Welcome to the AunPlayer test thread. This is the third in a series of tests I’ve conducted for Blu-ray playback using some of the lesser known software players that supposedly have support for commercial discs, as well as menu support. The earlier tests were done with Leawo Media Player and DVDFab Media Player.
AunPlayer is a bit different in that it is completely free to download and use. The AunPlayer is still in beta status, which is obvious once you start trying to use it. Thanks to philamber for letting us know about this player.
I downloaded the latest beta from the AunPlayer site: http://www.aunplayer.com/ Installation went smoothly into Windows 8.1.
The first Blu-ray movie I tried is the director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven. This is an older title, encoded with Mpeg2, and has been the easiest of my Blu-ray movies to play in various players. The AunPlayer could not find the menu. It only played the FBI warning, then the entire program froze up with a warning message in Chinese. This was not an auspicious start.
The second one I attempted has also been an easy one to play. This is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The AunPlayer does start playing the initial trailers, and commentary, but then shuts down without getting to the menu.
Blade Runner (Final Cut) was the next one up, and again, the AunPlayer could not find the menu. It did start playing the main movie, but you could not access the top menu once the movie started. And playback from the disc was terrible. It froze up on virtually every action sequence I played.
And the last commercial disc I tried was Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. This disc seems to give more problems than any other I have, and the AunPlayer was not immune. It starts the main movie and ignores the menu, but the playback freezes quite often. And it is impossible to turn off subtitles.