Can VLC play Blu-ray disc? Why is VLC not working to play Blu-ray? Those questions are commonly asked by people who want to play Blu-ray on VLC media player. Actually, VLC doesn't offer direct support for Blu-ray disc, but the 2.0 and later version of VLC support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. So, it is possible to get VLC to play Blu-ray disc on computer. To help you know the whole process, we will show you how to use VLC to play Blu-ray movie step by step.

Tips: The setup might be troublesome and tricky to play Blu-ray on VLC. If you have followed the instructions correctly and it is not working, or you don't want to use such a cumbersome method, feel free to try VideoSolo Blu-ray Player. It is simple and powerful to play Blu-ray disc on Mac and Windows without setting anything.

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  • 1. How to Use VLC to Play Blu-ray on Windows 10/8/7
  • 2. Can VLC Play Blu-ray Movie on Mac? - Yes
  • 3. Errors You May Encounter When Playing Blu-ray in VLC
  • 4. Best Way to Play Blu-ray on Computer with VLC Alternative

How to Use VLC to Play Blu-ray on Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. To play Blu-ray with VLC on Windows, you'd better upgrade to VLC 3.0 first if you are still using the old version. Please note that you will need to download the VLC Windows 64bit version if it is a 64bit Windows computer.

Tips: It would be better to keep the default installation path while installing VLC. Otherwise, you can't completely follow the steps below.


Step 2. Go to https://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ to download the keys database and AACS dynamic library. Please notice that you should download the 32bit file for VLC 32bit, and 64bit file for VLC 64bit.

After downloaded, two files - the keys database file (KEYDB.cfg) and the AACS dynamic library file (libaacs.dll) should already exist on your Windows computer.

Step 3. Go to 'C:ProgramData', create a new folder in it and name it 'aacs'. After that, place your downloaded 'KEYDB.cfg' file into it.

Step 4. Go to 'C:Program FilesVideoLANVLC', then drop your downloaded 'libaacs.dll' file into it. If running 32bit VLC, you will need to find your VLC directory in 'C:Program Files (x86)'.


Step 5. Now, you can easily launch VLC and use it to play Blu-ray disc on Windows for free. Just need to click on 'Media' > 'Open Disc' > 'Blu-ray'.


Can VLC Play Blu-ray Movie on Mac? – Yes

VLC is one of the free Mac Blu-ray players. In this part, the way to play Blu-ray movies with VLC on Mac will be described in detail as below steps. It is similar to that of on Windows computer.


Step 1. Download the latest version of VLC for Mac OS X from Videolan.org.


Step 2. Go to: https://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ and get two necessary files.

1. KEYS Database

Mac OS: put 'KEYDB.cfg' in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create it if it does not exist).

2. AACS Dynamic Library

Mac OS: right-click on VLC, choose 'Show Package Contents' and put the 'libaacs.dylib' file in 'Contents/MacOS/lib/' (create it if it does not exist).

Step 3. Run VLC and insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive, and open it with VLC, then your encrypted Blu-ray movie will start playing in VLC.


Errors You May Encounter When Playing Blu-ray in VLC

Even you have successfully installed VLC 3.0 or above and follow all the steps above, you likely still encounter errors like:

• This blu-ray disc needs a library for bd+ decoding, and your system does not have it.

• This blu-ray disc needs a library for aacs decoding, and your system does not have it.

• No valid processing key found in AACS config file.

• Missing AACS configuration file!

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• Your input can't be opened.

• VLC keep Blu-ray loading but nothing presents.


This is because not all the commercial Blu-ray discs are supported by VLC media player so that you might encounter the problem from time to time. VLC can only deal with discs which its library has the corresponding AACS keys, yet the AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys won't ship with the Blu-ray discs, as their publishers seem to take everyone as a pirate, even you already spend money just for personnel movie enjoyment.


So, the problem that 'VLC won't Play Blu-ray' is difficult to fix. But, in this case, a more powerful Blu-ray player software comes as an alternative to play Blu-ray on Windows and Mac computer.


Best Way to Play Blu-ray on Computer with VLC Alternative

If you thought that using VLC to play Blu-ray disc is too complex to handle and you don't want to face the problem when VLC won't Blu-ray, then you will love VideoSolo Blu-ray Player.


As one of the best Blu-ray player software, VideoSolo Blu-ray Player can play encrypted Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, also the Blu-ray ISO image without downloading any extra file. It is much easier to play Blu-ray compare to VLC. It supports playback advanced audios like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. For better user experience, it provides detailed navigation and full playback control and allows users to choose their favorite Blu-ray subtitles, audio tracks, and scenes during playback on Windows and Mac computer.


What's more, it can serve you as a DVD player for Windows and common video player. That is to say, all your BD discs, DVD discs and digital media files can be loaded with VideoSolo Blu-ray Player.

