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How to Free Convert VOB to MP4 on Mac Fast with High Quality

Hi. After ripping a DVD to a Mac on MacTheRipper, how would I then convert the VOB. files into MP4. files on MacBook for free to make them compatible with iTunes so I can sync them onto my iPod. Thanks, Danny. - MacRumors

VOB is the container format in DVD-Video media, containing digital video, audio, subtitles, DVD menus and navigation contents. Files in VOB format are typically stored in VIDEO_TS folder at the root of a DVD and can be played on DVD player, VLC media player, and more, provided they are unencrypted. But if you want to play VOB files on iPhone Android, edit VOB in iMovie, or share VOB, etc, you need to covnert VOB to other formats like MP4. In this post, we will provide guidance on how to freely convert VOB videos or Video_TS folders to MP4 on Mac.

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Case 1: Freely Convert VOB Videos to MP4 with Fast Speed

MacX Video Converter Pro can freely convert VOB to MP4 H.264, H.265, MPEG4, MOV, M4V, QT, and other 370+ digital formats. 5x faster conversion speed accelerated by Nvidia, AMD, and AMD GPU. 420+ built-in presets for iPhone, iPad, iMovie, iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, social media, etc. Compress large VOB to MP4 with 40%-90% smaller file size without quality loss.  Repair damaged/corrupted VOB files, rotate, crop, trim, add external subtitles, adjust parameters, and more.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 on Mac within Clicks

Step 1: Load VOB Files.

Free download this VOB to MP4 converter on Mac (macOS Monterey supported). Run it and click "Add File" button on the top left corner to import the VOB file you'd like to convert to MP4. Or you can drag and drop the VOB videos from Mac to it directly. Batch conversion is supported, so that you can load and freely decode multiple VOB videos a time.

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Step 2: Set VOB to MP4 Converting.

Once the VOB files are loaded, a window will pop up asking you to select the output format. Choose MP4 as the output video format. Besides vob to mp4 on Mac, you can convert any other videos to different formats freely.

Tips: Click the Edit button below the video info to compress and reduce vob file size. As the vob video ripped from a dvd can be very large in size, you can compress vob videos to smaller MP4 on Mac: trim the video to get the desired video clips or crop video to remove the unwanted parts to get your preferred segment, etc. And the built-in parameter settings lets you adjust the VOB/MP4 video codec, bit rate, frame rate, etc. to compress video to a large degree.

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Step 3: Select the Output Folder.

Click Folder button to choose a folder on the Mac computer to save the exported mp4 files in. Enable the Hardware Accelerator to ensure the fastest VOB to MP4 converting speed.

Step 4: Start Converting VOB to MP4 on Mac.

With the above steps been finished, click the "RUN" button to start encoding video from VOB to MP4 on Mac computer freely with no watermark.

Case 2: Freely Convert VOB in Video_TS Folder to MP4 with High Quality

MacX DVD Ripper Pro can freely convert Video_TS folder VOB to MP4, MPEG4, HEVC, MOV, and any other formats you may need. It's able to remove copy protections like CSS, region code, UOPs, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project protection, etc. on the Video_TS folder, ISO image, and any DVD discs. So you can convert encrypted VOB to MP4 freely on Mac without error. Both CPU and GPU are used to convert the Video_TS folder VOB to MP4 in 5-10 min without visually quality loss.

How to Convert Video_TS folder VOB to MP4 on Mac

Step 1: Load Video_TS VOB Files.

Free download the DVD folder on Mac (macOS Monetery supported). Run it and click the "Folder" button on the top menu to import the VOB file in the DVD folder. It will then start to remove the copy protections on the folder and import the source information.

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Step 2: Choose the MP4 Format

Once the correct data of the DVD folder is loaded, it will pop up a window asking you to select the output format. To convert Video_TS VOB files to MP4 on Mac, go to general profiles and select MP4. There are also presets for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iMovie, and more. Similarily, you can also edit and customize the output MP4 video.

Step 3: Start Converting VOB to MP4 on Mac.

Click the Destination Folder button to set the output folder to save the exported mp4 files. Ensure you have checked the Hardware Accelerator for the fast converting. Then click the "RUN" button to convert DVD VOB to MP4 on Mac now.

