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Use QuickTime 7 to preview VOB files in the Finder Desktop
Tiger only hintI was surprised to learn that QuickTime 7 (at least in Tiger) has the ability to open and display VOB (Video OBject, see note) files found on DVDs. These can also reside on your hard drive if, for example, you use a DVD authoring system such as DVD Studio Pro. This enables one to preview VOB files within the Finder, a very welcome change, indeed. This new capability extends also to encrypted (including commercial) DVDs.

Note: VOB files are muxed, meaning they contain both video and audio streams. For now, QuickTime simply displays the video information, leaving the sound stream inaudbile both in QuickTime Player and the Finder preview.
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Doesn't work for me
Authored by: Dan B on May 25, '05 10:39:23AM

When I try to force-open a VOB file with QuickTime Player (Mac OS X 10.4.1, QT 7 Pro) I get the message "QuickTime cannot open the file: "VTS_02_2.VOB" it is not a file that QuickTime understands (-2048)".

Perhaps the MPEG-2 (or some other non-standard) component is required as well?



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Works for 10.3.9 too
Authored by: DannyUKNYC on May 25, '05 10:56:49AM

I just tried this in 6.5.2 on Mac OS X 10.3.9, and it seems to work there too.
In response to the previous poster, I do have the MPEG-2 component for QT, so this may have allowed me to do this. In case it's not clear, you do have to go through the "Open..." dialog box to have this work.

I also tried exporting the movie to animation codec using QT Pro, which it allows, but the video fields in the MPEG-2 make the result look pretty poor.



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Doesn't work for me
Authored by: i5m on May 25, '05 12:00:32PM

I'm sure mpeg2 component is required. At least it was for me.



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Doesn't work for me
Authored by: vocaro on May 25, '05 02:09:43PM

Perhaps the MPEG-2 (or some other non-standard) component is required as well?

Yes, the MPEG-2 component is required for this hint to work.



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Use QuickTime 7 to preview VOB files in the Finder
Authored by: sd on May 25, '05 12:44:20PM

USELESS "hint" :
the feature was already there in 10.3.

OS does not matter, all you need is MPEG-2 component.
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/



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Difference is in Finder
Authored by: mistersquid on May 26, '05 04:49:14PM

I no longer have a Pre-Tiger system to verify this, but I'm pretty sure that in Tiger the difference is that the FINDER (not just QuickTime Player) can preview VOB files. I did not realize that the MPEG 2 playback component is required, but in any case the Finder, prior to Tiger, did not have this capability.

Being able to scan VOB files from within the finder is very helpful when compiling, for example, a sequence of video clips from DVD content.



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VLC works, too
Authored by: vocaro on May 25, '05 02:12:41PM
The $20 MPEG-2 playback component for QuickTime is required for this. As an alternative, you can download the free VLC player, which also plays VOB files.

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