Blu-ray playback without ripping now available

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It looks like the latest release of MakeMKV has added live playback of Blu-ray discs:

    Edit: Here's how it's done:

    Insert a Blu-ray disc, then after it mounts in the Finder launch Make MKV 1.4.10 beta. After it reads the disc, click on the Open Disc icon and it starts decrypting the disc. This takes about 30 seconds to complete. You're then presented with a list of titles - find the largest as that's likely the movie. Next click on the Make MKV server icon to launch the server, then click on the http link in the server box. This opens a window in your web browser with something like this:

    This page is designed to be read by robots, not humans. For this it is a valid xhtml text document with a simple structure. Each page contains exactly one table that in turn contains name-value pairs which may point to other tables (web pages) or files to stream.
    This feature is experimental - discs that use seamless branching will likely not work.
    name value
    version MakeMKV v1.4.10 beta darwin(x86-release)
    titles /web/titles

    Click on '/web/titles' to get to the next window:

    name value
    type Blu-ray disc
    name Star Trek Disc 1
    titlecount 5
    title0 /web/title0
    title1 /web/title1
    title2 /web/title2
    title3 /web/title3
    title4 /web/title4

    In the case of Star Trek, title2 is the main feature. I click on the title2 link and then get this in a new Firefox tab:

    name value
    id 2
    duration 2:06:50
    chaptercount 14
    formatcount 2
    format0 m2ts
    file0 /stream/title2.m2ts
    format1 ts
    file1 /stream/title2.ts

    Click on the link /stream/title2.m2ts and a new tab opens in Firefox with the Quicktime icon. Copy the URL and then open VLC, choose File > Open Network and paste the URL into the box, hit return and the movie starts playing.

    I think there might be a plugin for Plex in the next day or two that will simplify this. Keep your fingers crossed.
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    There doesn't seem to be any way to play the disc. Must be a windows feature only.
  3. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It may be that it only unlocks (decrypt, de-HDCP) the disc. If you have Plex, can you see if you can open the m2ts movie file on the disc to see if you can play it back?
  4. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    The developer has a thread on the plex forums. I think a plug-in is needed for plex before this feature will work.
  5. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Holy crap, it works. It's a rather convoluted process but I was able to open the Blu-ray disc's m2ts file (Star Trek) with VLC and play it from the disc. I'll see if I can sort out the details in a meaningful way, but we can now play Blu-ray discs on Macs.
  6. roidy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    Just tried it under Windows and it works. But convoluted isn't what I'd call it, more like a bloody nightmare, could they have made it any more awkward. Luckily I've got AnyDVDHD to take care of my Blu-rays.
  7. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I've updated the first post with instructions on playing movies off of Blu-ray discs using VLC.
  8. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    This is obviously with your blu-ray drive correct?
  9. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

  10. northernmunky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2007
    London, Taipei
    I'm trying it, but I got:

    Streaming server started, web server address is http://#error or http://localhost:0
    Streaming server failed to start

    Anyone else get this?
  11. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It sounds like you have a network setting that is preventing the Make MKV server from serving. I would check your Network panel for this.
  12. northernmunky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2007
    London, Taipei
    Any idea what could block it from working?
  13. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Unfortunately, no. You might check your System Preferences Security/Firewall pane to see if you've got it blocked. If so, you probably need to open the firewall to the app.
  14. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Wow, how did I miss this? :eek:

    Confirmed working with an LG GGW-H20L. It's dropping frames on my dual 3.0, and subtitles don't appear to work, but it's a good step further.
  15. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

  16. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Now in Make MKV 1.5 is support for UPnP streaming mode. This could be the ticket for playback in Plex. I'll give it a try tonight.
  17. uraniumwilly macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2007
  18. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
    Loving the sound of this!!

    I suspect a BD disk reader is going to be forthcoming for my next holiday of choice :D
  19. tommylotto macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2004
    Looks like the free lunch is over. v1.5 only allows you to use it for 30 days then requires you to purchase a license. Beware before you install...

    However, I was finally able to use version 1.5 to watch a BD disk straight from the BD disk in streaming mode through Make MKV to VCL -- I usually got fatal errors when I tried before. I watched Batman Begins on my 27" iMac. Very nice. If they can make playing the BD disk more seamless it will be worth the purchase price of the license...
  20. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It looks like the UPnP server in MakeMKV is broken. I wish those guys would make sure things work before releasing it. As it is, the first post of this thread is the only way that works ATM.
  21. hpereyda macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Look in the MakeMKV forums, the admin there is listing a temporary key for public use every 30 days.

    Remember this software is still in beta.
  22. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Just tried this. Pretty cool to watch a Blu-Ray off the disc while in OS-X!

    Kind of a few extra steps but it's still in OS-X!!!!! lol. Booting into Windows is still quicker though ;)
  23. mikeheenan macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Will this software play a Blu Ray disc rip on a hard drive? I have several foreign movies that I would like to watch with english subtitles or listen to the commentary, but I dont know how to play them that way.
  24. Reddkryten macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Woohoo, finally. Okay it's a little bit of a convoluted way to do it, but it's far better than needing to boot into a second OS just to watch a film.

    So much for bluray being an outdated format and not coming to the Mac :D
  25. jeznav macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2007

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