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How to Play 4K Blu-ray on PC?

4K Blu-rays are slowly making their way out into the world, and are probably a good way to watch 4K content. But if you want to play your 128G 4K BDXL on PC, you will get no way unless your PC is high-end with the hefty specs, to the tune of one of Intel’s latest Core i5 or Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, a minimum 6GB of RAM, and a 4K capable HDMI2.0a port. Besides, you need a 4K Blu-ray Player.

When you meet all the requirements, you perhaps can watch 4K Blu-ray on your PC. For many people, it is hard to have all the things and it is expensive to equip your computer to play BDXL. Is there any other way to enjoy 4K Blu-ray on PC? It will be an acceptable way to rip 4K Blu-ray keeping 4K resolution and use VLC to play the 4K Blu-ray rips on PC.

Method 1: Play 4K Blu-ray on PC with Cyberlink PowerDVD

CyberLink PowerDVD has been certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray disc media. What this effectively means is that more PCs with the right 4K-capable hardware will be able to handle 4K Blu-ray discs in their native resolution and without playback problems. This of course means that people have the chance to play their library of 4K Blu-ray movies on PC. But Cyberlink PowerDVD is only one the of combination to enable you view 4K Blu-ray on PC. Besides Cyberlink PowerDVD, you have to own the following things:

4K Blu-ray Drive for PC reading 4K Blu-ray discs: a Pioneer BDR-S11J-BK or BDR-S11J-X models

A PC running Windows 10 as well as a 7th-generation Core i7 or i5 Intel processor (Kaby Lake)

A 4K capable HDMI2.0 a port

Your 4K Blu-ray discs like the popular Planet Earth II, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Deadpool, Star Trek, Life of Pi, Sicario, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Chappie, etc.

Method 2: Rip or Remux 4K Blu-ray to Playback on PC Using VLC

Apart from the aforementioned method, you can rip 4K Blu-ray to digital files or remux 4K Blu-ray to another container that a 4K Video Player on PC can read. You can read the following to learn how to rip 4K Blu-ray or remux 4K Blu-ray on PC.

What You Need

To rip 4K Blu-ray on PC you need:

A Blu-ray Drive can handle 4K BDXL discs

Your 4K Blu-ray discs

A PC with internet connection

4K Blu-ray Ripper: Pavtube ByteCopy is recommended here.

 Pavtube ByteCopy can copy, rip and remux 4K Blu-ray discs on PC easily. It crack 4K Blu-ray BD+, AACS, MKB, UOP, etc to extract 4K H.265 MKV, 4K H.265 MP4 and 4K H.264 MP4 for PC playback with VLC and MPC. You also can stream this 4K Blu-ray rips on 4K UHD TV. It also can compress 4K Blu-ray to 1080p video for 1080p PC display and upscale HD Blu-ray to 4K resolution for 4K display. It also can remux 4K Blu-ray MKV, AVI, MP4, MPG, FLV, MP3, AAC, etc video and audio without any picture and sound quality loss. 

In addition, the built-in video editor give you the chance to produce your own video by trimming, cropping, spliting, rotating, flipping, replacing/muting audio, adding subtitles/watermark. The graphic interface is highly intuitive and you can drag and drop your 4KBlu-ray structured folder onto the main window to get started with the 4K Blu-ray to PC conversion process.

Getting Started to Rip 4K Blu-ray to PC

Step 1. Install and launch the best 4K Blu-ray Converter program on PC. Insert your 4K Blu-ray disc into your BDXL drive, and click “Load from disc” icon to load your 4k Blu-ray movies.

load Blu-ray

Step 2: a 4K Video Player on PC ususally supports to handle HEVC codec cause 4K H.265 video will save 30%-50% bandwidth comparing with the 4K H.264 video. Click “Format” to open the drop-down window and choose HD MKV video in “HD Video” catelog and set video codes to x265 and video size to 6840x2160 in “Settings” to choose to rip 4K Blu-ray to H.265 MKV. Or you can choose "H.265 Video" in "HD Video" then configure video resolution to 3840x2160 in "Settings" to rip 4K Blu-ray to H.265 MP4. As for 4K H.264 MP4 video, just choose "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" in "Common Video" and then adjust video size in "Settings" to keep 4K resolution.


When you choose "Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*.mkv)" in  "Multi-track Video", you can rip 4K Blu-ray with Dolby TrueHD DTS-MA audio.

Step 3. Utilizing Nvidia GPU Hardware Acceleration In ByteCopy

Pavtube ByteCopy has joined NVIDIA to 30X Realtime 4K H.265/H.264 Encoding with supporting the newest NVIDIA CUDA technology in video encoding to improve performance and ensure users much faster conversion speed than ever before when ripping and converting DVD/Blu-ray. Now, move your cursor to “Tools” button on the top of the main interface to choose “Options”. Then you can enable GPU Encode acceleration. You need to check if your graphic card supports CUDA acceleration from here. .

ByteCopy acceleration

Step 4: Hit on the “Convert” button and 4k Blu-ray to 4K MP4 or 4K MKV video for PC playback conversion begins. When the conversion is done, open output folder, find the ripped movie inoutput folder.

You can use a 4K Video Player on PC to playback the 4K Blu-ray MKV, MP4 rips. You also can stream the 4K Blu-ray on Xbox One S if you have one.

Top 4K Video Player on PC to Play 4K Blu-ray Rips

# 1: VLC Media Player

VLC has updated to include support for 4K video playback in version 2.1. This player has support for a very large range of codecs, making it possible to play back virtually any type of video file (as well as audio).

# 2: KMPlayer

KMPlayer is a lightweight audio and video player for Windows that supports a wide range of different file formats, including AVI, ASF, WMV, AVS, FLV, MKV, and many more. It now supports 4K resolution.

# 3: Media Player Classic

When you want to play 4K video with MPC, you need to install the K-Lite Codec Pack first cause MPC itself comes with no 4k playback ability. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback, including HEVC H265 videos playback.

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