Mac Mini External Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wassupdoc, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. wassupdoc macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2009
    I want to use the mini as a media center and was wondering if people have had success using an external blu-ray drive with it..

    How is the quality. Is the mini able to handle 1080p without issues?

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Mini will handle 1080p flawlessly. If you are going to watch Blu-Rays, you have to use Windows because OS X doesn't support BR playback (yet) AFAIK.
  3. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    This is correct, I have Vista working fine under Bootcamp with an external BR drive.

  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Yes, it works fine with any Blu-ray drive that can can write to something, even if it's a CD burner. You have to rip with MakeMKV to your hard drive, thus removing encryption and DHCP, then play with Plex or XBMC.

    All the current Minis will handle 90% of Blu-ray movies without a problem. Most of the others are fine for 90% of their playback - the exception are the parts that have very high bit rates (Blu-ray videos often have variable bit rates). A few VC-1 encoded videos (such as the Planet Earth series) are extremely problematic, even for those with quad-core Macs. The way around these problems is to use the latest Handbrake SVN to transcode to mkv (for DTS or AC3) or m4v (AC3 only) containers with H.264 encoding.

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