Blu-Ray Best way?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Washac, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Thinking about adding a BluRay drive to my Mac Pro for burning etc.

    Couple of questions.

    What is the best easiest way to go, internal/external ?

    Would I just need to update Toast ?
  2. KaraH macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    Toast has a plugin to use blu-rays, although I have not used toast for more than DVDs yet. If you want to watch a blu-ray movie there is a program called blu-ray player. I use an external on my iMac right now so I am not sure how it would compare to using it in the internal bay in the pro (since you are limited by the drive's speed).
  3. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    vlc can now play blurays with a couple plugins. You can also rip blurays with those same plugins and a free app named "handbrake"
  4. g4sean macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2011
    i have an lg BluRay burner in my mac pro 2009, i use make mkv to copy the blu ray and use encore to put it back in to a blu ray file and use toast with the plug in for blu ray. Works super good, use it all the time.

  5. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Aurora makes great software that can both rip & burn Blu-Ray
  6. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I have an LG internal.

    I use Make MKV for some blu-rays and Pav tube for others..

    I have toast 10 Ti which has no issue burning blu-ray. I don't watch blu-rays until after they are ripped but Mac Blu-Ray Player does work
  7. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I ordered an internal LG blu ray drive for my 2008 model, along with a PATA converter so I could replace my DVD drive (which doesn't burn some media anymore). However, burns either erred off or locked up the computer.

    The drive put into a different computer where I could use SATA worked fine, so it is the adapter.

    I'm going the route of an eSata card, and an external enclosure, to see how that works. These extra parts are on order.

    I didn't want to go through the effort of trying to access the extra SATA ports on my Pro. If you are willing to do this, or have drive bay ports available, then that is probably the way to go for internal use.
  8. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    OP, your title rhymes. :cool:


    It's super easy. You just have to take out the fan, which takes 20 seconds. There is only 1 screw holding it, which is easily accessible.

    Just route any SATA cord from the ODD port to the Optical bay through the small hole. I would run 2 SATA cords and use 1, just in case you might want to use an SSD for your OS so you can have 4 bays up for use.
  9. d-m-a-x macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    I just got a 2nd blu ray burner. Both are internal, in the drive bays and plugged straight into the motherboard. I tried to get pata sata adaptors, but the ends were female instead of male doh!. I use them for archiving finished projects - having two going at the same time speeds things up. They conflict a little because of the way they are plugged in, so i use one in the finder and one in toast.
    Just burned a bunch of stuff and erased from the hard drives... lots of room now. Just as long as you store the discs in a dark and dry place they will last a very long time
  10. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas

    I just (month ago) bought a 14x LG Writer (internal) from NewEgg for $55 shipped, and then bought a Other World Computing, Optical External Case, 4 connection version for $100.

    esata was extremely slow on ODD ports with Mac Pro 1,1 = 9 MB/s read times

    FW800 was extremely fast with Mac Pro 1,1 = 27 MB/s read times

    haven't tried USB2 or FW400 but I don't care, it's really nice and fast, for how much data it's pushing...

    Good Luck...
  11. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    Would love to know more about that!
  12. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    Get the new version of VLC, then go here:

    Follow the directions (just put the file in the right directory).

    After that, handbrake and VLC just magically work. I have only tested a few blurays, it didn't work with Cabin in the Woods but it worked with all 3 of the new Batmans and a few TV shows on Bluray.
  13. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006

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