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Play Disc

Select the Play Disc Menu option to play the currently inserted Blu-ray, DVD or CD. You can choose to display this option on either the Classic Home or Plugins window in Configuration > Plugins Play Disc.

Disc Playback

You may select or change autoplay options, codecs, language, subtitle aspect ratios and many more settings for Blu-ray Playback, see:


Of course, you may never need to select Play Disc since the settings you select in Configuration > DVD Discs/Images > Autoplay will normally ask if you wish to play any disc inserted.

However, you may disable autoplay and use the Play Disc option instead.

Image Files

You can also play Blu-ray, DVD or CD image files if you have configured Virtual Drive to use Daemon Tools or Virtual CloneDrive. Then you play the files using the Videos feature of MediaPortal.

  • You don't need to start the image tools along with MediaPortal. They will be executed on-demand and on-the-fly within MediaPortal, transparently.
  • Images are visible in Videos Shares view and can be processed as regular video files. Movie info can be also added to the video database (using or the context menu item for IMDb lookup.
  • Sometimes, mounting images can take some time. If it exceeds the timeout (10 seconds), a new dialog (OK/Cancel) appear to ask if you wish to Keep trying for a further 60 seconds?

Native Blu-ray support

MediaPortal can play most of your Blu-ray discs, including the menus, extras, etc!

Development will still be ongoing because BD-J (Blu-ray Java discs) aren't supported (yet... under 1.16 Final version) but for now you can enjoy the best video and audio quality right within MediaPortal, without the need of an external video player (like PowerDVD or TotalMedia Theatre) or a separate Blu-ray player.

Limitations (under 1.16 version)

  • BD-J based menus aren't supported - all BD-J based Blu-ray discs need to be played in Title based mode.
  • Text based subtitles aren't supported - only a small minority of Blu-ray discs seems to use text-based subtitles.
  • MediaPortal now fully supports playing unencrypted Blu-ray discs (with the exception of BD-J discs using Java menus - for which MediaPortal will display a list of Titles for the user to access instead of displaying the Java menus). If the user wishes to play a commercial disc, then they will need to use a 3rd party on-the-fly decrypter such as AnyDVD HD or DVDFab Passkey Lite.
  • Windows Vista (or above) is needed for this feature to work. This is because the EVR Renderer is used, which only works software based in Windows XP.
  • LAV Video + VC-1 interlaced video does not work with Software Decoding.
  • 3D Blu-ray movies aren't supported (yet). Libbluray needs to fully support this before it will work with MediaPortal's internal player.

For full menu support :

  • It's needed to install 1.16 Final version along with the newest 32 bit version of the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or at least the one confirmed working 7 and/or 8 (current link :
  • BD-J (Java support for bluray) was added in this version (not all BD-J can be played but most of them), that means that menu access/navigation should now work for almost all Blu-Rays.


So what does this feature actually do? Well, it replaces your stand-alone Blu-ray player, since (if your Blu-ray disc is supported) you can simply play it from inside MediaPortal (using a Blu-ray drive connected to your computer). When you play the disc, you'll see the same menu as if you were playing the disc with a separate Blu-ray player. It will show you the Root Menu on start-up, you can select a chapter to watch, you can set your preferred Audio and Subtitle language and it even supports the Popup Menu!

Menu or Title Play Mode

As soon as you play the disc, the Select play mode window will be displayed:

  Tip Selecting Menu will show the Blu-ray Root menu where you can configure audio and subtitle language before playing the movie.

Note: BD-J menus are not yet supported.   It is also possible to start the movie by selecting a Title track. Titles are a kind of movie playlists where several video stream files are combined into a feature movie. In most cases, the topmost Title will correspond to the main feature of the disc. However, if there is more than one version of the main title on the disc (ex. separate Theatrical and Unrated cuts of a movie) or additional features such as long-running documentaries, then you may need to lookup the advertised lengths of the movie to determine which Title you are interested in. If there are several Titles with the same length they may differ in available audio or subtitle tracks.

Here you select if you want the disc to start with the Menu (option 1), or play the Title (option 2, which is the Main Movie on the disc). Additionally you can choose Select from all titles to select a specific Title/Chapter from the Main Movie on the disc. Normally you start the disc with option 1, but if your Blu-ray has a Java Menu (BD-J disc) then this won't work (as stated in the limitations above). BD-J discs can still play the movie (by selecting option 2 or 3) but you won't have Menus.

Root Menu

So let's continue and select option 1 here, because we want to see the Menu:

And there it is! Just as on a normal Blu-ray player, you can select any option here. In case of this Blu-ray disc (Music Concert), you can play the entire concert (Play Program), play a specific part from the concert (Act One or Two), check the extras (What Happens in Vegas...) or select SetUp, which lets you select the audio and subtitle language to use.

Context Menu

While playing the disc, you can bring up the Context Menu by pressing . Here you can change the usual settings.

Select option 5 to go to the Root Menu of the disc.

Popup Menu

Some Blu-ray discs have a Popup Menu from where you can access most options of the Root Menu while still playing the movie in the background. Select option 6 from the Context Menu to access the Popup Menu.


You can also select a chapter (option 7 from the Context Menu).

So, to sum it all up: Just start playback, select Menu (unless you have a BD-J disc, then you select the Title) and enjoy the highest quality of video and audio on your MediaPortal system!

Resume option (works in Title Mode only!)

When you resume playback of a Blu-ray Disc in Videos, you'll be presented with a popup:

Select Play video from beginning to start playback from the beginning in Title Mode (skipping the Blu-ray Root Menu).

Select Resume playback from ... to resume playback in Title Mode (skipping the Blu-ray Root Menu).

Close the Popup by pressing or Back on your remote, to be presented with the Menu/Title selection popup.


During testing of this new Feature, the Blu-ray Compatibility List was populated. This list (if your disc is on it) should tell you if the Menu will work or not. If you have a problem with a disc, and it's not on the Blu-ray Compatibility List, then you can report it to the team in the MediaPortal 1 Forums. To investigate the problem, the team might need you to provide a sample of your disc.


If you get the error message Unable to play index.bdmv when playing a Blu-ray disc it is most likely an encrypted disc. See Limitations.

Blu-ray and DVD Keyboard Shortcuts

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