can i rip Blu-ray DVDs in my mac mini??

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  1. backinblack875 macrumors 6502a

    backinblack875

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    i have a blu-ray DVD of a tv show season and was wondering if it is possible to rip this with handbrake or w.e to my mac mini, even though it is not a blu ray drive. Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you need a Blu-ray drive to read the DVD and no Mac model comes equipped with a Blu-ray drive.
     
  3. alehel macrumors member

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    It is perfectly doable if you have an external blu-ray drive.
     
  4. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    There are plenty of external blu Ray drives you can use for data and yes that even means you can copy a blu ray to an MKV File (Assuming it's legal and unprotected ;) ) You just can't play blu ray movies on the mac natively
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not what the OP asked:
    That's what I said.
     
  6. ryanide macrumors 6502

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    Basically you need a blu-ray drive (an external one will do) to read the disk. However, you can not play that disk on your mac like you can a regular DVD.

    You can use MKV to "backup" the blu-ray disk to your hard drive (this process generally takes about an hour or more), then you can use Handbrake to rip the MKV file (movie and/or other tracks) to an m4v movie file - as you would do from a regular DVD- but you can create a 1920 x 1080 resolution or smaller. Only then can you view that blu-ray content on your mac.

    FYI the MKV backup will take about 45GB of HD space and a 1080 rip is about 15GB vs a 720 rip (ATV2 setting) is about 2-3GB.

    It is a time consuming process and it is very frustrating that there is no way to just pop in a blu-ray and watch the movie like a regular DVD on the mac without having to go through this whole process.
     
  7. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Actually, with about 60 seconds of clicking and typing, you can run a commercially bought Blu-ray disc via MakeMKV as a stream, which VLC will play on a Mac in OS X. That's how I play my Blu-rays on my 30" ACD when the main TV is busy. (I installed a Blu-ray burner in my Mac, which you'll also need)
     
  8. ryanide macrumors 6502

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    would you care to explain?

    I can't seem to find instructions on how to do this. I only see how to use MKV to create a backup which is then used as the source for Handbrake to convert.
     
  9. KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    • Attach Blu-Ray Drive to Mac mini - http://goo.gl/BHgvg

    • RIP Movie to MKV file on Mac mini - use MakeMKV - http://makemkv.com/

    • Watch movie with VLC player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    Optional - Convert movie to preferred size and format - Handbreak - http://handbrake.fr/

    Optional - Attach Apple TV to your big screen and stream movies from the Mac Mini - http://goo.gl/am2I

    Works great and I have over 500 movies done this way.
     
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Actually, if you just want to watch the movie, use MakeMKV to open a blu-ray stream, then use VLC to play the stream. Thus it'll play in real time without having to rip to hard drive first. Not exactly a single point and click, but it works.
     
  11. KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    Good point. Thanks.
     

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