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.