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AndrewL. 2016-04-09 10:32 AM

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.

Dr.Dave 2016-04-09 12:24 PM

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

AndrewL. 2016-04-09 05:34 PM

But can I install the mpeg-2 codec on my PC so it's recognized by Windows rather than just downloading a new player?

DSgamby 2016-04-09 05:44 PM

You have to pay for it.

Dr.Dave 2016-04-09 07:42 PM

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:

CamDAB 2016-04-10 08:09 AM

And with various reports abounding of Win10 reporting user activities.....


Gino Cerullo 2016-04-10 04:05 PM

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.

GamerGuy 2016-04-10 05:55 PM

Or Vidcoder which uses handbrake as it's engine just with a simpler UI. It's what I use.

AndrewL. 2016-04-11 12:37 PM

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?

Dr.Dave 2016-04-11 01:42 PM

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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