How To Watch DVD Movies On Samsung smart TV From Computer Hard Drive

The most important feature of a smart TV is the multimedia content steaming over the internet or local network. If you have a Samsung 4K SUHD / 4K UHD / LED smart TV and collect a lot of movie DVDs, you may want to consider ripping your DVDs to your computer hard drive and then streaming the DVDRIP files to your Samsung smart TV over your home network. Here I’ll show you how to do that:

Step 1: Rip and transcode your movie DVDs to HEVC/H.265 videos in the MP4 container format onto local hard drive.

Choose the HEVC/H.265 MP4 as the output because Samsung smart TVs support the HEVC/H.265 codec which is the successor of the H.264 which is the recognized efficient video encoder and claims to produce equivalent video quality using 25%-35% lower bit rates than the H.264.

To rip and convert movie DVDs to HEVC/H.265 videos, there are many paid DVD ripping applications that will help you do the job easily and quickly. However, If you don’t feel like paying for a ripper app, here is a free open-source solution: Handbrake + Kodi.

Handbrake is a free and open-source video transcoding application which is capable of converting DVDs to MP4 or MKV container formats. Handbrake has many values, such as friendly user interface, extremely fast conversion speed, plenty of video encoding options & settings allowing you to do the fine modulation of the output video, etc., but it can’t process the commercially produced DVD-Video discs which employ an encryption system like the CSS (content scramble system). When you have Handbrake to read an encrypted DVD, it will crash. So, how can we make Handbrake read the encrypted DVD successfully? Kodi (formerly XBMC), a free and open-source DVD playback application, will play a role here. Kodi is able to read and play commercial movie DVDs on your computer because it comes with a DLL file called libdvdcss, in theory, therefore, if we links Handbrake with the Kodi’s libdvdcss.dll file, Handbrake will read and load the encrypted DVD content. And it really is!

1. Go to the Handbrake and Kodi’s official websites, then download and install them on your computer.

2. Go to Kodi installation’s directory, open <INSTALL_ROOT>/system/players/dvdplayer, find the libdvdcss-2.dll file and copy it.

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3. Open Handbrake installation’s root directory, paste the libdvdcss-2.dll file and then rename it to libdvdcss.dll.

4. Run Handbrake, insert your DVD, select the MP4 container format and H.265 codec as the output and hit the Start button. As long as Handbrake can read and load the complete data of the DVD, you will succeed. If Handbrake still crashes during the disc reading, I suggest you download and install DVD43 or DVD Decrypter which are two free DVD decrypting programs on your computer, restart Handbrake and try again.

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Step 2: Stream the encoded HEVC/H.265 videos from local hard drive to your Samsung smart TV.

1. Download and install Samsung Smart View on your computer. Samsung Smart View is an app on your PC & mobile that allows you to stream photos, music and videos stored on your computer hard drive easily onto your Samsung Smart TV over your home network.

2. Turn on your Samsung smart TV and make sure it is connected to the same home network as your PC.

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3. Launch Samsung Smart View app and click on the “Connect to TV” button on the app’s screen, next select your smart TV, enter the 4-digit PIN number on your TV and click OK to establish connection between Samsung Smart View app and your TV.

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4. Once connected, in the open window click on the “Add Content” button, select all of your HEVC/H.265 video files encoded from your movie DVDs, and then click Open to add them into the app.

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5. Select a video file, click Play and it just starts playing on your TV screen.