Aug 28

How to Play Blu-Ray with VLC in Windows 10 64-bit/32-bit?

Windows 10 is an entirely new version of the veteran Windows operating system by Microsoft. The latest Windows 10 system, is no longer just an operating system for 32-bit and 64-bit PCs, but also run on the ARM platform for smaller tablets and smartphones.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. The 2.0 and later version of VLC Media Player support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. 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. Below I will introduce the guide referred from VLC’s forum.

How to Play Blu-ray with VLC Media Player for Free on Windows 10?

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 10 Users

1. KEYS DATABASE

* Open your user area (“C:Usersyour usernameAppData”)

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* Enable view hidden files and folders (Under Folder Options – View tab then select “show hidden files…”->select ok)

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* 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.

Tip: VLC does not yet support Blu-ray menus so you must manually select title to play. Not all Blu-ray movies 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. In case there are a lot of unsolved problems that you are experiencing every now and again when it comes to playing Blu-ray with VLC, there are better options that you can adopt so that you can continue to enjoy your Blu-ray videos. One of these alternative methods is that you can get a Blu-ray Player for Windows 10(Only $45 for Lifetime) to play Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO on Windows 10 directly with Blu-ray effect. Or you can hire a Blu-ray Ripper for Windows 10(Only $59 for Lifetime) to rip and transcode Blu-ray discs to WMV/AVI/MPG/MPEG/MOV/MKV/MP4 etc for playing on Windows 10 PC or multimedia players.

Apr 12

VLC Media Player-Free Blu-ray Playing Software for Enjoying Blu-ray Discs on Windows 8

On some Windows 8 reviews, like many other publications that got their information from Microsoft, originally reported that the Media Center and Pro Pack contain codecs for both DVD and Blu-ray movie playback. This is false. They only facilitate DVD playback, not Blu-ray. The quote most sites are referencing comes from Microsoft’s blog. And, like most of the official Windows 8 pre-release literature, it contains ambiguous language regarding what’s actually included in Windows 8:

“Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.”

Further down, in the same blog post, are the actual contents of the Media Center and Pro Pack:

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“…Media Center, including DVD playback (in Media Center, not in Media Player), broadcast TV recording and playback (DBV-T/S, ISDB-S/T, DMBH, and ATSC), and VOB file playback.”

Again, the Media Center Pack does not include codecs for Blu-ray playback.

So you may look for a free way to play Blu-ray discs movie on Windows 8, so VLC media player will be the best way to play Blu-Ray in Windows 8 64-bit or Windows 8 32 bit for free.

VLC play Blu Ray movies on Windows 8

To better support Blu-Ray playback in Windows 8, VideoLAN and the VLC development team present the fifth version of “Twoflower” which is VLC 2.0.4. The a major updated VLC 2.0.4 introduces an important number of fixes and improvements especially for Blu-Ray under Windows 8. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped.

This article will guide you to download and place the AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys in order to play Blu Ray on Windows 8 with VLC for Free.

Step 1: Install the latest nightly of VLC 2.0: Go to: VideoLan,then download the latest version for your system.

Step 2: Download the Blu-ray playback addon pack from: here, and install the Key file from addon pack – “KEYDB.cfg”

Windows 8 – [place in folder named “aacs” located in appdata directory]
* Open your user area (start->”your username”)
* Enable view hidden files and folders (Organise->Folder and Search Options->View{tab} and select “show hidden files…”->select ok)
* Open “AppData” directory
* Create a folder and name it “aacs” {no quotations}
* Place the KEYDB.cfg file in this folder directly from the unzipped Blu-ray playback addon pack.

Step 3: Download Install AACS dynamic library for VLC to use:

Windows 8 32bit: put that file in your VLC directory
Windows 8 64bit: put that file in your VLC directory

Windows 8 – [Place in VLC program directory]
* Open “Computer”
* Open “Local Disk (C:)”
* Open “Program Files” [Or “Program Files (x86)” if running 64bit]
* Navigate to “VLC” directory
* Move appropriate file from unzipped Blu-ray playback addon pack to this directory (file located in “aacs/windows 32″ directory in pack)

Now, you can easily play Blu-Ray disc with VLC on Windows 8 64-bit or Windows 8 32 bit for free. Note: VLC 2.0 still doesn’t have menu support yet.

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