or Real player), and lots more. With it, you can also play VOB files on Windows.
Editor’s Note: If you have a Plex media server, converting the VOB files to MKV format will make it easier to stream them without losing quality. You can also burn the VOB files back to a disc and play the disc in regular DVD players. You cannot play VOB files if they are encrypted. In this suitation, you’ll need to get a VOB converter to decrypt and encode the VOB files to other formats.
To encode VOB files easily and quickly, EaseFab Video Converter Ultimate is a great choice. With it, you can effortlessly change VOB to WMV files with fast encoding speed and least quality loss, no matter your VOB files are on your DVD discs, or downloaded online (usually included in a VIDEO_TS folder). It can also convert among other video formats like MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV and an array of others. Moreover, the program also allows you to rip and copy both commercial encrypted and homemade Blu-ray/DVD movies for playback anywhere. With this all-in-one tool, you can convert your videos in batch mode at once, which saves you a lot of time.