Can a C2D Mini support BluRay?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by godslabrat, May 15, 2008.

  1. godslabrat macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    Hi all.

    I'm very tempted by the slick slot-loading BR burner for the Mini, even at $1k. But, I know that HD material requires a lot of horsepower and DRM appeasement to play properly. Plus, I know the Mini doesn't have the best GFX power apple has to offer.

    Is the Mini useful as a BR player? Or else, what is the sense of the drive?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    No. OS X doesn't have HDCP, so you can't play Blu-ray or HD DVD movies. That's okay, since physical media is dead for audiovisual purposes. It will burn data for backups with the appropriate software.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    I believe only under Windows. The software is not there (yet) for OSX. Using OSXBMC, it can play most 1080p videos.
  4. Awesome Guy macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    Hahahaha. Ahahahahahahaha. Haaaaaahaaahahahahahaaaaaaa. Ha ha. Ha

    Ha ha.



    I'm sorry, what?
  5. godslabrat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    Yeah, I totally love people with a sense of humor. :rolleyes: Makes the forums so much more fun!

    So, I *CAN* use BR under Windows, but not OSX? Not quite what I was hoping for, but a reasonable compromise. Please tell me there's a way I can do it under XP, I'm in the process of de-Vistaing my house.
  6. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Physical media, i.e. tapes and DVDs, are dead. Great for cameras, but that's about it. BluRay disks will never hit the kind of numbers for films (rental and purchase) that tapes and DVDs did. The optical disc is going away and the tape is long gone as a format for distributing media.

    You probably reacted this way when the iMac came without a floppy too.
  7. godslabrat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    This argument has been done to death and I really don't want to get into it here. FWIW, I think the "end of physical media" has been greatly overstated, and I have a lot of reasons for liking BR. If you disagree, that's cool, but I'm not looking to be converted. :cool:
  8. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Ive never seen anyone actually say physical media is dead.

    Honestly, what are you smoking?

    Magnetic/Digital is not as good as physical/analog for archival purposes.

    When the internet is down, where you gonna get your "media-less" media from?
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    what about if you have mkv rips that have been passedthrough to .mov files?

    how would they play on a mini at HD?

    :confused: :rolleyes:

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