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How to Convert VOB Files to Other Formats

Edited by Pat Bitton

November 19, 2019

VOB is a file format used for storing DVD Video. VOB files can contain multiple video and audio streams, subtitles, and DVD menus. Many PC- or Mac-based players can play VOB files, but most mobile devices don’t support this format and some laptops don’t have a DVD drive. If you want to watch your favorite DVD movie on your smartphone or MacBook Air, you first have to convert VOB to MP4 or another appropriate format.

A VOB file is a file that contains a majority of the data on a DVD disc (video, audio, subtitles, DVD menus). It is typically stored in the VIDEO_TS folder at the root of the DVD. VOB files are usually formatted as MPEG-2 so you can open them in almost any media player. These files can be encrypted to ensure copyright protection.

But how to convert VOB to MP4 or any other format? There are several solutions. You can do it online or with a free VOB file converter, if you can live with the limitations of these approaches, or you can use a fast and powerful shareware program. In this article, we’ll cover all three approaches. We’ll also describe some of the differences between VOB and other well-known video formats. Follow the links below to get to the information you need.

How to Convert VOB Video Files with Movavi

To transform your VOB files, try Movavi Video Converter. With this app, you can easily change video formats from VOB to MPEG-2, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, and many others. The software can also help you with minor video editing tasks if needed, such as cutting off unnecessary titles or adding simple effects. Just download the VOB-to-MP4 converter and follow the simple instructions below.

Install Movavi’s VOB Converter

First, download Movavi’s VOB files converter for Windows or Mac. After the installation file has downloaded, launch it and follow the on-screen instructions.

Add a Video DVD to the Program

Insert the video DVD you want to convert into your DVD drive and launch Movavi Video Converter. Hit the Add Media button, select Add DVD, and click Open DVD. Now you can add your DVD video files to the program to convert VOB to AVI and other formats.

Step 2 - How to convert VOB to MP4 and other formats

Choose Your Output Format

Open the Video tab, choose your desired video format from the list, and select the appropriate format preset. If you want the output video file to play on your mobile device, click Devices and select the appropriate ready-made preset for your device.

Step 3 - How to convert VOB to MP4 and other formats

Convert VOB to MP4 or Other Format

Click the Save to button and choose the folder where you want the converted files to be saved. To start converting your VOB files to your chosen format, click the Convert button. The folder containing the converted video will open automatically when the conversion is complete.

Step 4 - How to convert VOB to MP4 and other formats

Now you know how to use Movavi Video Converter to convert VOB to MOV, AVI, MP4, and other popular formats. If you use Windows and want to watch videos on a DVD player and don’t know how to convert them to VOB, download Movavi Video Suite for Windows. With this software program, you can create Video DVDs from video files in any popular format. The suite includes both a video converter and a DVD/Blu-ray burner. Plus, you get many other exciting features like video editing, screen recording, video capture, and more.

 

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How to Convert VOB to MP4 Online

If you only need to convert one file, online conversion may be the best approach for you. In this case, you don’t have to install anything on your computer. Just upload your file to the online converter, and it will do the rest – with your directions, of course. Use the link below to get to the online VOB converter website.

Go to the Online Video Converter website

Once you get to the site, click the Add Your Media button, find your file, and hit Open. By default, the output format is MP4; to change it, choose another one from the Video section of the drop-down menu. Click Convert to start the transformation process. After it’s done, your converted file will be downloaded automatically; if that doesn’t happen, just hit Download. Note that file size is limited and you can only process one file at a time.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 for Free

A free VOB-to-MP4 converter is also a handy option. For this article, we opted for the VLC media player. This program can not only play your files back, but also convert those files to other formats. Download the latest version of this freeware from the VLC website.

Go to the VLC website

Download and launch the program. From the Media menu, select Convert / Save. On the File tab, click Add to upload your VOB files. Locate your videos and hit Open. Click Convert / Save. Then, from the Profile list, choose the output format you need. If you can’t find the right one, click the Wrench icon and select the required encapsulation type. Please note that VLC doesn’t fully support conversions to some formats. Click Browse to set the destination folder and then hit Start.

The VOB, MP4, MKV, and AVI Formats: A Comparison

What format to choose? It depends on your needs. For Windows, AVI will work, since it was developed by Microsoft. MP4 is suitable for almost any use because of the format’s popularity. MKV is very flexible as a container, so you can use it to store multiple video and audio tracks compressed with almost any codec within your .mkv file and don’t need to worry about compatibility.

Here are some differences between the formats.

Comparison parameterVOBMP4MKVAVI
File extension.vob.mp4.mkv.avi
Video codecsMPEG-1, MPEG-2H.264, H.265, MPEG-4, H.263, othersAlmost anyH.264, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, others
Audio codecsMP1, MP2, PCM, AC-3, DTSAAC, MP3, AC-3, othersAlmost anyAlmost any
SupportDVDsAlmost any deviceSome mobile devices and TVsWindows PCs