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VLC will not play certain mp4 files – Solved!

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Have you ever met the issue when playing MP4 files with VLC: "VLC will not play certain mp4 h264 files.  Some h264 files work, others don’t." VLC does play MP4 files, but it has strict limitations on video codec, video bitrate, etc. So sometimes, you maybe not able to play certain MP4 files on VLC.

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Solution 1: Try disabling hardware video acceleration in VLC.

You can try to remove the trouble by disabling hardware video acceleration in VLC if you watch videos with a low cpu usage. You can find it in Tools –> Preferences. Then in the lower left tell it to show all settings. Now navigate to “Input / Codecs” –> “Video Codecs” –> “FFmpeg”, in there you’ll want to uncheck the box that relates to “Hardware decoding“.

Then close VLC and open it up again, load up your video as see if that works.

Note there is also an option to accelerate video output (overlay).
That shouldn’t be an issue, but it might be, try turning it off:
Tools –> Preferences. Then in the lower left tell it to show simple settings.
Go to the Video button, and try unchecking “Accelerated video output (overlay)”, then restart vlc and try to load up a video.

Solution 2: Reduce MP4 file’s bitrate

10bit H264 MP4 does not work on any hardware accelerator, the video is too choppy to play on VLC due to high cpu usage. Are your MP4 files encoded like this? You can check by using mediainfo. If your video bitrate is too high, you can use some video converter to re-output the video with lower bitrate.

Solution 3: R-encode MP4 to VLC

VLC Media Player is only compatible with MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4 and H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC. However, MP4 is a multimedia container format with many kinds of video and audio codecs. If your MP4 file contains a VLC unsupported audio or video codec, VLC won’t play it. In this case, you can re-encode MP4 to VLC supported MP4 files with suitable bitrate, codec, frame rate using video transcoder.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (Mac version) is a great help. It allows you to convert MP4 to almost any popular audio and video ouput formats, even devices. And also, it lets you adjust some important video parameters like video encoder, resolution, bit rate and frame rate. The article here will mainly show you how to solve the MP4’s incompatibility in detail, so you can play MP4 on VLC without any trouble.

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Start to Re-encode MP4 to VLC Playable Files

Step 1. Import MP4 files

Just drag and drop MP4 file to the main interface of the program to add MP4 file. If you have several MP4 files that you want to convert in batch, just drag the folder where the MP4 files are to the software.

load MP4

Step 2. Set output format

We would like to introduce you to select the “ HD Video” >> “ H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)”as your best choice. Surely you can choose H.264 MP4 other suitable ones as you like to fit VLC.

mp4 video format

Tips: Surely in the “Settings”button, you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, bitrates, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. You can adjust video size to 1920*1080.

Step 3. Convert MP4 to VLC friendly format

Now, simply click the big Convert button to start and finish MP4 to VLC conversion with fast speed and high output quality.

Step 4. Import the converted MP4 files to VLC

After conversion, run the VLC media player and imported the converted MP4 videos to it by clicking “Media File…” > “Open File…” for smooth playback.

import converted mp4 to vlc

Apart from VLC, you also can play these MP4 files on iPads, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, etc.

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How to fix HD TS choppy playback with VLC?

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You need a video player on PC that can play DVD movies, get a VLC media player. QuickTime can’t open .wmv files on Mac, get a VLC media player. HEVC video gets more and more popular, but there are few media players can play HEVC video. If you are not sure which media player can play H.265 video on your PC and Mac, get a VLC. VLC seems to be omnipotent. But if you play HD TS files with VLC, you would experience choppy playback.

TS files are nowadays very wide spread on the Internet as (usually split) recordings from HDTV broadcasts. As an MPEG format, there are a variety of players and methods to play back TS files. As it claimed, VLC supports TS file playback. Whereas, when users open and play TS files in VLC, there are many unexpected issues such as "The file plays .ts but is very choppy. It keeps freezing and the video is garbled when anything big changes on the screen".

How to solve the issue? To fix TS choppy playback on VLC, you need to figure out the reasons. There are some reasons why you would experience choppy playback with VLC media player. One reported issue is possible video problems when High Quality Audio Resampling is set in VLC’s settings. 

