Playing VOB Files on a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by LKFM432, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. LKFM432 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    Hi all. I'm a noob here. I just purchased a Mac Mini and was hoping to play VOB files (which I ripped on a Linux machine, not the Mac Mini) with the native DVD Player application. However, when I try to open the files, which have names like title1.vob, title2.vob, etc, the names are grey-ed out in the file selector window. I can't select those files, and therefore I can't play them.

    Am I doing something wrong? Can I play VOB files with DVD Player?

    If not, is there another way to play VOB files on a Mac Mini? I have an LCD TV connected to the mini-DVD port on the Mac Mini, and I'd like to be able to play the files to the TV screen, and also, use the Mac Remote to control Fast Forward, Rewind, File Select, etc.
  2. LKFM432 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    Can I infer from that that DVD Player doesn't play VOB files and I shouldn't try any further?

    Will VLC be controllable from the Mac Remote Control?
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Use Plex.
  4. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    DVD player can play DVD files but not directly. You need to preserve the DVD folders, etc.

    Perhaps it could work by simply putting the VOB file inside a VIDEO_TS folder?
  5. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
  6. LKFM432 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    Thanks, I'll give Plex a try, as well as vlc.

    I'd also like to edit video: both VOB files, mpeg2 files, and other formats. I tried opening VOB files in iMovie, but I ran into the same problem: the file names appear greyed out in the File Selector window.

    My next question: how can I edit VOB files, or mpeg2 files? I only need to so simple edits such as removing commericials from a single input file and producing a single output file. Can I do so in inMovie? Also, does a tool exist which lets me do simple edits without re-encoding the video data?

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