VOB file extension stands for Video Object file. These files are quite common and are a container for video files, audio files, subtitles and menu of a DVD. VOB files are present in the DVD VIDEO_TS folder. These can be sometimes encrypted and hence don’t always play on all media players in the market. And the default players on Windows and Mac operating systems anyhow don’t support this format.
There are many free and paid VOB file players in the market. For someone who wants to watch a movie on their laptop, free players like VLC are perfect. However, for those who want to connect their laptops with their televisions to get that HD experience, paid VOB file players are a better option. Let’s look at the applications which can play VOB files on Windows 10.
DVDFab Player 6
DVDFab Player 6 is probably the best VOB file player out there. With support for all resolutions including up to 4k resolution, no player comes close to DVDFab Player 6. It is not just a media player but a fully equipped media centre that organizes your media files with Poster Walls. DVDFab Player 6 is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
It has two modes of playback - TV and PC mode. TV mode is when you want to connect your PC to you big-screen televisions and enjoy HD or UHD or 4k videos in their full glory along with HDR10 and Hi-Res audio output. PC mode is for watching the movie of your computer optimized according to the screen size. The TV mode is also compatible with the remote control for Windows Media Center.
Local Media Management by Poster Wall
Managed hundreds of movies on your local storage or even a media server can be a headache. If you want to stroll through your collection to get a good pick, movie posters can work much better than just movie names. DVDFab Player 6 makes this task super-easy. It scrapes and downloads your movie poster and then divides them into correct groups. Clicking on these posters will take you to a window where you can see all the metadata associated with the movie.
Multiple Audio/Video Formats Supported
DVDFab Player 6 has diverse support for audio and video formats. You can play all codecs currently used by major production houses. A few of the codecs supporter are:
Audio: MP3, WAV, M4A, FLAC, OGG, CUE, APE
Video: MP4, MKV, MOV, VOB, M2TS formats with support for H.264, H.265 (HEVC), WMV codecs.
Disc: It also serves as a great DVD Player, Blu-ray Player as well as 4k UHD Player.
You can use this VOB file player to play 3D content on your 3D television. It gives 3D playback support on genuine 3D Blu-ray discs, ISO files and SBS (side-by-side) or top & bottom 3D videos.
VLC Media Player
Most Windows users have VLC Media Player installed as their default media player. It is a free open source tool with many features that most users are not even aware of. Ranging from support for a multitude of media formats to format conversion, online radio and YouTube videos download; VLC has it all. It is a perfect solution as a free VOB file player. You can play a single file or add multiple files to its queue. You get the general media player controls like fast forward, speed control, timeline jumps and advanced options like applying audio and visual effects, cropping, changing color saturation, applying overlay and applying advanced actions like Anti-Flickering, Motion blur, Spatial blur, etc.
Kodi media player is open-source software that has an in house developed DVDPlayer. It has a rare feature of being able to play and pause movies on the fly that are present in ISO and IMG DVD-images or DVD-Video (IFO/VOB/BUP). You can add your TV shows to its library and Kodi Player will arrange the files in an organized manner according to its season and episode details. The thumbnail will appear along with its poster, banner, watched tag, show description and even its cast. You can use it to browse your photos, watch and record live TV and try out its many Add-ons that keep on extending its capabilities. It is a great choice not only as a VOB player and for other playback purposes as well.
Potplayer is your free but not open-source media player that can works as a VOB player. It uses hardware acceleration to use minimal resources on your computer using DXVA, CUDA, QuickSync. If you have a 3D movie, you can use this player to watch the move on your PC or 3DTV. It has support for multiple subtitle format support like Text subtitles(SMI & SRT), DVD(Vobsub) and Blu-ray subtitles, ASS/SSA animation and SMI Ruby tags, etc. To keep your installation lightweight, it does not install all codecs but supports OpenCodec so that you can install any codec as and when the need arises. It supports Direct3D9 Ex Flip Mode and Overlay. You can use it to play DVD on the computer or TV or HDTV.
Despite being the default file format on DVDs, Mac has no support at all for VOB files. If you have a DVD folder or a disc, you will be stuck wondering how to play VOB files. Many VOB players in the market will help you play VOB files on Mac. Let’s look at these VOB players for Mac below:
DVDFab Player 6
DVDFab Player 6 has a Mac version as well. All those features are which we discussed above, are present in its Mac version. You will need to look hard to find a better VOB player in the market.
VLC Media Player
It is yet another VOB player that is available for both Windows and Mac. It has the same features in its Mac version as on its Windows version.
You can use this player for free as a VOB file player. It is simple to use, and you don’t need to use any tricks to start playing VOB files with it. There is support for multiple languages, subtitle font, and size (which can be changed), and you can select the encoding as well. There is a premium version available as well with which you get a few extra features like streaming of the video to Apple TV, taking image stills and customizing playback settings.
It is a free, open-source application that uses two other open-source applications - FFmpeg and MPlayer. The interface is very minimalist which support for pinch to zoom, tap and swipe controls. It supports multiple file formats and can comfortably work as a VOB player.
You can use it to watch movies on your home theatre as well since it works with SPDIF cable. The encoding of subtitles is automatically detected and converted. You can use it to stream video content from websites like Vimeo and YouTube directly.
This is again a free VOB player for Mac. You can use it to play VOB files, UHD videos and for your music playlist as well. You can also use it to stream your videos losslessly over AirPlay & DLNA.
Drag and drop the VOB file onto this player to start playing the video. And if you are like listening to online radio, 5KPlayer is a good choice for you since you can use it to listen to the BBC, Heart, Capital, Gold, and other channels.
VOB being a container for DVDs, it is obvious that you won’t get native support to play them on smartphones. A better idea to play these files on smartphones is to convert VOB to a smartphone-friendly format like MP4 rather than looking for a smartphone VOB player.
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It is an online VOB file converter website which you can use to convert VOB file to MP4. It has a size limit of 50MB which means that you can’t use it for most of your movie files. While it is perfect for a small video file like a clip or a music video, we need to look for better offline solutions to convert VOB to MP4.
DVDFab Video Converter
DVDFab is a premium utility that takes care of the VOB to MP4 conversion process from start to end. It supports both video and audio conversion and supports a wide variety of formats.
Connect your smartphone to your computer.
Load the VOB files to the interface of DVDFab Video Converter
Select output format as MP4 if not already selected. You can also use the Profile section to select your exact device. This way, you get a video output that is optimized for your device.
Select the output directory for the file. You can select “Mobile Device” from the dropdown so that the converted file is directly available in your smartphone Gallery.
Click on the Start button to start conversion.
In this article, we have discussed 6 VOB players you can use on your computer. With these players, you don’t need to use any tricks or download any codecs. Just install the player and get ready to watch your video. And in case you want to watch the video on your smartphone, converting it to MP4 is the best available option.