Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Solutions to Play Blu-ray on Windows Media Center

“My computer is all built and everything seems to be running just fine, but I was disappointed to find out Windows 8.1 has literally no optical disc support. I tried installing VLC and following some steps to get it to play Blu-Rays, but the disc I tested it with did not work and simply gave me error messages still about missing libraries.As far as I've read, the upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro called Windows Media Center will allow the playback of DVDs but not Blu-Rays. My optical drive came just by itself with no additional software or support, so I'm wondering if anyone knows what I could/should do.”

That’s a question asked in the Windows forum. Windows Media Center can’t natively support Blu-ray is always a headache problem for many people. Here, in this article, i could show you two solutions to solve it: Solution one is to hire a third party Blu-ray player to play Blu-ray disc on Winows 8.1/8/7/Vista/. Solution two is to rip Blu-ray disc to Windows Media Center supported WMV video format.

Solution one: Hire a third party Blu-Ray player to play Blu-ray disc on Winows 8.1/8/7/Vista/

This solution enables you to play Blu-ray movies with Blu-ray quality on computer without conversion, however, this method requires an external Blu-Ray drive in order to play on Computer. And you need to download Blu-ray Player for Windows-VLC.

VLC is a free, open-source media player that will play all of your DVDs and unencrypted Blu-ray discs. However, general Blu-ray discs are encrypted. So you will inescapability come across some troubles using VLC. 

Solution two: Rip Blu-ray to WMV for playback on WMC With Blu-ray to Windows Media Center Converter

In this solution, you need to download a Blu-ray to Windows Media Center Converter - Pavtube BDMagic.  It has been optimized and upgraded in order to read and rip Blu-ray movies with latest encryptions and convert them to playable video formats like WMV while still keeping the high video and audio quality.(More reasons to chooseBDMagic)


After download and install the Blu-ray to WMC ripper. Then follow the tutorial step by step.

Step 1: Load Blu-ray movie

Get the converter running and click “File” > “Load from disc” to load the Blu-ray movie.

Tip: This Blu-ray to WMC Converter will automatically select the main Blu-ray movie to convert. You can also choose the preferred Blu-ray movie chapters to convert.

Step 2: Customize the output format

Select the format bar and navigate to “HD Video” > “WMV HD (*.wmv).”

Step 3 : Rip Blu-ray to WMV

Hit the red “Convert” button to start Blu-ray to WMV conversion with high quality maintained. When the process finished, locate the created movie with “Open”.

Open Windows Media Center and add converted Blu-ray movies to the Media Library of Windows Media Center. Then you can enjoy your Blu-ray movies fluently on Windows Media Center.
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