What player should I use for UHD playback (straight from disc)?

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ajihu
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What player should I use for UHD playback (straight from disc)?

Post by ajihu »

From what I understand, MakeMKV should be able to decrypt UHD disks in real time, such that an external player can play them? Which players are good for this? - I have not been able to get it to work. I tried playing back in Kodi, (yes, after adding/enabling/[appropriate term-ing] it in MakeMKV preferences), but no cigar. Unless I was doing something wrong, MPV didn't seem to be able to play discs, and MPC-HC says development has been cut since 2017... is that still the best option? etc.

My copy of the Matrix is able to be ripped - which I am doing now, just to double check that the disc is good, so afaik, this isn't a problem of user error... but that's the whole point of user error.

Speaking of user error - if no-one minds - may I ask why I might have only been able to get my copy of The Matrix in 4K to be read by my drive? After trying The Dark Knight, Rogue One, Bladerunner, and Tenet, only the Matrix has worked... could this be due to disc region (I live in Australia)? Because I would have thought these discs would be too popular to have not been dumped and emailed, etc.

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earlymorningmarch
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Re: What player should I use for UHD playback (straight from disc)?

Post by earlymorningmarch »

I never tried using it for UHD playback (usually just rip it to my Hard Drive to watch with KODI latter on)

But my understanding is that for UHD, you might need drives with specific firmware. Regarding the recommended drives, A list of them can be found pinned, but I copied it so you can check the model
LG WH16NS60, UHD Official Internal 5.25 sata Rip speed 8x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour
LG BU40N, UHD Official Internal Slim Sata 9.5mm Rip speed 6x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour 5mins
LG WH14NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25 sata Rip speed 8x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour if flashed properly other wise 6x rips speed and slower then BU40N
LG WH16NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25 sata Rip speed 8x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour if flashed properly other wise 6x rips speed and slower then BU40N
ASUS BW-16D1HT, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25 sata Rip speed 8x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour
ASUS BW-16D1HT Pro, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25 sata Rip speed 8x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour
LG BH16NS55, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25 sata Rip speed 8x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour if flashed properly other wise 6x rip speed and slower then BU40N
Buffalo BRUHD-PU3-BK, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0 LG BU40N inside Rip speed 6x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour 5mins
Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm LG BU40N inside USB 3.0-Marty Rip speed 6x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour 5mins
BP60NB10, UHD Official External Slim 9.5mm USB 2.0 Rip speed 6x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour 5mins
BP50NB40, UHD Officialish External Slim 9.5mm USB 2.0 Rip speed 6x BD 66 ~45 mins BD 100 ~1 hour 5mins
dcoke22
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Re: What player should I use for UHD playback (straight from disc)?

Post by dcoke22 »

Traditionally people use VLC with MakeMKV to do playback of UHDs on their computer. Install VLC and it should appear in the Integration tab on MakeMKV.

libmmbd - MakeMKV decryption API as LGPL library

I think you might have to have the paid version of MakeMKV for this to work. I also think you might have to have MakeMKV running in the background. I almost never use this feature, so I might not have the details correct.
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