HD/Bluray on 13" MBP?

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  1. arcadehj2000 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know if the 13"MBP can play HD movies without framerate issues?
     
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  3. moel macrumors 6502

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    There is no blu-ray inside any mac. However they will play hi def anything in a file such as an mkv etc etc
     
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  5. nineohtoo macrumors 6502

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    Bluray rips play just fine on a 320m. I've yet to test it on a tv or monitor though since my MDP to HDMI adapter is still in the mail.
     
  6. elleana macrumors regular

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    I believe an external bluray player would work fine in bootcamp. There is no native OSX bluray player software though.
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    If they are HD files with the proper h.264 encoding they should play perfectly with Quicktime, XBMC or Plex (10.6.3 or higher).

    If you want to play Blu-Ray discs then you need an external drive (USB2 is sufficient), Make MKV and VLC for disc playback. Just be aware that some very high bit rate discs will have dropped frames. You also lose menus and HD audio is only 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS.
     
  8. arcadehj2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ah okay thanks,
    so even the 13 inch mbp could run a 1080i movie without stuttering right?
     
  9. moel macrumors 6502

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    yes...as long as you aren't expecting to just pop a blu-ray in and for it to work.
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It'll do 1080p without stuttering, provided the video has a low enough bit rate and/or is encoded in h.264 or MPEG-2 and it does NOT have HD audio (True-HD or DTS-MA).
     
  11. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    will the 13 inch or regular res 15 do 1080p? I though only the 17 could do 1080p
     
  12. pinsrw macrumors regular

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    I'm glad your asked about Bluray because it spurred me to investigate. Here's a drive that appears to be Mac compatible and affordable:

    http://fastmac.com/blurayext
     
  13. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    From their site:
    Therefore any Blu Ray drive put in a external enclosure would work.
     
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It will play but scaled down to your display's resolution. I can play 1080p Blu-ray movies (DD or DTS) on my MacBook Air.
     
  15. DanMacApple macrumors 6502

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    Too bad OS X would not at least support blu-ray playback as I am fine with purchasing a seperate drive if that was the only option.
     
  16. hypermog macrumors regular

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    "*Note: Apple's QuickTime software does not (yet) support the decoding and playback of encrypted Blu-ray movies. Therefore you cannot watch commercial (Hollywood) Blu-ray movies using Mac OS X. However, if you have Windows XP or Vista installed on your Macintosh, you can use PowerDVD software to decrypt and watch commercial Blu-ray movies via Apple's BootCamp environment."
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You don't need Windows. You can play blu-Ray discs under OS X if you have Make MKV and VLC. You lose menus though.
     

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