2 Simple and Free Ways to Play Blu-Ray Movies

Blu-ray movies are regularly getting famous today among movies lovers and the main reason lies in its superb viewing experience. Blu-ray movies come in a very crystal clear quality and users can enjoy every scene of their movies. You can view these movies on your computer or laptop by using software's video player. on the other hand, VLC is one of the most famous video player due to its easy-to-use interface and availability for every operating system. However, VLC can't play Blu-ray movie since the latter is a new technology. To solve the issue, we are going to share how to use VLC to play Blu-ray movies in following 4 parts.

Part 1. Introduction of VLC and Blu-Ray Movies

What is VLC Movie

VLC is an exceptional free media player software and available for almost every operating system, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS and Linux devices. The only limitation in the program lies in that it doesn’t support all audio video formats but MPEG, Quick Time, 3GP, MP4, MKV and some other formats only.

What is Blu-Ray Movie

Blu-ray is a video format known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) and invented by Blu-ray association. This format enables users to play HD videos and store more data in a single disc, it stores up to 50GB data in a dual layer disc. The greatest benefit of using Blu-ray is that it comes with very short wavelength as compared to red laser. In short, it can easily store more data in less space by packing data more tightly.

Part 2. Free Way to Play Blu-Ray Movies with VLC on Window/Mac

1. Use VLC to Play Blu-Ray Movies on Windows

VLC supports playing Blu-ray movies on your Windows computer or laptop if you do some extra operations. Note that 2.0 or later version of VLC is a must, so please upgrade your VLC if you are using an old version. Below is the way to use VLC to play Blu-ray movies. This is tested on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 as well.

Step 1 First of all please visit Videolan.org and download the latest version of VLC media player on your computer.

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Step 2 Now visit the below URL http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ and download key database AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY from the site on your computer. Make sure you're downloading 32-bit files for 32-bit VLC, and 64-bit files for 64-bit VLC.

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Step 3 Go in the "C:Usersyour usernameAppData" for Windows Users.

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Step 4 Enable viewing hidden files. Click on Folder Options and then click on View tab, in the View tab check this option “Show hidden files and folders” and click on Ok button.

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Step 5 Create a new folder in the App data with name aacs and paste the downloaded KEYDB.cfg key file in this new folder.

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Step 6 Install AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY on your computer. Just visit C drive and find out “Video LAN > VLC” in the program files of 32 bit. Then paste or drag and drop AACS Dynamic library file in this folder.

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Step 7 Run VLC and click on Media and then click on Open Media option. In the popup, click on “Disk” and check “Blu-Ray” option then click on Play button. Now your Blu-ray movie will start playing in VLC.

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2. Play Blu-Ray Movies with VLC on Mac

Above steps are how to use VLC to play Blu-ray movies on Windows. Now we are going to tell you about playing Blu-ray movies on Mac devices. Nothing is changed there you just need to follow the above steps and download Mac version of key database AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY.

Step 1 Visit VLC website and download 2.0 or later version of VLC for Mac. After installation, visit the below URL and download the key database AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY for Mac.

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Step 2 After downloading key database and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY from the site, put key database in the below directory /Library/Preferences/aacs/ (if this folder is not there then create it) on your Mac, and AACS dynamic library in the ~/lib directory. Now you can easily play Blu-ray movies on Mac using VLC media player.

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Part 3. The Easiest Way to Play Blu-Ray Movies (High Recommended)

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How to Play Blu-ray Movies with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1 Launch Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate by double clicking on the software icon after downloading and installing it via the download button above, you'll under Convert tab by default.

Step 2 Now add your Blu-ray movies files in the Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate by dragging and dropping in the interface or by clicking on Add files button to browse.

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Step 3 Then you'd see the loaded video being displayed as the screenshot shows. Click on Play icon in the middle of video preview and your Blu-ray video will start playing.

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Step 5 Your Blu-ray video will be playing like the below picture in front of you. You can view full screen of video by clicking on Full screen icon in the down right side.

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