Play and Convert VOB Files on OS X Mounta
If you have gotten your hands on a VOB file somehow, chances are they have been copied/extracted from a DVD. As It is not a video format supported by Apple, VOB playback has been a pain in the neck for Mountain Lion users. Here are some solutions for you to play and convert VOB files on OS X Mountain Lion.
Part 1. What is a VOB file?
A VOB file (Video Object) is a container format in DVD-Video media. VOB can contain video, audio, subtitle, menu and navigation contents multiplexed together into a stream form. VOB is based on the MPEG program stream format, but with additional limitations and specifications in the private streams. The MPEG program stream has provisions for non-standard data (as used in VOB files) in the form of so-called private streams. VOB files are a very strict subset of the MPEG program stream standard. While all VOB files are MPEG program streams, not all MPEG program streams comply with the definition for a VOB file.
Part 2. How To watch and play VOB files on Mac Mountain Lion
To play the VOB files, you need to have a DVD player that supports VOB format. Video Players for Mac which can play VOB files are: MPlayer, VLC media player, Apple DVD player and so on. I have tested the VLC player with 6 VOB files in a folder on my Macbook, it performed very well. Download the latest version of VLC Player for Mac in videolan.org, choose File --> Open File..., select the VOB files in VIDEO_TS folder to play the video in VLC Media Player.
Part 3. How to convert and edit VOB files on Mac Mountain Lion
Besides playing VOB movies on your Mac, if you want to edit your VOB files in iMovie or sync them to your iPod or iPhone, you can use iFunia Video Converter for Mac to convert VOB to MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3, MKV, AVI etc. for video editing programs or portable media players. Instructions for this:
Step 1. Download iFunia Video Converter for Mac Mountain LionDownload and install the latest version of iFunia Video Converter for Mac, To install VOB Converter for Mac, simply mount the .dmg archive by double-clicking it, and copy the application to your applications folder (or wherever you want it). It's very easy-to-use.
Step 2. Add VOB files to the softwareClick the "Add Files" button to import the VOB files into the program, or simply drag and drop the VOB files to the main interface. This VOB video converter for Mac supports batch conversion, so you can import and convert several multimedia files at a time.
Step 3. Choose the wanted output formatsAfter selection of input, select your wanted output format from the "Output Format" drop-down menu. You can select an output format like MOV, AVI from the output format list or use the optimized presets for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, iMovie, and more.
You can also extract audio from VOB video to MP3 on Mac with this Video Converter for Mac Mountain Lion.
Step 4. Start the VOB conversion on Mac OS X Mountain LionThen, press "Start" button to commence the process of VOB to Mac Mountain Lion conversion. Within few seconds, the video file will be converted into the desired format. Once file gets converted, you are free to play it. Both audio and video customized settings can be made by pressing "Setting" button.