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How to Play VOB Files on Mac/Windows |5 Ways

Generally, it's easy peasy to play VOB (Video_TS VOB) files on Windows PC, since Windows Media Player is equal to playing back VOB files on Windows PC. But there is always an exception. It will fall flat on its face when it comes to encrypted VOB file. Therefore, you need to convert VOB to MP4 (most commonly used format) for Windows PC easier playback or find other better VOB players. As for macOS, VOB conversion seems even more urgent than Windows PC since Mac default QuickTime player natively doesn't embrace VOB (Video_TS VOB) file.

Well, how to open and view VOB video on Mac/Windows PC with no pain? Below top 5 options are standing by.

Part 1. Convert VOB to MP4 for Mac/Windows Playback

The 5-star recommendation is MacX Video Converter Pro, letting you convert VOB to MP4 easy as pie:

  • Bulk convert VOB videos to MPEG-4/H264 or HEVC encoded MP4 format, friendly to both Mac and PC.
  • Convert multiple vob files to a single MP4 file via its Merge feature.
  • Built-in High Quality Engine ensures you a visually no quality loss output file, up to 98% quality kept!
  • Decode and re-encode VOB to MKV, SWF, WebM, iMovie, iPhone iPad, Apple TV, Android, etc. 420+ preset profiles.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 (QuickTime) MOV for Mac/Windows

Step 1: Free download VOB converter for Mac and run it, or download Windows version for PC. Click "Add File" icon to import the VOB video file you wanna convert.

Step 2: Choose MP4 output format. You can select to convert VOB files to MP4, AVI, MOV, 3GP etc. Or head to Apple Devices, Android, to convert VOB video into iPhone 12/11, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, to name just a few.

play VOB on Mac

Step 3: Click "Browse" button to choose a folder to save the output file.

Step 4: Click "RUN" button to start the VOB to MP4 video file conversion for playback macOS, Windows and more.

You are also allowed to reduce compress VOB files on Mac by trimming, cutting, cropping, changing video codec, etc.

Part 2. Download Best VOB File Player to Play VOB on Mac/Windows

How to open on play files with extension .vob on Mac computers or Windows PC? Many media player won't DVD VOB files, popping up an error message "Video Codec not supported", or media player freezes when playing DVD VOB video files. All the problems can be boiled down to the player you are using. Check out the following top 4 VOB player for Mac and Windows.


5KPlayer is the most powerful DVD VOB file player. It enables you to play VOB files effortlessly with stunning picture and sound quality. Additionally, the VOB media file player plays MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, M2TS, MP3 music, AAC, AC3, DVDs, and many more video movie music files. Another feature you'll like is that the VOB media player also serves as a 4K UHD video player. Best of all, it's free. It can be downloaded for Mac (macOS Monterey) and Windows (Win 10 incl.)

play VOB on Mac via 5KPlayer

Free play any video and DVD disc on Windows & Mac.

Play MP3 AAC FLAC music with best audio fidelity.

Wireless stream video music via AirPlay or DLNA.

Free download music video from 300+ sites.


The ability to play Blu-ray disc is still on the way.

AirPlay streaming or mirroring is unstable sometimes.

VLC Media Player

When it comes to DVD VOB file player, how can you forget VLC? VLC is a open-source, cross-platform and light-weight media player, allowing you to freely play VOB format file on Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. It reads VOB files fast and it is very simple to use. But we don't exclude the possibility that VLC fails to plays VOB media file sometimes, like VLC plays DVD VOB files with endless loop. If it happens, you can quite VLC and use other media player supporting VOB or convert the files. The VOB video file player also plays other similar file formats, IFO (InFOrmation), and BUP(Back Up).

play Video_TS VOB on Mac via VLC

Free and simple to use.

All-round video player with video convert feature.

Cross-platform, with macOS, Windows, Linux supported.


Hardware encoding is unsupported.

Video audio out of sync occurs now and then.

GOM Media Player

It is a new VOB media player released on 2015. If you are a Mac user, you have to switch away, because this is a media player for Windows 8.1 or lower. It plays VOB video files for free with screen capture function available, video effects and built-in codecs, Vorbis, FLAC, MPEG1, MPEG2, H.264, etc. But pay attention during the installation process, as it includes Google bar.

play Video_TS VOB on PC via GOM

Simple to use.

Feature-rich tool with screen recorder, video effects attached.


Unavailable for macOS.

No hardware decoding or encoding tech.

Final Media Player

It is a free media player that supports over 80 video audio file types, including VOB file format. This VOB file player works on Windows 8.1 and lower. If you are running Windows 10 or Mac OS, the first DVD VOB file player 5KPlayer is the best way to go. Final Media Player plays MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4, M4V, FLV, 3GP, M4A, MP3, AC3, and other commonly used video audio files as well. But there are no advanced options, like video audio capture function. You can free download the VOB player from its official site.

play Video_TS VOB video via GOM

Free video player with most formats supported

Adjust video/audio parameter settings during playback.


Unavailable for macOS.

No other additional features attached.

Part 3. FAQ about VOB Playback

1. What is VOB?

What is VOB? VOB (Video Object) is a container format used for video and audio files, as well as subtitles, DVD menus, audio contained on DVDs. You can watch movies and videos in VOB format on Mac computers or Windows PC as long as you have a VOB file player. But this format is not widely accepted, and many media players are helpless to deal with it.

2. How do I play VOB files on VLC Mac?

To apply VLC media player to play VOB files on macOS, check the below detailed instructions:

  1. Install VLC and set it as the default media player.
  2. Put your DVD into the media drive.
  3. VLC should pick it up automatically. If VLC failed to auto detect and play DVDs, access to Video_TS VOB folder and select open with VLC player.

3. Can iMovie convert VOB to MP4?

Honestly, iMovie can't directly convert VOB to MP4. iMovie doesn't accept VOB file format. You have to use a Mac video converter to convert Video_TS VOB file to MP4 or MOV format first, and then import the converted VOB file to iMovie for editing.

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