Considering how many media formats we use these days, it is understandable why there is no single universal player to support all of them. Take VOB for example, a container format for audio, video, subtitles and all other contents of a DVD. Despite its wide use, the default player that comes with macOS does not support it. So what do you do if someone shares with you a collection of DVD movies? How do you play VOB files on Mac? Get an application that supports the format. The market offers quite a few options, and to help find best free VOB Player Mac owners could make use of, we have compiled a list of 9 top VOB players for Mac for you.
Elmedia Player allows you to play VOB videos on Mac for free and the app is extremely easy-to-use – you do not have to change the extension of a file or make complicated changes in settings. The app allows you to specify a preferred language, encoding, adjust subtitles – size, font color, etc. PRO version of Elmedia Player offers more advanced functionality at a reasonable fee. The functionality includes streaming VOB files to Apple TV, changing playback settings, takings stills in TIFF, PNG, GIF formats from a video. It also enables you to download online videos.
VLC Media Player is a free media player compatible with multiple operating systems, including the latest macOS. The list of media formats it supports is really long, the application allows you to add subtitles, adjust playback settings and use convenient controls during playback. Using it fairly simple – all you need to do is to open the app’s window and ‘drag-and-drop’ a video file there. Although, if you ask us, VLC Media player’s interface is not as intuitive as the one of the previous application.
You can use VLC Media Player for playing DVDs, audio CDs, VCDs, and different streaming protocols. It easily deals with files, discs, webcams, devices and streams. It’s absolutely free from any adware and malware.
MPlayerX is built using two open source projects – FFmpeg and MPlayer and it supports a large variety of media formats. The application is easy-to-use thanks to the minimalist interface Mac users will certainly appreciate, and ‘pinch’, ‘tap’, ‘swipe’ gestures supported for controlling the playback. MPlayerX can detect and convert subtitles’ encoding automatically.
You can play YouTube, Vimeo and other videos by using MPlayerX in a few clicks. Even if your files are not in a playlist but are numbered in a logical pattern and are in the same folder, then you can play VOB videos on your Maс in the right order. MPlayerX also allows you to watch your favorite movies on your home theater system as it recognizes the SPDIF cable.
5KPlayer supports commonly used as well as more exotic formats, including MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, H.265, H.264, MOV, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, etc. The app is capable of playing back ultra HD videos such as 4K and 8K UHD media files without additional codec packages and plug-ins and downloading online videos. To playback a video, drag-and-drop a VOB file into the open app window.
With this app you can also AirPlay your favorite files from iPhone 10/11, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch to Windows/Mac OS/macOS Big Sur, as well as streams in MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3, AAC formats from iMac, MacBook/Windows 7/8/10 to Apple TV 4. 5KPlayer offers you satellite radio from BBC, Heart, Capital, Gold, and other stations.
Perian is a component that enables QuickTime to playback some of the video formats not natively supported by this app, including VOB. The component used to be extremely popular, but since Perian developers announced that they provide no support to it, Perian cannot be used with QuickTime for OS X Mavericks and later versions of OS X.
This application is mostly known to support Blu-ray format however you can use it for playing back a number of other formats, including VOB, MPEG, ASF/WMA/WMV, VIVO, QT/MOV/MP4, etc. You can add external subtitles and use the player for listening to music and browsing pictures. Recently added support of DTS HD added more value to the software.
The app is available in English, French, German and Japanese languages.
This solution enables watching DVD movies and offers a number of handy features, you can, for example, mark where you stopped watching a video to resume the playback from the exact spot. Using the app is really easy, e.g. to playback files in DVD VIDEO_TS folder you need to navigate to ‘File menu, choose ‘DVD Media’, open the folder and click ‘Choose’.
DVD Player provides extra support for DVD Studio Pro 4 created HD DVDs. This can be especially useful if you are using DVD Player 4.5 and Mac OS X 10.4.
UMPlayer is a free app that fully supports lots of video types as well as audio formats. It plays VOB videos on Maс as well, but unfortunately some files in this format are not read with this player. It can deal with broken or cropped files if required. You can use it to view streams and videos of different types.
Flip Player knows how to play VOB files. It is available in paid version that provides lots of extra features and free version that supports Retina displays. By using Flip Player for free you also get playback controls, loop feature and instant replay navigation. The player is not complex to use, trustworthy and fits first-timers as well as experienced users. The only drawback is the necessity to activate its commercial version if you want to get more from the app.
Do your research. Find out which applications have the best reviews. You’ll get a lot of clarity by doing so. Have a look at what types of media formats they support. Sometimes some might support more formats than others. Also you might want to see which one is easier to use. There might be applications that are not free but have more features. It’s up to you. But I can assure you that there are many good ones out there, and free to download.
Video Object (VOB) is a file format used for storing DVD videos. There are times that files in a VOB might be encrypted. This comes with a number of problems such as not finding the right program to play these files, incompatibility, or not playing the video smoothly. To solve such issues you must downloadо a third party application for playing such files.