Top 3 Ways to Play VOB on Mac (El Capitan/Yosemite)

Q: “Does anyone know how can I open and play VOB files on my Mac OS X? QuickTime player can’t recognize the format. Thanks for any replies!”

Well, the main reason why you can not play VOB on Mac, is that the default video player QuickTime can’t support VOB format natively. As far as I know VOB media is basically a MPEG-2 video file which is stored in Video_TS folder in a DVD. As this kind of video file usually contains one or several audio tracks and subtitle tracks that are multiplexed together into one stream form, it is not so easy to playback or edit.

Do you also have such hassles when opening and playing VOB files in Mac OS X including El Capitan, Yosemite? If so, hopefully the instructions below can help you out of troubles. Here we will list top 3 ways to play VOB on Mac OS X easily.

Method 1. Install 3rd-party VOB video players

The first way we’d like to recommend for playing VOB on Mac (El Capitan) is to install a QuickTime alternative player like MPlayer OS X or VLC. You can refer to the top 5 VOB players for Mac to get one you like.

Method 2. Play VOB in QuickTime with Perian installed

Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats like the VOB. When you’ve had Perian installed, you have to quit QuickTime completely and then restart it. Note that you don’t just close the QuickTime Window; in fact, it’s still running in the background. To do this, QuickTime can update its format and encoding library.

Important Note: As you may find that 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, you’d better skip this way.

Method 3. Convert VOB to MOV on Mac(El Capitan included)

Since MOV is the best Mac friendly format, what you need to do is to convert VOB to MOV format for playing on Mac easily. To do this, you can use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to help you. This professional video converter is fully compatible with El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks. With it, you can easily encode VOB to MOV on Mac OS X while keeping the best video quality.  After the conversion, you ca easily play VOB using QuickTime or iTunes on Mac without hassle. The whole conversion process is just in 3 steps. For converting VOB on Windows, you can get Video Converter. Just download and install the software to get its wonderful benefits.

Steps to Convert VOB for playback on Mac OS X

1. Import source video to the VOB Converter for Mac by directly drag and drop. Alternatively, you can click Add button to load the VOB video files.

2. Click on “Format” bar to select output format. This video app offers the QuickTime Movie Format for you. Or, you can also choose “Common Video -> MOV – QuickTime (*.mov)” as the output format.

3. Finally, click the “Convert” button start converting VOB on Mac. After the conversion, you can play converted VOB files on Mac OS X with the best quality.

Editor’s Note: If you don’t want to install too many players on your Mac and want to stick with iTunes or QuickTime player for watching movies, we highly recommend this solution.

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