Many people whom want to play Blu-ray movie on VLC media player, are asking: "Can VLC play Blu-ray Disc?", "Does VLC player supports Blu-ray?"
Actually, VLC doesn't offer direct support for Blu-ray disc, but the 2.0 and later version of VLC Media Player support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. So, it is possible to get VLC to play Blu-ray disc on computer. One minor defect is that the setup might be troublesome and a little tricky.
To help you know the whole process, we will show you how to use VLC to Blu-ray movie step by step in this article. Of course, all this assumes you have an external Blu-ray drive; remember that DVD drives won't play your Blu-ray discs.
How to Use VLC to Play Blu-ray Movies on Windows 10/8/7
VLC official site claims that the 2.0 and later version support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. So you'd better upgrade your VLC Media Player to the latest version if you are still using the old version. The following is the detailed guide to play Blu-ray disc with VLC on Windows computer.
Step 1. Download and the latest version of VLC media player from Videolan.org on your computer.
Step 2. Go to http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ to download the KEYS DATABASE(KEYDB.cfg) and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY (libaacs.dll for Windows or libaacs.dylib for Mac).
Please notice that you should download 32-bit files for 32-bit VLC, and 64-bit files for 64-bit VLC to install KEYS DATABASE by the path. And next, you'll know how to install libaacs.dll.
Step 3. Go to the "C: Users\your username\AppData".
Step 4. Enable viewing hidden files via "Under Folder Options > View > Show hidden files and folders > OK".
Step 5. Create a new folder in the "AppData" with name aacs, and place the downloaded KEYDB.cfg key file in it.
Step 6. Download AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY on your computer and install. Just go to "C: Program Files" or "c: Program Files (x86)" if running 64bit, and navigate to "Video LAN > VLC", then paste or drag and drop libaacs.dll into it.
Step 7. Now, you can easily play Blu-ray disc with VLC on Windows for free. Please note that the latest VLC still doesn't have Blu-ray menu support yet.
Play Blu-Ray Movies with VLC on Mac
VLC is one of the free Mac Blu-ray players. In this part, the way to play Blu-ray Movies with VLC on Mac will be described in detail as below steps. It is similar to that of Windows computer.
Step 1. Download and the latest version of VLC Media Player from Videolan.org on your Mac.
Step 2. Go to: http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/, 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/"
Step 3. Run VLC and insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive, and open it with VLC, then your Blu-ray movie will start playing in VLC.
Tips: VLC Blu-ray menu support is not available now so you must manually select a title to play. Also, not all Blu-ray movies are supported.
Errors You May Encounter When Playing Blu-ray in VLC
Even you have successfully installed VLC 2.0 or above and follow all the steps above, you likely still encounter errors like:
• this blu-ray disc needs a library for bd+ decoding, and your system does not have it
• this blu-ray disc needs a library for aacs decoding, and your system does not have it.
• Your input can't be opened.
• VLC keep Blu-ray loading but nothing presents.
This is because not all the Blu-ray disc are supported by VLC Media Player so that you might encounter the problem from time to time. VLC can only deal with discs which its library has the corresponding AACS keys, yet the AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys won't ship with the Blu-ray discs, as their publishers seem to take everyone as a pirate, even you already spend money just for personnel movie enjoyment.
So, the problem that "VLC won't Play Blu-ray" is difficult to fix. But, in this case, the more powerful Blu-ray Player software comes as an alternative to play Blu-ray on computer.
Best Way to Play Blu-Ray Movies with VLC Alternative
If you thought that using VLC to play Blu-ray Disc is too complex to handle and you don't want to face the problem when VLC won't Blu-ray, then you will love VideoSolo Blu-ray Player.
As one of the best Blu-ray player software, VideoSolo Blu-ray Player can play Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Folder, also the Blu-ray ISO image file. It supports to playback advanced audios like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. For better user experience, it provides detailed navigation and full playback control and allows people to choose their favorite subtitles, audio tracks, and videos during playback on Windows and Mac computer.
What's more, it can serve you as a DVD player and common video player. That is to say, all your DVD disc and digital media files can be loaded with VideoSolo Blu-ray Player.
Declaration: VideoSolo Blu-ray Player is able to load 4K Blu-ray disc. But you still can't get 4K watching experience unless your computer screen is 4K.
This software is easy-to-use. You can just insert the disc and then open to play it. Follow the 3 steps below to play Blu-ray with the easiest way.
Step 1. Download the program
Click the "Download" button to get the free trial version of VideoSolo Blu-ray Player on your computer.
Step 2. Insert Blu-ray Disc or Choose Blu-ray Folder or ISO File
Connect an external Blu-ray drive to your computer and then insert a Blu-ray disc to the drive. Then, click "Open Disc" and load the Blu-ray disc to the program.
Note: You need to be connected to the Internet so that the software can decode the copy-protection used on the discs.
Step 3. Play Blu-ray Movie
After loading, you can see the main interface of your movie. Here you can choose the Chapter, Audio Track, Subtitle or Titles. Or you can directly click "Play Movie" to start play Blu-ray.
Now, no matter you choose VLC or VideoSolo Blu-ray Player, there is one thing can be confirmed. Right, you are able to watch all your Blu-ray movies without difficulty.