iMac - Can I burn Blu Ray discs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mgpg89, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Got a brand new iMac last week and I want to make some back-ups of photos I have on my HD.

    Can I just buy an empty Blu Ray disc (50GB, right?) and burn my photos on the disc with my iMac?


    Thanks
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Your iMac does not have a Blu Ray drive, read or write, so no.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    But would an external drive not work? I haven't really researched this as I own but one BR movie. Speaking of which, in a lame attempt to derail the thread, at the cost of BR movies a digital copy should be included regardless.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    And that has... what significance? :p

    If you get an external Blu-ray burner, you may burn data, SD video, and full HD video to the Blu-ray disks with Toast or something comparable. You cannot watch HDCP movies or burn HDCP content, but any HD content that you burn will be playable in Blu-ray players.
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Possibly, I think extra software would be required. Might well work with Toast...
     
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Yes, there is an add-on for Toast 9 that will let you burn Blu-Ray disks.

    I have the software but not the hardware, so I haven't been able to try it out .. :(
     
  7. Pope Jawn Pawl macrumors member

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    The audacity of adding something external to the beauty that is iMac! What would Steve say???
     
  8. bflowers macrumors 6502a

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    I know when I plugged my HD-DVD xbox add on (yes, I was a sucker stuck with the dead format), it could see the drive just fine, but not the disc. I haven't seen anything confirmed about BR software on the Mac yet.
     
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    "Boom!"

    Or something like that.
     
  10. kabunaru Guest

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    That is awesome. Thanks for the information Tallest Skil.
     
  11. ADent macrumors 6502a

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  12. kentucker macrumors newbie

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    I can endorse the above reply - two years later.

    I bought this burner, along with Toast, at OWC (aka macsales): http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MRF8BDSD12X/

    I used this howto at OWC: http://eshop.macsales.com/articles/howto-burn-bluray-toast

    Btw, I am a film maker who needed to burn a Blu-ray from my Macbook Pro for a cinema screening of a short film. The Blu-rays I burnt were better quality than a duplication house I used before. For the record, OWC's customer service is excellent.
     

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