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Hi! Not sure if this is the right forum, but I have a blu-ray drive in my PC, but no software to play the actual discs. Is there any free software out there that will play Blu-Rays, without me having to pay for them? Thanks!
Edited by BobTheChainsaw - 10/17/12 at 10:04pm
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errr could you clarify
I have a blu-ray drive in my PC, but no drive to play the actual discs

does that mean you have a bluray drive on the PC if so then just stick the disk in and play from there.
or
does that mean you dont have a bluray drive if so you would need to purchase one to play the disks.
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errr could you clarify
I have a blu-ray drive in my PC, but no drive to play the actual discs
does that mean you have a bluray drive on the PC if so then just stick the disk in and play from there.
or
does that mean you dont have a bluray drive if so you would need to purchase one to play the disks.

Sorry! Typo. I edited it. I have a blu-ray drive. I want to stick a disc in, and have it play.

But it's worth noting... I haven't actually tested any blu-rays yet. >.> So who knows, maybe Windows Media player got updated with blu-ray support or something. But last I checked, you needed paid software to play blu-rays.
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I think there's a way to get vlc media player to play blu-rays.
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http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ I've tried it, but I can't even play my own home movies I've burned onto Blu-Ray discs. sad-smiley-002.gif
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Hi! Not sure if this is the right forum, but I have a blu-ray drive in my PC, but no software to play the actual discs. Is there any free software out there that will play Blu-Rays, without me having to pay for them? Thanks!

 

Well, I am in the same situation because I lost the original software that came with my Blu-Ray drive. So my workaround is to rip the bluray onto the PC and from there it plays with no issue in WMC for me.

    
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I'll try that, Sped. If I find anything that works well, I'll let you guys know.
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http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ I've tried it, but I can't even play my own home movies I've burned onto Blu-Ray discs. sad-smiley-002.gif

That... did not work. I've just ripped it onto my hard drive, but I really want a way of just playing a Blu-Ray disc like a Blu-Ray player does. C'mon... on the PC, there's an open-source version of EVERYTHING, so there must be some group working on getting Blu-Rays to play.
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hmm i did some searching and found this.
makemkv seems like the program I think that would help you out but it would mean storing the files on the computer and not playing from the disc.
http://makemkv.com/
Basically it reads your bluray disk that you own and you can convert it into an mkv file that you can play.

EDIT: since the bluray disc are encrypted or some sort you would need something like PowerDVD to play them directly if research serves me right
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post #10 of 19
spend some money.

your best friend is DVDfab8

enjoy. It will take a blueray or dvd and turn it into any format for any device simply.

for blueray you need to select blueray rip option, and for no loss in quality select "MKV.Remux" then just decide on if you want the HD soundtrack and untick subtitles (unless you need them) most come out at 15- 30GB varies on movie. an MKV will play 1080p lossless audio in XBMC or VLC just fine in 5.1 or above. the movies dont have intro menu, warnings, or trailers by default DVDfab ticks just the main movie. This means you hit play it plays and you still get the end music and credits.

much better than iso. 20mins per rip, simple as it can get, no anyHDdvd required or other keys, mounts.

Almost streams over G wifi at 2.4ghz! which aint too quick, i think with N and a decent adapter you should be able too or just use ethernet smile.gif

hope this helps

http://www.dvdfab.com/

try paying for it too (including the movies!) it allows for the company to keep updating the de-cryption on new movies. your original post suggests you want to get it all for free rolleyes.gif


btw DVDfab takes advantage of Cuda and AMD parallel
Edited by Pip Boy - 10/20/12 at 7:27am
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