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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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Mac mini and external blu Ray hard drive

Is it possible to connect an external blu ray hard drive and watch blu ray films to all the new 2012 mac mini's. If so, is it then possible to download blu ray films to the mac mini's and watch then from the internal or external hard drives?

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I presume that most apple users use this download?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I presume that most apple users use this download?
Yep. As far as I know it's the only program for Mac that can rip blue rays
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:55 AM   #5
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what about handbrake? isn't that the go-to movie ripper?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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what about handbrake? isn't that the go-to movie ripper?
Handbrake can do encrypted DVDs, but not blue rays. The normal practice is to rip the raw MKV file with MakeMKV then transcode it down to a more reasonable size with Handbrake.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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can you recommend any external bd drives for the Mac?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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can you recommend any external bd drives for the Mac?
Depends on what you want. There are externals that burn CD/DVD but also play BD and externals that burn CD/DVD and play/burn BD. If you want aesthetics then you can get a low-profile ready-made external, if you want cheap then grab an LG or ASUS and external enclosure from Newegg (go Newegg for any of the above).
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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I have a USB lg one was about 100 burns BD as well as CD & DVD works well too I would recommend it.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 06:30 PM   #10
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Since Blu-ray movies often use 23.976fps, you should know these bugs related to the Intel HD4000:

1 The Intel HD3000 and HD4000 have a 23.976fps and a 23.976HZ bug.

2 A issue with creating/saving/maintaining the correct brightness levels (0-255 vs. 16-235) and or EDID overrides.

3 And of course the biggest new bug introduced in Ivy Bridge is the failure with certain 1080i50 streams (look in the graphics area). Especially the last one makes it currently unusable for users having the appropriate kind of premium content (mostly live-TV).

Thunderbolt and hdmi and the other connections are affected by the bugs listed above, since it is the chip itself.

Just google the problems...

Edit: Look at the post-time from priorypcclinic above my post. The posting
time from his post is: Today. 12:41 PM
My Posting is from.. : Today. 06:30 PM

What is wrong?

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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Edit: Look at the post-time from priorypcclinic above my post. The posting
time from his post is: Today. 12:41 PM
My Posting is from.. : Today. 06:30 PM

What is wrong?
I'm not getting what you are seeing time wise. What am I missing here?
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 01:49 AM   #12
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Depends on what you want. There are externals that burn CD/DVD but also play BD and externals that burn CD/DVD and play/burn BD. If you want aesthetics then you can get a low-profile ready-made external, if you want cheap then grab an LG or ASUS and external enclosure from Newegg (go Newegg for any of the above).
so you are saying they are all working? My question was more focused on drivers etc., not design ;-)
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I'm not getting what you are seeing time wise. What am I missing here?
His time of posting is later than yours or mine. But i saw his post before i even has writen mine!
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so you are saying they are all working? My question was more focused on drivers etc., not design ;-)
Drivers? Have we stepped back in time?
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His time of posting is later than yours or mine. But i saw his post before i even has writen mine!
Not really. 12pm is noon. Then it goes to 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, etc.

12am is midnight.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 02:25 AM   #16
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For watching Blu-rays on a Mac, there is now much simpler than the old MakeMKV route : Macgo Blu-ray Player for Mac, which works with any external Blu-ray drive.
Its only drawback is that it does not read Blu-ray disks menus, but neither does MKV.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 02:37 AM   #17
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What about just playing BluRay movies?

I'd only rip something if I was to put it on a laptop or iPad.
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Its only drawback is that it does not read Blu-ray disks menus, but neither does MKV.
It also requires Internet access. I'm not entirely clear on what it is doing.

I understand you might not see that as a drawback, but others might.
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