Experiences playing blu rays via external drive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pacers721, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. pacers721 macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2008
    hey guys, i'm leaning towards buying the 27 i7 imac, but i'm hesitant because I want to make sure that i'll be able to watch blu rays on it. As far as I understand, the simplest way to do this is via an external blu ray drive and windows bootcamp. If I buy this, will I be able to watch blu rays seamlessly (i.e. w/ smooth frame rates, solid picture, etc)?
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I do this on both Macs in my sig. I have 2 slim external BR drives. Both work great on the iMac 24 and my uMBP running under Win 7. Seeing as your system is more powerful than either of mine I assume it should work very well.
  3. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    Another way which dos not involve you buying anything is to download MakeMKV for mac and RIP the Blu-ray's to your movies folder! They are a bit large (around 20gigs upwards), but you get to watch them whenever you want full quality and you don't need to use windows.

    The best player to use is PLEX!

    They wont play in VLC smoothly on my mini, but could you let us know if they play on your i7 smoothly? :) As I'm itching after that 27" screen MMMM! ;)
  4. constm macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    One still needs Bluray drive to read BR disks, however.

    Can't agree more! :)

  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I know a lot of people here like this approach but this is too much hassle for some of us (me included). Since I already run Windows on bootcamp for my games, getting the external BR drive and using it with Windows is a lot easier.

    No ripping, no huge disk space requirement, no complexity.

    I'm sure for many rip save and play works. Just not for me.

  6. hsia12210 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2009
    To find out an easier way to achieve this goal, many Mac users wonder knowing whether they can purchase an external Blu-ray drive for their Mac, and then use VLC player to directly select .m2ts streams from Blu-ray disc to play, or make use of a Mac MTS/M2TS Converter to do format conversion, so as to get a more compatible format for their native video players. As a matter of fact, this is totally depending on BD protection issues, some are, and some are not. The most important problem we should resolve is that how to get rid of the protections of Blu-ray disc in advance, otherwise, all is in vain. Will it ever happen that we just need spend money on a Blu-ray drive only, and then realize playback Blu-ray torrents on Mac via an easy-to-use program or whatever?

    Although the cost of an external Blu-ray drive is inevitable, you can save bucks spending on Windows PC and AnyDVD HD absolutely via the use of a piece of simple Blu-ray ripper (like Pavtube). This kind of BD ripper is completely compatible with Mac OS X, and is capable of eliminating protections of whatever Blu-ray discs you throw at it. Best of all, it is able to rip BD files to almost all the popular video and audio formats. In that way, playback Blu-ray on Mac is not an unreachable thing any more.

    Good Luck!:)

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