To disable it, navigate to Settings –> Preferences in VLC. The Audio settings should be selected by default, however, you will have to select Advanced Settings in the lower right hand corner in order to see all the settings. Once you have done that, you will see that “High Quality Audio Resampling” is selected by default. This has been known to cause issues with playback particularly in older hardware, and at least with disabling it, it should take less processing power. 

Important Note: There are other reasons why playback could be problematic however, and this may not fix your problem at all.

Better Way to Play HD TS on VLC

If the above way didn’t help you solve the choppy issues, you also can choose to convert HD TS to HD MP4 or HD MKV for VLC playback. With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, you can easily convert HD TS to HD MP4, HD MKV, HD AVI, HD MOV, HD WMV for VLC playback. Apart from TS, you also can convert MKV to VLC, H.265 to VLC, MXF to VLC, PVR video to VLC, etc. If needed, you can compress 4K video to VLC in 1080p video. For those people with good video background, you can flexibly adjust the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels to get the best output video and audio quality for VLC player.

If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version named Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac to transcode .HD TS files to VLC on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included). 

Step 1. Click the “Add Files” or “Add From Folder” button to load HD TS videos for converting. 

 

Step 2. As MP4 is a universally used video format, sure it can be supported by most devices (e.g. mobile devices, TVs, and streaming media players). Click the format bar to find “Common Video” > “H.264 Video (*.mp4).” 

 

Step 3: Adjust output playback settings for VLC.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window to tweak the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels, etc according to your own needs.

Step 4. Convert HD TS files to MP4, on the main UI there is a big red button “Convert”, and click it to get down to converting HD TS to VLC videos in MP4 format. Once the conversion ends, open output folder to locate the generated MP4 files. Then you can stream converted videos to VLC via Plex. 

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How to Play MKV on VLC Smoothly?

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VLC is one of the most popular media players people love to use for its strong power to play any video including the MKV container files. But sometimes, powerful as VLC will encounter MKV playback issue. Many feedbacks unveiled that VLC was very slow to play MKV once in a while. Below is just one case from VLC forum.videolan.org:

"The VCL is very slow when play .mkv videos comparing to.
I tried many video files, one example is the “NBC 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening.mkv” which has only 720p format. On one not so fast PC (windows 7) it can be barely played smoothly with other players, with VCL only couple of frames per second and many places stops for seconds. I have 5 PCs in the family, only one fastest PC can play it with VCL smoothly.
I wonder why?"

Fix VLC MKV playback problems

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There are many reasons to lead MKV files playback stuttering on VLC. Maybe your computer is too slow, then your VLC takes too much memory resource to run while VLC can’t handle your MKV files with certain codec. Now, let’s the solutions to solve MKV choppy playback issues on VLC.

Solution 1: Disable loop filter for H.264 decoding

VLC can play almost all media formats but it does not mean that its codecs are equally efficient at playing all of the. Therefore, one reason that VLC plays MKV files slowly is that libavcodecs H.264 decoding used in VLC isn’t very efficient. There is one trick you can try: You can speed up the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC playback by disabling loop filter for H.264 decoding. To do this go to Tools -> Preferences… (set Show Settings to All) and Input / Codecs -> Other codecs -> FFmpeg and in the drop-down box for Skip the loop filter for H.264 decodingchange it to All. Remember to press Save to save VLC settings and restart VLC after that to make sure changes are enabled.

Solution 2: Get VLC Alternative

VLC will take a lot of memory resources to run. It is surely unable to play most HD MKV videos smoothly on slow computers (those with 1Ghz processor or below). It proved that MpcStar can play MKV files smoothly even on slow computer. MPCStar is a universal video player that can play most formats of films downloaded from the internet. To ensure smooth playback and not get weighed down with too many codecs, MPCStar contains only the major codecs including Media Player Classic, FFDshow Codec Pack, 
RealPlayer Codecs, ActiveX controls, QuickTime Codecs and DirectVobSub (a.k.a. VSFilter).  The only problem is that these codecs are regularly updated and there appears to be no automatic update function but overall, this is one of the simplest and most powerful players I’ve tried since VLC player.

