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HiFiGuy528
Aug 25, 2010, 09:03 AM
Anyone tried this?

http://www.amexdigital.com/Press_Release-E_BD-UG1%20Mac%20mini%20Blu-ray%20Drive%20Upgrade%20Kit.htm

http://www.amexdigital.com/Blu-ray-Drive-Upgrade-Kit.gif

http://www.amexdigital.com/Mac_mini_BD_Kit.gif



HiFiGuy528
Aug 25, 2010, 12:36 PM
hum... all the talk about BR on Macs, but yet no comments on this.:rolleyes:

WilliamG
Aug 25, 2010, 01:24 PM
That's cause nobody cares. There's no software to play back BDs on OS X. :)

Kebabselector
Aug 25, 2010, 01:52 PM
That's cause nobody cares. There's no software to play back BDs on OS X. :)

+1

Hellhammer
Aug 25, 2010, 01:55 PM
That's cause nobody cares. There's no software to play back BDs on OS X. :)

False. There is a way (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=841318) but it's not very simple. However, according to Cave Man, with some updates to MakeMKV and Plex, it could be press&play.

HiFiGuy528
Aug 25, 2010, 02:50 PM
the site that sells the drive saids "Direct playing the Blu-ray "HD Video Files" on Mac OSX with VLC media player".

Cave Man
Aug 25, 2010, 02:58 PM
the site that sells the drive saids "Direct playing the Blu-ray "HD Video Files" on Mac OSX with VLC media player".

That is correct, but they left out the requirement for Make MKV. Still need it to play Blu-rays from the discs - the "files" are the m2ts containers (i.e., no menus). It will be interesting to see if the Mini can play them, though, because you need a pretty beefy cpu to decode the video and extract the 5.1 cores at the same time. My quad-core hackintosh handles it just fine, but not my 1.83 gHz MacBook Air. The MBA plays the file just fine with Plex so long as you extract those audio tracks in advance (i.e., rip to disk without the HD audio). So the newest Minis may be able to do it.

cube
Aug 25, 2010, 03:01 PM
the site that sells the drive saids "Direct playing the Blu-ray "HD Video Files" on Mac OSX with VLC media player".

No menus, no BD-J, no BD-Live, no HD audio, no BD-3D.

MikeinJapan
Aug 26, 2010, 02:28 AM
I assume that you can still rip from it though and that is what I am interested in. If I am in the living room I can pop the BR in my BR player but if I am in the bedrooms, kitchen or study I can use plex if I can get the BR onto the mini in the first place.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Aug 26, 2010, 02:58 AM
Would this drive also work in the 2010 Mac mini?

abev
Aug 26, 2010, 05:18 AM
All I want to know is does it come with the cool Blu-ray sticker? ;0)