Play Blu-ray on PC with VLC (Windows 10 &11)
Besides echoshare Blu-ray Player, there’re multiple options of Blu-ray player software on the internet. We may apply a famous one: VLC Media Player.
This is an open-source media player program that works on PC, Mac, and Linux. Besides playing digital files, this freeware media player can also be of great help to play Blu-ray discs. It can process Blu-ray formats with fast speed and play Blu-ray movies with ease.
Also, as an open-source program, users can freely install codecs and plugins to the software to make it out of expectations. And everything in the app is 100% free including those third-party plugins and codecs.
Now, let’s see how VLC helps play a Blu-ray on a PC.
To begin with, download this media player software on your PC. Make sure you download the right version according to the Windows OS – 64bit or 32bit.
If you have VLC on your computer, launch the program on update it to the latest version via Help – Check For Update.
Insert the Blu-ray disc into the external Blu-ray drive. Back to VLC and hit Media – Open Disc.
On the new window, browse to select the name of the inserted Blu-ray disc. Hit Play. VLC will start generating the Blu-ray frames on the interface.
Relatively, you can also go to File Explorer and locate the Blu-ray icon. Right-click on it and choose to open with VLC.
Note: VLC Can’t Play Blu-rays on PC
Natively, VLC lacks the feature to load encrypted Blu-ray discs. So, when trying to play a commercial Blu-ray with the media player, VLC may fail to generate frames and display only failure notifications.
To fix this, we need to add Blu-ray plugins to VLC to upgrade the software and give it the ability to play encrypted Blu-rays.
Go to VLC Blu-ray and download two files for VLC: keydb.cfg and libaacs.dll. Then, add the two files to right positions:
- Put keydb.cfg to “This PC – C:// – User – (Your Username) – Appdata – Roaming – aacs”. Under the directory of Roaming, create the “aacs” folder.
- Put libaacs.dll to VLC file location. Right-click on the VLC desktop app and open the file location. Copy and paste the DLL file there.
Bonus: Play Blu-ray on PC Without A Blu-ray Player
The Blu-ray player is not a necessary kit every time we play a Blu-ray on PC. We can rip the Blu-ray disc and save the disc content on the hard drive.
In this way, we can play the Blu-ray movie directly and locally without the optical disc and drive. The Blu-ray file is safely saved on your computer and you can watch it with a simple double-click.
If you want to play the Blu-ray locally without a Blu-ray drive, start to rip the Blu-ray on your PC then. Download a Blu-ray ripper like echoshare Blu-ray Converter. This is a handy Blu-ray ripper tool that can help you extract Blu-ray videos, audio, and subtitles from a Blu-ray disc in minutes. All you need is to make a few clicks and wait for 5 minutes.
Download it and let’s start to make Blu-ray available on your PC.