Solution 3: Convert MKV to VLC more compatible format video

Since MKV can’t be played on VLC smoothly, an ultimate solution is to convert MKV to VLC most friendly format. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is the utility for you. With it, you can fast convert MKV to AVI/MP4 that can be easily played in VLC. Besides, this video convert app can allow you to convert any other popular video and audio format like MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, VOB, AC3, MP3… with ultra-fast speed and zero quality loss. For those people with good video background, you can flexibly adjust the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels to get the best output video and audio quality for VLC player.

If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version named Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac to transcode .mkv files to VLC on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included). 

   

Step 1. Click the “Add Files” or “Add From Folder” button to load MKV videos for converting. 

 

Step 2. As MP4 is a universally used video format, sure it can be supported by most devices (e.g. mobile devices, TVs, and streaming media players). Click the format bar to find “Common Video” > “H.264 Video (*.mp4).” 

 

Step 3: Adjust output playback settings for VLC.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window to tweak the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels, etc according to your own needs.

Step 4. Convert MKV files to MP4, on the main UI there is a big red button “Convert”, and click it to get down to converting MKV to VLC videos in MP4 format. Once the conversion ends, open output folder to locate the generated MP4 files. Then you can stream converted videos to VLC via Plex. 

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Solution to Can’t play .avi files on VLC

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Whenever meeting video playback troubleshooting on Windows or Mac, people are accustomed to turn to VLC. It seems like VLC can play every video with any extension and codec. Unfortunately, VLC isn’t powerful as you imaged, even a AVI file can encounter playback issue on VLC. Let’s look at an example: 

“VLC is crashing trying to playback AVI files created from a particular camera. These played back with 2.2.2. I’m not sure if all AVI files cause the problem. 
The Camera is a WirePath WPS-750-DOM-IP security camera. 
OS 10.11.5, iMac 27″ Retina 5k.” 

 

Sometimes, some video playback troubleshooting can be solved easily with an update. So try to update to VLC 2.2.4 to create the crash. Normally, the update on VLC would solve “AVI Can’t Play” issue. Not only for AVI, but for MKV, MP4, especially for H.265 MP4, lower version VLC maybe meet playback troubles. When meet the trouble, just try to update VLC. 

VLC Tips: Blu-ray to VLC |DVD to VLC |4K to VLC | 3D to VLC 

Another solution to solve AVI issue on VLC is under the help of a third party application – video coverter. AVI is a video container supporting a range of video and codec. When AVI can be played on VLC, the main reason is the video codec incompatibility. So transcoding AVI to VLC with right A/V codec or just demux AVI to MP4 for VLC with video converter is a excellent way. 

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac <Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate > is recommended here to help you re-encode AVI to VLC. It can remux AVI for VLC, or convert AVI to MP4/MKV for VLC. It can keep AVI format but change the video, audio codec, size, bitrate, frame rate, sample rate. It also can keep the original A/V parameters but output more compatible format for VLC. You can deinterlacing your original AVI file, trim/crop/split/merge your AVI videos and add subtitle to your AVI files. More features are in Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate review

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How to transcode AVI to VLC? 

Note: The steps are suitable for both Windows and Mac products. But considering the platform is OS system (the questioner is using iMac 27″ Retina 5k), we take snapshot from Mac application. 

Step 1: Add AVI files 

Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load AVI videos to the program. You also can simply drag and drop AVI files to the interface of the app. Pavtube product supports batch conversion so you can add multiple AVI files. 

 

Step 2: Choose output format for VLC 

If you plan to re-encode AVI to VLC with more compatible format like MP4, just navigate to “Format” > “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output file format. 

 

Step 3: Adjust A/V parameters 

When selected MP4 as the output format for VLC, you can open “Settings” window to check the settings. If you still keep AVI format in the former step, you maybe need to reset the settings to more compatible one for VLC. 

 

Step 4: Start to convert AVI to VLC 

After all the settings, just click “Convert” button to start to transcode AVI to VLC supported format. If you added many AVI files at the first step, you can turn on “Shut down computer after conversion”. Then you can go to sleep or do other things without waiting in front of the computer. 

