Top 5 Best Blu-ray Player Software
Blu-ray is the latest storage standard for the ultra-high definition entertainment. When actually nobody cared about the video quality, compact discs were used. CDs or compact discs were overcome by DVDs because of their larger storage. But for 4K UHD entertainment Blu-ray discs proved to be the optimal storage standard because of their large storage size (nearly 5 times the size of a DVD). For playing Blu-ray discs you’ll need a BD player or an optical BD ROM drive and finally a Blu-ray player software if you’re going to play it on your PC or Mac computer. If PC is your choice then keep reading this article because we are listing some of the top best Blu-ray software for PC which also works for your TV too.
1. DVDFab Player 5 Ultra
DVDFab Player 5 Ultra is not just meant for playing several Blu-ray discs. DVDFab Player 5 actually is meant for real ultra high definition entertainment on a 4K TV screen or a 4K PC monitor. Since you can always use your 4K TV as a PC monitor then it would be the best option for real 4K experience. Just connect the TV to your PC via an HDMI cable and set the optimal resolution settings. DVDFab player 5 works in two modes which are PC mode and TV mode. I will always prefer TV mode for the best 4K UHD experience. The DVDFab Blu-ray player software utilizes the processing power of your graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 series or higher) to deliver that eye-catching crystal clear entertainment on your 4K TV screen. It is specially designed for high-end graphics card keeping the real entertainment in focus. Though it will work of low-end graphics cards but it comes with certain clarity difference.
DVDFab Blu-ray player software is not just limited to playing Blu-ray discs but it also plays Blu-ray ISOs and folders. It is fully compatible with UHD MP4, 3D Blu-ray, and UHD MKV formats. It fully supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby TrueHD Atmos, DTS:X, and DTS-HD Master. This is not it, its HDR10 feature actually upscales the picture quality by utilizing your PC’s graphics card’s power.
And a special feature which is going to be released soon and will be debuted as ‘2D to 3D upscaling’. A special algorithm which will upscale any 2D movie to 3D format. Its a bonus feature for the 3D 4K TV owners, just wait for it. Reading this info is not enough just download this Blu-ray player software and give it a try. Don’t forget that it is free for first 30-days and is fully functional. A feature that you can you see in DVDFab products only. There is no limit on your entertainment during these first 30-days. After 30 days you can decide whether to buy it or not.
2. VLC Media Player
VLC is a free and open source media player that is the only player that can play almost every video format. It can also play Blu-ray discs you just have to select ‘Blu-ray’ in the playing menu. VLC media is a nice Blu-ray player software program but it comes with some limitations. It can’t play DRM protected BDs or that are protected by Cinavia. Though you’ll get all the basic and most of the advanced Blu-ray player options in VLC but it is still not suitable for a 4K TV. The entertainment will be satisfactory because you are getting it for free and should not expect high-quality performance. It is capable of selecting the Blu-ray menu, selecting dual audio, customizing subtitles, and applying real-time video effects.
3. Media Player Classic
Media Player Classic is also known as MPC is a completely free media player. Being a free media player it can play unprotected Blu-ray discs. But when it comes to playing a DRM locked BD then MPC won’t recognize it. It's a basic and free Blu-ray player software tool and it is only designed for a PC computer. It can’t utilize your graphics card’s power for upscaling the clarity and neither it supports any 3D Blu-ray content. It’s only good if you don’t have 4K TV but want to movies from Blu-ray discs on your PC.
4. CyberLink PowerDVD
CyberLink PowerDVD is the oldest media player that exists even today. It is an advanced Blu-ray player software just like DVDFab Player 5. It also uses an upscaling algorithm for ultra-high definition entertainment. You will find all the features of DVDFab Player 5 in PowerDVD. But unlike DVDFab Player 5 PowerDVD only supports limited computer hardware. It always demands powerful CPU at least 7th generation Intel Core processors, high-end GPUs, powerful motherboards. While DVDFab Player 5 will also work smoothly on a Pentium Core 2 Quad CPU. So PowerDVD may not work as advertised and also it pricier than DVDFab Player 5. So, unless your computer’s hardware fit in their system requirements section you should not go for this Blu-ray software.
5. Leawo Blu-ray Player
Leawo Blu-ray Player software is a completely free media player which fully supports Blu-ray discs. But it is not a complete Blu-ray Player software as it only supports 1080p resolution. So, if you are having a Full HD TV then you can use this software to watch your 1080p Blu-ray discs. It provides basic options for Blu-ray playing. It only supports 5.1 surround sound and not the 7.1 surround sound. It's easy to use, free Blu-ray player software which only supports common video formats. It is still a useful Blu-ray software up to 1080p but it is not meant for real 4K UHD entertainment.
So in this article, we just listed some of the best free and paid Blu-ray player software. And we have concluded that to get the ultimate 4K UHD theater-like experience you should go with DVDFab Player 5 Ultra. If you have a powerful hardware comprising of Intel Core 7th generation processor, latest motherboard, powerful graphics card then go with PowerDVD. It is unlikely to have a powerful computer hardware that PowerDVD demands. And if you are just looking to play some of your Blu-ray discs then you can go either with MPC, VLC, or Leawo. The choice is up to you.