Has Anyone Burned Blu-Ray Movies Yet?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by kenrobin, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. kenrobin macrumors regular

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    Has any burned any movies with a Blu-Ray burner yet? If so, please share details regarding the type of burner & software (i.e. iDVD, Toast, etc) that you used.

    I'm thinking of adding a Blu-Ray burner to my mac pro but I'm curious to learn of people's experiences so far since its not yet officially supported by Apple.

    Thanks
     
  2. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    I guess that's a 'no.' :p

    I was looking at Adobe's site and saw that the new premiere supports export to blue-ray disc, the software ships July 1st. The pieces are starting to come together but mac support is still lacking. I think the solution to this is on its way though, hopefully on the next revision of Mac Pros and 10.5.
     
  3. amd4me macrumors 6502

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    Isnt there a plugin for toast that allows the dvd player to read blu ray?
     
  4. Frank Palermo macrumors newbie

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    Toast 8's Blu-ray support is strictly data-only. If you had a Blu-ray folder structure pre-made by other authoring software, Toast could burn it for you... but there's no Mac software to author Blu-ray yet. (Of course, since you have a Mac Pro, you could always run Windows software for Blu-ray creation using Boot Camp. I believe Roxio has another product, DVDit Pro HD which can author Blu-ray under Windows, and there may be others.)

    The other problem (once you do get a Blu-ray movie burned) is finding a Blu-ray player it will actually play on. There are two different types of Blu-ray video disc: BDAV and BDMV. Only BDMV supports the full Blu-ray feature set, and most players will refuse to play BDMV from a BD-R recordable disc. The PS3 is the largest-selling Blu-ray device so far, and it doesn't support this (even with the newest firmware). Even worse, the manual for Sony's brand new BDP-S300 set-top player lists BD-R and BD-RE under "Examples of discs that the player cannot play," so I don't think this is an issue they're worried about fixing any time soon.

    Personally, I've just given up on Blu-ray video authoring, and use my Blu-ray burner for data archiving (because of the compatibility issues, plus the fact that my Macs are all PPC which precludes using any Windows authoring software). If I need to get HD video on a disc, DVD Studio Pro lets me burn a basic HD DVD onto DVD-R, and the Toshiba HD-A2 will play it without complaint (Apple improved this compatibility in 4.1.2). Hopefully the next version of DVDSP will magically sprout Blu-ray authoring support, but even if it does Sony et. al. may not have sorted out the player issues by then.

    -Frank
     

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