Can I play DVD on Chromebook offline?

Diana Joan

Apr 16, 2015 01:22 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Chromebook laptop is a new type of online computing thin client based on Google Chrome OS, only workable after being connected to the Internet. All of your operations are supposed to be done with web-based APPs or surf the Internet through Chrome browser, with all related source materials stored in the cloud. This is how cloud storing overcomes the problem of limited hard drive space in conventional computer devices, bringing much convenience to the users who work or learn in irregular places. However, Chromebook does not have any Windows or Mac applications. It even doesn't have an internal DVD drive due to relatively smaller hard drive capacity, which means you can not directly play DVD on Chromebook.

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Play DVD on Chromebook

Is it feasible to play DVD with external USB DVD Drive on Chromebook?

The answer is NO.

While it is possible to connect an external USB DVD drive to a Chromebook, you cannot currently watch DVD movies with Chrome OS. Unlike simple movie file formats that you might find online, the playback of DVD Video requires special decoding software and codecs to work. Google has not licensed this software and included it with Chrome OS, although it should be possible for third party companies to write DVD video player software for Chromebooks. Considering that no Chrome OS devices ship with DVD hardware, it is unlikely that Google will license DVD Video software and include it in Chrome OS. So plugging an external USB DVD drive should not be the proper way if you want to watch DVD on Chromebook.

But there is an easy way to watch movie DVD on it. Just follow the guide below, we will show you how to convert DVD to H.264 MP4 as the best format for playback on Chromebook.

Pavtube BDMagic, the best DVD to Chromebook Converter so far, can rip and convert DVD to various main stream video formats including the H.264 MP4 which is most compatible with Chromebook. The ripped/converted MP4 DVD movie can be playback on Chromebook without Internet connection smoothly.

How to convert DVD to Chromebook compatible format?

Step 1. Load DVD movie

Run the best DVD to Chromebook Converter, click "File" > "Load from disc" to import DVD. Or choose "Load from folder" "Load IFO/ISO" to import DVD folder, DVD ISO or IFO.

Load DVD movie

Tips: You can choose preferred audio and subtitle on main UI as above.

Step 2. Choose H.264 MP4 as output for Chromebook

Here by hitting "Format" list, you will find hundreds of video formats listed in BDMagic. Hovering over "HD Video" option, here you get the "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)".

Choose output format

Tips: The pencil-like "Edit" button allows you to trim, crop, add watermarks, apply special video effects, edit audio tracks, and insert subtitles, etc.

There are more surprises this ripping program can bring to you like adjusting audio and video settings to the best, choosing preferred movie chapters to convert, splitting a movie into several, merging several clips into one, etc.

Step 3. Get down to DVD conversion for Chromebook

Click "Browse" to determine the destination file you want to save the converted DVD movie. And then hit the "Convert" button to realize DVD to Chromebook conversion. After that, hit "open output folder" to find the generated movie and transfer it to your USB stick.

How to play ripped video on Chromebook

First plug the USB stick to your Chromebook. By default, Chromebook uses the built-in media player to play audio and video files. Just simply double-click the target video file in Files app and now you can enjoy DVD on Chromebook offline!

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