Programs to Read DVDs

Have you just bought your favorite movie DVD and are looking for a good media player for your trusty computer so that you can play it directly from there? Then I would say that you have landed on the right guide, at the right time. In the tutorial you are about to read, in fact, you will find some of the best software belonging to the category in question, both for Windows and for macOS and Linux.

Then get yourself comfortable, take a few minutes free all for yourself and immediately start concentrating on reading this guide entirely focused on programs to read DVDs: I assure you that there are really something for all tastes, both free and paid. All you have to do is choose the resource that you think will do the most for you, insert the disk to play in your computer and… enjoy the show!

So: can you know what are you still standing there? Come on, let's not waste any more time chatting and let's get started right away! Put my advice into practice and I'm sure that, in the end, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with the solutions discovered as well as, of course, that you have finally been able to watch your DVD. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and, above all, good viewing!

Preliminary Operation

Before telling you what the programs to read DVDs which in my humble opinion you would do well to take into consideration, it seems only right to make a small clarification: unfortunately most of the PC (potable and fixed) currently on the market and all Poppy recently marketed are lacking of a DVD player "Standard".

This means that in order to play DVDs, an external disk drive is required. If this is your situation and you want to receive some "tips" about brands, models, prices and compatibility of USB DVD players, I refer you to reading my buying guide focused specifically on external burners (which, of course, also act as readers).

DVD Player and Windows Media Player

Stai using Windows 10, the first of the DVD reading programs I want to invite you to consider is the Windows DVD player: it is a paid application developed by Microsoft (costs 14.99 euros) designed specifically to read DVD on Windows 10 (as the latest operating system of the Redmond company does not have a default DVD player). However, you can download a free trial version that works for 7 days, which, however, it should be noted, does not allow the playback of videos: it only serves to evaluate the compatibility of the software with the device.

To download the free trial of the application on your PC, connect to the relevant section of the Microsoft Store Online, pig sul sul bottone Buy and, in the window of Microsoft Store "Real" that appears on the desktop, presses the button Test. When installation is complete, insert the DVD into the player connected to the computer, click on the notification CD Drive (X 🙂 [Title] Select to choose the operation for DVD movies that you see appear in the lower right part of the screen and, from the panel that opens, click on the item Play DVD - DVD player.

Then wait for the compatibility check to be completed and, if successful, proceed with the purchase of the program following the guided procedure that is proposed to you. After completing the purchase, you can start playing the disk “normally”. Find all the commands you need to manage this in the lower part of the program window.

Se, invece, stai using Windows 7 or an earlier version of the operating system, you can use Windows Media Player to play your DVDs. Find the program already pre-installed on your computer and it starts automatically when a DVD is inserted into the player connected to the PC. If not, you can start WMP from the Start menu and double-click the disc name that you find in the section Multimedia catalog of the program. If Windows Media Player does not appear to be installed on your PC, find out how to remedy the problem by reading this tutorial.

DVD Player on MacOS

Stai using a Poppy? If so, I'm happy to let you know that MacOS integrates a default software to read DVDs that are inserted into the player connected to the Mac: it is DVD player, an application developed directly by Apple for its users, included at no cost in all versions of macOS and very easy to use.

To use it, all you have to do is insert the disk you want to play into the CD / DVD player connected to your Mac and wait a few moments for the DVD Player to start automatically. If this does not happen, you can "manually" start the player by clicking on its icon (the one with the remote control su macOS High Sierra and earlier versions and the one with the DVD player su macOS Mojave and later) that you find in Spotlight. Alternatively, you can invoke DVD Player using Siri or dalla cartella Applications> Utilities from the Mac.

When playback of the disc is started, DVD Player opens to full screen and the various commands are visible on a special bar at the bottom (which disappears automatically after a few seconds of inactivity of the mouse). If you want to exit full screen mode, press the key e on the keyboard.

VLC (Windows / MacOS)

Have you ever heard of VLC? No? Strange, it is very famous! In any case, there is no problem: let's fix it immediately. It is a renowned and appreciated media player, totally free and open source in nature compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux. It has an essential interface that is very easy to use and, above all, support for all major video file formats (including DVDs, of course). Note that the videos can be viewed without the need for external codecs, as the software already includes everything that is needed for playback, both locally and online.

To download VLC to your computer, visit the program's website and click on the button Download VLC. When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click the buttons Run, OK e forward (three consecutive times). Press the button Install, wait for the installation to complete and click on the button Close to start VLC and close the setup window.

If, on the other hand, you are using macOS, open the package .dmg just got it, move theVLC icon in the folder Applications macOS, right click on it, choose the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start).

Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the software window on the screen, insert the DVD you want to play in the player connected to your computer, click on the menu Fillet (top left) and select the option Open disk. In the window that appears, select the name of the DVD from the drop-down menu located at the top and then click on the button apri down below.

