Play Blu-ray Movies on Chrombook Without Optical Drive

Chromebook is a new, faster computer which starts in seconds and offers thousands of apps. It has built-in virus protection and backs up your stuff in the cloud. However, for people who plan to watch movies stored on Blu-ray disc with Chromebook, you may be disappointed to find that the Chromebook doesn’t has a built-in Blu-ray drive to read the data on Blu-ray disc, in addition, Google does not licensed any software to be included in Chromebook with the ability to play commercial Blu-ray disc. Do all those facts mean that it is impossible to watch Blu-ray movies on Chromebook, the answer is definitely no. Just ripping Blu-ray into digital file formats, you will then be able to watch the converted files on Chromebook with its built-in video player or VLC media player.


Supported media formats on Chromebook

Although the video playback capability and effect of Chromebook is not that satisfactory when compared with Windows, Mac and Linux platform. However, the video player app on Chromebook still has the ability to deal with the following file formats:
.3gp. .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav

Unfortunately, you will have no luck with MKV and also limited luck with MP4 for playing on Chromebook. The good news is that VLC, one of the best free programs for local media playback, now runs on Chromebooks, in addition, the app works with all video and audio files supported by other versions of VLC, including MKV, DVD ISO files, and FLAC.

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Rip Blu-ray for Chromebook

To get Blu-ray movies played on Chromebook, you will need a special Blu-ray Ripper software to assist you to rip Blu-ray into Chromebook or VLC playable file formats. The program we recommend here is called Pavtube BDMagic, which has full support for both Blu-ray disc, BDMV folder and ISO image file, you can easily convert Blu-ray into Chromebook video player app supported file formats or VLC playable file formats with ease.

Rip Blu-ray with subtitles

To assist you better understand the Blu-ray movies, the program offers advanced Blu-ray subtitle features. You can select desired subtitles from internal Blu-ray movies, enable forced subtitles when the actors is speaking foreign languages or add external srt/ass/ssa subtitle to Blu-ray movies when the original Blu-ray movies doen’t contain your desired subtitle languages.

How to Rip Blu-ray Movies for Chromebook Playback?

Step 1: Load Blu-ray movies into the program.

Insert your Blu-ray disc into an external Blu-ray drive, then run the program on your computer, click “File” > “Load from disc” to load Blu-ray disc into the program. You can also load BDMV folder or IFO/ISO image file into the program.

Step 2: Define output file format.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select one of Chromebook playable formats listed above such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Tips: If you wish to preserve the rich metadata information in original Blu-ray disc, you can download Pavtube ByteCopy (Mac version) to output Blu-ray to MKV format with multiple audio tracks and subtitle languages well preserved for playing on VLC.

Step 3: Set Blu-ray subtitles.

Select desired subtitles

Check the movie titles you want to rip, click the drop-down list of Subtitles, then all the subtitles into the Blu-ray will be shown clearly, so you can select your needed language as your subtitles freely.

Enable forces subtitles

If you check “Forced subtitles” option, you will see subtitles only when actors are speaking a language that are different from the subtitles that your specified before.

Add external subtitles

Click the “Pencil” like icon on the top too bar to open “Video Editor” window, switch to the “Subtitle” tab, check “Enable”, then you will be able to add external *.srt or *.ass/*.ssa subtitle-files to the video as hard subtitles.

Step 5: Start the conversion process.

Go back to the main interface, press right-bottom “Convert” button to backup Blu-ray movie to Chromebook video player or VLC playable formats conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, click “Open Output Folder” on the main interface to pop out the folder with converted files. Then you will have no problem to play your favorte Blu-ray movies on Chromebook.

Further Reading:
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Chromebook DVD Tips – Enjoy DVD Movies on Chromebook 2
Watch Blu-ray/DVD Disc Movies on ChromeBook 13 Without Optical Drive
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