Blu Ray (Files) on Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bbadalucco, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2009
    I'd like to purchase a mac mini and use it as an HTPC. In order to do so, I'd like to rip my blu ray collection to something compatable with the mac mini.

    Currently I have the following software:
    Blu Ray Drive
    AnyDVD HD
    Toast - On my MBP

    I'd like to rip the blu ray so that the video quality is the same, I'm not as worried about audio and I don't have much of a surround sound.

    IF I can get some help with this and figure it out I'll finally be able to move forward with my HTPC system.

    If anyone can layout some steps or point me in the right direction I'd appreicate it. I've read through the "Blu Ray to Apple TV Thread", but I"m looking to use a mac mini and 1080P.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Rankrotten macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2006
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I'd suggest you get the 2.26 gHz Mini. There some parts of some Blu-ray rips that are at very high bit rates (and some with variable frame rates) that really push the Mini. As mentioned above, get Plex (or XBMC).

    You'll have it simpler. Just use rip the Blu-ray disc with AnyDVD HD, then pass it through tsmuxer to downconvert the True-HD or DTS-HD audio to Dolby Digital or DTS. This will relax a lot of stress on your cpu in Plex because Plex won't have to transcode these on the fly. It also preserves the original video so there's no loss from the original disc.

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