Recently, there are many people reported to encounter troubles playing Blu-ray on VLC Media Player, for this reason, this article aims to offer some tips and tricks to solve VLC can’t play Blu-ray issues.
VLC media player (commonly known as VLC) is a portable, free and open-source, cross-platform media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. And its official site claims that the 2.0 and later version support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations although, however, many people still get confused about the operation and encounter troubles playing Blu-ray on VLC now and then. In view of this, this article aims to introduce you the right steps to play Blu-ray on VLC.
Note: I used Windows 8 32-bit and the guide maybe also work on Windows 8 64-bit and Windows 10. VLC 2.0 or later version supports the Blu-ray playback. You can download the latest version from VLC official website. Moreover, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped. That means only Blu-ray disc with AACS libraries exposed are supported.
Now, let’s start the steps:
Step 1: Download and install the latest version VLC.
Step 2: Download the KEYS DATABASE(KEYDB.cfg) and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY(libaacs.dll for Windows or libaacs.dylib for Mac).
For Windows Users:
*open your user area (“C:Usersyour usernameAppData”)
* Enable view hidden files and folders (Under Folder Options – View tab then select “show hidden files…”->select ok)
* Open “AppData” directory or create a folder and name it aacs
* Place the downloaded KEYDB.cfg file in this folder directly.
Download Install AACS dynamic library for VLC to use:
2. AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY
* Go to “c:Program Files” [Or “c:Program Files (x86)” if running 64bit]
* Navigate to “VLC” directory, and move the libaacs.dll file into it.
Now, you can easily play Blu-Ray disc with VLC on Windows for free. Note: The latest VLC still doesn’t have menu support yet.
For Mac users
You may navigate the corresponding folder and move into the necessary files as follow. Go to: here, get the necessary files.
1. KEYS Database
Mac OS: put it in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create it if it does not exist)
2.AACS Dynamic Library
Mac OS: right-click on VLC, choose “Show package contents” and put that file in Contents/MacOS/lib/
Tip: VLC does not yet support Blu-ray menus so you must manually select title to play. Not all Blu-ray movies are supported. If VLC still can’t help you play Blu-ray disc movie, you could ask Aurora Blu-ray Player Software for help. Or you can try the following alternative method.
Alternative choice: Rip and Convert Blu-ray to a VLC playable video
Due to many reasons, like computer system, the KEYS Datebase, and AACS library issue, many people can’t play Blu-ray on VLC successfully even though they followed the above steps. So you can choose to use a Blu-ray Ripper, like Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper, which enables you rip and convert Blu-ray to a common video for VLC for playback effortlessly. Therefore, you needn’t worry the system incompatibility issue and Blu-ray encryption trouble.
Overall, this Blu-ray ripping software allows users to rip Blu-ray to MKV, AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, WMV, MPEG-2, etc as you like. What’s more, it supports a variety of portable devices or media players including PS Vita, Apple TV, QuickTime Player, WD TV, Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 10, Nook HD and more. Plus, with it, you can also backup Blu-ray movies to hard drive remaining the original structure. Now download it and start the Blu-ray to VLC conversion.
How to Compress Blu-ray movies to VLC playable video
Step 1. Import Blu-ray movies
Insert the Blu-ray disc to external Blu-ray drive and click the “Load Disc” button to add the Blu-ray movies you want to play on your VLC. Select subtitles you want keep with the output video from the option.
Step 2. Choose output profile
Choose output format via clicking the Format bar. Here you can select MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MKV from the Common Video profile list as the target format.
Tip: You can also check the “Settings” box, and set video codec, video size, Bitrate, frame rate to get a decent video you want on your VLC player.
Step 3. Start converting Blu-ray for VLC
Finally, hit the “Convert” button to start to rip 1080p Blu-ray movies to VLC readable videos.
After conversion, you can click the “Open” button to find the converted Blu-ray files. Mow you can add and play the BD contents with VLC player at ease.