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Q: I have some new videos that I cannot get to play. My computer says it cannot open TS.IFO and it does the same with TS.VOB. My friend says I should convert the files, but I have never done that before. How do I convert?

movieclipartA: The “dot IFO” and “dot VOB” are file extensions associated with video DVD’s. You could install a program to convert the files into a format that Windows Media Player recognizes, such as .WMF – but that would be pretty slow. And you could try downloading codecs and try to ’empower’ Windows Media Player to play those movies – but downloading codecs can be a risky business.

So my reco’ is to install a “player” that can handle DVD movie formats, and my reco’ of players is VLC, which is free and you can find it here.

Today’s free link: Folks, when you get a message saying “Windows cannot open .xyz “, that means it doesn’t know which program to use to open that file type, or doesn’t have such a program. The first thing to do is identify what a “.xyz ” is, and the place to do that is
Enter the file extension into the Search box, and FILExt will tell you what you need to get to open/run it.

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  1. TechPaul,

    I concur; VLC is an excellent player!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 3, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I think VLC was one of the first 10 “today’s free downloads” I ever posted (over 2 yrs ago now), which is somewhat fitting, as VLC regular ranks in the Top 10 freeware lists..
      I can’t remember when I first installed it, though.. years ago, that’s for certain, and it’s never let me down (and I’ve never had to go hunting for codecs).

      Folks, have you visited Rick’s site yet?


      Comment by techpaul | September 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. what about KMPlayer?


    Comment by asha | September 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Asha,
      What are you asking me? I am not familiar with KMPlayer, but if it works for you, keep it.

      I forgot to mention that the players that come bundled with certain “burning” programs (such as Nero) can play video DVD’s. Simply right-click on the file and select “Open with”, and then navigate to the player. Leave a check in the “always use” checkbox.


      Comment by techpaul | September 5, 2009 | Reply

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