How do I play a Blu-ray movie on Windows 10?
“I tried calling Microsoft support, but they couldn’t help. I have several Blu-Ray movies in my collection, and now that my Blu-Ray player died I want to play them on my computer. However, all I can seem to do is browse the files inside the discs. Windows Media Player and the Movies & TV app won’t play the Blu-Ray, either.”
Blu-ray disc are the standard for HD video on the physical format. As more and more of us use our PCs for home entertainment, it’s perfectly acceptable to want to play a Blu-ray movies on it. However, However, it is not just a case of popping a disc in the drive and putting your feet up since Windows 10 doesn’t have any dedicated software which can play them. But that doesn’t mean you have to live without Blu-ray movies with Windows 10. This article will share you 2 different ways to enjoy Blu-ray movies on Windows 10.
Solution 1: Play Blu-ray on Windows 10 with Blu-ray player
The good news is that there are some professional yet free Blu-ray player software on Windows 10 to assist you to watch, open and view Blu-ray movies on Windows 10 with ease. Make sure that there is a Blu-ray drive on your computer, if not, you will need to purchase an external USB Blu-ray drive to read the data on Blu-ray disc. Then let’s have a reference at the following Blu-ray player software.
Devlopers behind VLC have developed libbluray which is an open-source library designed for Blu-ray discs playback for media players like VLC or MPlayer. VLC also offers to remove few Blu-ray protections including AACS, BD+ DRM. However it’s limited, and you need to add the keys to decrypt and play. So in short, you cannot pirate copyrighted videos, but if a video that you own, you can get the keys and play it on your PC.
– Open VLC media player > Media > Open Disc
– Select Blu-ray from the choice, and then browse to locate the folder which has the movie.
– Start playing Blu-ray movies on Windows with VLC
Please use desktop version to play this. That said, it only playbacks Blu-ray disc with AACS libraries exposed. So how do you play others? You’ll need two files: keys database and AACS dynamic library. Follow the steps below:
– Download the files from here.
– Copy, paste the keys database file in C:\ProgramData\aacs\. You might have to unhide the folder.
– Copy AACS dynamic library( libaacs.dll), and place it in your VLC directory.
2. UFUSoft Blu-ray Player for Windows 10
UFUSoft Blu-ray Player is one easy-to-use blu-ray player software for Windows 10/8.1/7/Vista/XP PC, laptop or HTPC. I can help users enjoy and Blu-ray movie (Retail BD disc included) with outstanding and perfect video quality at home. This amazing player can not play Blu-ray Disc, but also support 4K Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder (BDMV) and ISO image files. This Blu-ray Player is reliable and expert in playing Blu-ray discs released in different regions and dates through simple clicks of mouse.
3. Cyberlink PowerDVD
If you’re interested in something a little more feature-filled, there are a number of paid apps out there. One of the better ones is Cyberlink’s PowerDVD. The latest version starts around $60 and offers support for 3D Blu-ray as well as regular discs, high frame rate playback, casting and 4K UHD Blu-ray.
Additionally, PowerDVD will also play back directly any of your ISO files from Blu-rays or DVDs, so you’ve got everything you need under one roof.
Solution 2: Convert your Blu-ray disc to digital
This video converter can convert even the encrypted formats into a format which you can easily play on your Windows 10 PC. It coverts into MKV format which you can play using VLC player layer. The advantage of MKV format is that it can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters.
2. Pavtube ByteCopy
Since MakeMKV only allows you to produce a large MKV file, unless you have an awful lot of storage on hand, it would be essential for you to use another free video converter – Handbrake to compress it down. It may be a great hassle for you to download one application to bypass the Blu-ray copy protection and another application to perform the codec transcoding process. The good news is that here comes a all in one solution – Pavtube ByteCopy (get Mac version).
The program not only helps to bypass all Blu-ray copy protection, but also assists you to rip or convert Blu-ray to various popular digital file formats or hot devices preset profile formats on the same interface efficiently. What’s more, it also offers various different ways for you to backup Blu-ray movies, you can make a 1:1 full disc copy with original file structure, a main movie copy wihtout unwanted comments, trailers or ads or a Blu-ray to lossless multi-track MKV copy with your desired subtitle languages and audio tracks.
Step by Step to Rip Blu-ray for Playing on Windows 10 with Pavtube ByteCopy
Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc.
Insert the Blu-ray disc into your computer’s Blu-ray drive. If your computer doesn’t ship with a Blu-ray drive, you will need to purchase an external USB Blu-ray drive to read the data on Blu-ray disc. Then press “File” > “Load from disc” option on the main interface, alternatively, you can also import Blu-ray folder or Blu-ray ISO files with the program.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of your desired digital file format to output. Here, we choose one of the popular digital file format such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.
You can also choose other formats according to your own needs.
Step 3: Adjust output profile settings.
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 4: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from Blu-ray to your desired digital file formats.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files.