Can anyone advise the best (any) software to play VOB files on my Win XP Pro PC.
The latest Windows Media Player v11 does not do it; I just tried The GOM Player, recommended here, and it demands an unattainable (on the web) codec.
I also Have the Roxio Cineplayer but it wants to just play the media DVD drive, not VOB files on my PC.
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Thanks to you both for the recommendations.
MPC did not work - asked for codecs which weren't there on its web site, but VLC does it!
VLC seems like a good piece of software which opens the big VOB files to play the correct video right away. However the small VOB file which is the menu and video_ts_ifo file to call the menu do not work.
Probably is a setting in preferences somewhere. When I open the small VOB file the menu flashes across the screen but does not stay.
I am pretty new to all this and this forum has been helping me greatly in recovering and replacing some archived DVDs lost because of sticky labels and inkjet printing. I see also VLC has its own huge forum.Bob Jones
I haven't tried the Roxio program, I use Power DVD. It can play DVD of the disc or the Hard Drive and it has a third option to open media files, then it'll play any files you have a CODEC for and VOBs, of course. I like it 'cause I get all the video playback control I want and the picture is great full screen. Just try double clicking a VOB from Explorer, see if anything is associated with it.
To play a DVD with VLC Media Player, just right click on the VIDEO_TS folder and select 'Play with VLC media player' from the drop down menu. Or you can start VLC and select 'Open Directory' and point it to the VIDEO_TS folder. Or you can just right click on a individual VOB file and it will play with VLC.
VLC will also play ISO video files.
I have no problem playing MPEG2 in MPC on my PC but I have plenty of software that has an MPEG2 decoder. PowerDVD, ATI DVD, not sure if Nero 6.6 has one or not.
ffdshow may have a libacodec to play MPEG2 with Media Player Classic if you don't want to purchace one and I believe there is a free decoder on this site called Stinky's MPEG2 decoder.