How to Play DVD on Computer Effortlessly

Description: Insert your DVD on your computer and nothing takes place? Wondering what’s going on with your discs or your computer? Pls follow this guide and find the best solution to play DVD on computer effortlessly.

"I am going on a long trip soon, and would like to be able to watch my movies on my laptop while I am gone. How do I go about putting my DVD's on my computer so that I can watch them with Windows Media Player?"

Problem comes, almost all movies are encrypted with CSS copy protection. Decryption keys are stored in the normally inaccessible lead-in area of the disc. You'll usually get an error if you try to copy the contents of an encrypted DVD to computer on Win/Mac.

What happens? At first, it is important to ensure that your computer meets the following requirements in order to play DVD on Windows 8.1/8/7.

  • Operating system and a DVD decoder 
  • DVD-ROM drive 
  • Media player (Windows Media Player 10 or a third-party software DVD player) 

1. Play DVD on Windows-based computer

Method 1. Play DVD in Windows 8.1/8/7 by converting DVD

Now take action to get the digital copy of DVD to computer effortlessly. What you need is a powerful tool for ripping DVD movies. Pavtube DVDAid is a professional program in making digital copy of DVD. It can also rip the latest DVD (Disc/Floder/ISO/IFO) and convert to various video formats for some popular smartphones and tablets as well as editing software. Simple interface and CUDA acceleration will bring you an easy but effective conversion. The following guide will show you detailed steps.

You can have the trial version to try all the functions firstly, and then download the retail version to install it.

Method 2. Play DVD in Windows 8.1/8/7 with free DVD players

There are also some open source free media players that can play DVD files in Windows 8.1/8/7. The best one is VLC Media Player, which well supports playing DVD, AVI, MKV, MP4, ASF, 3GP, etc. Another good free DVD player for Windows 8 is Mplayer. It can not only play DVDs but also encrypted Blu-ray movies.

Method 3. Play DVD in Windows 8.1/8/7 by upgrading your PC

You can also upgrade your PC to get Media Center to play DVD movies. Basic Windows 8 users can purchase the "Windows 8 Pro Pack" to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. And Windows 8 Pro users need to purchase the "Windows 8 Media Center Pack" to enable the DVD playback.

All in all, converting DVD movies to videos in Windows 8.1/8/7 is the best way to play your DVD movies anywhere you like.

2. How to play DVD on Mac (iMac and MacBook Pro)

Sometimes when you insert your DVD in your Mac, it plays automatically unless you selected not to in the system preferences. If it fails to start on its own here are the steps that you can use to play your DVD on Mac.

Option 1: Insert a video DVD into your Mac

Insert your DVD in the external or internal DVD drive, which should automatically launch. If it fails to launch automatically go to the application folder where you should be able to view the DVD icon and double click to initiate the process.

Option 2: Open the programs manually from the Applications folder

On the other hand, you can single-click the DVD icon on the launch pad to start it. You can also use the Front Row to play DVDs by launching it with the menu button or by holding Command (apple key) along with the esc key at the same time.

Option 3: Change the preferences

When your DVD fails to play by default, especially when you have met the requirements, then the problem is in the preference. The only way to rectify this problem is to change the preferences. If you want to change, the preferences so that the DVD can play automatically when inserted on Your DVD player follow the following steps.

  • 1. Go to Apple menu
  • 2. System Preferences
  • 3. CDs & DVDs and choose Open DVD Player every time you insert your DVD

If you have fulfilled the required conditions and changed the preference in your System Preferences, the DVD will always play automatically whenever you insert it in your Mac.


Play DVD on Mac by using  DVDAid for Mac.

I had previous experience with Pavtube DVDAid for Mac which I want to say that I were familiar with your intuitive GUI which have also been used in the Pavtube BDMagic for Mac. Compared to other brands I think Pavtube is the most intuitive. It has the possibility to rip in a lot of format which covers my needs. It is easy to setup. The other brand was not intuitive to use.

How to convert/copy DVD movies to play on computer (Mac solution):

Step 1. Download and install Pavtube DVDAid for Mac on your Mac.

Step 2. Launch it and load your DVD movie to the app.

Step 3. Click the “Browse” button to set output folder where you want to save the copied DVD movies.

Step 4. Hit the Copy the entire disc icon on the main interface and start DVD backing up process. It enables you to makes 1:1 copy of original DVD Disc without quality loss with all audio streams, subtitle tracks, extras, etc.

Note: You can find the “Directly Copy” option to backup DVD main movie without extras. It will support to backup 100% intact the DVD main movie with all multiple tracks preserved. And you will get one M2TS file for output.

Alternatively, you are suggested to choose “Common Video -> H.264 MP4 Video (*.mp4)” for putting DVD to computer, media player or other potable devices for playback.

Click big Convert button on the interface and then you will get a conversion dialogue box to show the exact progress, like time left, estimated size, state and so on.

After the video conversion, you can freely play DVD videos on Mac. See, you can accomplish this task as easy as turning your hands over. Why not download the DVD ripping program for Mac right now?


See also:

Convert WMV to MP4 with Ease in Win/Mac
How to Convert DVD to Digital Copy in Windows/Mac

Solution on Ripping DVD to MicroSD Memory Card or USB Flash Drive 

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