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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 play disc setting in Configuration > Plugins enables you to choose whether the menu option is displayed in the Classic Home menu or the Plugins window in Configuration > Plugins Play Disc.

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Disc Playback

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

Various related settings are available:


Of course, you You may never need to select use the Play Disc since the settings you select in menu option if you enable autoplay (Configuration > DVD Discs/Images > Autoplay will normally ). When autoplay is enabled and you insert a disc, MediaPortal will ask if you wish to play any the disc inserted.

However, you may disable autoplay and use the Play



Image Files

You can also Installing and configuring a compatible Virtual Drive enables you to easily 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, transparentlywill transparently mount and unmount the image file as required.
  • 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 Image Removed or the context menu item for IMDb lookup.
  • Sometimes, mounting Mounting images can take some a little time. If it exceeds the timeout (10 seconds)takes longer than expected, a new dialog (OK/Cancel) will appear to ask if you wish to Keep trying for a further 60 seconds?want MediaPortal to keep trying to mount the image file.





MediaPortal can play most of should be able to play almost all 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 and extras - like any other Blu-ray player. This means you can enjoy the best Blu-ray 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)



Only a few caveats and limitations apply:

  • Playback of copy-protected Blu-rays requires the use of 3rd party decryption software 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 DecodingAttempting to play a copy-protected Blu-ray without decryption software will result in an Unable to play index.bdmv error message. Most popular/commercial Blu-rays are copy-protected.
  • BD-J menu support requires installation of a 32 bit version of the Oracle Java Runtime Environment. Get the latest version here.
  • 3D Blu-ray movies rays aren't supported (yet!). Libbluray needs to fully support this feature 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


  • we can add support for it.
  • Text based subtitles aren't supported. Only a small minority of Blu-ray discs seem to use text-based subtitles.
  • Resuming from where you were last watching only works in title-mode.
  • The LAV video codec is not able to soft-decode (DxVA disabled) VC-1 interlaced video.

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


Older versions of MediaPortal don't support some features such as BD-J menus


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. For best results please update to the latest version of MediaPortal.

Blu-ray Play Mode - Menu or Title

The Select play mode dialog will be displayed when you choose to play a Blu-ray:

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This dialog enables you to choose if you want to view the Menu(option 1) , or directly 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:

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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 useone of the titles.

Normally it's easiest to use menu mode. However, some Blu-rays don't have menus. Titles mode can also be used if MediaPortal fails to load/display the menu properly (please report such problems!).

The titles with the longest duration - which are likely to be the main movie titles on a movie Blu-ray - are listed first for your convenience. Additionally you can choose Select from all titles to select and view any title on the disc.

Context Menu

While playing the a disc , you can bring up the Context Menu by pressing . Here you can change the usual settings.A variety of options are available:

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.

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

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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:

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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 Image Removed 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.


Many of the options are common to regular Video Playback; others are specific to the type of disc you're playing.

Root Menu

The root menu (option 5) is the menu that's displayed when you start playing a DVD or select menu in the Blu-ray play mode dialog:

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You can navigate this menu just as you would with a commercial Blu-ray or DVD player.

Popup Menu

Some Blu-ray discs have a popup menu (option 6). Popup menus typically enable access to most of the settings available in the root menu without stopping the disc.

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You can select a chapter (option 7) to view:

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Previous Chapter

Next Chapter

Show Root Menu