Playing Blurays and hd dvds In Vista

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by boogieman, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. boogieman macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2004
    I have a macpro 2.6ghz quad core and bought a buffalo bluray hd dvd combo drive. I am looking for a good programs for playing my blurays and hd dvds under windows. I tired nero 9 and no play. The nero that came with it plays them ok but I dont like the way it controls and handles my vids.
  2. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2008
    Try PowerDVD. That works well with Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.
  3. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I just purchased PowerDVD for an external Blu-ray drive under Vista, and it works great. Although I did have to upgrade the ATI drivers first because I was getting the BSOD, but after that I didn't have any problems.
  4. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Well I bought a blu-ray drive as well and I hooked it up for the first time today to my macbook pro late 08 and I wasn't happy with the results. My blu-ray drive came with a stripped down version of power dvd blu-ray version 7.3 and pirates of the caribbean would not play smoothly despite the fact that hardware acceleration was on and cpu was only 10-15%.

    I had two problems. 1). Is that I kept getting an audio crackling problem because of the way vista handles wireless or something. That was solved by install Vista Anti-Lag. 2). Power dvd crashed and then froze (no BSOD though).

    Maybe I had to restart? I don't know I'm going to give it another shot later tonight but first time around I wasn't too happy with the results.

    Personally, I'm going to re-encode my blu-ray movies to fit onto dvd-9 and play them through a media center application (maybe boxee or plex) and not bother with windows. No windows, no external drive. We'll see what kind of results I can get though.

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