VLC Media Client

How Can I Watch Blu-Rays on My Mac?

Blu-Ray Disc

Episode 1816

Anne from Laguna Woods, CA

Anne has a large collection of Blu-ray discs that she'd like to watch on her MacBook. How can she do that? Leo says that the Mac doesn't support the copy protection scheme that blu-ray uses. What you can try though, is VLCMedia Client. You'll need to install a library called LibBluRay. It'll help you get beyond the copy protection barrier. You can install a program called MakeMKV after VLC. It'll decrypt the blu-ray. Also check out this iMore article.

How Can I Install a DVD Onto My Tablet and Still Have Menus?

DVD

Episode 1786

Brian from West Hartford, CT

Brian has a bunch of DVD files that he'd like to install onto his tablet, and still keep the DVD structure with menus, etc. Leo says it's really easy to do. He could copy the DVD as an ISO file but then would need a player that would understand that. VLC could help do all that. But it also depends on what tablet he is using it for. Infuse for iOS says it can do it. But Leo doesn't know if it will show the menus or just play the video. Most people just convert the video directly and install that on the tablet without the videos.

How Can I Copy a DVD?

VLC Media Player

Episode 1769

William from Santa Clarita, CA

William wants to make a video and use iMovie to edit it and post it online. But how? Leo says the issue isn't what editor you use, but how you host it. Leo recommends hosting it on YouTube. It's free. It's ideal if you don't know video. How to share it? You can embed it to your website or provide a link for the viewer to watch. 

How can I rip DVDs to my hard drive?

Handbrake

Episode 1754

Steve from Riverside, CA

Steve uses PLEX to stream his home media. He's got over 400 movies on his hard drive. But his DVDs have VOB files on them. How does he rip them so he can add them to his PLEX system? Leo says that what you want on your hard drive is the movie itself. Not necessarily the VOB file. But PLEX should be able to read it. A far easier thing to do is to use Handbrake to convert your DVD movies to MP4 files. You may also need VLC Media Client.

What is the Best Format for Playing Videos with Plex?

Plex

Episode 1648

Jason from Cooper, TX

Jason is ripping DVDs and he wants to know how to convert them to use PLEX on the Roku. Leo says to convert using HEVC H.265. While it won't give quality better than the original, it will look as good as it can get. To encode, Leo recommends Handbrake.FR and VLCMedia Client. Regardless of what encoder Jason uses, though, he should make sure to use HEVC H.265

Is there a chatroom for tech questions?

VLC Media Player

Episode 1647

Paul from Louisville, Kentucky

Paul would like to know if there are chatrooms for tech questions? Leo says that the TWiT IRC Client runs 24/7. It's a general chat focused around Leo's radio show and podcast. But you can ask questions there, too. And there are IRC chat threads for just about any topic in the world. Just do a google search for "IRC (topic here)." Or (topic) Chat Channels.  Another option is a Dischord chat. 

How can I watch PAL DVDs on my TV?

Episode 1519

Paul from Los Angeles, CA

Paul would like to rip DVDs and then put it on a 128GB thumbdrive so that his kids don't trash his DVDs. Leo says that's a great idea and you can use both Handbrake and VLC Media Client to do it. But how does he convert a DVD that's PAL? Leo says that the DVD is probably region coded to prevent you from watching a DVD from another country here in the US. The first time you play the DVD, it sets the Region code. But there are DVD players that don't do it. There's also a few back doors that respond to a certain number of remote button presses to unlock them.

Why can't my computer play back a video?

VLC

Episode 1391

David from San Bernadino, CA

David got a new laptop and now he's having trouble inserting videos into power point presentations that he's built. Leo says David probably needs to have the right codec for those videos. It keeps looking for them.

He should download and install VLC Media Client. That will install all the codecs David is missing. KLite Codec Pack from Codec Guide is another option, but he should try VLC first.

How can I show my photos on my 4K TV?

Synology DiskStation

Episode 1345

Bernie from Colorado

Bernie scanned all his slides and has them stored on his NAS, as well has having burned them onto Blu-ray discs. Is there a way to play ISOs on his 4K TV? Bernie will probably need a media server running Kodi.

The chatroom says that Synology Disc Station manager has the ability to mount virtual drives in File Station. Then he can use DSPhoto to play it back. VLC works with it as well. Windows 10 can also cast to the XBox One. There's plenty of ways to do it.

Why did my Quicktime file play sideways on Windows 7?

Episode 1238

Joe from Van Nuys, CA

Joe's Quicktime movie files were playing sideways on Windows 7. He upgraded to Windows 10 and now it plays properly. Leo says it's likely that the video was shot on a mobile phone in portait mode and the previous version of windows couldn't read the metadata for the accelerometer in the phone. Now, with Windows 10, it can read that data and adjust the image properly. If it happens again, Leo suggests using VLC Media Player to rotate it.