A Blu-ray player handles Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs decently since Blu-ray player is backward-compatible with DVD and CD. Then you might wonder will a DVD player play Blu-ray discs. In this article, you will get the answer. Keep reading and find more information.
“Yesterday, I bought a Blu-ray disc. I heard that the video of this disc is HD which is better than DVD. I tried to insert the Blu-ray disc into my DVD player. But my DVD player couldn’t recognize the Blu-ray disc. Who can help me?” Audrey
Can we play Blu-ray disc on DVD player? The answer is NO. Because:
- The normal size of the Blu-ray disc is more than 20GB while the DVD is around 10GB. And the DVD player can’t afford so much information.
- The DVD player uses red laser read disc information while the Blu-ray disc needs a blue laser to read the information.
So you can see that Blu-ray disc and DVD are completely different things to some extent. But it’s not completely helpless. I will teach you how to play the content of a Blu-ray disc on the DVD player by utilizing some third-party tools.
What we are going to do is to copy the video of a Blu-ray disc to a blank DVD, then you can play it with your DVD player. If you don’t want to do that you can just rip the Blu-ray disc to an MP4 file so that you can play it on your computer. Let’s see how we can do it.
#1 How to Copy a Blu-ray disc to a DVD disc
The tool we use in this method is Prof. Media. It is a very comprehensive media tool for people who want to convert videos, create Blu-ray/DVD with video files, copy Blu-ray/DVD between each other, and even download videos online. And here, it will help us to copy the Blu-ray disc to a digital ISO file then burn it to a blank DVD. Please follow my steps and get things done.
Before you do anything else, prepare things as below:
– A computer (on Windows or Mac)
– A Blu-ray drive (read BD and burn DVD, if your Blu-ray drive can’t burn DVD, move to #2 to Rip Blu-ray to Video)
– A blank recordable DVD disc (DVD-R works fine usually, if you have enough budget then DVD-RW will be better)
Step 1 Install Prof. Media first of course.
Step 2 Put the Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive that connected to your computer.
Step 3 Move to the program and go to Copy pane, click Add Blu-ray/DVD to import the disc.
Step 4 Select the longest title of the disc in Main Movie which is in full movie length without extras. Then at the bottom-left of the window, you can see a BD-50 drop-down menu, click on it and choose DVD-5 in the expanded list.
Step 5 Click Copy button at the right-top corner. Then in the prompted pane, choose to Copy to ISO File and you can appoint a output directory if you want. Then Click Copy to start.
Step 6 It may take some time for the copying, when it is done. You will see a ISO file created in the output folder. Now, Move to the program and go to Burn pane.
Step 7 Click Add Video > Add iso file, to import the iso file that created in the previous step. Then you can custom the menu if you like.
Step 8 Eject the Blu-ray disc and insert a blank DVD disc to the driver. Click Burn. In minutes, you will have your DVD disc created and now you can enjoy it on your DVD player.
#2 How to Rip a Blu-ray disc to MP4 or any other video formats
If your Blu-ray driver can’t burn DVD, then you can choose to watch the video on your computer.
Step1 Install Leawo Prof. Media on the computer.
Step 2 Connect Blu-ray drive with computer and insert Blu-ray disc into it. On the interface of the software, click Convert. Then, click Add Blu-ray/DVD to load the disc information.
Tip: DVD drive can’t load Blu-ray disc, we need to prepare an external Blu-ray drive. If you don’t have, buy one on Amazon. A Blu-ray drive is necessary for this step.
Step 3 After the disc is loaded, you will be asked to select a title, just select the longest one in the Main Title tab.
Step 4 Click Edit option to adjust video parameters of selected profile, including video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, channel, etc. and click Convert to start the ripping.
Step 5 After the conversion, copy the video file to anywhere you want to play.