I have a Blu-ray drive on my Windows 10 and some Blu-ray discs, I rarely play those Blu-rays even they are 1080P FHD videos, which are much better than DVDs. Blu-rays are still too much for people like me to have a large collection. But I do want to play them sometimes and make backups of them, which would be great. I am new to Blu-ray and have questions, but I think I have somehow find the answers and there is my ideas about how to play Bluray as well as DVD discs on Windows 10, macOS High Sierra etc.
- 1 A Blu-ray Drive is the must-have
- 2 Free Blu-ray Player for PC/Mac
- 3 Guide on DVD/Bluray Playback on Windows 10, macOS High Sierra Free
- 4 Backup Blu-rays for Free Playback
- 5 Questions on Blu-ray Playback
A Blu-ray Drive is the must-have
A Bluray drive is your must-have for Bluray playback. I’d like to recommend some on Amazon.
Internal Blu-ray Drives for Windows Desktops
Internal Blu-ray drives are recommended for desktops running Windows . Among so many Blu-ray drives on Amazon, LG WH16NS40 Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter is the best seller as well as the Amazon’s choice and was rated 4.3 out of 5. With SATA as the interface, it should be compatible to any desktop computers. With 575.44 Mb/s 16x max read speed, it plays Blu-ray disc nicely and smoothly. And you are surely able to use the below recommenced USB drives as well.
USB Bluray Drives for Windows Laptops & Macs
More and more laptops and all Mac computers nowadays don’t come up with even a DVD drive, not to say the Bluray drives. USB Bluray drives are the best option for those who want to play, rip and burn Bluray disc on PC and Mac.
Pioneer Electronics USA Slim External Blu Ray Drive BDR-XD05S Silver are the Amazon’s choice and LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive +/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support (Black) GP65NB60 are the best seller! Both are rated 4.0 out of 5 stars and are recommended by me as well because they are USB 3.0 and no compatible problems with Windows 10 as well as MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air running macOS Sierra and High Sierra.
Free Blu-ray Player for PC/Mac
Powered by XBMC, Leawo Blu-ray Player is an all-in-one movie player for both Windows and Mac.
Except for the ability to play Blu-ray, Leawo Blu-ray Player is also able to play DVDs, HD videos, audio and ISO files on your Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 and macOS Sierra, High Sierra in lossless quality.
It was once a paid program but now 100% free to play all Blu-ray discs with a handy experience. As you can see from the below user interface of Leawo Blu-ray Player, it is simple and straightforward!
Guide on DVD/Bluray Playback on Windows 10, macOS High Sierra Free
Playing Bluray and DVD disc with Leawo Bluray Player is free and extremely easy. Below is a quick guide on how to play Bluray as well as DVDs on Windows 10, macOS Sierra, High Sierra free:
Step 1. Download Free Bluray Player
Follow the above download link to download and install Leawo Bluray Player. Install and launch it. For mac users, you are required to install Java SE 6 runtime as well. Simply follow the guide when you launch Leawo Bluray Player to download and install the Java plugin.
Step 2. Insert Bluray and Open Free Bluray Player
Once you insert your Bluray disc, Leawo Bluray Player automatically loads it and shows you right on the main UI. Click the disc icon for the direct playback:
Backup Blu-rays for Free Playback
Like DVDs, Blu-rays are also discs. They are expensive and should be extremely carefully treated. Keep them away from kids! I promises you kids will scratch your Blu-rays and destroy them. So for whatever purpose, I strongly recommend you to backup your Blu-rays. You are either backup your Blu-ray disc to another Blu-ray disc so as to play Bluray on any Bluray player or rip Bluray to MP4/MKV to play Bluray on any media player.
Copy Bluray to Another Bluray for any Bluray Player
Leawo Bluray Copy is the very AnyDVD HD alternative that also works as a Blu-ray and DVD decrypter and copier that decrypts protected Blu-rays to unprotected Blu-ray disc, folder or ISO format. The backup disc is region free and can be used to any Bluray player for playback, including ones that hooked to your TV.
You can also Shrink BD50 to BD25 with Leawo Bluray Copy.
Besides, Leawo Bluray Copy also works for DVDs. And you are even able to compress Blurays to DVDs but I just don’t recommend so as it lose quality.
Rip Bluray to HDD to Play Bluray on any Player
So how can we rip and convert protected Bluray disc to MP4, MKV, AVI etc? I’d like to recommend Leawo Bluray Ripper.
Leawo Bluray Ripper and Leawo Bluray Copy are function module of Leawo’s all-in-one program called Leawo Prof Meida. You don’t have to purchase all module but a single function module to meed your needs. Leawo Bluray Ripper is just the very program that enables you to play Bluray disc on any media player on your PC and Mac or iPhone/iPad/Apple TV as well as other devices from Google, Sony, HTC and even VR Headsets by removing restrictions from Blu-ray disc and convert to MP4 MKV AVI etc.
Besides, Leawo Bluray Ripper also works for DVDs.
Questions on Blu-ray Playback
Question: Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on a DVD Player?
The answer is NO. Although you can play a DVD in a Blu-ray Disc player, you cannot play a Blu-ray Disc in a DVD player. This is because Blu-ray Discs are embedded with more video and audio information than a DVD player is designed to read. In addition, the “pits” used to store the information on a Blu-ray disc are much smaller than a DVD, which requires a blue laser to read the information, whereas DVD players use red lasers.
Question: Can I play every Blu-ray disc if I have a Blu-ray drive?
I’m afraid the answer is NO as well. If your computer came with a Blu-ray drive, you should already have some sort of Blu-ray-capable software on your computer. Along with the Blu-ray drive, you are supposed to have a program, generally a Blu-ray player, to enable Blu-ray playback on Windows. However, they are either clumsy or not user-friendly at all. Also, you are not supposed to play any Blu-ray with the default player and that is why I suggest Leawo Blu-ray Player.