New User Looking for External DVD Suggestions

mprodan

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Hi, fairly new here. I'm looking to purchase an external DVD player for my iMac. I may want to play blu-rays on it and I THINK I already understand that whatever I get will require special software to read the blu-rays. Basically I'm looking for hardware suggestions base on that.

Thanks!!
 

mprodan

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Thanks again to both of you. I have looked at those and will likely go that route. Cynics can you share what you are using? I have used HandBrake before, but what companion sofware?
 

Fishrrman

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OP:

One other thing, if you're still reading.

I'd get a drive that also has M-DISC support. I bought mine before they added it.

Some of the Samsungs have this, some do not...
 

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mprodan

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- Has it advanced beyond the nonsense it was a few years ago? How are menus and BD Live? I also remember it completely not loading some discs; has that been resolved?
I'm mostly interested in archiving all of my purchased blu-rays. Don't really plan on watching on the iMac.
 

mprodan

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Then get the Mago Blu-Ray Player to watch Blu-Ray movies. To archive Blu-Ray look at MakeMKV beta (update every 30 days to be current).
Thanks I've found info all over on make mkv so I'll probably use that. I'm familiar with handbrake as I used it extensively in my former windows based life. So I can use make mkv to rip them then handbrake to convert to unlocked mv4? I don't want to steal I want to copy my purchased blu Rays so I can play them over Plex server to my fire tv. I've actually just gotten away from Apple TV.

Here's another basic question, what can I use for everyday DVDs burning, both blu Ray and regular dvd. I have seen suggestions to buy an older version of iLife (9.0) and install that then upgrade. But then I've seen others say that the licenses are all shut down by Apple and it won't run.

I've seen others say Toast is the way to go. .????
 

mprodan

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I got some new dual layer DVD's and was able to easily burn to those. The others I had attempted to use were about 10 yrs old and single layer, so maybe a standards thing? (not exactly sure they were empty either)

I ran my first blu-ray archive this morning with make MKV beta, it took about 1 hr, for a 2 hr movie, and this was in quiet mode. I'll try my next one with the quiet function turned off.

I'm now running that .mkv through Handbrake to an .mv4 and it's taking about as long as the movie is, a little less than 2 hrs. This was always the case before on my old PC. I've read somewhere that Handbrake doesn't use multi-core processors.

So far I'm happy with the Pioneer drive, runs really nice, seems to have average speed, price not too bad. Noise isn't an issue for me as I don't watch movies on my Mac.
 
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