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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by arcadehj2000, Jul 25, 2010.
Does anyone know if the 13"MBP can play HD movies without framerate issues?
No Apple computers have Blu-ray drives.
There is no blu-ray inside any mac. However they will play hi def anything in a file such as an mkv etc etc
plays high def videos just fine
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.
I believe an external bluray player would work fine in bootcamp. There is no native OSX bluray player software though.
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.
ah okay thanks,
so even the 13 inch mbp could run a 1080i movie without stuttering right?
yes...as long as you aren't expecting to just pop a blu-ray in and for it to work.
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).
will the 13 inch or regular res 15 do 1080p? I though only the 17 could do 1080p
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:
From their site:
Therefore any Blu Ray drive put in a external enclosure would work.
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.
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.
"*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."
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.