If you are a DVD enthusiast, you must be very fond of VLC media player which is one of the most popular open source media players in the market. As a piece of free and open cross-platform multimedia player, VLC can play DVDs, CDs, VCDs and various popular digital media formats. However, it is not perfect! Many VLC users may encounter problems while playing DVD with VLC and they often complained that VLC won’t play DVD, even more they can’t find solutions for the problems in lacking the basic knowledge of VLC. Well, the reasons behind the problems vary, so you need to check the reasons based on your computer system and VLC player edition, or convert the DVD file to any other more popular digital formats. Next, I will introduce several solutions for your reference.

A basic Solution: Update VLC version and reset Preferences

If your VLC version is too old, then VLC will not play DVD. You can uninstall the older VLC version and update the newest version. After downloading and installing the newer version, just restart the VLC and usually it can play DVD again. Sometimes, it may help to solve the problems of VLC not playing DVD by setting preferences. After launching VLC, open “Media” menu at the top left corner, then select “Open Disc”, “Disc Selection” and “DVD”. When it is done, replay the DVD in VLC and it will work again.



A promising Solution: Use Leawo Blu-ray Player

Besides VLC, you can find lots of DVD player alternatives in the market. So the most simple way to solve the problem of VLC won’t play DVD is to use a professional DVD player. Here I will strongly recommend Leawo Blu-ray Player. As a 100% free and 6-in-1 media player software, Leawo Blu-ray Player contains all media playback solutions you need for your leisure entertainment, including Blu-ray, DVD, CD, HD (4K), MPEG, WMV and so on.


With advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Blu-ray Player provides you extraordinary movie playback and cinema-like experience. Furthermore, within Leawo Blu-ray Player, you could obtain the personalized settings according to your preference and all the settings could be done automatically.


Leawo Free Blu-ray Player 

☉ 100% free movie player for Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P and 720P video for free.

☉ Free Blu-ray disc player to play 4K Blu-ray disc and 1080P Blu-ray disc, regardless of disc protection and region code.

☉ Support multiple audio decoding systems like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.

☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.

An advanced Solution: Convert DVD into MKV with Leawo Blu-ray to MKV Converter

Also, you can convert DVD to MKV format which is compatible with VLC player. As a piece of powerful converting software, Leawo Blu-ray to MKV converter could help you to convert Blu-ray or DVD to MKV in 1:1 lossless quality with all original subtitles and audio tracks retained. The detailed steps are as follows.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray to MKV Converter and install it.

Step 2. Import the DVD on your computer to the program. You can click “Add Blu-ray/DVD” button at the top left of program interface or just drag the file directly to the main interface.


Step 3. Select the imported mode of DVD, including “Full Movie”, “Main Movie” and “Custom Mode”. Then click “OK” button to start importing the movie. “Full Movie” allows you to import all titles, and “Main Movie” only imports the longest title by default while you can freely choose titles under Custom Mode. Then click “OK” button to start importing the DVD file.


Step 4. Choose the subtitles and audio tracks. When the DVD movie has been imported, you can choose which subtitle and audio track you want to retain in the output MKV file.


Step 5. Click the green icon “Convert” at the top right corner of the main menu to start the conversion process. Before it starts, it will require you to choose the final “Save to” route.


Step 6. Click the icon “Convert” at the bottom to start the conversion process.



Also, if you are interested in converting DVD into different digital formats, there is Leawo DVD Ripper for your reference. It’s more powerful, more featured but a little bit more expensive. So when your VLC has problem playing DVDs, you can freely choose from the methods above. I’m sure one of them will help.