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Friday, October 15, 2010

Easy Blue-ray playback in Ubuntu

Watch Blu-Ray discs in Ubuntu – with next-to-no effort required – thanks to a new script by Scott Duensing.

Other methods for play-back of Blu-Ray discs in Ubuntu do exist – we've even covered some before – but as the Ubuntu wiki page on restricted and DRM-laden formats notes: they can be a little on the 'cumbersome' side.

Scott decided to make his – and thusly your – life easier by creating a small script that 'glues' together one of the less-demanding Linux blu-ray playback technologies with the familiarity of VLC.

"After playing with MakeMKV and VLC for awhile, I put together a little script that glues the two together.

"It's free, I did it for myself, and I thought I'd share it."

The result allows for easy playback of a large number of Blu-Ray movies in Linux.

The script

Scott's 'script', apart from requiring Blu-Ray hardware and media to be useful, requires the pre-installation of two pieces of software:

MakeMKV describes itself as a 'one-click solution' for the playback of patent-encumbered formats. It works by using a decryption key to decode encrypted discs and transcoding the data (video, chapters, extras, etc) to the free MKV format

The application is 'shareware' and costs around £50 but it does comes with a 30 day free trial during which time all features – including Blu-ray decryption and processing – are free and fully functional to use making it worth a perfect punt for finding out if it is the salve to painless playback.


The script, links to download MakeMKV and information on how to run it can be found @

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