VLC plays Blu-ray again! (Handbrake users rejoice!)

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VLC is a long time internet darling program for its ability to allegedly play any kind of video fine you might encounter on The Net. In decades past this was of some use, since Apple invented (digital) video on personal computers with Quicktime which was released on 2 December 1991. Prior to that there was no such thing as video on computers and although no one made a CPU powerful enough to handle displaying full screen video, we were quite content (and rather blown away) at being able to watch post stamp sized videos on our first generation Macs.

Of course, Microsoft and the Windows community instead of joining in with Mac users and developing video using Apple Quicktime (which Apple did offer a widows version of Quicktime for many years), instead decided to use a number of different, inferior and non-standard (Quicktime being the very first is the ipso facto standard in digital video for computers) versions of digital video that could only be played with proprietary video players.

The Linux folks were left out in the cold, keep in mind that Linux was a very tiny community and even now is still a rather small group (relatively speaking) so they did not get Quicktime in any way. Linux devotees are focused on everything being free because they are dedicated do-it-yourselfers so its up to them to come up with Quicktime tools for their own use. Instead of working with Apple to develop Quicktime for Linux, they instead created MPlayer, and alongside that another splinter group within Linux created VLC.

Both of these pieces of software can play a wide variety of digital video on computers and VLC has superseded MPlayer and although both those players were ported to Windows and macOS as well as to mobile platforms, it is VLC that has pulled into the lead and become a universal player of choice for desktop digital video.

VLC gained the ability to play DVD discs some years ago and then added the ability to play Blu-ray disc. These are not trivial tasks since both of these disc formats are encrypted (for commercial discs that yo buy for you personal use) so sone lever software had to be developed to allow yo to watch or copy the discs that yo purchased and own of your own use.

Since there is the threat that the US based MPAA will sue anyone that develops a workaround for disc encryption, VLC cleverly does not offer DVD nor Blu-ray playback in their software. Instead you have to have to find a plug-in (library) that can do the decoding for you.

To watch Blu-ray movies using VLC or to enable Handbrake to copy and convert movies you personally own into MPEG4 or MPEG5 (h.264 or h.265) then you will have to find drop two software libraries into your machine and then VLOC and Handbrake will be fully Blu-ray compatible.

All of the above is actually old news, who happened is that the mystery persons who created the Blu-ray libraries did not update them for many years and so they failed ore and more often as new discs arrived on the market that had been encrypted with new keys.

These new keys rendered the mystery libraries useless and so VLC and Handbrake were rendered useless to play Blu-ray movie discs that you own.

During some recent research I saw that the mystery folks had updated the two necessary libraries last year and this year so in theory VLC and Handbrake have now regained their ability to work with Blu-ray discs.

The process to enable them for Blu-ray playback is actually quite simple, just go to one of the following websites:

http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name

http://vlc-aacs.whoknowsmy.name/

and follow the instructions listed there. Its rather simple, just drop off each file in the folder that they instruct you to and you are done. If the folder they want you to drop each of the libraries in does not exist just create a folder at that exact location and give it the exact name they are looking for. Its actually all much simpler than it seems.

If you run into problems in the future with this method not working, then just come back here and use the MakeMKV method, which always works (but requires you to update MakeMKV manually every month).

Either way, keep it legal and beware the MPAA.

Update

To enable DVD processing: https://wp.me/p3QqUs-Ie

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