6 Easy Ways to Convert VOB to MP4 on Mac (incl. Large Files)

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Peter William
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You can find VOB, IFO, and BUP files inside the VIDEO_TS directory. Among them, VOB is a file storage container in DVD-Video media that contains actual movie from a DVD. But it's not a very widely used format. Media players and mobile devices may have problems playing VOB files.

To share a collection of DVD movies with others on Mac, you’d better change VOB files to MP4 or any other popular video format. In this guide, we look at how to convert VOB to MP4 on Mac without watermark and quality loss.

 

6 VOB to MP4 Converters for Mac in a Quick Scan

  Program type Input VOB type Support protected VOB Mass file process
Cisdem Video Converter App DVD disc or VIDEO_TS folder
Handbrake App DVD, VOB file ×
VLC App DVD, VOB file ×
Zamzar Online website VOB file × Up to 5 files
KitsRun File Converter Online chrome extension VOB file × Up to 3 files
FFmpeg Multimedia framework VOB file ×

 

The Best Way to Convert Multiple VOB Files to MP4 on Mac, Original Quality

Cisdem Video Converter provides the facility for converting VOB files to MP4 with the best quality and small size. It will digitize the entire VIDEO_TS folder, whether encrypted or not.

When it comes to the number of supported video and audio formats, Cisdem Video Converter certainly doesn't disappoint. It lets you convert batches of videos among 600+ formats including 4K and HD for taking care of all your conversion needs. You can also convert your VOB to AVI, MOV, MP3, or specific formats for iPhone/PSP/Xbox devices.

More than a VOB to MP4 converter for Mac, it includes features for downloading/editing/merging, compressing videos, converting DVDs and more. It can, for example, crop video, so you can turn VOB footage into MP4 in 4:3, 16:9, or any aspect ratio.

Free Download macOS 10.12 or later

Steps to rip DVD VOB to MP4 on Mac with Cisdem:

Step 1. Load VOB files, even if they are large

Drag-n-drop the whole VIDEO_TS folder from DVD disc or your native Mac folder to the “Rip” interface.

go to rip interface

Note: If you rip encrypted VOBs, the DVD protection will automatically be removed after the files are added to Cisdem Video Converter. If your DVD contains mass VOBs, it also allows bulk import and conversion.

import vob files

Step 2. Set up the output format – MP4

Click the “Output Format” button to open the format dialog box. Select “General Video” > “MP4 Video” (h264-encoded, for better compatibility), or “MP4 HEVC Video” (h265-encoded, for greater quality and compression ratio).

Or, you can choose any Apple device and mobile phone. It depends on your demand.

choose mp4

Step 3. Pick DVD VOB titles, language, subtitle you want to export

All imported VOB titles are checked by default. To convert just part of the VOBs or the main title, remove the checkmark in the upper left corner of the thumbnail. Note: Generally, the main title is the longest.

If each title supports multiple subtitle and audio tracks, choose the one you prefer.

choose titles and track

Step 4. Convert multiple VOB files to MP4 on Mac

Click to start video conversion. The latest version of Cisdem Video Converter is packed with 60x faster speed, so you don’t have to wait long for the conversion to finish.

Pro tip: edit VOB videos

If you desire to make your video more personalized before conversion, you can click next to the video thumbnail, and you will see a few video editing tools.

edit vob videos

 

Convert VOB to MP4 on Mac with Freeware

#1 Handbrake

Handbrake, an open-source transcoder, empowers you to change VOB to MP4 or MKV on Mac by 4 video codecs - H.264, H.265, MPEG-2, MPEG-4. You can also choose a set of presets from the categories of General, Web, Devices, Production, and Matroska.

It has been around for over 10 years and suitable for advanced users or part of Apple users.

