Microsoft Surface Pro series are great 2-in-1 detachable tablet computers that allow you to do the same things you'd do on a desktop computer without the constraints of location and time. As an ultra-portable device, quite a lot of people wonder whether it is possible to play DVDs on Surface Pro on a trip or in leisure time. Then read on because this article will tell you all that you need to know!
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Q: "A new Surface Pro owner here, and I am trying to figure out how to play DVD's on it when not connected to the internet. I frequently fly over the ocean with no internet service and would like to be able to watch movies during the flight. I'm not a very tech savvy person, so any help is appreciated!"
A: Well, to be honest, the Surface Pro is indeed an epoch-making product that pushes the boundaries between the tablets, laptop, and desktop PC. However, just like the modern laptop and desktop PC, Surface Pro doesn't come with a built-in DVD player either. In addition, most current Surface Pro models have shipped with Windows 10 or Windows 11, which has castrated DVD playback capability. Therefore, you're not able to directly play DVD's on Surface Pro.
But the good news is, you can take a roundabout way to get the job done. With the two simple methods below, you're guaranteed to watch DVD's on Surface Pro swimmingly.
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The Surface Pro lacks a DVD drive, and Windows 10/11 lacks a DVD decoder, both ingredients that you need to watch a DVD movie. Let's tackle the issues in sequence.
As the Microsoft store no longer offers an external DVD player for Surface Pro, first of all, you need to get a qualified generic DVD drive that has its own power supply from local store or Amazon, Walmart, BestBuy, and other online marketplaces. If you have lots of DVDs purchased outside your country, a one-stop external region-free DVD drive is strongly recommended so that you don't need to change DVD Player Region each time and worry about the 5-changes restriction.
It's worth noting that, Surface Pro may not supply enough power over the USB port for many peripherals so that the DVD drive may spin up and then turn off and repeats over and over without actually loading. To avoid erratic DVD viewing experience, you'd better figure it out before you buy the external DVD drive. Alternatively, a powered USB Hub that should ensure there is enough energy to all devices connected to Surface Pro.
Most USB DVD drives do not bundle the necessary movie playback software. So when you connect the external USB DVD drive to your Surface Pro and the DVD disc is stably loaded, you'll run into the second issue - Windows 10/11 doesn't natively support DVD playback unless you pay for the Windows DVD Player app at $14.99 from Microsoft Store.
This problem can be simply solved by installing a third-party DVD Player for Surface Pro, such as VLC media player, KMPlayer, PotPlayer, Kodi, PowerDVD player, etc. Yeah, we've made a list of the best free DVD players for Windows 10/11. Now, you can play DVD's on Surface Pro and enjoy your popcorn time at liberty.
If you want to watch DVDs on your Surface Pro without having to carry around a DVD player and some DVD boxes, then we recommend that you rip your DVDs to digital files for hassle-free playback and convenient management on Surface Pro. Given this, a decent DVD to Surface Pro converter is necessary.
WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a top-ranking DVD ripping program that helps you simplify the DVD to digital conversion, no matter whether it's a homemade DVD or a commercial DVD. This program can intelligently bypass all copy protection and convert the main full-length movie to MP4, MKV, AVI and 300+ common formats for smooth playback on Surface Pro.
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Preparation: Before start, insert a homemade or copy-protected DVD into the DVD-ROM drive connected to your Surface Pro.
Launch WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro and press the "DVD Disc" button. Then select a DVD drive letter and click "OK" to auto-scan all content of the current DVD disc and remove all DVD copy protection like region code, CSS, RCE, UOPs, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-Project DRM, etc. After that, it will intelligently select the main DVD movie, or select all the correct titles for a DVD with multiple episodes.
Tips: In addition to the physical disc, this program also allows you to load a DVD ISO image file or an entire Video_TS folder with a variety of .vob, .bup, and .ifo files.
Open the format library on the right side of the app. It comes with 300+ presets grouped by different categories. Navigate to "Microsoft" category and choose your Surface Pro model. You're also recommended to go to "Video" category and choose "MKV" profile because it can wrap multiple audio and subtitle tracks in one file.
Tips: This program can also help you complete the DVD to DVD copy with all content preserved. Just head over to "1:1 Quick Copy" category and choose "ISO" or "DVD Folder" profile for output, so that you can burn the ISO image or Video_TS folder to another blank DVD with some DVD burning software.
Click on the "three-dots" icon on the bottom to specify a destination to save the output digital file. At last, hit "RUN" button to convert DVD to Surface Pro at a fully hardware accelerated ripping speed. After done, you can play DVD on Surface Pro anytime and anywhere.
Before the process, you can also choose audio track, add subtitles, trim a specific segment from the DVD, and even open "Settings" column to change some parameters like DVD resolution, bit rate, frame rate, deinterlace DVD and so forth.
WonderFox doesn't advocate any copyright infringement, all information provided in this article is presented to make digital copies of personal DVDs for fair-use only. Figure out if it is legal to rip a DVD in your country beforehand.
Here's the rapid-fire roundup. Can you watch DVD's on Surface Pro? Sure. Both of the methods mentioned in the article will ensure the smoothly DVD playback on any model of your Surface Pro. But for long-term use, you can build your own DVD digital library on your Surface Pro, external hard drive, Kodi, Plex, media server, NAS, cloud storage, etc., which is much more convenient for playback, backup and personal fair-use.
Hopefully I make everything crystal clear. If this guide really works for you to play DVD on Surface Pro, don't forget to share it through your social media platforms. Cheers!
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