VLC is hands down my go-to-player for all types of media as it is regularly updated and has a ton of various different things that you can do with the versatile player. The one thing though that has always been missing from it though, is the ability to play bluray disks. However, there is a way to get VLC to play blurays, but it will take a few tweaks and adding of files. The process is pretty simple and shouldn’t take too long. Below is the step-by-step process to get you watching blurays in VLC.
Firstly, please note that I am using the 64-bit version of VLC as my OS (Win 7 Ultimate) is 64-bit. This will also hopefully work with 32-bit versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux (32 and 64-bit) For all other OS versions (that aren’t Win 7 64-bit) then please find the instruction here. The reason that I am doing this step-by-step tutorial is that the official instructions really weren’t that clear.
Firstly, download the experimental 64-bit version of VLC and install it. If you are not running a 64-bit version, then download the correct version for your OS.
Next, download the Keys Database (KEYDB.cfg) and place it in %APPDATA%/aacs You may find that you get an error when trying to access this path, so instead just remove the /aacs part and amend to %APPDATA% instead. If you are unsure as to get to APPDATA, then hit Windows Key+R and enter %APPDATA% then hit OK.
Once you are at %APPDATA% , you will need to create a folder called aacs as it probably doesn’t exist. It didn’t for me so I created it. Just right-click somewhere in the window and go New>Folder and call it aacs. Now place the KEYDB.cfg file that you downloaded from whoknowsmy.name and place it in the aacs folder.
In the example below you will note that there is also a file called vuk. This is something that VLC creates later, so you won’t see it initially.
Next you need to download another files called libaacs.dll from the same place as above. You need to place this file in your VLC programs folder that can be found here:
Note that if you are using a 32-bit version of VLC then your programs path will be C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC
Windows 7 will probably give you a message saying access is denied and you will require admin permission to move this file into the folder. Just click Continue.
That’s the main part done. Now you need to open up VLC. Go Media>Open Disk (or just hit CTRL+D)
In the next window, check the bluray radio button (the No disk menus box is checked automatically, so leave it checked). Now just hit Play.
Being that this is a bluray that you are playing, it may take a few seconds for your bluray drive to scan the disk as there is a lot of data to be read. Just leave it alone, and VLC will then play your bluray when it’s ready. Took approx 20 seconds for my blurays to load then play.
I have tried this method out myself and it does work on a lot of bluray disks out there. The latest film that I was able to play via VLC using this method was the new Star Trek bluray. Note that VLC can play most blurays, but it will have its limitations especially with certain types of CSS/AACS encryption methods, or newer varieties like the one on Prometheus.
I was unable to watch the Prometheus bluray though as this has a new form of protection on it which hasn’t been dealt with yet.
Hope that helps.
Hat tip to jjroller and BVKnight on the VLC forums