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Free Convert VOB to MP4 with Handbrake

Handbrake is able to convert videos from almost any formats into MP4, MKV, or WebM. It supports both videos and DVDs. Therefore, you can use it to convert VOB video or VOB file in a Video_TS folder to MP4. There are many settings to help you compress the large VOB videos to smaller MP4. Below is how you can convert VOB video to MP4 with Handbrake.

Note: Before you start, you should know that Handbrake can only handle videos/DVDs without DRM. If the VOB video is ripped from an encrypted DVD, the VOB video may contain copy protections. Handbrake can't convert encrypted VOB videos to MP4. You can download the libdvdcss on your Mac and try again.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 Free with Handbrake?

  1. Free download Handbrake on your Mac and double-click on the dmg file to run it.
  2. Click Open Source to select and load in the VOB or Video_TS folder into it.
  3. Click the Format dropdown menu under the Output Settings section and choose MP4. Handbrake allows you to convert VOB to MP4 in H.264, H.265. It's set to MP4 H.264 by default.
  4. Change the Video Codec under the Video tab if necessary. Then click on the Start button to begin. If there is anything unclear, here is a more detailed guide on how to convert VOB to MP4 using Handbrake >>
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FYI: Free VOB to MP4 Comparison MacX vs Handbrake

In comparison, MacX Video Converter Pro shows times faster than Handbrake, while the output quality is almost the same (it's very very hard to notice the differences and the quality depends on personal feeling). Check the test results below (Also note that the test results involves heavily the computer configuration, a higher confi will see better results):

Source video: a 720P VOB file of 5min 2s, 76.3MB, we converted the vob file to MP4 h.264


  • Conversion time: 3min 31s
  • encoding method: 2-pass encoding, Turbo first pass
  • Speed: around 35fps

MacX Video Converter Pro:

  • Conversion time: 49s
  • encoding method: GPU hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU utility, hyper-threading tech
  • Speed: around 180fps

Free Convert VOB to MP4 with VLC

Many users rely on VLC to play different videos. It's free and open-source to plays a wide range of videos. Do you know you can also use VLC as a free VOB to MP4 converter? In fact, VLC is able to convert videos from one format to the other. It supports VOB video, Video_TS VOB, DVD, network files, and recordings.

Note: Given that VLC is primarily designed to be a media player, not a media encoder/transcoder, the VOB to MP4 converting speed and performance is not as good as other free VOB to MP4 converters for Mac listed here. The hardware acceleration in Preferences is actually used for video playback.

How to Free Convert VOB to MP4 with VLC?

  1. Free download VLC on your Mac and double-click on the dmg file to run it.
  2. Click File on the top menu bar on your Mac and select Convert/Stream. When the window pop up, click Open media and load the VOB video you'd want to convert.
  3. Once loaded, click Choose Profile and select Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4) as the output format. VLC lets you convert VOB video to MP4 in H.264 or H.265 codec.
  4. Set an output folder to store the converted MP4 video. Then click Save to start to convert.
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Free Convert VOB to MP4 with FFmpeg

FFmpeg is a free and open-source command-line tool for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It's easy to use FFmpeg command lines to free convert VOB videos to MP4 on Mac. It contains a massive library of flags to compress VOB to MP4 with different sizes, codecs, speeds, qualities, etc.

Note: FFmpeg is very complicated to get started. Once you install FFmpeg successfully on your Mac, you'll be impressed by its powerful and flexible capabilities.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 on Mac with FFmpeg?

  1. First, go to in your browser and Copy the code below the "Install Homebrew". Open Spotlight and type in terminal, and double-click Terminal. Paste in the copied code and then press Return. Then type in brew install ffmpeg and press Return.
  2. Open Spotlight and type in terminal, and double-click Terminal to re-open Terminal. Then you need to enter the command line for the conversion. For example, the simplest command line for VOB to MP4 is:
    ffmpeg -i input.vob output.mp4
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Free Convert VOB to MP4 with Online Tools

There are many free online VOB to MP4 converters to help you create MP4 video from VOB files on Mac fast and easily. You don't have to install any desktop VOB to MP4 video converter on Mac. Some best free VOB to MP4 converters online include Freeconvert, Cloudconvert, ConvertFiles,, etc.

