Basically, VOB is a container format mainly used in DVD-Video media. Since VLC supports DVD Video input, there is no doubt it can play VOB files. As a matter of fact, due to the abundant VLC codecs and libraries, VLC is able to play nearly all mainstream video and audio files. However, VOB files may be encrypted in commercially produced DVD-Video titles for copy protection. In this case, the video image may be choppy, jerky or pixelated in VLC, as shown below.
So let me sum it up, does VLC play VOB files? Yes, but it's based on the premise that the VOB files are DRM-free. Next, I'll explain how to play VOB files in an appropriate method, which is theoretically applicable to both normal and encrypted VOB files. Read on!
As you know, VOB files are typically stored in the VIDEO_TS directory at the root of a DVD, accompanied with IFO and BUP files. And the whole DVD content has been broken up into multiple 1 GB VOB video segments. Rather than playing an individual VOB video portion of the DVD content, the right thing to do is to play the whole VIDEO_TS folder.
Run VLC, click "Media" and select "Open Disc", under "Disc" tab, choose "DVD" option, then press "Browse" button to load the whole VIDEO_TS folder. Lastly, hit "Play" button. You'll be led to DVD menu just as you're watching a DVD disk. Similarly, it will reach the same end by going to "Media" > "Open Folder" > load your "VIDEO_TS" folder.
Alternatively, you can simply right-click on the VIDEO_TS folder and select "Play with VLC media player" from the context menu. VLC will automatically load, analyze and play all VOB files.
In most cases, it can fix VLC VOB files playback issue by virtue of the projects of libdvdcss, libdvdnav and libdvdread libraries, which help you decrypt and navigate DVD content. But it does not always work well, especially for newly-presented commercial DVDs. If the VOB files are encrypted and still not working properly in VLC, just turn to a perfect workflow below.
Obviously, it's not that convenient to play VOB files in VLC, that's why most people want to join all VOB files into a single video file like MP4 for convenient playback and archiving on different devices. Instead of merging and converting all VOB files to MP4, you have to convert the whole VIDEO_TS folder to MP4. To implement the job, WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro will give you a helping hand whether you're a tech whiz or a green hand. Before going any further, download the program below and follow the simple steps to eliminate all VLC VOB files playback issues.
Launch WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, you'll see three options to import DVD content. Click on the "DVD Folder", locate and load the VIDEO_TS folder. The program will analyze and select the main title from all available titles in a short while. For commercial DVDs, it can decrypt all copy protections such as regional code, CSS, RCE, UOP, Disney X-Project DRM as well as previews, ads, trailers, etc.
Click on the format profile on the right side to unfold the full list of output formats. You can select your preferred one from 300+ preset profiles without extra settings. Then specify an output directory to save the converted video file, finally, hit "RUN" button to start joining all VOB files into one full-length video file.
Before the conversion, you can also select audio track and add subtitle to DVD video. For experienced users, it even allows you to customize the output settings as you wish.
This post aims to help you go from VLC VOB choppy and pixelated issue to the perfect play, you got it? So, will VLC play VOB files? I'm pretty sure you won't ask the same question again. However, if you come across any unexpected result in the process, don't hesitate to contact me with detailed description, I'd be happy to help you out. Anyway, good luck!
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