VLC is an exceptional media player. It is not only one of the most popular free media players available on the net, but also one of the very few that can play multiple audio as well as video formats seamlessly. It was due to this fact that VLC became popular in a very little time. It is an easy to use media player that can play MPEG, QuickTime, MKV, AVI, DIVX, 3GP and many other formats.
Available for devices running on all kinds of operating systems, be it Windows, Mac, Android or iOS etc., VLC has dominated the media player market for over a decade now. Along with its superb versatility, it possesses a user friendly interface as well that can be used with great ease and comfort. It also has a number of customization options adding to the comfort of users at the end of the day.
One of the most amazing new features of VLC is that it now supports play back of Blu-Ray movies. Yes, that’s right! The 2.0 and later version support Blu-Ray media playback with some extra operations. Below given is a guide on it as referred from VLC’s forum. With it you can enjoy some Blu-Rays on your computer freely. VLC 2.0 or later version supports the Blu-Ray playback. You can download the latest version from VLC official website. However, 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.
How to Play Blu-ray Freely with VLC Media Player on Windows or Mac OS X?
Step 1: Go to videolan.org, download, install and run the latest version of VLC for your system.
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).
For Windows Users
1. KEYS DATABASE
* 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 10 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: 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/
Tip: VLC does not yet support Blu-ray menus so you must manually select title to play. Not all Blu-ray movies are supported.
Errors You May Encounter When Playing Blu-ray in VLC
“I downloaded the latest version of VLC which is 2.1.3 Rincewind. Then I followed the instructions above and put everything in the right directory, but when I try to play the blu ray disc, I get this error message:
This Blu-ray Disc needs a library for AACS decoding, and your system does not have it.
Your input can’t be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL ‘bluray:///D:/’. Check the log for details.”
In fact, not all the Blu-ray discs are supported. VlC can only deal with discs which its library has the corresponding AACS keys. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped.
What to do when VLC Won’t Play Blu-ray
In case there are a lot of unsolved problems that you are experiencing every now and again when it comes to playing Blu-ray on Windows or Mac with VLC, there are better options that you can adopt so that you can continue to enjoy your Blu-ray videos.
For playing Blu-ray on Windows OS, you can get UFUWare Blu-ray Player for Windows to play Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray iso movies even with AACS or BD+ protection on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP directly without losing quality. And it can play the 4K videos in MP4, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, TS, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV and WebM formats and 1080p HD videos in MP4 video, MTS video, MXF video, MKV video, TRP video, HD MP4, HD H.264, AVCHD, etc as well.
For playing Blu-ray on Mac OS X, you can use UFUWare Blu-ray Player for Mac, which enables you to play any Blu-ray disc released in different regions and Blu-ray folder/ISO files that you’ve backed up on Mac (iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, etc) with vivid video effect. Also this Blu-ray Player for Mac allows you to play the specific chapter/title of the Blu-ray movie and support playing Blu-ray disc with DTS HD Master Audio or Dolby True HD Audio.