Steps to rip VOB to MP4 on Mac via Handbrake:

  1. Run Handbrake.
  2. Click “Open Source” to load the VOB file or DVD folder, and the main dashboard will display the video information.
  3. There are several tabs underneath the source information. You should go to the “Summary” tab > select the “MP4 File” option from the format.main interface of vlc
  4. Customize the video in different tabs, such as Dimensions, Filters, Audio, Subtitles, and Chapters.
  5. Under “Save As”, edit the output file name then click “Browse” to set a destination.
  6. Press “Start” button to convert VOB to MP4 on Mac.convert vob to mp4 mac vlc

However, video sound might be lost or out of sync after ripping MP4 from VOB with Handbrake. And if you want to convert protected VOB videos, you have to install libdvdcss library.

 

#2 VLC

VLC is not just a reliable program for playing various multimedia files (like digital files, audio CDs, DVDs, etc.), but additionally as a video converter that's capable of transcoding video to various formats.

Steps to turn VOB into MP4 on Mac through VLC:

  1. Launch VLC media player.
  2. Head over to “File” > “Convert/Stream”.convert/stream option
  3. Drag and drop your VOB video to the specified field.
  4. Select the profile as “Video- H.264 + MP3 (MP4).
  5. Click “Save as File”. Name your output file and choose a location to store it.convert vob to mp4 mac handbrake
  6. Hit “Save” to export VOB as M4V. Note: VLC can’t convert VOB files to MP4 directly.
  7. Open the M4V file with iMovie and edit it if necessary.
  8. Navigate to “File” > “Share” > “File” to save your video as an MP4 format.

Same as Handbrake, video often has no sound after conversion using VLC. To solve it, you can check the "Keep original audio track" (equal to copy audio track) option in the sound settings, choose the “MPEG 4 Audio (AAC)” codec instead of the default “MPEG Audio”, and configure the sample rate to 48000.

maintain audio track vlc

To rip the whole DVD folder, the procedure is different. Note: VLC can’t digitize all copy-protected DVDs. DVDs with new complex encryption, e.g. 99-title DRM, are not supported.

Below are how to convert VIDEO_TS VOB to MP4 via VLC:

  1. Open VLC. From the drop-down menu at the “File” tab, select “Open Disc”.
  2. In the appearing window, click “Open VIDEO_TS / BDMV folder”, then upload a DVD folder that contains VOBs files you wish to convert from your Mac.
  3. Click “Disable DVD menus”, or VLC may crap out when converting a looping menu.
  4. Check the “Stream output” box.open source interface
  5. Hit “Setting” to call out the ripping setting window.
  6. Click “Browse”. Choose a location to save the output MP4.
  7. Specify the encapsulation method as MPEG 4. Click “OK”.settings interface
  8. In the “Open Source” window, hit “Open” to turn VIDEO_TS VOB video file into MP4.

 

The Best Online VOB to MP4 Converter for Mac

Please note that online ways doesn't support large VOB videos.

#1 Zamzar

Zamzar is a web-based converter that aims to convert all types of files, inclusive of pictures, videos, documents, audio files, etc. You can convert VOB to FLV, MP4, AVI, MOV, 3GP, MP3, and so forth.

Unlike other online converters, the page of Zamzar is uncluttered and clean with no ads and no pop-ups.

  1. Visit http://www.zamzar.com.
  2. Add VOB videos by clicking the “Add Files” button.
  3. Click the dropdown menu, scroll down the list and select MP4 format.
  4. Click the “Convert Now” button, and you will see the overall conversion/upload progress.convert vob to mp4 online zamzar
  5. Once completed, download the MP4 files.download mp4 zamzar

But Zamzar can't change VOB into MP4 online free unlimited, and it has some drawbacks as below:

  • Unable to upload a VOB video large than 50MB
  • Only allow you to convert 5 VOBs simultaneously at most
  • Convert up to 10 files per day
  • Become slow or delayed if the site is experiencing high traffic
  • Compare to desktop apps, not very safe

To upload 200MB, 400MB, or 2GB VOB videos and obtain unlimited daily conversions, you have to buy Zamzar Plans - Basic, Pro, and Business per month.

 

#2 KitsRun File Converter

KitsRun File Converter is similar to Zamzar, except that it is a Chrome extension. You can add its icon and pin it to your Chrome toolbar for easy access.

