In various occurrences, you will get “Your input can’t be opened” alert with a message said, “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL” when you try to play media with VLC Media Player. It happens because VLC is blocked unintentionally or intentionally for some reason. In most cases, this error is resulted from a fact that the media source is preventing VLC from accessing it because of unqualified authority.

In this article, I will talk about the two largest probability situations that we encounter usually. The first one is when we are trying to play encrypted Blu-ray contents or DRM-protected DVDs. And, the other is when we are trying to play some media file or stream a video that is not physically located on your local computer.

For playing Blu-ray/DVD, you get an error in a phrase like:
vlc is unable to open the mrl ‘bluray:///d:/’. check the log for details.” or “vlc is unable to open the MRL ‘dvd:///d:/’. check the log for details.

For playing an online file with URL, you get an error in a phrase like:
vlc is unable to open the MRL ‘https://sampleurl’. check the log for details.

So in the following guide list, choose the situation that you are in, we will help you to fix all your problems.

#1 Fix “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL” When Playing Blu-ray/DVD

All commercial Blu-ray or DVD contents are DRM-protected. They have BD+/3D BD+, AACS MKB v26, and AACS bus encryption, Region Code, BD-Live, and UOPs for Blu-ray. When you have problems playing AACS-protected Blu-ray contents, you may be prompted with “No valid processing key found in AACS config file on VLC” message. While, if the protection type is others you may not get such specific instruction. You may only get a “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL…” alert.

So, what we can do when you encounter this issue? I have three solutions here for you:

Solution 1 Use an alternative to VLC for playing Blu-ray/DVD
Solution 2 Rip the BD/DVD content to MP4 video
Solution 3 Play BD/DVD content on VLC with 3rd party tool decrypting the protection

/1 Use an alternative to VLC for playing Blu-ray/DVD

As we aforementioned, VLC doesn’t have valid access to commercial-encrypted Blu-ray disc or DVD due to copyright restriction, which makes VLC not a wise choice for playing Blu-ray or DVD. My advice here is a powerful Blu-ray Player that can bypass all obstacles and bring the video before your sight. With the sophisticated and long-term developed technologies, This Blu-ray Player can play Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO image file, DVD disc, DVD folder, and DVD ISO image file with/without encryption-protection including AACS, BD+, MKB, Cinavia, Region Code Restriction, and CSS (for DVD). And you have to know that if you want to watch Blu-ray disc movies on your computer then a Blu-ray Player software is a must.

Follow my lead and go through the simple steps of using it to play Blu-ray/DVD without error “vlc is unable to open the MRL ‘bluray:///d:/[dvd:///d:/]” like on VLC. I will take playing Blu-ray disc for instance.

Step 1 Install this Blu-ray Player on your computer.

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Step 2 Slot a Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive (it is a sine qua non of reading Blu-ray disc).

Step 3 After the installation, the Blu-ray Player must be launched already, if it is not, double click on its icon to open it. In the middle of the window, click Open Disc and select the disc and Click OK.

Play Blu-ray with Blu-ray Player instead of VLC

Step 4 The menu of the disc will be display, select a title that you want to watch.

Yes, it is easy-going for users unlike VLC. Just make yourself comfortable and enjoy your HD videos.

/2 Rip the BD/DVD content to MP4 video

Already have your own favorite player and don’t want to switch to another since to adapt a new using habit for you is not good? It makes sense, ‘cause people like VLC, KMplayer, PotPlayer, Media Player Classic, or Quicktime on Mac, you are familiar with it, you know how to change subtitle, full screen, change audio track without even thinking, so, I can totally understand that you don’t want to download another player on your computer. But, the player you are using could not play the Blu-ray disc, How to deal with it? Don’t panic, the answer is to rip the Blu-ray disc movie to protection-free digital video files like MP4 or MKV.

How can you do that? Please read the steps below, you will get the Blu-ray movie played on your favorite player.

Step 1 Install Prof. Media on your computer.

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Step 2 Insert the Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive connected to your computer.

Step 3 Load the disc into the program, you can move to Convert tab and click Add Blu-ray/DVD.

Step 4 Select the longest title that listed after the disc is fully loaded, and click MP4 Video to config the output video settings. I will say MP4 and MKV will be the choice of the most.

Rip Blu-ray disc <Speed Racer> and Play it on VLC

Step 5 Click Convert button to start ripping.

Step 6 Locate the ripped video and play it with any player that you like.

Note: this tool supports to rip DVD.

/3 Play BD/DVD content on VLC with 3rd party tool decrypting the protection

Besides ripping a Blu-ray disc, there is another option for you to make the protect Blu-ray content accessible by a player without creating extra video files. What I am talking about is DVDFab Passkey, with which on your computer (only Windows), all applications will be authorized access to protected Blu-ray disc or DVD.

How does this Blu-ray/DVD decrypter work? Read the below guide and follow.

Step 1 Install DVDFab Passkey, and that is it. Play your Blu-ray/DVD freely with an application.

#2 Fix “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL” When Opening Network Stream

You’ll see this “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL” error if VLC Media Player failed to access the remote streaming video source that you put it. Two main causes should be blamed for this, one is the firewall on your computer blocks the access from VLC to the stream file, the other is the source stream provider does not allow you to access the video through 3rd party tool. Let’s see how we can fix it.

Before we do anything else, we have to verify the true reason for this error, firewall or source restriction. It is easy to do that, below is a link (MRL) of a remote streaming video that has been checked by me that is fully accessible by VLC.

Just launch VLC, move to the Media menu, click Open Network Stream and paste the MRL into the URL box. And click Play. If you can play it, that means the cause is the URL that you use, you can try to download it instead of play directly with VLC. If you can’t play it, that means the cause is the firework, you have to change the overprotective settings.

/1 Fix “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL” by Change Firewall Setting

Windows 10 and Windows Defender Firewall are exemplary. If you have install other firewall for your Windows, please follow the official guide to tweak the settings. For Windows 10 built-in firewall, please follow the steps below.

Step 1 Search “Allow an app through firewall” in the taskbar search box and open the application.

Step 2 In the Allowed apps window, click Change settings to start your setting. Then locate VLC Media Player in the list and put a tick in the box before VLC media player and check the boxes of Private and Public.

Add VLC to the Allow app list for communicating through Firewall

Note: If you can not see VLC media player in the list, click Allow another app an the bottom of the box and click Browse to locate VLC.

add VLC to allow list

Step 3 Save the change and re-launch VLC again.

/2 Fix “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL” By Download the Video to Local with Video Downloader

As we said before, if the stream source provides disallow VLC connection, then you would not be able to play it, like what Youtube does. To deal with that kind of problem, you have to download the videos with an online video downloader. Then you can play it on local just like play any other local media files, it is not unique anymore.

Step 1 Click the button below on your PC and install iTubeGo video downloader.

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Step 2 Go to Download module, and paste the URL into the address bar. And the program will analyze the page and list all video file that you can download from this page on the left pane, if you could not see the pane, just click on the little green right-arrow button on the left margin.

Downlad YouTube Video instead of play on VLC as Network Stream

Step 3 Click the download icon on the items that you want. When downloading videos from Youtube, you have to wait a while and let the video play for seconds on the minute so that the program can detect it.

Ok, these are all the solutions that we want to share with you guys, hope this article will help and get rid of “VLC is Unable to Open the MRL”.