3 Ways to Play ISO Files with VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player comes as the most advanced multimedia player. It could satisfy most users' demands, and give them chance to enjoy their entertainment. VLC supports almost all video formats, like MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, MP3, and DivX, moreover, it still supports VCDs, DVDs, and several streaming protocols. But what it makes this outstanding piece of freeware so special is its capacity to play image files in the ISO format, and that is exactly what I'm going to tell you about in this tutorial. ISO files are image files that contain information that is saved on discs, such as DVDs or CDs. These types of files cannot be read on their own, as they must be joined with the tracks or other data associated with the ISO file. Burning an ISO file onto a blank disc just to read the image is a lengthy and unnecessary process. VLC Media Player, the software program that "plays everything," opens ISO files, allows you to preview the file in less than one minute and do so for free. Make it short, here we gonna show you 3 parts for you to play ISO on VLC, what are you waiting for?


Part 1. How to Use VLC Play ISO Files on Windows

Part 2. Quick Guide to Play ISO Files With VLC Media Player on Mac

Part 3. Professional VLC Assistant You Deserve


Part 1. How to Use VLC Play ISO Files on Windows

Method 1: In VLC Media Player on Windows, choose Media > Open File. You will get a browser-like dialog to choose the most wanted ISO image, then click “Open” button to play the content in the ISO file immediately.



Method 2: Open your Windows Explorer Window. Drag the ISO file into the interface of the VLC Media Player.



Method 3: Right click on the ISO file to select “Open with” option and then “Choose default program”. Then choose “More Programs”. If you're unable to do it in your computer at the first attempt, you can choose this media player from the list.


You have to check the most suitable checkbox in the program list. This process lets VLC Media Player to open ISO files usually. This simple method makes this media player as the default program to open every ISO file.


Method 4: Right click on the ISO file and listen to properties. Click on “Change” in the properties window. Browse to VLC Media Player manually.


Note: If you click “Apply” button, the ISO file is set to “Open With” this media player.


Part 2. Quick Guide to Play ISO Files With VLC Media Player on Mac

Step. 1 Right click on the ISO file and select Open with/Disk Utility.

Step. 2 Click on the icon that shows under the ISO in the Disk Utility.

Step. 3 Click the “Mount” button in blue color.

Step. 4 This process mounts the image in the readable disk format.

Step. 5 Open VLC Media Player.

Step. 6 Select File > Advanced Open File > Disc tab.

Step. 7 In the Disc tab, choose Video_TS Folder radio button.

Step. 8 Click “Browse” and choose the most expected ISO Image.

Step. 9 Select the Video_TS folder on this image and click “Open”.


Part 3. Professional VLC Assistant You Deserve

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/Mac stands out from its class, which could convert unsupported ISO file to almost 250+ video formats for playback on VLC and other devices like: iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPad, Apple TV 4K, PS4 Pro, Gear VR, and more. This program not only work as a ISO assistant, but also could convert BD/DVD, any video to what format you desired. By the way, this converter has 7 main video editing functions, like trimming video to cut DVD/BD movie title and tail leader, adding subtitles, and more. Here is a guide for you to know more.


How to Convert ISO Files for VLC Media Player?

Step 1: Load ISO image file to the program.

Run the program on your computer, click "File" > "Load IFO/ISO" to load ISO image file into the program.



Step 2: Choose output file format. 

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down option, select one of VLC most playable digital file formats such as "H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.



Step 3: Customize output profile parameters. 

Click settings to open "Profile Settings" window, here you can flexibly adjust output video/audio codec, file resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc according to your own situations.



Step 4: Start ISO to VLC media player converting process. 

One click the big button "Convert" on bottom-right corner to start conversion. 

Once finishing conversion, you will have no problem to play converted digital files with VLC media player on both Windows and Mac.