This software is easy-to-use. You can just insert the Blu-ray disc and then open the program to play it. Follow the 3 steps below to play Blu-ray with the easiest way.


Step 1. Install VideoSolo Blu-ray Player

Click the 'Download' button above to get the free trial version of VideoSolo Blu-ray Player on your Windows or Mac computer.


Step 2. Insert a Blu-ray Disc into the Program

Connect an external Blu-ray drive to your computer and then insert a Blu-ray disc to the drive. Then, click 'Open Disc' to load the Blu-ray disc to the program.

Note: You need to be connected to the Internet so that the software can decode the copy-protection used on the commercial Blu-ray disc.

Step 3. Successfully Play Blu-ray Movie

After loading, you can see the cover of your Blu-ray movie. Here you can choose the title, chapter, audio track, or subtitle track. Or you can directly click on 'Play Movie' to start playing the Blu-ray main movie.

Now, no matter you choose VLC media player or VideoSolo Blu-ray Player, there is one thing can be confirmed. Right, you are able to watch almost all your Blu-ray movies without difficulty on Window and Mac.

Optical disc drive (ODD) is a disk drive that uses laser light or electromagnetic waves within or near the visible light spectrum as part of the process of reading or writing data to or from optical discs. According to the types of optical media, the optical disc drive can be divided into 'CD' 'DVD', or 'Blu-ray', followed by 'drive', 'writer', etc.

Blu-ray Drive, as its name implies, is an optical disc drive that is specially designed to play Blu-ray Disc, a high-definition optical disc format with great dentisy. So far, all Mac and Windows-based PC haven't ship with Blu-ray drive for one reason or another, so they couldn't access to the Blu-ray Disc. Therefore, there are plenty of Blu-ray drives coming into the market. Here will share some reviews about some Blu-ray Drive, hoping to provide some references for users.

No.1 Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive

It can get all the power it needs from a USB connection so there is no hassle of power cables. The Samsung Blu-ray RW supports both PC and Mac systems, as well as multimedia Television (if it has a USB input). Its price is $93.40.

No.2 ASUS External 12X Blu-Ray Burner with USB 3.0 BW-12D1S-U/BLK/G

With USB 3.0. Magic Cinema technology, extreme 12X Blu-ray writing speed enables Blu-ray 3D entertainment, and its Diamond Shape realizes aesthetics of technology. Its price is $139.99.

No.3 Aluminum External USB Blu-Ray Player/DVD/CD Combo for Apple--MacBook Air, Pro, iMac, Mini

Cladding in a beautiful aluminum casing, it uses a high performance Panasonic drive inside which plays Blu-ray disc, and reads & writes DVD and CD. Please note that package cannot play blu-ray movie or read blu-ray disc, unless it works with software for Blu-Ray playback, so you need to download or purchase additional 3rd party Blu-ray player software for Mac or PC. Also, the Blu-ray Combo drive does not have capability to burn Blu-Ray disc. Its price is $78.99.

What is Blu-ray Player Software?

Blu-ray Player Software is a Blu-ray media library application designed to play Blu-ray discs, BDMV folders and Blu-ray ISO files on the computers running the Microsoft Windows and Mac operating systems. Depending on the computer operating system it runs on, the Blu-ray player software is divided into two general categories: Mac Blu-ray player and Windows Blu-ray player. All of them include a large number of decoding and encoding libraries to read Blu-ray information, remove Blu-ray protection and support Blu-ray playback. It should work together with Blu-ray drive, when you want to play Blu-ray Disc. The best-in-class Blu-ray player software includes VLC media player, MPlayer, Mac Blu-ray Player, Windows Blu-ray Player, Windows Media Player, DVDfab media player, PowerDVD, etc.

Here I would like to recommand two brilliant Blu-ray player Software to all users for references.

No1. Mac Blu-ray Player

As the world's very first and best Blu-ray player software for Mac OS X, Mac Blu-ray Player is designed to play all Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray ISO files, or Blu-ray (BDMV) folders on all Mac models - MacBook Pro, Air, Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro with OS 10.5 to 10.8. Also you can use this amazing Bl-ray media player software to play Blu-ray or videos of other media formats on iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPad min, and i Pod touch, just by enabling its build-in AirX function. Featuring friendly UI, high definition up to 1080p, dts stereo, SNS sharing, universal media performance, and many other great functions, Mac Blu-ray Player can allow you to access fantastic Blu-ray enjoyment.

No. 2 Windows Blu-ray Player

Windows Blu-ray Player software is an outstanding Blu-ray Player for Windows-based PC, which can perfectly play Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray ISO files, or Blu-ray (BDMV) folders on all popular Windows operating systems, such as Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Apart from Blu-ray, the universal performance of Windows media player also refers to DVD, VideoCD, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, RMVB, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, etc. 1080p HD and dts7.1/5.1 supported, Windows Media Player will present you a fantastic Blu-ray experience on Windows.

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