blu-ray?

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blu-ray drive?

  1. Get a blu-ray burner to burn disks

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  2. get a blu-ray player - wait on the burner

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  3. wait on apple to release macs with blu-ray drives

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  4. just watch blu-ray movies on your PS3 for now

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  1. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    so i have a ps3 for watching blu-ray movies, but i am wondering - would it be a good idea to have a blu-ray drive for my computer, so i could rip them to my computer in HD?

    would it be a good idea to have a blu-ray burner, so i could have huge data disks, as well as make blu-ray movies? (i have an HD camcorder)
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Whatever you wish. I rip my HD DVDs to my computer.

    The ripping must be done in Windows with AnyDVD HD, but after that, everything else to convert them to usable video files can be done in OS X with the advent of tsMuxerGUI for OS X.

    Definitely do not wait for Apple. You'll be waiting until 2015.
     
  3. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for the reply.

    and if i got a burner - there is authoring software for making blu-ray movies on windows? (without buying stuff like Sony VEGAS or whatever)
     
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  5. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for the reply.

    well, that's what i'm doing for now anyways. but it seems there are more stuff out there for blu-ray now. so many soon i'll get a blu-ray burner. we'll see
     
  6. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for those who have voted. it turns out that i think i can use the blu-ray drive from my ps3. but it would still be nice to have a burner - but the price of disks right now isn't cheap
     
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    The only real use for them on a Mac is for backing up data, you can fit blu-ray quality films onto a normal DVD anyway.
     
  8. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    really? i didn't know you could do that. it wouldn't be able to play in a dvd player though
     
  9. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Your right, Not unless the DVD player had the codec capability to play back MKV files which basically none do. But its interesting how much of a rip off Blu-Ray is really.
     
  10. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Blu-Ray "resolution" maybe. Blu-Ray quality? Not a chance.

    There's a reason why the movies ship on discs with a capacity of up to 50GB.
     
  11. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    so how would i put these files on a dvd though?
     
  12. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    so i've been sharing my ps3 bd drive with my mpb running Vista, but it takes over 20 hours to copy a bd over ethernet. so i'm really starting to lean towards getting an external drive now
     
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Choose the Apple TV preset in Handbrake, change the video to 1280 x whatever (i.e. 720p) then you get a file small enough to fit on a dual-layer DVD that is very good quality, but of course, not as good as the original 1080p.
     
  14. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    oh ok. and this will play in a dvd player?
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Not unless the DVD Player would be capable of playing MPEG-4 H.264 video. Probably not too many of those around; likely none. DVD players are for decoding MPEG-2 video. Our Philips will decode Divx video, but only up to 480p.
     
  16. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    so would it play in anything then? like my ps3? and if so, how exactly would i burn it to the dvd?
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, it would play in a Mac or PC using appropriate software (e.g., XBMC, Plex, Quicktime, etc.). With Plex and XBMC you could even passthrough DTS or Dolby Digital to a receiver with an optical input.

    I don't know - I know nothing about PS3 other than it can play games and Blu-ray. You'd have to determine what containers and codecs it's capable of handling. If you could find a page listing that info, I could probably help you determine if it's possible.

    Burning is pretty easy. Macs will make a disc that's readable by PCs and Macs, so that's not going to be a problem. Create a burn folder on your desktop, drop the file into that folder and burn it to the DVD.
     
  18. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for the help! so i'd basically just be making a data disk dvd then?
     
  19. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes.
     
  20. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    oh ok, gotcha. that simplifies it then.

    thanks for the help. i'm still thinking about getting a BD drive though. using my ps3's drive just takes way too long (over 20 hours)
     
  21. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I have a Sony BR ROM drive in a Vantec USB2 SATA enclosure. Works great and isn't too expensive.
     
  22. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    oh ok. well i finally got my ps3 to transfer at a decent speed, so i'll stick with that for now
     
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