The 2021 Ultimate Solution to Convert IFO to MP4 AVI MKV etc on PC and Mac

I was on Quora today and found someone was wondering how to convert IFO to MP4 because he was in trouble doing so. And I noticed there were many others asking the same thing. I was amazed by this kind of question because a single IFO file cannot actually be ripped or converted. So, in this post, I’d like to explain how we can convert IFO to MP4, AVI, MKV, etc on either PC or Mac with the ultimate solution in 2021.

IFO is actually short for information. As the name suggests, it is actually a text file instead of a video or audio file. According to Wikipedia, you will see the detail definition of IFO:

IFO (information) files contain all the information a DVD player needs to know about a DVD so that the user can navigate and play all DVD content properly, such as where a chapter starts, where a certain audio or subtitle stream is located, information about menu functions and navigation. BUP (backup) files are exact copies of IFO files, supplied to help in case of corruption. Video players may not allow DVD navigation when IFO or BUP files are absent.


As you can see in the above screenshot, IFO files are only a couple of KB. 

What IFO files can be Converted to MP4?

As is explained, a single IFO file cannot be converted, so what IFO files can be converted to MP4 AVI MKV, etc?

The IFO files that are along with BUP and VOB files in a VIDEO_TS folder can be converted and generally, DVD, DVD ISO, VIDEO_TS folder, .dvdmedia files can be converted. 

2021 Ultimate Solution to Convert IFO to MP4

From what I have tested with a couple of different DVD ripping solution, there is few that are able to add IFO files for ripping. And here I’d like to recommend an ultimate solution for you to convert IFO to MP4 in 2021.

AnyMP4 DVD Ripper is what I think the best way for you to rip and convert IFO to MP4 as well as other video formats. I always recommend it to rip DVDs as I believe it is one of the best DVD rippers in 2021 and it helps you to rip and convert protected DVDs from Disney, BBC, etc to whatever video formats you need. 

AnyMP4 DVD Ripper impresses me in DVD splitting and 3D DVD ripping is its unique feature. 

anymp4 3d output

How to Convert IFO to MP4 on PC/Mac

Below is the detailed guide on how we can use AnyMP4 DVD Ripper as our ultimate way to convert IFO to MP4 or any other video formats you like. 

Please follow the above buttons to have a trial of the program, install and launch it to get ready. 

Step 1. Load IFO

Click the drop-down menu of Load Disc and the Load IFO File:

Load IFO

Make sure you choose all the IFO files:

Load all IFO

Step 2. Titles and Profiles

You will see AnyMp4 loads all possible titles for your ripping. If you want to confirm, you can use the preview window or VLC to free check the right title.

And, go Profile and choose the profile you prefer. I’d always like to recommend MP4 H264 for converting IFO files.

anymp4 profile h264

Step 3. Convert IFO to MP4

You are now ready to convert IFO to MP4! Just hit the Convert button and leave the rest to the program!

Troubleshooting-Load DVD Failed

When I was testing the program to convert IFO to MP4, I got the error message that reads: “Load DVD Failed-No valid title found.” 

Load DVD Failed

Luckily, I was able to fix this problem and here’s how we can troubleshoot.

  • Make sure you choose ALL IFO files for loading instead of single IFO files like VIDEO_TS.IFO.
  • Try to load the DVD via Parser Mode. DVD Navigator Mode is recommended but if it failed, try another one.
AnyMP4 DVD Loading Mode
  • Try to load DVD by disc or Folder. 

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1 year ago

ifo is not a real video file, .vob is a real video file.

Therefore, we should convert vob to mp4.

I usually use a software named iDealshare VideoGo to do this job.

In fact, it can convert between various video formats and audio formats.

Wolfgang Baudisch
Wolfgang Baudisch
6 months ago

Thank you for your outstanding instructions. Can you explain what we can do with an IFO converted to MP4? Is this MP4 playable on PC? Is it required to play DVD on PC?

Wolfgang Baudisch
Wolfgang Baudisch
5 months ago
Reply to  Hunk

Dear Hunk, thanks for your fast reply! Sorry, I do not understand why I need the IFO on PC in MP4 format. If I have all VOB (video files) together with the IFO files copied to the PC I can play the DVD for example with Power DVD from Cyberlink.

Wolfgang Baudisch
Wolfgang Baudisch
5 months ago
Reply to  Hunk

Sorry, I do not understand: why should I want to convert the IFO to MP4? Is there any advantage for this format? As long as I know, the MP4 – IFO cannot be played like a video file.

Wolfgang Baudisch
Wolfgang Baudisch
5 months ago
Reply to  Hunk

Thank you for the explanation! BTW, I don’t use smart phone.
Yours sincerely,

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