Blu Ray and HD-DVD Playback Status

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Latest SVN is always recommended.

Playing encrypted discs is now possible. more info: http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/

Software for decrypting Blu-Ray or HD-DVD can be found at:


Codec FFmpeg demuxer MPlayer demuxer Works Status
H.264 Native and Binary Yes Yes Yes<ref>Due to the very high bitrate of H.264 streams on HD-DVD and Blu-ray, very high-end hardware might be needed for optimal playback.</ref> Out of the box


VC-1 Native and binary Yes Yes Yes<ref>Native VC-1 implementation does not yet decode all samples correctly.</ref> Out of the box


MPEG-2 Native and libmpeg2 Yes Yes Yes<ref>Hardware acceleration via XvMC (X-Video Motion Compensation) is available.</ref> Out of the box


EAC3 Native Yes Yes Yes Out of the box
TrueHD Native Yes Yes Yes Out of the box<ref>Channels are not ordered properly by default (at least on Windows with the DirectX AO). Use -af channels=6:6:0:0:1:1:2:4:3:5:4:2:5:3 to fix the channel ordering.</ref>


DTS Core Native Patch needed Yes Yes Out of the box


DTS-HD None


Blu-ray Subtitles N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes


HD DVD Subtitles Yes Unknown Unknown In progress
old DVD Menus Native and libmpeg2 Unknown Yes Partially<ref>The menu background movie is displayed with dvdnav://.</ref> Yes with dvdnav://</ref>
Blu Ray Disc N/A Yes Yes Yes with libbluray Yes with libbluray and libaacs and aacskeys and keydb.cfg

HD-DVD samples: http://samples.mplayerhq.hu/evob/

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See also

  • HD-DVD - a next-generation optical disc format designed for high-density storage of high-definition video and data.
  • Blu-ray - another next-generation optical disc format designed for high-density storage of high-definition video and data
  • X-Video Motion Compensation (XvMC) - hardware accelerated video decoding API for X11
  • Video Acceleration API (VA API) - independent hardware accelerated video decoding API