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Get Blu-ray to play in VLC player with Forced Subtitle on Mac

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VLC is the most popular as well as powerful free and open source tool in the market both in Mac and window based computer which is capable of playing virtually every file format that you can think of, like MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg… as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. However, there are problems that people do encounter and sometimes they lack the knowledge when it comes to using VLC player to play a Blu-ray movie. In fact, there are better options that you can adopt so that you can continue to enjoy your Blu-ray videos on VLC Player.

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First and easiest, upgrade VLC Media Player to recent version.

As far as we know, since the VLC Media Player 2.0.1 released, it’s with improved Blu-ray discs playback. It comes with multiple fixes for Bluray discs playback with VLC.

Second Solution: You’ll need two files: keys database and AACS dynamic library.

Keys database: get the file

Windows: put it in %APPDATA%/aacs/ . How to find where %appdata% dir is?

Mac OS: put it in ~/.config/aacs/

Linux: put it in ~/.config/aacs/

AACS dynamic library

Windows 32bit: put that file in your VLC directory

Mac OS: right-click on VLC, choose “Show package contents” and put that file in Contents/MacOS/lib directory

Linux 32bit: put that file in VLC folder (or in LD_LIBRARY_PATH, usually /usr/lib/)

Linux 64bit: put that file in VLC folder (or in LD_LIBRARY_PATH, usually /usr/lib64/)

Alternative way: Rip and Convert Blu-ray to a VLC playable video

If you have not decided to upgrade your VLC, or the second choice seems to be a bit complex for you, but here is an easy way to make it by ripping Blu-ray disc to VLC friendly format such as .mp4, .mkv, .mpeg-2. Here with Pavtube BDMagic for Mac, you can convert your Blu-ray as well as your DVD movies to VLC with fast speed and high quality on Mac by just a few clicks. Moreover, you can choose the desired subtitle for output and select forced subtitles for some unknown languages. For example, for native speakers, you can add subtitles in your native language when watching a Blu-ray movie in foreign language, so that you can more clearly understand what the actors are saying. Now download it and start the Blu-ray to VLC conversion on Mac.

How to convert Blu-ray to for VLC Player with forced subtitles

Get your Blu-ray drive ready and insert Blu-ray you need to the drive. And keep networked when ripping Blu-ray.

Tips: If you are running on windows pc, please try Pavtube BDMagic.

Step 1. Load Blu-ray to Blu-ray to VLC Converter.

Run the best Blu-ray to VLC Converter, click “Load file” button to select the inserted Blu-ray and import it. It will take only few seconds to rip Blu-ray. Then the software will recognize the actual main title of Blu-ray and pick it automatically. You do not need to look for the main title manually.

Note: Press the selected main title you can preview the whole Blu-ray movies on the preview window on the right, which works like a media player.

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Step 2. Check forced subtitles for output.

Because Blu-ray always contains multiple subtitle and audio tracks, you can go to choose the desired subtitle and audio on the interface for output. Beside subtitles option, “Forced subtitle” is optional and uncheck by default. Go to check “Forced subtitles” for output. Take note that it will output forced subtitles only if it is checked.

vlc video format

Step 3. Choose VLC compatible format.

Choose “Format” dropdown list and go to “Common Video” option to find “MKV(Matroska) Video (*.mkv)”. This format is best for playing on VLC player.

Tip: For some advances users, you can go to adjust video and audio parameters like bitrate, resolution, channels, etc. Click “Settings” button you can go to check and change them as you like.

mkv settings

Step 4. Convert Blu-ray to VLC Player on Mac.

Before conversion you can go to “Browse” your computer to find the folder for output files. Then click “Convert” button to get Blu-ray to VLC conversion started. After a while, you can find the generated file for adding and opening in VLC Player quickly via “Open” button.

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In this way, you can enjoy your favorite Blu-ray content with forced subtitles on your VLC player with ease.

Read: How to record/backup DVD movie with VLC , How to play Blu-ray in Windows Media Player, or Put Blu-ray movies in Windows Media Center.

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