Blu-Ray Burner for Mac Pro!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ivo10, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Ivo10 macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I was hoping you could recommend me a Blu-Ray burner for my new Mac Pro.

    From what I've found, these are the top 2 choices:


    The second one is external - I prefer internal that I can drop into the Mac Pro. But it does have LightScribe - nice! Maybe there's something out there that is internal AND has LightScribe?

    Any recommendations? Who here has installed a blu-ray burner into their Mac Pro?
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
  3. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    I also agree, stick with the LG GBW-H20L or GGW-H20L. I use one and it works great. It can also be found on NewEgg for ~$150. Just run a SATA cable from the logic board up to the optical bay.
  4. Ivo10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2008
    Nice, thanks for the feedback. Has anyone had experience with the MCE model?
  5. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I didn't realize they had gotten so inexpensive! Can this actually burn a Blu-Ray disc, playable in a consumer Blu-Ray player? (FCE>Toast10>Blu-Ray)
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Okay... how many BR discs are you going to burn? Remember, a 25 pack of quality BR discs costs ~$80. BR is a waste of money IMHO. Each disc costs a fortune, disc burning hardware costs a fortune, disc reading costs a fortune. BR isn't like a Ferrari sports car compared to a Toyota. More like Honda compared to a Toyota.
  7. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Blu-Ray is mainstream and the right medium for 1080p quality video. Neither hard disk nor online or Flash are suitable for 12 GB video files. A pitty that Apple still cannot see the light.
  8. Zokim macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    New York
    I totally agree and this is what's keeping me from buying one myself. The media is just way too expensive for practical use. Unless you are making money from it, it's a waist.

    For the cost of 25 disks, you could get a 1tb hd.
  9. Bunsen Burner macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2006
    Hip. It's a hip...

  10. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    but the same was said back when DVD-R and later DVD-DL came out... Over time the prices will get lower...

    I remember paying > $250 for my first DVD burner and $200 for a pack of 50 blanks.

    As adoption picks up, and more and more computers come with the drives built in, the prices will drop....

    And some of us really NEED the space!
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Except you can't drop, submerge, or place an HDD in extreme conditions.
  12. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Yeah, for distribution of long run true HD video nothing is as cost effective as a Blu-Ray.

    One minute of high quality movie in H.264 takes 90 MB/min. If you burn a movie like "The dark Kight" which is currently broadcasting on Sky HD in Europe over Sky Cinema HD you need a 13,1 GB data carrier. If you burn a standard 90 min movie with the same quality you still need 8,1 GB. So standard movies can go on a DL-DVD for 1$. Two h + videos take BD-R which cost 3,5$. Still not very expensive.
  13. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Careful on the mcetech. Its eide/atapi, not sata.

  14. spoon2eric macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    Burning Blu-Ray...

    Just to actually answer the question asked... I've got a 10.6.1 Hackintosh (Gigabyte) with the LG WH10LS30 (SATA) that burns SL/DL Blu-Ray discs. I bought one DL Blu-Ray for $14 (Fry's) but I did not burn it yet. I'm using Toast 10.0.8, and have created (successfully) blu-ray movies and backup DVD's. Burning takes a VERY long time as my media is crap however, I think the prices are dropping enough as the LG drive is $109 @ (NewEgg)

    As far as playing the blu-ray discs on the mac, the drive will not, but I think with the correct software it might work (VLC???)..:confused:

    I also bought 25 SL Blu-Ray Discs for $24.99 @ Fry's. They had a $19.99 - 25pk, but couldn't find them (go figure).

    I would say that prices are just right for us "early adopters" and since we are not talking about GB, but TB serious HD Movie buffs or DSLR consumers need to start thinking about making the Blu-Ray upgrade. Heck, my old DVD Burner needed an upgrade and for $100 bucks replacing it with a faster DVD Burner + Blu-Ray Burner was a no-brainer.... :D :apple:
  15. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    What is the best solution for playing Blu-Ray video discs in Mac OS X? Is there one!? I am in the dark here...

    Can you even play Blu-Ray video under Mac OS X?

    Can you play it in VLC?

    Please help.

  16. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  17. codymac macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    There's not a good solution for playback in OSX.

    The options are pretty much:
    - use something like MakeMKV to rip the Bluray and play the ripped file
    - use MakeMKV to decode the Bluray on the fly and play it in another program like VLC

    See the following thread:
  18. michaeljthom macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010
    I have a similar setup (albeit running 10.5.8), with the same drive, and can't seem to burn anything. Have you had any success burning BD-R from Disk Utility, or perhaps even from FCP? I don't have Toast, and would rather not add an extra step, unless that's the only way to make it work.

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