Within a few moments the DVD playback will start on your computer with VLC. To watch the DVD in full screen, double-click in any part of the program window, while to manage playback use the appropriate commands that you find in the lower part of the same.

mpv (Windows / MacOS / Linux)

Another DVD player I want to suggest you consider is mPV: it is a free, open source and working resource on Windows, macOS and Linux. Thanks to it, it is possible to easily reproduce movies on your computer and DVDs. It has a minimal interface with only the essential commands for playback and, moreover, thanks to the support for decoding via GPU and its internal optimizations, it allows you to view in an extremely fluid way even those videos that may present some problems in other players.

To use mpv on your computer, connect to the software website and click on the item Installation found in the top menu. At this point, if you're using Windows click on the first link next to the entry Windows builds by lachs0r and, in the new page that is shown to you, choose the software version of your interest in the box Builds.

When the download is complete, extract the .7z files just obtained (you can do it using one of the software that I reported to you in my guide on how to extract 7z files), double-click on the file .exe contained inside and presses the button Run in the window you see appear on your desktop.

Se, invece, stai using MacOS, locate the section OS X on the page Installation of the program's website, click on the link next to the entry OS X builds by stolendata and select l 'latest version mpv available to proceed with the download.

When the download is complete, open the package .gz just got it, drag thempv icon in the folder Applications macOS, right click on it, select the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri, in such a way as to start it, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

Now insert the disk you want to play into the CD / DVD drive connected to your computer. Then drag the folder VIDEO_TS of the same, which you can reach by selecting theDVD icon in the left sidebar of File Explorer (on Windows) he was born in Finder (on MacOS) in the mpv window that in the meantime has appeared on the screen. Then, press the button Play located in the lower left to start playback.

Then I point out that, if you want, you can view the mpv window in full screen by simply double clicking on it. In the lower part of the same, however, you will find the other commands to manage DVD playback.

AVS Media Player (Windows)

AVS DVD player is without doubt one of the best free DVD reading programs on the market. It has a very accurate interface, is only for Windows operating systems and also allows you to play various types of movies.

To download it to your computer, connect to the software website and click on the button Download for FREE present at the top. Next, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Run. Then, press on the buttons YesOK e forward, select the voice I accept the license agreement and the privacy policy and press the button again forward four consecutive times. Then complete the setup by clicking on the buttons Install e end.

Now, insert the disk you want to play into the drive connected to your computer and drag the folder VIDEO_TS of the DVD, which you can reach by clicking on thediskette icon in the left column of File Explorer, in the right part of the program window that in the meantime has opened on the desktop.

Playback of the disc will start automatically and the DVD will be visible in the left part of the window. At the bottom (always on the left) you will also find the various commands for managing playback and the button to enable full screen display (the square with arrows).

PotPlayer (Windows)

For those who don't just want a program to read DVDs but an all-in-one media player capable of playing almost any type of video file in the world, as an alternative to the solutions mentioned at the beginning of the article, there is PotPlayer. It is a free software only for Windows that offers a wide range of advanced features, not found even in the most famous paid players, which allow you to edit video and audio in real time during playback.

To download PotPlayer on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the button 64bit DOWNLOAD (if you are using Windows a 64 bit) or on that 32bit DOWNLOAD (if you are using Windows a 32 bit). When the download is complete, open the file .exe ottenuto e, nella finestra che compare sul desktop, clicca sul pulsador Yes. Then press on the buttons OK, forward e Acceptanchor your forward and, finally, press the buttons Install e end. If you are also offered the installation of additional codecs, you agree to this and follow the related setup procedures.

Now, insert the DVD you want to play into the player connected to your PC and drag its icon (Quella with il diskette) found in the left sidebar of File Explorer in the PotPlayer window that appears on the screen. When playback is started, you can enable full screen view (if you wish, of course) by clicking on the button with the square and the four arrows present at the top right. In the lower part of the window, however, there are all the commands to manage the playback of the disc.

IINA (macOS)

Are you using a Mac and none of the DVD reading programs I have already told you about convinced you? Then try IINA: it is a free media player, open source and working only on Mac that allows you to play DVDs, video files of various formats and even online movies. It is sufficiently light and minimal but, at the same time, highly performing.

To download it, connect to the program's website and click on the button Download. Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg obtained and move theicon of IINA in the Applications folder of macOS, then right click on it, choose the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri, so as to bypass the macOS restrictions for programs that come from non-certified developers (this is only necessary at the first start).

Now, insert the DVD you want to watch into the player connected to your Mac and select the name of the latter in the IINA window on the desk. Once the playback has started, you can use the controls at the bottom of the screen to pause the video, go back and forth between chapters, raise and lower the volume, etc.