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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 2016-04-09, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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DVD-R video files being imported to Windows as audio?

When I rip a video off a DVD-R disk, the file imports as a .VOB (Windows Media Player) type with an icon of a note and film strip. And when I click the icon I get a message box saying WMP can't play the file, but it will play when I click on the "Try to play, Yes/No" option, but only the audio plays.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 2016-04-09, 12:24 PM
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You are probably using Windows 10 which doesn't support DVD playback as part of the operating system. Specifically, it doesn't include the MPEG-2 codec that is used to decode DVDs.

You will have to install DVD software that includes the MPEG-2 codec. You can buy one or you can install VLC which is free and has built-in codecs for a wide variety of formats.

Link: VideoLAN - Download official VLC media player for Windows
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But can I install the mpeg-2 codec on my PC so it's recognized by Windows rather than just downloading a new player?
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I don't think you can buy the MPEG-2 codec by itself (but I haven't looked.) It's usually licensed with DVD software and Microsoft used to license it with prior versions of Windows. VLC is an open-source project based in France and operates under French law. More info: https://www.videolan.org/legal.html
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And with various reports abounding of Win10 reporting user activities.....

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What software are you using to rip the DVD? If you aren't already, you should be using Handbrake. It will rip the DVD to MP4 or MKV container formats.

https://handbrake.fr
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Or Vidcoder which uses handbrake as it's engine just with a simpler UI. It's what I use.
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I simply drag the files off the DVD, but I use Nero to edit. Come to think of it, do I actually need MPEG-2 on my PC if I install the VLC player?
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 2016-04-11, 01:42 PM
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No you don't need an MPEG-2 codec installed on Windows. The VLC player has all the codecs built-in for all the formats it supports, including MPEG-2. VLC is completely self-contained.
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