VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia file as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. For those people who wish to play Blu-ray disc on computer, VLC can be your good choice. How about the Blu-ray playback capability of VLC?
Can VLC play Blu-ray disc?
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 withAACS libraries exposed are supported.
Play AACS and BD+ Blu-ray disc on VLC
To handle Blu-ray disc encrypted with AACS and BD+, the VideoLAN fellowers have developed three projects to provide Blu-ray playback on VLC 2.x. There international research projects libbluray, libaacs and libbdplus help developers for interoperability of open source systems, particularly to bring encrypted Blu-ray disc playback capability in Linux distros :
- Libbruray can parse Blu-ray content to access titltes, audio and subtitle streams
- Libaacs can decrypt Blu-ray disc content with known AACS keys
- Libbdplus can decrypt Blu-ray disc content with libgcrypt
Steps to play commercial Blu-ray disc with VLC
1. Download the VLC media player version with libbluray support enabled
2. copy libaacs and libbdplus libraries in your player executable folder
3. copy bdplus vm0 folder in your personal profile
4. copy aacs KEYDB.cfg file in your personal profile
5. maintain KEYDB.cfg file up-to-date
Alternative simple way to play Blu-ray on VLC
People who does not have a better backgroud can easily get confused and stucked when playing commercial Blu-ray movies on VLC with the projects listed above, fortunately, there are many simple but workable alternative way for you to get commercial Blu-ray disc easily played on VLC. The program we recommended here is Pavtube ByteCopy, which has recently upgraded with support for MKB61, so that you can comprehensively remove all the protection including AACS, BD+ and region code from all the recently released Blu-ray disc. The program can handle Blu-ray disc, BDMV folder and also ISO image files. You can output Blu-ray in various different file types for playing on VLC.
- A full disc copy of Blu-ray with all the original file structure including subtitle languages, audio tracks and chapter information.
- A fast main movie copy of Blu-ray without unwanted extras. The program will save Blu-ray as a M2TS file.
- Backup Blu-ray into a lossless multi-track MKV file format with your unwanted subtitle languages or audio tracks for viewing on VLC.
- Convert Blu-ray to other VLC compatible file formats.
How to Rip Blu-ray to Multi-track MKV for VLC 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.
Click "Format" bar to get 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.
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: 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 VLC with your unwanted subtitle languages and audio tracks.