Can a C2D Mini support BluRay?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by godslabrat, May 15, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi all.

    I'm very tempted by the slick slot-loading BR burner for the Mini, even at $1k. But, I know that HD material requires a lot of horsepower and DRM appeasement to play properly. Plus, I know the Mini doesn't have the best GFX power apple has to offer.

    Is the Mini useful as a BR player? Or else, what is the sense of the drive?
     
  2. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

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    No. OS X doesn't have HDCP, so you can't play Blu-ray or HD DVD movies. That's okay, since physical media is dead for audiovisual purposes. It will burn data for backups with the appropriate software.
     
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    flopticalcube

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    I believe only under Windows. The software is not there (yet) for OSX. Using OSXBMC, it can play most 1080p videos.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Hahahaha. Ahahahahahahaha. Haaaaaahaaahahahahahaaaaaaa. Ha ha. Ha


    Ha ha.


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    I'm sorry, what?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I totally love people with a sense of humor. :rolleyes: Makes the forums so much more fun!

    So, I *CAN* use BR under Windows, but not OSX? Not quite what I was hoping for, but a reasonable compromise. Please tell me there's a way I can do it under XP, I'm in the process of de-Vistaing my house.
     
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    netdog

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    Physical media, i.e. tapes and DVDs, are dead. Great for cameras, but that's about it. BluRay disks will never hit the kind of numbers for films (rental and purchase) that tapes and DVDs did. The optical disc is going away and the tape is long gone as a format for distributing media.

    You probably reacted this way when the iMac came without a floppy too.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This argument has been done to death and I really don't want to get into it here. FWIW, I think the "end of physical media" has been greatly overstated, and I have a lot of reasons for liking BR. If you disagree, that's cool, but I'm not looking to be converted. :cool:
     
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    Sdashiki

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    Ive never seen anyone actually say physical media is dead.

    Honestly, what are you smoking?

    Magnetic/Digital is not as good as physical/analog for archival purposes.

    When the internet is down, where you gonna get your "media-less" media from?
     
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    DoFoT9

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    what about if you have mkv rips that have been passedthrough to .mov files?

    how would they play on a mini at HD?

    :confused: :rolleyes:
     

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