MPlayer just very recently got support for playback of unencrypted Blu-Ray discs using libbluray. (Thanks to all the devs and testers! ) Apparently development for the library is being hosted on VLC’s git servers now, something I had no idea about. I thought the project was dead upstream.
I’m adding an ebuild for libbluray to the gentoo multimedia overlay if someone wants to access it. It’s something I plan on pushing into the mainline tree soon enough, once it’s properly finished.
If you are building MPlayer from SVN, it will automatically detect the new library, and build against it. You can use the -9999 ebuild in the portage tree.
To playback some of your Blu-Ray content, you will first need to extract it to your harddrive. I use MakeMKV, also in the multimedia overlay, to accomplish that.
Here’s a simple way using the CLI to dump the contents:
$ makemkvcon backup –decrypt disc:/mnt/bluray/ <location to dump content>
The syntax for playback is:
$ mplayer br:// -bluray-device <path to dumped content>
By default, it will play the longest playlist (I think). If you can get the list of playlists available, you can pass that as an optional parameter to br:// (fex: list_titles /home/steve/bluray/src; mplayer br://5 -bluray-device /home/steve/bluray/src).
libbluray also ships with a few example programs that do basic stuff like listing the titles (list_titles), dumping information about the playlists (mpls_dump), and a few more (sound_dump, index_dump, mobj_dump, libbluray_test, bdsplice, clpi_dump).
Have fun with it.