Hi all. I am very technical but have yet to figure out how to solve this simple question:
How do I play VOBs (for example 4 1GB VOBs that make up 1 movie) in a software player on Windows XP (not Media Center) that will play all 4 vobs without any interruptions?
First, I already backup my existing dvds into standard VOB files within the VIDEO_TS folder. I am using DVDFab for this.
Second, the VOBs play individually just fine in Media Player Classic and VLC 1.0.2. Also, if I rename the VOBs to MPG file extensions, they will play in Windows Media Player.
My problem is...when I load up 3-4 VOBs which make up 1 complete movie, when VLC or MediaPlayer Classic is use, there is a 0.5 second delay when the software player switches from one vob to the next...it's not seamless...it's not perfect. This is kinda annoying.
So maybe my real question is...what software (free) program would you recommend to play multiple vob files back to back without any interruption?
I know (and don't think many people in the world know this) that I can simply copy the vob files together in a DOS box using the COPY command with the /b switch (which is the Binary switch)...and that will generate me 1 big 4GB vob file...that's fine and makes a perfect, seamless movie file. However, I really don't feel like doing that for the dozens of dvd-rips I already have on my drive. Moreover, large files over 4GB in size are not happy on FAT file systems (I use NTFS but I'm just pointing that out).
So...any advice? I do not want to use Windows Media Center...I want to continue with XP Home. On a side note, I don't necessarily need all sorts of crazy sound support...but would be great if the software player did support it and thus pushed it out via my HDMI connection.
Lastly, maybe I am just asking too much...I know within VLC I can drag the parent folder (containing the AUDIO and VIDEO folders) and that will work exactly the way I want...but I do have some random VOBs every now and then that do not have parent folders and/or the IFOs and the BUPs and other goodies. Regardless, I would still like to know if it's possible to drag and drop VOBs into a player and have the player play them back seamlessly.
Thanks so much in advance!