How to Play VOB, NTSC & PAL Files on a Mac

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Mac OS X comes with the media-playback software you need to watch video object, or VOB, files from NTSC or PAL DVDs. QuickTime 7.6 or later supports VOB files through the MPEG-2 playback component available as a download from Apple. Retail DVDs play video in MPEG-2 format, encoded as a VOB file, inside a VIDEO_TS folder. The terms NTSC and PAL refer to the DVD region, rather than a file format. North American discs contain NTSC video, and European and Asian discs contain PAL video. Mac computers play both types of video.

QuickTime

  • Visit apple.com to download the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac. Double-click the download to install the QuickTime plug-in.

  • Restart your computer. Click the "Finder" icon in the dock to open a folder on your desktop. Open a VIDEO_TS folder that contains the VOB file you want to watch.

  • Right-click the VOB file, and choose "Get Info" from the drop-down menu. Click "Open With," and choose "Other" from the list of applications.

  • Click "Enable > All Applications." Click the "Applications" folder, and choose "QuickTime Player" as the default application for VOB files. Click "Continue."

  • Double-click the VOB file in the Finder window to open the file in QuickTime Player.

VLC for Mac

  • Visit videolan.org to download the latest version of VLC Media Player for Mac. Double-click the DMG file to open the disk image, and launch the installer file to set up VLC.

  • Click the "Finder" icon in the dock. Open a VIDEO_TS folder to locate the VOB file inside. Right-click the VOB file, and choose "Get Info" from the drop-down list.

  • Click "Open With > Other." Click "All Applications," and choose "VLC Media Player" as the default application for VOB files. Click "Continue" to exit the "Get Info" dialogue.

  • Double-click a VOB file to play the video in VLC Media Player.

DVD Player

  • Click the "Finder" icon in the dock. Click "Applications > DVD Player."

  • Click "File > Open VIDEO_TS Folder." Search for the VIDEO_TS Folder containing the VOB information you want to use. Click the folder to select it, but don't click a file inside the folder.

  • Click "Choose." Click "Play" in the playback-control console at the bottom of the screen to play the NTSC or PAL media contained in the VIDEO_TS VOB file.

Tips & Warnings

  • VLC Media Player is free and works with VOB files from any DVD region. The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component requires a payment before downloading. The DVD Player Application is included with OS X and plays NTSC and PAL video from a VIDEO_TS folder, which uses the audio, video, language and subtitle information from the VOB file inside.
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