Can Chromebooks Play DVD Videos?

Diana Joan

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

You might have been at your wit's end with the Chromebook DVD playback cause that Chrome OS does not currently have support for playback of video DVDs included by default. Many people think that they can play DVD videos on Chromebook with VLC through an external USB DVD drive like we used successfully on the Mac. But if you have ever tried to use VLC to play DVD on Chromebook, you would find that when you installed and opened the VLC app, it's just a blank grey square with an orange cone icon. Nothing prompts you to point it to media files, nothing happens.

At some point, VLC removed this functionality. So the only way to play DVD videos on Chromebook is to rip the DVDs into some other file format that Chromebook supported. Some people don't know how to rip the DVD's into another file format, or how to know what file format would work on the Chromebook. To help these people, here could point those people in the right direction. If you don't know what video and audio files Chromebook support, this article will help you a lot. As for ripping DVD to Chromebook supported video, you need to prepare a DVD Ripper at first.

Prepare a DVD Ripper for Copying DVD to Chromebook

If you are good at searching on Google, you can find hundreds of DVD ripper software. According to the ripping speed, output video and audio quality and DVD protection decryption ability, we think Pavtube BDMagic wil be your best DVD to Chromebook Converter. This DVD ripper can rip and convert both unprotected and protected DVDs to Chromebook supported MP4, MKV, 3GP video files. If you only want audio, you also can extract MP3 audio from DVD using this program for Chromebook playback.

This DVD copying software can decrypt DVDs keeping excellent picture and sound quality. You also can adjust the video and audio resolution, bitrate, frame rate, channel to customize the best video quality for Chromebook. If your DVDs are TV boxes, you can rip DVD to separate episodes for convenient playback on Chromebook. In addition, you can crop DVD video black area, adjust DVD video aspect ratio, add external subtitles to DVD videos with built-in video editor.

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. Pavtube BDMagic also supports to rip Blu-ray to Chromebook so you also can load Blu-ray video.

Normally, Blu-ray and DVD videos have multiple subtitle and audio tracks. If you don't want all the streaming tracks, you can choose to rip Blu-ray and DVD with forced subtitles.

Load DVD movie

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)". This profile not only can offer us perfect compatibility with Chromebook, but also give us high resolution.

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!

This way enables you to play DVD videos on all the Chromebooks below:

Chromebook Screen Body Storage Misc Price
Samsung Chromebook Pro 12.3'' LED Display (2400*1600) 0.55 inch thin, 2.4lbs/1.1kg 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 9 hours battery life $549
Asus Chromebook Flip C302 12.5'' (16:9) LED backlit FHD 0.54 inch thin, 1.2lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $449
Lenovo N23 Chromebook 11.6'' HD Display 0.86 inch thin, 2.7lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $175
Samsung Chromebook Plus 12.3'' LED Display (2400*1600) 0.7 inch thin, 2.4lbs/1.1kg 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 8.5 hours battery life $449
HP Chromebook 11 G5 11.6'' HD Display 0.72 inch thin, 2.62lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12.5 hours battery life $199
Acer Chromebook R13 13.3'' HD Display 0.61 inch thin, 3.28lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12 hours battery life $399
Lenovo N4 Chromebook 14'' HD Display 0.91 inch thin, 3.3lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 11 hours battery life $294
Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Youga Chromebook 11.6'' HD Display 0.9 inch thin, 5.15lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12 hours battery life $394
Acer Chromebook 14 for work 14'' HD or Full HD Display 0.88 inch thin, 3.2lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12 hours battery life $349.99
Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook 13.3'' HD Display 0.78 inch thin, 3.1lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $399
HP Chromebook 13 G1 13.3'' HD Display 0.5 inch thin, 2.86lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 11.5 hours battery life $499
Asus Chromebook C202 11.6'' HD Display 0.9 inch thin, 2.2lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $229
Acer Chromebook 14 14'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 3.4lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12 hours battery life $299.99
Lenovo N22 Chromebook 11.6'' HD Display 0.86 inch thin, 2.7lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12 hours battery life $179
Lenovo Chromebook 100S 11'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 2.45lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 9 hours battery life $179
ASUS Chromebook Flip 10.1'' HD Display 0.6 inch thin, less than 2lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 9 hours battery life $249
HP Chromebook 14G4 14'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 3.78lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 9 hours battery life $249
ASUS Chromebook C201 11.6'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 2.16lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 13 hours battery life $169
Haier Chromebook 11 11.6'' HD Display 0.71 inch thin, 2.54lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $149
HP Chromebook 11 G4 11.6'' HD Display 0.8 inch thin, 2.8lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 8 hours battery life $279.99
Hisense Chromebook 11.6'' HD Display 0.76 inch thin, 3.3lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 8.5 hours battery life $149
Acer Chromebook 15 15.6'' HD Display Expensive screen for multitasking 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 8.5 hours battery life $249
Dell Chromebook 11 11.6'' HD Display 0.97 inch thin, 2.9lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $219
Toshiba Chromebook 2 13.3'' HD Display 0.76 inch thin, 3lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 11 hours battery life $249
Acer Chromebook 11 11.6'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 2.4lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 8.5 hours battery life $249
Acer Chromebook 13 13.3'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 3.31lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 13 hours battery life $279.99
ASUS Chromebook C300 13.3'' HD Display 0.9 inch thin, 3.3lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $249
ASUS Chromebook C200 11.6'' HD Display 0.6 inch thin, 2.5lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 11.5 hours battery life $249
Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6'' HD Display 0.7 inch thin, 2.43lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $249
Acer Chromebook R11 11.6'' HD Display 0.78 inch thin, 2.76lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $279
Haier Chromebook 11 G2 11.6'' HD Display 0.8 inch thin, 3.8lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $149
Dell Chromebook 13 13.3'' HD Display 0.72 inch thin, 3.23lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 10 hours battery life $429
Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6'' HD Display 0.66 inch thin, 2.65lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 8 hours battery life $319
Acer C740 Chromebook 11.6'' HD Display 0.8 inch thin, 2.79lbs 100GB of Google Drive free for 2 years up to 12 hours battery life $249

 


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