It also has some restrictions, for example, it supports up to 100MB and 3 concurrent conversions, and the conversion speed is slow too.

See how KitsRun File Converter extracts MP4 from VOB:

  1. Find KitsRun File Converter on Chrome Web Store, then add it to your Chrome.
  2. Click on the icon in the upper right corner, which looks like a purple circle with a white "K" in it.
  3. When KitsRun File Converter opens, import VOB files.
  4. Choose “Convert all files to MP4”.
  5. Initiate the conversion and download procedure.

 

Convert VOB to MP4 on Mac via FFmpeg

FFmpeg is an efficient command-line processing tool with the ability to convert video and audio into most needed formats. It consists of a large set of libraries, including the leading library - libavcodec.

Technical users who are familiar with FFmpeg can decode, encode, mux, demux, filter, stream, etc. and do many other things with it.

  1. Have FFmpeg installed to your Mac system.
  2. Open Launchpad from your Dock. Find Terminal app and open it.
  3. Type the simplest command: ffmpeg -i input.vob output.mp4.
  4. Press "Enter".turn vob into mp4 ffmpeg

The re-encode process will reduce the file size, and the codecs will changed to h264 and aac by default.

To do it losslessly and fast, you can remux VOB to MP4 using the command: ffmpeg –i input.vob -codec copy output.mp4 or ffmpeg -i input.vob -c:v copy -c:a copy output.mp4, which merely change the container. For example, If your original VOB is encoded with mpeg2video and mp2, the resulting file remains the same.

copy vob to mp4 ffmpeg

What's more, you can add -crf 17 before output.mp4. The CRF scale ranges from 0 to 51. Lower values usually lead to higher quality. 23 is the default. You can revise it to any reasonable value as you think.

 

Q&As

1) What is the difference between VOB and MP4 files?

  VOB MP4
File type DVD Video Object File MPEG-4 Video File
Container for Video, audio, and subtitle Video, audio, image, and text
Video codecs Only MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 MPEG-1/2/4, V8/9, AVC, HEVC, Cinepak, Theora, etc.
Audio codecs MP2, MLP, DTS, LPCM, AC-3 MP1/2/3, AAC, AC-3, Opus, ALAC, Dolby TrueHD, etc.
Pros Enhance high quality Can be opened on virtually all players, OS, and devices
Cons Large file size, poor compatibility Slight loss in file quality

2) Can QuickTime convert VOB to MP4 on Mac?

For users who have already purchased the $20 MPEG-2 Playback component from Apple and have not yet upgraded to Catalina, you can still convert VOB files to MPEG-4 with QT 7 Pro.

QT 7 Pro supports unprotected MPEG-2 videos but not AC-3 audio (common on DVDs). Maybe the A52 component will help you.

Apple gave up QT 7 Pro license now. And the new version QT 10 doesn’t let you view convert VOB files anymore.

3) How do I turn VOB into MP4 via iMovie?

Similar to QuickTime, in old days, you are able to install Apple mpeg2 plugin to handle VOB video in iMovie. But now it's impossible to directly import VOB into iMovie 10.

4) Can I use YASA VOB to MP4 Converter on Mac?

Unfortunately, the app only works with Windows platform.

5) How to play VOB files on Mac?

Although QuickTime doesn’t support VOB, there are plenty of VOB players for Mac, such as VLC, MPlayer, ALLPlaye, etc.

 

Last Word

The above introduced the best-trusted software and online service to perform VOB to MP4 conversion for MacBook, iMac, Mac with chip, or any model. Cisdem Video Converter is unquestionably the best solution to process encrypted VOBs. For regular VOB files, Handbrake and VLC are also good options.

In fact, we tested many tools besides those mentioned earlier, but their results were unsatisfactory, so we didn't include them. Let’s say, Adobe Media Encoder, it’s able to convert VOB to MP4 on Mac, but can't rip the complete DVD. Before you install this software, you need to install Adobe Creative Cloud first. They exceed 3GB in size, cause high CPU usage, and slow down the computer. Moreover, it demands a monthly payment of $52.99, which is exorbitant.

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