This HOWTO will probably work in Debian Squeeze, but the system I used was running Wheezy. Hopefully this HOWTO won’t be necessary long, but until then, it’s a very good way to watch blurays on your Linux system. This will also work for Mac and Windows, with some changes, but this is strictly a Debian Testing HOWTO.
There are various ways to do what we need to do. Some require you to rip the bluray first and then watch the resulting MKV. I found that this took 15 minutes or so on my 8-core system. However, there is another method which uses a program called makemkv and pipes the output to VLC using a network stream. I found this method on the web but found that some of the links were screwed up, so I couldn’t use it directly. After some searching, I found the script I was looking for and edited it slightly. For your convenience, I’m rewriting the HOWTO and including the files all here.
First of all, create a folder called makemkv in your home directory. You can use a different location if you prefer but for simplicity we’ll put it in our home directory.
Change into that directory and grab two zipped tarballs from the makemkv author. Then extract them.
cd ~/makemkv wget http://www.makemkv.com/download/makemkv_v1.7.2_bin.tar.gz wget http://www.makemkv.com/download/makemkv_v1.7.2_oss.tar.gz tar xvf makemkv_v1.7.2_bin.tar.gz tar xvf makemkv_v1.7.2_oss.tar.gz
Yes you need both the bin and the src.
Make sure you have some dependencies.
sudo apt-get install build-essential libc6-dev libssl-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libqt4-dev curl vlc
In other HOWTOs, the curl dependency isn’t mentioned. You need curl for the script we will download later.
Next compile and installed the two packages.
cd makemkv_v1.6.12_oss make -f makefile.linux sudo make -f makefile.linux install cd ../makemkv_v1.6.12_bin make -f makefile.linux sudo make -f makefile.linux install
Finally download and run playBluRay.sh. I gzipped it so the site wouldn’t complain about the file type. Just gunzip it and execute it.
It will run makemkvcon to decrypt the bluray and setup a stream on port 51000 of your computer. Then it will start vlc using the network stream. It may take a few moments to load it all.
Note that sometimes a bluray won’t play correctly even with this method or you may see a behind the scenes segment before the movie. I had this problem on my Rambo bluray.