Two Ways to Solve VOB to Plex playback issues

As far as we know Plex doesn’t support actual ISO or VIDEO_TS files; however, if you have quite a few single .VOB files that ripped off DVDs without any of the menus, can Plex support it? Searching online, we find there are some guys are complaining the VOB to Plex issues: “When I stream some VOB files through Plex, I get an error saying they can’t play the video…” Well, in this article, we aim to help those guys to get rid of the trouble. If you also want to play VOB via Plex, just read through this page which can give you some hints.

Possible ways to enable Plex read VOB files:

Solution 1: Encode VOB for Plex with Handbrake

Actually, Plex isn’t supposed to be able to support .vob files as far as we know. The easiest option for now would be to convert VOB files to Plex Media Server preferred format. To encode videos, you might recommend Handbrake. We tired the app. Yes, it can change VOB format to a MP4 video for Plex, but the output video when we play shows in poor quality. Plus, some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.

Solution 2: Convert VOB to Plex with Brorsoft’s Video Converter

Brorsoft Video Converter is a highly recommend tool in Plex forum, although it’s $35. Overall, it can help you fast transcode VOB to Plex most compatible MP4 format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports VOB videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF, MTS, MOV, AVI, WMV .etc. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is ready for you to encode videos on Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included) for further usage.

How to convert and Play VOB via Plex

1. Load original VOB files

Launch the VOB to Plex converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your VOB files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.) Check the “Merge into one file” box and you can join VOB clips into one.

2. Select output format

Click “Format” bar and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.

Tips: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

3. Start VOB to Plex Conversion

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start conversion. Once it’s finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Now you can stream VOB files through Plex Media Server to HDTV, PS3, Xbox360 or other devices easily.

Top 3 Ways to Play MKV Media on Mac (El Capitan included)

Typically you’ll encounter MKV files with Bluray rips or video exported from an HD stream, and you might have discovered you can’t play MKV on Mac easily. That’s because MKV won’t open in QuickTime, the default video player app in Mac OS X. Not to worry though, MKV files can be played on a Mac easily, just check out the top 3 ways to play MKV on Mac(El Capitan included).

Method 1. Play MKV in QuickTime with Perian installed

Perian is one of the most popularly used free QuickTime components to provide native support to a wide variety of file formats such as MPG. What you should note is that Perian can be only used on Mac OS Snow Leopard. Moreover the latest version of Perian, 1.2.3 requires installation of QuickTime 7 which is not available for other Mac OS apart from Snow Leopard such as Mountain Lion.

Note: Perian doesn’t work on Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and there is no upgrade news now. If you are running on Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, this way can’t work for you.

Method 2. Download MKV Player for Mac

With a versatile video player installed in your Mac, you can play any video without format limitation concerns on Mac. The most famous are VLC and MPlayer OSX. Both of them are excellent and free multimedia players for Mac users. Apart from MKV, they can deal with many of the video formats unknown to QuickTime.

Tip: If you don’t want to install too many players on your Mac and want to watch MKV videos with iTunes or QuickTime player, you can take a Mac video converter to convert your MKV files to Mac compatible format. So, we go to the thrid solution- convert MKV to Mac format.

Method 3. Convert MKV to Mac compatible format

Since MKV format is not supported by neither QuickTime or iTunes, converting MKV to MOV will surely be your best choice. In this case, a versatile video converter is in need. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is such an excellent program that combines video converter, video editor, video player. It is fully compatible with all Mac OS including El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, etc. With it, you can convert MKV videos (HD MKV) to Mac playable files MOV, MP4 with fast speed and high quality. Apart from MKV, it can also convert various other popular video formats including AVI, VOB, WMV, etc to Mac compatible video/audio formats. Read on to have a look at how to convert MKV videos to Mac friendly video.

Step-by-step Guide to Convert MKV Videos on Mac

1. Import MKV videos > Launch the best MKV Converter for Mac. You can directly drag local .mkv videos into the program window or click “Add” button in the bottom left to import .mpg files.

2. Choose Mac friendly format > Click Format bar and select “MOV” or “MP4” from the “Common Video”, which are fully compatible with Mac OS X. QuickTime Movie Format” format is also an optimal choice.

P.S. This Video Converter for El Capitan also helps you to convert videos to mobile devices supported formats, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, etc.

3. Start conversion > In the end, you just need to click the “Convert” button start the conversion. When the converting process ends, you can open output folder to check and play converted MKV videos on your Mac(El Capitan) with ease.