Can the SMPlayer actually play DVDs without codecs? See the installation of the libdvdcss library.
SMPlayer play DVDs without codecs
SMPlayer is a media player that can play DVDs. There is however a catch to this. It may require codecs to be installed in order to play them properly. Noe some DVDs use encryption or copy protection, which requires codecs to decrypt the video and audio streams. In order to play a DVD without codecs. You can install the libdvdcss library, which is a software library that can decrypt DVDs. You can also look at the GOM Player codecs needed article or download GOM player as well.
What is the libdvdcss?
Note that libdvdcss is a free and open-source library that is used to decrypt DVDs. It is primarily used by media players such as VLC and SMPlayer to play encrypted DVDs on a computer. The library is able to bypass the encryption and copy protection on DVDs, allowing the media player to read and play the video and audio streams.
The library was developed by the VideoLAN project, the same organization that developed VLC media player. It is available for multiple operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is also included in many Linux distributions by default, or can be easily installed using the package manager.
It’s important to note that in some countries, the usage of this library is restricted by laws. The user should be aware of the local laws before using the library. You can also see the AVI file cant play in DIVX or Windows issues.
How to install the libdvdcss
To install libdvdcss on Linux systems, you can use the package manager of your distribution. For example, on Ubuntu, you can use the command:
sudo apt-get install libdvd-css-dev
On Windows and Mac, you can download the precompiled version of libdvdcss and install it. Also, some SMPlayer version has a built-in feature to download the codecs and install them automatically.
Once you have installed the codecs, you should be able to play DVDs in SMPlayer without any issues. Additionally, it’s recommended to check that your SMPlayer is up to date, to ensure the best compatibility with the codecs and your operating system. Note that Codec Sniper checks the codec conflicts only.