Problems watching DVDs with VLC or "Videos"

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anatom

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Hello everybody!

Since upgrading to Trisquel 8.0 I can't watch most of the DVDs I have. Although the discs are recognized and the autostart menu opens, VLC starts playing but in an instant stops again. The debug window doesn't show any messages. "Videos" starts a new window and immediately closes again. The two DVDs I can play with both VLC and "Videos" have in common that they don't use Dolby Digital 5.1

Does anybody have an idea how to save the problem?

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Are the DVDs encrypted using the DRM scheme CSS? (see https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/enable-dvd-playback , however I did not check if the instructions there still work right now)
If you already bypassed CSS, then I'm not sure what's wrong.

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As I have just replied to AdamHoles:

You can play DRM-defective DVDs on Trisquel. To do so, libdvdcss is required. It is free software, under the GNU GPL. https://code.videolan.org/videolan/libdvdcss hosts the code. However, Trisquel does not distribute the related libdvd-pkg package, probably because it is in Ubuntu's multiverse repository. You can download it from https://packages.ubuntu.com/xenial/all/libdvd-pkg/download and install it (by default, GDebi is installed and allows to simply double click on "libdvd-pkg_1.4.0-1-1_all.deb" in the file manager and then on a button to install).

After installing libdvd-pkg, it must be reconfigured (otherwise, libdvdcss is not actually built and installed), for instance by executing in a terminal:
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

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After installation of libdvdcss2, I can watch DVDs as usual.
Thank you, everybody!