Note: Online VOB to MP4 converters have some major drawbacks. First, there are size limits. For example, Cloudconvert and Freeconvert support VOB files less than 1GB, while on ConvertFiles, the VOB video should not exceed 250MB. Second, the upload and conversion speed is high dependent on the internet connection. Last, you have no control over you video.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 free online?

  1. Here we take Cloudconvert as an example to show you how. First, google cloudconvert and open the site. You will then see the window below.
  2. Click the Select File button and choose your VOB file from local Mac computer. Once uploaded, select MP4 from the output dropdown menu.
  3. You can click the gear button next to the selected MP4 profile to adjust the video settings such as resolutions, apsect ratio, codec, CRF, etc. Then click Convert.
  4. It will take some time based on the file size and internet connection. Onece finished, download the MP4 to your Mac.
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Common Problems with VOB to MP4 Conversion on Mac

Converting VOB to MP4 on Mac is anything but smooth. There are complains about the sound, subtitles, codecs, etc. converting using HandBrake or others. While free vob to mp4 converting on Mac can be loaded with problems, sad users can take solace in the fact that the VOB to MP4 converters above have fixed some common problems you may have experienced:

* VOB to MP4 sound problems

"When i try to free convert a vob to mp4 with Handbrake on mac, the sound of some files are horrible (distorted) after the conversion, but the vob plays with no problem." Most users who ran into sound problem will have an audio distortion or bad sound quality, while some even worse, get no sound after the conversion.

* Vob conversion error with sub

Another common problem with Mac freeware involves the video subtitles. For example, "I've converted the VOB files to MP4's, but the subtitles are gone! All I really need is a program that will keep the subs ON, after conversion from a VOB.", or "the subs are improperly synced with the audio in the exported MP4, while the vob file ripped from DVD was OK."

* Vob to mp4 conversion on mac finishes parts only

Sometimes the free tool won't convert the full VOB files without giving any reason. After an hour or so, the ended file gives about 1/3 the size and it only gets the first part finished in MP4 format.

* Corrupted vob file

Many users may have some corrupted vob files but can't get a solution to process them. "I need the last part of a vob file but there is a corruption approx half through the video. The error prevents me to free transcode VOB files to mp4 on mac." To be specific, this is not a converting problem.

* Incorrect aspect ratio

The output MP4 videos are different to the original vob files in the display screens. As a user complain that "the new mp4 file was about 50% of the original width and therefore the videos is distorted." For those who want the picture to fill the entire screen of the TV or computer, the distorted or out-of-shape image look really disappointing.

To get rid of any of the above errors, get MacX Video Converter Pro and freely convert VOB to MP4 videos on Mac (Monterey incl.)

VOB vs MP4: Basic Info on VOB to MP4 Converting

If you've started to free convert vob files to mp4 on Mac, maybe you don't need this part. Below is a brief comparison on the differences between vob and mp4. And with this part, we would like to show you why you need to convert vob into mp4 on macOS.

VOB: VOB is container format in DVD-Video media that contains audio, video, subtitles, dvd menus, and other contents. VOB can be played by a DVD player, and a few video players like Windows Media Player and VLC Media Player. However, vob is not supported by all mobile devices, editors like Windows Movie Maker, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, etc., video sharing sites. Good part is that VOB keeps very low compression.

MP4: MP4 is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store video, audio and subtitles. MP4 is the widest-supported format which is compatible with almost all the mobiles, players, websites, editors etc. Besides, mp4 is a format that well balances the quality and file size. If you change a VOB to MP4 for small screens, you can hardly notice any quality differences.

Can I play VOB files on Mac?

No, you can't play VOB videos natively using Mac QuickTime. But both the built-in video players in Windows and Mac - Windows Media Player and QuickTime not support VOB format. To open VOB videos on Mac, you can try a third-party player like VLC, or convert VOB to MP4 for QuickTime.

Can I convert VOB to MP4 using iMovie?

No, same to QuickTime, iMovie doesn't support VOB format, not to mention converting VOB to MP4 using iMovie. You need to convert the VOB files to Mp4/AAC, and then import into iMovie.

Can I merge multiple VOB files into one MP4 video?

Yes. Handbrake doesn't provide a function to merge videos. You can use MacX DVD ripper, or the command line of VLC and FFmpeg to merge VOB videos into an MP4 video. MacX DVD ripper is the easiest way: to merge multiple VOB files together, you simply need to select all the VOB titles before you click Run.

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