Can MPlayer Play Commercial Blu-ray Movies?

Diana Joan

Oct 08, 2016 07:48 am / Posted by Diana Joan

MPlayer is a free and open media player software that is available for all major operating system including Linux, macOS as well as Microsoft Windows. It can play a wide variety of media formats including video formats, audio formats, container formats and also physical media like CDs, DVDs, Video CDs and Blur-ray discs. If you happen to have Blu-ray disc purchased or rented from store, borrowed from friends or library, can mplayer playback all those commercial Blu-ray disc?

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Play encrypted Blu-ray disc with MPlayer

Although MPlayer has officially claimed its native support for Blu-ray, however, it only has the ability to play non-protected Blu-ray disc. As for playing commercial Blu-ray disc with MPlayer, there are many extra steps that you will need to take before getting encrypted Blu-ray disc played on MPlayer. For Windows users, just follow the steps below:
1) Install MPlayer with libaacs/libbdplus libraries:
mplayer-bluray-sherpya-r37260-win32.zip for MPlayer 32-bit
Or mplayer-bluray-sherpya-r37260-win64_nobdplus.zip for MPlayer 64-bit
2) Then install KEYDB.cfg updater:
aacs-updater-2.1.1.0-win32-setup.exe
Or aacs-updater-2.1.1.0-x64-setup.exe
3) Copy BD+ virtual machine in %APPDATA%\bdplus\vm0:
Bdplus-vm0.bz2

Download MPlayer with libaacs/libbdplus libraries archive (.zip) and extract on your hard drive (for example toc:\mplayer-bluray-sherpya-r37260-win32).
Download AACS (KEYDB.cfg) updater setup and run it to complete installation.
Download BD+ virtual machine and extract it into %APPDATA%\bdplus\vm0.
From time to time, run AACS updater from desktop shortcut to update your AACS key local database (it may also upload VUK keys from your computer to the central database).

Simple alternative way to view Blu-ray on MPlayer

For people who do not have a better video background, above listed method may be too difficult for you to follow with. In addition, it only offers the essential libraries to play commercial Blu-ray movies with MPlayer on Windows, but not on Mac. Here, a more effective and easier to operate alternative workaround is introduced to you: Ripping Blu-ray to MPlayer with Blu-ray Ripper software. If you are looking for a free solution, MakeMKV can be your first selection, which helps to backup your Blu-ray disc into a large MKV file with all your wanted subtitle languages and audio tracks. If you are looking for a more advanced Blu-ray Ripper program with profile parameter settings and video editing functions, Pavtube ByteCopy can perfectly satisfy your great demand. The program is a cross-platform application that is available on both Windows and Mac. The windows version has recently updated with support for MKB61, which allows to bypass copy protection from all the recently released Blu-ray disc in the background. You can load not only 2D/3D/4K Blu-ray disc into the program but also BDMV folder and ISO image files and then rip the Blu-ray disc into MPlayer to MPlayer playable file formats listed above.

Customize and edit Blu-ray movies

To get the exact files you want, you can flexibly adjust the output video codec, bit rate, resolution, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, frame rate and sample rate. You can also edit the video by flipping or rotating the video angle, trimming or cutting unwanted parts or segments, cropping black edges, adding video/image/transparent text watermark to video, applying special rendering effects, removing/replacing audio in video, adding external subtitles to Blu-ray.

Besides MPlayer, the program can also do you great favor to get commercial Blu-ray disc played on VLC, KMPlayer, PotPlayer, MPC-HC, Windows Media Player, etc.

Step by Step to Rip Commercial Blu-ray Disc for MPlayer Playback

Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc into the program

Insert your Blu-ray disc into an external Blu-ray drive, then launch the Blu-ray to Media Player Classic ripper on your computer, click "File" > "Load from disc" to load Blu-ray disc into the program. The program also supports to load BDMV folder and Blu-ray ISO image file.

Step 2: Output Blu-ray to Multi-track MKV for MPlayer.

Click "Format" bar to get one of MPlayer supported file formats listed above, here, you can het a complete MKV output from Blu-ray by following "Multi-track Video" > "Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*.mkv)" with all the subtitle languages and audio tracks for rich media experience on MPlayer. You can also choose other file formats according to your own needs.

Tips: Click "Settings" to open "Multi-task Settings" window, you can uncheck and remove unwanted subtitle languages and audio tracks in this window.

Step 3: Edit Blu-ray video.

Check a Blu-ray title on the main interface to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

Go back to the main interface, press right-bottom "Convert" button to start Blu-ray movie to Multi-track MKV format ripping process.

When the conversion is completed, click "Open Output Folder" on the main interface to pop out the folder with converted files. You can then enjoy Blu-ray movies on MPlayuer with your wanted subtitle languages and audio tracks on either Windows and Mac computer.


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