Follow the steps then you can easily fix “Can’t Play AVI on VLC” issues. For free, I suggest you to try the update method. But if you get a Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/iMedia Converter for Mac, you also can solve MP4 trouble on VLC, audio issue on VLC, MKV bug on VLC, 4K/H.265 not playing problem on VLC. So it is a  bargain, right? 

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How can You watch a 3D video in 3D or regular 2D with VLC?

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When you need a media player to play your local videos on PC, it is likely that you will choose VLC media player definitely instead of any of the other media players available. Why people like VLC? The reason being, it is indeed a proven fact that VLC media player can play almost all the media file formats that you throw at VLC, given that your PC has the power to play it. So what about 3D SBS video? Does VLC can play 3D SBS video on PC?

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Many people would ask that since VLC can play nearly all kinds of videos, can it play 3D video? Yes. VLC can successfully play 3D SBS video on your PC. Not like other media players, in which the 3D video will appear divided into two frames running side by side and playing the same content, with the help of VLC media player’s advanced features, 3D SBS video can be merged into a single frame and the final output will be in anaglyph 3D. You can then use your red/cyan glasses to watch the movie in 3D. For those who need to watch 3D SBS movies on their PC with VLC, here’s how you can do so.

How To Watch 3D SBS Movies in VLC Media Player?

Step 1: Run VLC media player and play the 3D SBS movie in it.

Step 2: Click on Tools and select Effects and Filters.



Step 3: Click on Video Effects and select the Advanced tab.



Step 4: Enable the Anaglyph 3D option and close the Effects and Filter windows.



There you go, the video will now appear in anaglyph 3D. Put on your red/cyan glasses to watch the movie in 3D.

How to watch a 3D video in regular 2D with VLC??

”When I download a 3D movie and play it in VLC, it plays two copies of the video side by side. How to convert it to a normal video and watch in 2D?”

From time to time, we don’t need the 3D effect when playing 3D video in VLC. So how to get 2D effect in VLC with 3D source? You can use a Video Converter to convert the 3D video to 2D video then play it with VLC. 
 
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can convert 3D SBS video, 3D TB video, 3D Anaglyph video to 2D for VLC playing. It can re-encode any video such as H.265, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, Tivo, WMV, 3GP to another format for playing on various devices with VLC, WMP, QuickTime and other media players. 

This 3D to VLC converter is easy to use so that non-computer man can re-encode 3D to 2D MP4, MKV for VLC with simple three clicks. It is a 100% clean software, no adware, no junk software, no virus software.

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Steps to convert 3D video to 2D for VLC

Step 1: Download and launch the program, load your 3D files with ‘Add video’ or ‘Add from folder’. It supports batch conversion so you can add multiple 3D videos to the program.



Step 2: Make the suitable choice for your original 3D movies to VLC compatible video format. If you want 2D video, you can choose idea one from “Common Video” and “HD Video”.



3D to VLC video converter also is a editor for movies. Click the pencil icon and find more editing items for videos, ‘Trim’ to when to start and when to finish, ‘Crop’ to get rid of the unwanted edges, etc. More you can get into the interface here. Additionally, it also support the DVD or Blu-ray’s conversion. If you get into the ‘Options’ menu, ‘Acceleration’ function is waiting for you too!

Step 3: Go back to the UI then click “Convert” icon to start to re-encode 3D video to 2D format for VLC.

After the conversion,  you can play 3D videos on VLC in regular 2D effect successfully.

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How to Play H.265 encoded videos on VLC Player?

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VLC Media Player is the most powerful and popular media players on PC and Mac. It can update in time every time to support 4K video and the new video codec, like H.265 video. However, according to the feedback of VLC users, when they play H.265 video on VLC, they sometimes get this information:


That’s because although VLC has claimed that it could support H.265, the ability is not stable. So if you want a more smooth playback on H.265 encoded video in VLC, you’d better transcode H.265 to H.264 video with a H.265 converter



Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is a professional Mac H.265 converter. It can transcode H.265/HEVC to the more compatible but less-compressed H.264 video so that you can play your source H.265 video on VLC without hassle. Besides, if your H.265 video is 4K resolution and your VLC is not the newest version to play 4K, you can use this program to compress 4K to 1080p for VLC media player. This app has updated to support Mac OS X El Capitan so you needn’t worry that this H.265 to VLC converter will break down on the newest Mac operating system. 

