How to Fix VLC Won't Play DVD on Windows 10/11

Got upset when you get bogged down in VLC won't play DVDs on Windows 10/11? That's the reason why I compile this article - to talk about what causes this issue and give you the best method to sort it out.

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Kevincy Kevincy | Updated on Aug 25, 2023

Part 1 - Typical Issues Regarding VLC Won't Play DVD

Part 2 - Make Digital Copies for Smooth Video Playback in VLC

Part 3 - How to Convert DVDs to VLC Playable Format in 3 Steps?

Part 4 - 5 Ways to Troubleshoot VLC Won't Play DVDs

Typical Issues Regarding VLC Won't Play DVD

Q: "Why won't VLC play my DVDs? Every time I try to play, it says: Playback failure: DVDRead could not open the disc "D:". Your input can't be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///D:\'. Check the log for details. Please Help!!!!"

Q: "I've installed VLC for playing commercial DVDs on Windows 10/11 (recently upgraded). I have tried autoplay and also the Media -> Open Disc. The DVD drive seems to speed up and the player shows the total time of the disc momentarily after which nothing happens (the time for the disc turns to --:--). I don't receive any error messages either so it is really bugging me."

A: As a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player, VLC is supposed to be a must-have on your computer. Despite the fact VLC is powerful enough to play most multimedia files, I bet most of you guys have ever run into an awkward issue that VLC won't play DVD but have no idea how to solve it. There are also different opinions on the official VLC forum that do not give a clear solution either, which is really a frustrating thing.

This fact is, the reasons for VLC not playing DVD are varied, like region code limitation, copyright protection or an outdated VLC version, etc. So, I've sorted out some proven ways to fix VLC DVD playback failure. Read on!

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How to Convert DVDs to VLC Playable Format in 3 Steps?

Step 1 - Load DVD Content

Insert a homemade or copy-protected DVD disc that won't play in VLC into the DVD-ROM drive.

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Thanks to the advanced DVD decryption technology, it will bypass all DVD encryption, such as CSS, regional code, Disney X-Project DRM, etc. (if any), and select the right main movie title automatically and intelligently during the process.

Tips: You can also import a DVD ISO image file or a Video_TS folder that causes the VLC DVD Playback failure into the program.

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Step 2 - Select an Export Format

Press the "Format" image on the right side to expand the complete list of 300+ configured presets grouped by "Formats" and "Device". You can choose any common format or specific device model as the export format.

You're recommended to go to "Video" category and select "MP4" or "MKV" profile either because they can hold multiple audio and subtitle tracks, or most devices and VLC can recognize and play them easily. If you prefer a 1:1 DVD to DVD copy with all content preserved, just navigate to "1:1 Quick Copy" category and choose "ISO" or "DVD folder".

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Step 3 - Convert DVDs to VLC Playable Format

Click on the "three-dots" icon on the bottom to specify a destination folder. Finally, press "RUN" button to start digitizing the DVD with hardware acceleration enabled. When the processing is complete, VLC will play the video file smoothly. That's how to solve VLC won't play DVD issue in a kind of roundabout way.

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Optional - Modify Settings

Before the ripping process, you're allowed to select audio tracks or add external subtitles to DVD at will. You're also entitled to open "Settings" column to change some parameters like resolution for DVD upscaling, bit rate, frame rate, etc.

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5 Ways to Troubleshoot VLC Won't Play DVDs

1. Reinstall or Update to the Latest Version

In most cases, the official will fix a mass of VLC playback bugs in time. So you just reinstall the up-to-date version to solve VLC not playing DVD problem. Here's the official website:

Make sure you've installed the correct version. You need to install 32-bit version of VLC for Windows 10/11 32-bit system, and 64-bit version for 64-bit system to avoid unnecessary troubles.

2. Manually Choose Disc Drive

Open VLC, click on "Media" on the menu bar, select "Open Disc" and choose "DVD" under "Disc Selection". Manually choose your DVD device. If it still does not work, give it another try by pressing the "Browse" button to get into your DVD drive. Select the Video_TS folder and click on "Select Folder". Press "Play" button and see it works normally.

3. No Special Characters or Symbols in the Path of DVD Source

Any unrecognizable characters or symbol in the directory path of your DVD source (Disc, ISO or VIDEO_TS folder) may result in VLC won't play DVD problem. Meanwhile, it gives you the same result if the DVD is CSS-protected. To fix it, try to successively update libdvdread, libdvdnav and libdvdcss libraries.

4. Change DVD Region of DVD Drive

As you know, the commercial DVDs are always region-coded, which can also lead to VLC DVD playback failure. If the computer comes with an old DVD drive that use RPC-1 firmware, you can enjoy VLC DVD region-free playback without a hitch. You are allowed to change the region code of the DVD drive for only 5 times.

Here's how to reset the region code: Open Computer or This PC > right click DVD drive > Properties > Hardware tab > select your DVD Drive > Properties > DVD Region tab > scroll down and select the region that matches the region of the DVD you want to play. Click OK to save the settings.

But you have to know that, once you reach the maximum time limit, the region code of the DVD driver will be permanently locked to the region code that you’ve set at the fifth time. It can't be reset anymore even if you reinstall the computer.

5. Try Some VLC Alternatives

If the VLC not playing DVD issue still persists after walking through all of the above efforts, try to use some VLC alternatives like KMPlayer, PotPlayer, GOMPlayer, PowerDVD, etc.

Also Read: DVD Won't Play on Computer | Fix WMP Not Playing DVD | Fix DVD Won’t Play on Windows 10

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Final Words...

Why won't VLC play my DVD? After reading the whole tutorial, you must figure it out and already have some basic knowledge of solving the VLC Media Player not playing DVD issue. Choose your favorite ones and knock yourself out! Thanks for reading!

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