Blu Ray playback - what can I do?

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  1. Kabir8 macrumors regular

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    So I was under the impression that my iMac was able to play Blu-Ray discs.
    Needless to say I forgot I read the statement by Jobs about Blu-Ray, but I bought a movie anyway since I got a good deal on amazon.

    Now I did some research and I see a system where a guy RIPS the blu ray disc in Windows (bootcamp) and then plays it in OS X.

    Problem is: I try to rip it with Any DVD on Windows, but it keeps ejecting on me. So I'm not sure if its an issue with registering the software (I have an active trial)
    or if its just IMPOSSIBLE to do without an external Blu Ray player.

    I'm sure someone here has figured out a solution of sorts.
    Looking for some answers - help is appreciated.
     
  2. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

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    The Mac SuperDrive is a DVD drive. It's impossible without an external Blu-Ray drive.
     
  3. Kabir8 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, se lets say I go get a Blu Ray player for around $100.

    What do I need to connect it?

    Mini-Display to HDMI? Isn't that something I must order online? Apple doesn't make these do they? (can't find it)
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Ripping is best done with MakeMKV for OS X. Playback is with VLC, MPlayer OS X Extended, Plex (my favorite) or XBMC.

    You can play Blu-ray discs under OS X if you have MakeMKV and use its streaming server with VLC. You won't get the menus, just the titles (which are enigmatic).
     
  5. rnelan7 macrumors 6502

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    You could always purchase a sata blu ray drive and put it in an enclosure. Do that and use MakeMKV to get it onto your computer. It will take around 40 minutes to do that then use VLC, Plex or Boxee to play it. Blu rays are very big file sizes so unless you have a ton of storage don't plan on importing every blu ray you see.
     
  6. Kabir8 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, is this a method only usable with a BD player or are you telling me I can do this with my superdrive? Because it just spits out Blu-Ray discs no matter what I have running

    I just need to get this clear before I invest in any hardware.

    Are you suggesting Ripping off an external BD player and then viewing on OS X rather than playing live off a player connected to OS X (or Windows Bootcamp)
     
  7. rtrt macrumors 6502a

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    superdrive is cd and dvd only. there's no native blu ray capable superdrive.
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    No, you need a Blu-ray computer drive, not a Blu-ray Disc set-top player. I have a 5.25" LG HD-DVD/Blu-ray burner/DVD burner/CD burner in a BYTECC external FW400/USB2 enclosure.

    You cannot rip or even connect a Blu-ray Disc player to a computer. You need a stand-alone Blu-ray drive in an enclosure, such as these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145064

    You don't need Windows, just get MakeMKV for OS X.
     
  9. Kabir8, Dec 9, 2010
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