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How to convert H.265 to H.264 for VLC?

Step 1: Load H.265 HEVC files

Launch the software on your Mac computer, click the “Load files” button or “Add video” button to add source H.265/HEVC files.



Step 2: Choose VLC playable output format.

For great video quality and smoothly playback considerations, you can select the H.264 as output format from “Format > HD Video > H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)”.



Tip: Open “Profile Settings” window, you can adjust video and audio parameters. For example, if you need to compress 4K to 1080p, you can select “1920×1080” as the resolution for output file from Size(pix) drop-down list.



Step 4: Start to convert H.265 to VLC 

Start H.265/HEVC to VLC Mac conversion by clicking the right-bottom convert button. Once the process ends, you can open the output folder to locate the generated video.

Now, you can play your H.265 video on VLC with H.264 codec. For Windows users, please use the H.265 Converter for Windows. With the approaching of Christmas, Pavtube offers up to 40% discount for its top-selling Blu-ray/DVD/Video tools. You can click here to get the H.265 Converter, saving $13. 

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How to Watch 4K Video in VLC?

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Since the legendary open source video playback application VLC updated to offer 4K playback, it has been the primary 4K player on computer for people. But, from the feedback, it shows that it’s actually not easy to play 4K video in VLC. Like the question on tomsguide, the common issue when watching 4K video in VLC is choppy. No matter if you buffered and download the 4K video, or set the VLC output to Open GL, watching 4K in VLC is still choppy. When meeting this issue, what should we do?

Solution 1: Try VLC Media Player alternative

If VLC can’t perfectly play 4K video, you maybe should consider trying other players as an alternative tool. Here lists top 3 VLC alternatives at below:

Top 1: DivX Player

DivX Player is very popular and well known for supporting playback of files up to 4K in resolution. It supports DivX HEVC video with the HEVC plugin, as well as regular DivX and DivX Plus. DivX Player is promoted as a very high quality media player and is one of the most popular choices. 

Top 2: CyberLink PowerDVD PRO 14

PowerDVD can playback DVD and and Blu-ray discs, as well as any video file formats. It supports UltraHD 4K videos, which can be even further enhanced with their unique TrueTheater Lighting technology, that enhances detail and colors.

Top 3: Media Player Classic and K-Lite Codec Pack

Media Player Classic on its own does not yet provide 4K playback capabilities. The key is to also install the K-Lite Codec Pack. This is simply a package of many different codecs, all rolled into one for convenience. 

Unfortunately, installing these VLC alternatives may be somewhat money-consuming or need a long time.  If you wanna be free and get convenience, you can consider another solution: Convert 4k videos to VLC accepted formats for playing.

Also learned: Play Blu-ray in VLC    Watch DVD in VLC

Convert 4k videos to VLC accepted formats with 4K video converter

From Google search, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a top-rank 4K video converter. It can transcode 4K UHD videos to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG4, H264, MKV and other existing video types. For the majority of playback work is still being finished in 1080p, it is also equipped with the power to compress 4K to 1080P for VLC playback. In settings window, you can freely adjust the video and audio size, codec, nitrate, frame rate, etc. (Review)

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Step-by-step to downscale 4K to VLC Media Player

Step 1: Add 4K videos.

Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load 4K video to the program.



Step 2: Choose output file format.

From “Format” bar drop-down list, choose the formats that you want to output for later use. For compatibility consideration, it is idea for you to choose “Common Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output file format.



Step 3: Compress 4K video to 1080p for VLC

Open “Profile Settings” window, click “Size(pix)” to select 1920*1080 as the final resolution for output video.



Step 4: Change 4K video to 1080p.

After all the settings is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert and downscale 4K video to 1080p format videos.

Now, try playing the downscaled 4K video in VLC. It should be smooth when playback.

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Play Blu-ray on VLC Media Player Freely

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VLC maybe is the most popular media player software, which can run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc. Its official site claims that the 2.0 and later version support Blu-ray media playback with some extra operations. Many people confuse the operations and don’t know how to do it specifically. Here, I can instruct you the steps to play Blu-ray on VLC.

