Acknowledgedly, VLC is the most popular & powerful open source media player in the market. Even so, it does not mean this robust media player is perfect! A certain percentage of users do report that VLC can't play DVDs, and they are unable to find a solution after trying very hard. Thus, we share the easy but effective solutions by step to help you fix all kinds of VLC not playing DVD problems in minutes.
Here are the top 3 solutions which will help you solve VLC can't play DVD problems once and for all.
☆ Solution 1: Reset VLC preferences accordingly
☆ Solution 2: Resort to VLC alternative media player
☆ Solution 3: Rip DVD to VLC compatible formats
Practice has proved that a majority of VLC fails to play DVD problems can be fixed by resetting preferences. In case you do not know much information about your DVD, for example whether it is encrypted, DRM protected, or which protection tech and region code it uses, we compile the tried-and-true tutorials which are commonly used to troubleshoot VLC won't run DVD. Just try the steps below.
Note: The first thing you should do is to check for update if your VLC is unable to play DVD.
Launch VLC -> Tap "Help" in the menu bar -> select "Check for Updates"
If you are using the latest version of VLC and still can't play DVD with it, do as follows:
Part 1 of Solution 1: Initiate DVD Playing Function of VLC
Launch VLC-> Go to the first tab "Media"-> Click "Open Disc"-> Choose "DVD" in disc selection-> Replay the DVD file
Part 2 of Solution 1: Install Libdvdread, Libdvdnav & Libdvdcss
Most commercial DVDs are encrypted by using a wide range of copy protection/encryption techs. To play encrypted DVD with VLC you must install libdvdread, libdvdnav, and libdvdcss which is the optional dependency for VLC to decode encrypted DVDs.
Step 1. Download the new libdvdread/libdvdnav/libdvdcss;
Step 2. Install the downloaded files (here we take libdvdcsss for Windows as an example):
* Open the libdvdcsss-y.y.y.tar.gz (y.y.y is version number )
* Find & enter the subdirectory libdvdcss-y.y.y
* Execute the command:
Step 3. Repeat above steps to get libdvdread and libdvdnav installed.
Note: After installing, VLC will automatically use them when playing DVDs.
Part 3 of Solution 1: ADD Keydb And Libaacs
Some users found that VLC can't play bluray DVD due to the lack of AACS and BD + DRM libraries and keys. So if you are unable to play a bluray DVD, try the following steps:
For Windows users:
Step 1. Download the keydb.cfg and libaacs;
Step 2. Navigate to "C:Users/your username/AppData" -> Create a folder named aacs in "AppData" directory -> Place the keydb.cfg file in aacs directly;
Step 3. Go to "C: Program Files" -> Open "VLC" directory -> Drag the downloaded libaacs.dll file to it.
>>See how to solve VLC can't play bluray DVD issue on Mac
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Step 1. Free Download WinX DVD Ripper and launch it.
Step 2. Load your DVD by clicking "DVD Disc", "DVD Folder", or "ISO Image" button.
Step 3. Choose output format as you wish.
Note: The output profile window will automatically pop up the moment your DVD is imported.
Step 4. Hit "Run" button to start ripping DVD to VLC compatible formats.
Tips: To rip DVD on Mac (El Capitan), please try MacX DVD Ripper Pro.
Step 1. Launch the free alternative to VLC media player that plays any region-free DVD on your computer & Mac.
Step 2. Insert DVD disc to your DVD drive.
Step 3. Click "DVD" button in the main interface to load DVD.
Note: When finishing loading, 5KPlayer will automatically play the DVD.
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