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How to Enable Chromebook to Play Video DVDs

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Chromebook laptop is a new type of online computing thin client based on Google Chrome OS, only workable after being connected to the Internet. You are supposed to operate all web-based APPs or surf the Internet through Chrome browser, with all related source materials stored in the cloud. However, Chromebook does not have any Windows or Mac applications. It even doesn't have an internal DVD drive due to relatively smaller hard drive capacity, which means you can not directly play DVD on Chromebook.

While it is possible to connect an external USB DVD drive to a Chromebook, you cannot currently watch DVD movies with Chrome OS. Unlike simple movie file formats that you might find online, playback of DVD Video on Chromebook requires special decoding software and codecs to work. Google has not licensed this software and included it with Chrome OS, although, it should be possible for third party companies to write DVD video player software for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Considering that no Chrome OS devices ship with DVD hardware, it is unlikely that Google will license DVD Video software and include it in Chrome OS.

Of course, it would be possible to watch video DVD movies on Chromebook using crouton along with software like VLC, but this requires switching your Chromebook into developer mode and installing a secondary operating system, something that is not recommended for everyday Chromebook users.

In fact, it is easy to watch DVD video on Chromebook without quality loss as long as you got a DVD Ripping tool like EaseFab DVD Ripper in hand. This program can professionally rip DVD to Chromebook supported video format with fast speed and excellent output quality. It will help you remove all the restrictions of DVD, like CSS, Region, RCE, Sony ARccOS and PuppetLock. If you're a Mac user, you can turn to EaseFab DVD Ripper for Mac (Yosemite included), which has the same function as the Windows version. Just download the right program and follow the easy steps to complete the whole conversion in just a few clicks.

Download free trial of the DVD to Chromebook Converter:

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How to convert DVD to Chromebook compatible format

Converting DVD to Chromebook with EaseFab DVD Ripper is simple as ABC. After downloading, follow the wizard to install and run the program. Then follow the steps below to rip DVD to Chromebook playable videos in a few clicks! The below guide takes DVD Ripper for Windows (Windows 8/8.1/10 compatible) screenshots for example.

Step 1. Add DVD movies

Insert the DVD disc into your computer's DVD drive and click the "Load DVD" button on the top left to select and load the DVD movies you want to play on your Chromebook. ISO and IFO files are also supported. After the movies are loaded, you can preview them on the right viewing window and adjust volume or take snapshots freely.

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Step 2. Choose MP4 as output for Chromebook

Click "Profile" box and move mouse cursor to "HD Video" category, select MP4-HD as the output format.

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Tip: If you're not satisfied with the result videos. You can click the Settings button beside Profile to set bitrate, frame rate, codec, channels, sample rate, etc to adjust parameters that affect video quality and file size for the video you prefer. Please remember the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Step 3. Start ripping DVD to Chromebook

Click "Browse" to determine the destination file you want to save the converted DVD movie. And then hit the "Convert" button to realize DVD to Chromebook conversion. After that, hit "Open" to find the generated movie and transfer it to your USB stick.

How to play ripped video on Chromebook

First plug the USB stick to your Chromebook. By default, Chromebook uses the built-in media player to play audio and video files. Just simply double-click the target video file in Files app and now you can enjoy DVD on Chromebook offline!

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