Thursday, March 10, 2016

How to play an original DVD VOB File in VLC?

When people want to play a video but don’t know which media player to choose, VLC is always their choice because VLC can play nearly all formats video, even including DVD. But feedback reveals that sometimes there are some trouble when play original DVD VOB file in VLC:

“I have a file that is a VOB file and VLC won't play it. Even worse it puts VLC into an endless loop that I can't stop, fans run, etc. and I must reboot.”

When you meet this trouble, how can you solve the problem? First, make sure what will happen if you try to play a DVD with VLC via the "Media->Open Disk" menu option in VLC. When the "Open Disk" dialog pops up, you need to ensure that the DVD option is selected and that DVD drive containing the disk is also selected.

If you have problems playing DVD's correctly, it's almost certainly the case that libdvdcss2 is not installed (library for decrypting DVDs). In which case you need to run the following command:

Code: sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

That will install the libraries necessary for decrypting DVDs and will run the installation script for dvdcss. Once that is done, you should be able to play DVD disks and open locally stored VOB files.

NOTE: After installing libdvdread4 and dvdcss, you may need to restart X or reboot before it will work! So if playback does not work immediately after installation, try logging out and back in again to force X to restart, or do a full reboot!

If you are able to play DVDs but you are still unable to access locally stored VOBs via "Media->Open File", you could perhaps try opening the local VOB files via the "Open Disk" menu item instead. That might help. In the "Open Disk" dialog, you can select a different location for the disk rather than one of the DVD drives. So you could just try pointing it to the locally stored VOBs and see if that will allow VLC to play them.

Failing that, I think what you can do next is just to need a video converter that can allow you to transcode the VOB files to VLC supported another format.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate(review) is a nice choice. It can convert DVD, DVD IFO/ISO, VOB to VLC supported MP4, MKV, etc with original video quality at fast speed. It allows you to adjust video/audio codec, resolution, bitrate, channel, frame rate, display aspect ratio and deinterlacing video, rotate video, add subtitle to vidoe, add watermark to video, compress 4K to 1080p, trim/crop video. 

Free download and install

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How to convert original DVD VOB file to VLC?

Step 1: Load VOB files

Click “File” to load VOB files to Pavtube VOB to VLC converter. Or you can simply drag and drop the VOB files to the app. You can see all the chapter added will be listed. The main title will be automatically detected to convert. But if also can select certain chapter to convert.

At the bottom of the chapter list, you can choose desired subtitle/audio track in “Subtitle” and “Audio” box.
You can preview the video on the right window and take a snapshot of your loved scene.

Step 2: Choose MO4 for VLC

Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “HD Video -> H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as the best output format for playing in VLC.

If the default A/V settings cannot fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to custom the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically.

Step 3: Start to convert VOB to VLC

Press the “Convert” button on the bottom-right corner of this VOB to VLC Video Converter to start doing video conversion. The larger the VOB files are, the more conversion time should be taken.

After converted VOB to MP4, then you can add it to VLC to play now.

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