how can i play blu ray on macs?

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  1. tkboss88 macrumors member

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    hey guys. i know there have been similar posts before, but i want to be able to play blu-rays on my MBP and 27"imac. i don't want to rip the blu-ray to the hard drive, because that will take quite a while for each movie i want to watch. can anyone give me a simple solution?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. SmoothDragon macrumors newbie

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    Bootcamp or VM software of choice, Windows, an external Blu-ray drive and the software of your choice.

    Other than that, afaik you're out of luck!
     
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you cant, becuase there is no Blu-ray drive in Macs and are no applications in OS X that can play a copy protected Blu-ray movie. you could rip it however and watch the resulting mpeg4 video, but we probably cant discuss this here, and as you said yo udont want to do this.

    you can however purchase an external Blu-ray drive and use Media Center in Windows.
     
  4. MacOSXCheetah macrumors newbie

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    how about a standard blu-ray player? connect the HDMI to mac's display port. i saw a display port to HDMI cable from capdase. dunno about audio though.
     
  5. crut macrumors regular

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    That won't work :)

    The input only accepts display port format in. You'd need a convertor (see the threads about xbox/ps3 connection to the iMac 27")
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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  7. djcorrosive macrumors regular

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    Lol at the ppl who say u can't!!

    Damn straight u can right off your macs hard drive!

    The joys off the Internet ;-)

    illegal bluray movies or legit bluray movies can be played on and from any computer. Old and new. I even play them on my iPhone :)
     
  8. agr5 macrumors member

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    He is talking about inserting a Bluray disc into the iMac. Not illegally downloading Bluray movies and playing them via VLC or whatever.
     
  9. SmoothDragon macrumors newbie

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    Not the smartest thing to admit to on a public forum when its very easy to find out who someone is! :confused:
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It's a bit clunky, but pretty straight forward to do Blu-ray playback from discs on Macs. You need an external Blu-ray drive (I have an enclosure with Firewire 400, but USB ought to work) that can burn to something, even if it's a DVD (e.g., BD-ROM/DVD-RW). Install Make MKV and VLC, then follow the instructions here. A plugin for Plex is in development that will simplify the process. But it works and provides a great Blu-ray experience once you start the movie. You need a moderately beefy Mac since it's handled by the cpu and not the gpu.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Because BluRay quality on the iPhone matters!!!
     
  12. mastershakess macrumors 6502

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    and Dolby Digital Surround Sound!
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    not always feasible because of data caps. the loss in quality is quite depressing too.

    HA! nahh it will be right.
     
  14. djcorrosive macrumors regular

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    Course it will be right, i never said i have illegal blurays on my computer. i said people CAN download them or use their real copies.

    Its legal for you to back up ur own stuff you buy ;) :)
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i think thats a really bad rule. if i purchase a BD i should be bale to digitise it for archival/playback on my PS3 or convert to :apple:TV.
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Not in the US it's not
     
  17. djcorrosive macrumors regular

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    But you all still do it, you prob don't and never downloaded a mp3 or movie ever from the net. Yeah right. Lol
     
  18. tkboss88 thread starter macrumors member

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    what about the MBP?

    do you think the processor/GPU on my base 13" MBP would be able to handle blu-ray play back? would i only get 720p out of my MBP since its 1280x800?

    i also found a really really freakin cheap external blu-ray drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...98&cm_re=blu-ray_drive-_-27-135-198-_-Product
    has anybody used this particular product? if so, how do you like it?

    thanks for the input guys :)
     
  19. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    If you remove the HD audio and just rip with 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS, it will be find. Where you'll have problems is if you have to extract the DD or DTS cores from the HD audio on the fly (which is what Plex does) straight off the disc for playback.

    720p on your laptop's display, 1080p to an external display/projector/TV if it has 1080p resolution.

    That drive will not work with Make MKV because it does not have write ability. That may change with a future release of Make MKV, though.
     

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