How to Watch Blu-ray movies with Windows Media Center

Diana Joan

Jun 18, 2015 09:56 am / Posted by Diana Joan

As a digital media player created by Microsoft, Windows Media Center can play slideshows, videos and music from local hard drives, optical drives and network locations. Supported media types by Windows Media Center Platforms:

Blu-ray to Windows Media Player


Windows Media Video(WMV) 9:

Maximum resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p) at 30 frames per second

Windows Media digital rights management (DRM) support up to level 2000


MEPG-1 layer I and II audio


Maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080(1080!)

MPEG-1 layer I and II or AC-3 audio


Windows Media Audio(WMA)7,8 and 9, WMA professional

Windows Media DRM support up to Level 2000

WMA Lossless



Unfortunately, Windows Media Center has no support for Blu-ray playing, you will end up with failure when you try to load Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray ISO image and BDMV folder to Windows Media Center. The good news is that there are many Blu-ray Ripper software on the market has the capability to convert Blu-ray to Windows Media Center playable formats. Pavtube BDMagic stands out for its powerful conversion function and advanced output profile settings. You can not only output Blu-ray to Windows Media Center compatible formats like WMV, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, but also use the "Profile Settings" window to adjust the output video codec, size, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, sample rate, bit rate and channels to be suitable with Windows Media Center video playing parameters.

How to Rip and Convert Blu-ray to Windows Media Center?

Step 1: Put Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive.

Put Blu-ray disc into your Blu-ray drive and then plug the Blu-ray drive into the computer through its USB cable.

Step 2: Load Blu-ray disc to the program.

Click "File", from its drop-down list, select "Load from disc" to import Blu-ray disc to the software for conversion.

Load Blu-ray disc

Step 3: Select Windows Media Player supported format to output.

From "Format" drop-down list, select Windows Media Center playable "WMV3 (WMV9)(*.wmv)" as output profile format.

Select Windows Media Center WMV3 to output

Step4: Adjust output profile settings.

Click "Settings" icon on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, here, you can set the output codec as wmv3, size as 1920 x1080, frame rate as 30, audio codec as wmav3 that are compatible with Windows Media Center.

Adjust output profile settings

Step 5: Start Blu-ray to Windows Media Center conversion process.

Hit right-bottom "Convert" button to carry out the conversion process. When the conversion is done, you can find and locate the converted files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface.

How to import and play converted Blu-ray movies with Windows Media Player:

From outside of media center: When you add or remove a folder in Windows libraries, the change will be reflected in Windows Media Center.

Import media files to Windows Media Center

From within Within Windows Media Center: When you add or folders that you want to Windows Media Center to monitor for media files, the change will reflect in your Windows library.

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