Note: I used Windows 8 32-bit and the guide maybe also work on Windows 8 64-bit and Windows 10. VLC 2.0 or later version supports the Blu-ray playback. You can download the latest version from VLC official website. Moreover, 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.

Now, let’s start the steps:

Step 1: Download and install the latest version VLC.

Step 2: Download the KEYS DATABASE(KEYDB.cfg) and AACS DYNAMIC LIBRARY(libaacs.dll for Windows or libaacs.dylib for Mac).

For Windows Users:

1.KEY DATABASSE
*open your user area (“C:\Users\your username\AppData”)



* 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. If VLC still can’t help you play Blu-ray disc movie, you could 
ask Aurora Blu-ray Player Software for help.

Supplement: Some people responded that although they followed all the instructions yet they still can’t play Blu-ray disc on VLC. I have to say again: not all the disc are supported. That means the necessary key does not concluded in the “library”. You can try Aurora Blu-ray Player software to check. Or you can try the following new method.

Another method to play Blu-ray on VLC – rip Blu-ray to VLC supported MKV format

Due to many reasons, like computer system, the KEYS Datebase, and AACS library issue, many people can’t play Blu-ray on VLC successfully even though they followed the above steps. So you can choose to use a Blu-ray Ripper, like Pavtube BDMagic (see other choices) to rip and backup Blu-ray to VLC supported MKV format. Therefore, you needn’t worry the system incompatibility issue and Blu-ray encryption trouble. 

Mac users click here. It is the same product as the Windows version and the steps are the same. 

Simply Free download and install BDMagic on Windows: 
          

Other Download:
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-BDMagic/3000-7970_4-75922877.html

Step 1. Run Blu-ray to VLC Converter and import disc.

Click “Load file(s)” icon to load Blu-ray disc from ROM, or Blu-ray folder, ISO images files. DVDs are also supported.



I also noticed if you have an ISO file to import, it will recognize the ISO automatically with no need to run virtual driver and mount ISO files firstly. Good design.

Step 2. Choose VLC supported video format.

Click “Format” drop-down list and choose “HD video> MKV HD Video (*.mkv)”; it’s the most widely used format which will be supported by your VLC Player. What’s more, it is easy to rip Blu-ray to Windows Media Player and Asus O!Play Mini V2.



Step 3. Adjust video specs or change aspect ratio (Optional)

If you are not satisfied with default specs, then click “Settings” to enter Profiles Settings windows; here you can customize video frame rate, bitrate,size and other settings freely.



Step 4. Start Blu-ray to VLC conversion

Click the big red “Convert” to start converting your Blu-rays to H.264 MKV HD. After the conversion, click “Open output folder” to quick locate converted files; now add the converted Blu-ray movie in HD MKV to your VLC Player for watching in full screen.



Now, you should be able to enjoy your Blu-ray movies in VLC. Check it out! 

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Rip and Copy DVD to VLC on Mac OS X with VLC Alternative

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How to rip and copy DVD to VLC on Mac OS X is an everlasting and hot issue in all relevant digital copy, video conversion forums and bulletins. Backing up DVD to VLC means that you can enjoy your favorite DVD videos on computer conveniently and can protect your physical DVD disc from scratching. That’s why many people choose to transfer DVD to VLC on Mac OS X. Here, this article will show you two methods to play DVD on VLC: Method one, rip DVD with VLC on Mac OS X; Method two, copy DVD to VLC with VLC Alternative on Mac OS X.

Method one: How to rip DVD with VLC Media Player on Mac OS X?

VLC is not just a media player. It allows you to rip your DVD as well. Here we will show you how to rip DVD movies with VLC. (Note : This tutorial is written for VLC 0.9.6 and up).

Step 1: Go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and download VLC media player for free for your operating system, then install it.

Step 2: Insert the DVD you want to copy into your computer and open up VLC media player.

Step 3: Select ‘File’ on the top menu, and select ‘Open Disc…’ from the drop down menu.

