Oct 312012

How to Use VLC Media Player to Play Encrypted Blu-Ray disc in Windows 8 64-bit or Windows 8 32-bit


Again, there is no Blu-Ray playback support with Microsoft latest Windows operating system, Windows 8, just as there is no native Blu-Ray playback support under Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion. The lack of Blu Ray disc playback support in Windows 8 is not a big issue, as Windows XP, Windows Vista Basic and Windows 7 all do not offer native playback of Blu-Ray. But it is still a bit of imperfect for high quality Blu-Ray movie lovers.

To play Blu-Ray, you can use Blu Ray Ripper for Windows 8 to rip Blu-Ray to Windows 8 Support WMV or WMV HD or HD H.264 MP4 or use third party paid Blu-Ray player for Windows 8. And by doing some tricks, you can hire VLC media player to play Blu-Ray in Windows 8 64-bit or Windows 8 32 bit for free.

To better support Blu-Ray playback in Windows 8, VideoLAN and the VLC development team present the fifth version of “Twoflower” which is VLC 2.0.4. The a major updated VLC 2.0.4 introduces an important number of fixes and improvements especially for Blu-Ray under Windows 8. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped.

This article will guide you step-by-step to download and place the AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys in order to play Blu Ray on Windows 8.

Step-by-step Guide to Play Blu-Ray with VLC in Windows 8 64-bit/32-bit

Step 1: Download a copy of latest VLC media player

Download a copy of latest free VLC media player which is version 2.0.4. Run and install.

Step 2: Download and place Keys database

Download the Keys database. Then put it in %APPDATA%/Roaming/aacs/. %APPDATA%/aacs/ should lead to C:\Users\MY_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\aacs unless you have some wacky Windows setup. If you not have an “aacs” folder, create a new folder and rename to “aacs”.

  1. Open your user area (start->”your username”)
  2. Enable view hidden files and folders (Organise->Folder and Search Options->View{tab} and select “show hidden files…”->select ok)
  3. Open “AppData” directory
  4. Create a folder and name it “aacs” (no quotations)
  5. Place the KEYDB.cfg file in this folder directly from the unzipped Blu-ray playback addon pack.

Step 3: Download and place AACS dynamic library

For Windows 8 32bit, free download the 32bit AACS dynamic library. Then put the file in your VLC directory.

For Windows 8 64bit, free download the 64 bit AACS dynamic library. Then put the file in your VLC directory.

  1. Open “Computer”
  2. Open “Local Disk (C:)”
  3. Open “Program Files” [Or “Program Files (x86)” if running 64bit]
  4. Navigate to “VLC” directory
  5. Move appropriate file from unzipped Blu-ray playback addon pack to this directory (file located in “aacs/windows 32″ or “aacs/windows 64″ directory in pack)

Now, you can easily play Blu-Ray disc with VLC. Note: VLC 2.0.4 still doesn’t have menu support yet.

If you still have problems of playing Blu-Ray disc movies with VLC, I am afraid that there is no other solution but to hire a paid Blu-Ray player to play your Blu-Ray. You can also rip the Blu-Ray to WMV or H.264 MP4 for Blu-Ray back and easy access movies without a disc inserted. TechiSky gives another two popular method to play Blu-Ray disc movies that may help you.

  6 Responses to “Play Blu-Ray with VLC in Windows 8 64-bit/32-bit”

  1. how do you input the keys into appdata? do I put it into the registery or into the appdata folder?

  2. Does this only work for Windows 8 OS? Will this work for Windows 7 64bit?

  3. I was trying to follow every step that you said, but I have Windows 8 and I don’t know why I didn’t find the aacs folder like you explain. I only could find C:\Users\MY_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming. In that folder I have the following files: Adobe, Apple Computer, ASUS WebStorage, dvdcss, Micromedia, Microsoft, Skype and vlc. When I write aacs it’s give me an error. Can you tell me what I can do so I could install the codecs and could see the Blu-ray disc. Thank you the help that you could give to me.

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