Select the Play Disc Menu option to play the currently inserted Blu-ray, DVD or CD. You can choose to display this option on either the Classic Home or Plugins window in Configuration > Plugins Play Disc.
Of course, you may never need to select Play Disc since the settings you select in Configuration > DVD Discs/Images > Autoplay will normally ask if you wish to play any disc inserted.
However, you may disable autoplay and use the Play Disc option instead.
MediaPortal can play most of your Blu-ray discs, including the menus, extras, etc!
Development will still be ongoing because BD-J (Blu-ray Java discs) aren't supported (yet...) but for now you can enjoy the best video and audio quality right within MediaPortal, without the need of an external video player (like PowerDVD or TotalMedia Theatre) or a separate Blu-ray player.
So what does this feature actually do? Well, it replaces your stand-alone Blu-ray player, since (if your Blu-ray disc is supported) you can simply play it from inside MediaPortal (using a Blu-ray drive connected to your computer). When you play the disc, you'll see the same menu as if you were playing the disc with a separate Blu-ray player. It will show you the Root Menu on start-up, you can select a chapter to watch, you can set your preferred Audio and Subtitle language and it even supports the Popup Menu!
As soon as you play the disc, the Select play mode window will be displayed:
Here you select if you want the disc to start with the Menu (option 1), or play the Title (option 2, which is the Main Movie on the disc). Additionally you can choose Select from all titles to select a specific Title/Chapter from the Main Movie on the disc. Normally you start the disc with option 1, but if your Blu-ray has a Java Menu (BD-J disc) then this won't work (as stated in the limitations above). BD-J discs can still play the movie (by selecting option 2 or 3) but you won't have Menus.
So let's continue and select option 1 here, because we want to see the Menu:
And there it is! Just as on a normal Blu-ray player, you can select any option here. In case of this Blu-ray disc (Music Concert), you can play the entire concert (Play Program), play a specific part from the concert (Act One or Two), check the extras (What Happens in Vegas...) or select SetUp, which lets you select the audio and subtitle language to use.
Select option 5 to go to the Root Menu of the disc.
Some Blu-ray discs have a Popup Menu from where you can access most options of the Root Menu while still playing the movie in the background. Select option 6 from the Context Menu to access the Popup Menu.
You can also select a chapter (option 7 from the Context Menu).
So, to sum it all up: Just start playback, select Menu (unless you have a BD-J disc, then you select the Title) and enjoy the highest quality of video and audio on your MediaPortal system!
When you resume playback of a Blu-ray Disc in Videos, you'll be presented with a popup:
Select Play video from beginning to start playback from the beginning in Title Mode (skipping the Blu-ray Root Menu).
Select Resume playback from ... to resume playback in Title Mode (skipping the Blu-ray Root Menu).
Close the Popup by pressing or Back on your remote, to be presented with the Menu/Title selection popup.
During testing of this new Feature, the Blu-ray Compatibility List was populated. This list (if your disc is on it) should tell you if the Menu will work or not. If you have a problem with a disc, and it's not on the Blu-ray Compatibility List, then you can report it to the team in the MediaPortal 1 Forums. To investigate the problem, the team might need you to provide a sample of your disc.
If you get the error message Unable to play index.bdmv when playing a Blu-ray disc it is most likely an encrypted disc. See Limitations.
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