Step 4: Select the Title you want to copy. On most movies this will simply be ‘1’, and if there are any special features they will be titles ‘2’, ‘3’, and so on. Usually with TV series on DVD ‘1’ will be the first episode, ‘2’ will be the second, etc. Put in the title number box the number you believe is the title you want to copy. At this point it’s a good idea to check that you’re going to rip the correct video file so go ahead and click ‘OK’ at the bottom and the correct Title should begin to play. If this isn’t the correct Title, then try a different number until you get the right one, once you have the correct title continue to the next step.

Step 5: Check the box that says ‘Streaming/Saving:’ on the bottom left hand corner, at this point the ‘Settings…’ box should not be grayed out so click on it so we can fine tune the video and audio encoding settings.

Step 6: Check the ‘File’ box at the top and then click Browse. Now you will need to select where you want to save the file and what you want to name it. Select a directory where you would like it to be saved. My Videos on a PC or your Movies folder on a Mac/Linux is a good place for now. Make sure that at the end of the name you add ‘.mov’ because VLC will not automatically add the file extension.

Optional: For advanced users, if you are not planning on importing this into iTunes to use on an iPod you can select a different file extension such as .mpg, but just make sure that when you encode it you use the correct MPEG TS encapsulation method and mp4v or other corresponding transcoding option.

Step 7: Now we need to select the encapsulation method. On a PC or Linux you need to select MOV and in OS X select QuickTime.

Step 8: Check the box next to ‘Video’ in transcoding options. In the drop-down menu select ‘h264’ under the ‘Bitrate’ select ‘1024’ and under ‘Scale’ select 1.

Step 9: Check the box next to ‘Audio’ in transcoding options. In the drop-down menu select ‘mp4a’ under the ‘Bitrate’ select ‘192’ and under the ‘Channels’ select 2.

Step 10: Now click ‘OK’ at the bottom on the box and it will close. Click ‘OK’ again in the original box and the ripping will begin. Depending on the speed of your computer this can take anywhere from 15-40 minutes to import every half hour of video.

Step 11: Import the video into iTunes by dragging it into the Movie section. you can now play the movie right in iTunes, enjoy!

Using VLC to rip DVD on Mac OS X takes too much time. And you will notice the converted movie in lower quality compared to the original. Also, VLC does not support the DVD with internal encryption so that it can’t recognize protected DVD well and fail to extract movies from DVD successfully. In this case, you have to turn your eyes to VLC Alternative to solve the problem.

Method two: How to copy DVD to VLC with VLC Alternative on Mac OS X?

Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac is recommended as VLC Altenative, which can 1:1 backup DVD protected without lossless quality. It enables you to rip DVD to VLC on Mac OS X in H.265, M3U8, MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, DivX, etc, at fast speed. Not like VLC, it continuously upgrades with new decryption technology for new released DVD. And it can support the newest Mac OS X system, like macOS Sierra,  El Capitan, Yosemite 10.10/10.9. 

Step 1: Free download and install this VLC Alternative

Free download and install:
          

Other Download:
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy-mac/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-ByteCopy/3000-7970_4-76177783.html

Step 2: Load DVD movie

Click “File” in top left corner and follow “Load from disc” to load the DVD to VLC Alternative  on Mac OS X. 



Step 3: Customize output format

You can choose multi-track MP4 format for VLC, which can preserve multiple audio track and chapter markers. Click the format bar to follow “Multi-track Video” and “Multi-track MP4 (*.mp4)”.



Tip : Click the “Settings” button to adjust multi-task settings. On the “Multi-task Settings” interface, you’re allowed to check your desired audio/subtitle track, and uncheck audio/subtitle tracks that you don’t want.

Step 4. Start to copy DVD to VLC on Mac OS X

Click the red button “Convert” on the main interface to start conversion from DVD to VLC. It will pop up a conversion window indicating the conversion progress from DVD to multi-track MP4.

Both of the two method can achieve the process of DVD to VLC on Mac OS X. Nevertheless, the latter method obviously is easier than the former one. and it has much faster DVD ripping speed than DVD ripping with VLC. What’s the most important, ripping DVD to VLC on Mac OS X with VLC Alternative can reserve the original video quality. Now, you can smoothly enjoy DVD on VLC. 

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