Errors You May Encounter When Playing Blu-ray in VLC on Windows 10 or Mac OS X
“I downloaded the latest version of VLC which is 2.1.3 Rincewind. Then I followed the instructions above and put everything in the right directory, but when I try to ply the blu ray disc, I get this error message:
Blu-ray error: This Blu-ray Disc needs a library for AACS decoding, and your system does not have it. Your input can’t be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL ‘bluray:///D:/’. Check the log for details.”
Conceivably, VLC is the most popular as well as powerful free and open source tool in the market. The 2.0 and later version of VLC Media Player support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. You can download the latest version from VLC official website. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped. That means only Blu-ray disc with AACS libraries exposed are supported.
How to Play Blu-ray Freely with VLC Media Player on Windows 10 or Mac OS X?
Step 1: Go to videolan.org, download, install and run the latest version of VLC for your system.
Step 2: Go to: http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ to download the KEYS DATABASE(KEYDB.cfg) and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY(libaacs.dll for Windows or libaacs.dylib for Mac).
For Windows 10 Users
1. KEYS DATABASE
* Open your user area (“C:Usersyour usernameAppData”)
* Enable view hidden files and folders (Under Folder Options – View tab then select “show hidden files…”->select ok)
* Open “AppData” directory or create a folder and name it aacs
* Place the downloaded KEYDB.cfg file in this folder directly.
Download Install AACS dynamic library for VLC to use:
2. AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY
* Go to “c:Program Files” [Or “c:Program Files (x86)” if running 64bit]
* Navigate to “VLC” directory, and move the libaacs.dll file into it.
Now, you can easily play Blu-Ray disc with VLC on Windows for free. Note: The latest VLC still doesn’t have menu support yet.
For Mac users
You may navigate the corresponding folder and move into the necessary files as follow. Go to: http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/, get the necessary files.
1. KEYS Database
Mac OS: put it 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 that file in Contents/MacOS/lib/
Tip: VLC does not yet support Blu-ray menus so you must manually select title to play. Not all Blu-ray movies are supported.
In fact, not all the Blu-ray discs are supported. VlC can only deal with discs which its library has the corresponding AACS keys. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped.
What to do when VLC Won’t Play Blu-ray
In case there are a lot of unsolved problems that you are experiencing every now and again when it comes to playing Blu-ray with VLC, there are better options that you can adopt so that you can continue to enjoy your Blu-ray videos.
One of these alternative methods is to use U2USoft Blu-ray Player, which is current the best, cheapest and most professional Blu-ray playing software working on Windows 10/8.1 Blue/8/7/Vista/XP, which is capable of playing various kinds of Blu-ray discs/Blu-ray folders/ISO image files, 4K UHD or 1080P HD videos and other popular video/audio formats, including MKV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, MP4, MP3 etc.
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