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DVD, also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc, is an optical disc storage media format used for video and data storage.
If you wish to play encrypted DVDs, you must install the libdvd* packages:
opticalgroup to be able to access the DVD drive. To add
opticalgroup, run the following:
# gpasswd -a USERNAME opticalDo not forget to log the user out and back in for the changes to take effect. You can see your user's current groups with
See also: List_of_Applications#Video_Players
MPlayer is efficient and supports a wide variety of media formats (i.e. almost everything). To play a DVD with MPlayer:
$ mplayer dvd://N
...where N is the desired chapter number. Start at 1 and work up if unsure.
/dev/dvd by default. Tell it to use
/dev/sr0 with the
dvd-device option at the command line, or the
dvd-device variable in
To play a DVD image file:
$ mplayer -dvd-device movie.iso dvd://N
To enable the DVD menu use (NOTE: you use arrow keys to navigate and the Template:Keypress key to choose):
$ mplayer dvdnav://
To enable mouse support in DVD menus use:
$ mplayer -mouse-movements dvdnav://
To find the audio language, start MPlayer with the
-v switch to output audio IDs. An audio track is selected with
-aid <audio_id>. Set a default audio language by editing
~/.mplayer/config and adding the line
alang=en for English.
With MPlayer, the DVD could be set to a low volume. To increase the maximum volume to 400%, use
softvol-max=400. The startup volume defaults to 100% of software volume and the global mixer levels will remain untouched. Using the 9 and 0 keys, volume can be adjusted between 0 and 400 percent.
alang=en softvol=yes softvol-max=400
Default in GNOME
Copy the system desktop file to the local one (local .desktop files supersede the global ones):
cp /usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
Define its mime types (known playback file type abilities) by doing:
sed -i 's|^Mimetype.*$|MimeType=video/dv;video/mpeg;video/x-mpeg;video/msvideo;video/quicktime;video/x-anim;video/x-avi;video/x-ms-asf;video/x-ms-wmv;video/x-msvideo;video/x-nsv;video/x-flc;video/x-fli;application/ogg;application/x-ogg;application/x-matroska;audio/x-mp3;audio/x-mpeg;audio/mpeg;audio/x-wav;audio/x-mpegurl;audio/x-scpls;audio/x-m4a;audio/x-ms-asf;audio/x-ms-asx;audio/x-ms-wax;application/vnd.rn-realmedia;audio/x-real-audio;audio/x-pn-realaudio;application/x-flac;audio/x-flac;application/x-shockwave-flash;misc/ultravox;audio/vnd.rn-realaudio;audio/x-pn-aiff;audio/x-pn-au;audio/x-pn-wav;audio/x-pn-windows-acm;image/vnd.rn-realpix;video/vnd.rn-realvideo;audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin;application/x-extension-mp4;audio/mp4;video/mp4;video/mp4v-es;x-content/video-vcd;x-content/video-svcd;x-content/video-dvd;x-content/audio-cdda;x-content/audio-player;|' ~/.local/share/applications/vlc.desktop
Then in System Settings > Details >> Default Applications and on the Video drop-down menu, select Open VLC media player.}}
Error "... could not open the disc /dev/dvd"
If you get the error, "vlc dvdread could not open the disc "/dev/dvd"" it may be because there is no device node
/dev/dvd on your system. Udev no longer creates
/dev/dvd and instead uses
/dev/sr0. To fix this edit the VLC configuration file (
# DVD device (string) dvd=/dev/sr0
A lightweight media player supporting DVD menus.
DVD drive is noisy
If playing DVD videos causes the system to be very loud, it may be because the disk is spinning faster than it needs to. To temporarily change the speed of the drive, as root, run:
# eject -x 12 /dev/dvd
# hdparm -E12 /dev/dvd
Any speed that is supported by the drive can be used, or 0 for the maximum speed.