Playing "raw" BD rips on a 2009 mini (2.0GHz)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AVR2, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I've been given the Blu-ray set of season 1 of the classic 70s sci-fi series Space:1999, but I don't have a BD player. What I am thinking about doing is buying an external BD drive for my Mac mini HTPC, ripping the episodes with MakeMKV and playing them in Plex.

    I want to maximise the quality so I don't want to recompress the video in any way. At the risk of asking a really dumb question, will I get reliable playback from a truly "raw" 1080p24 BD rip played off a Firewire 400 drive, or will the data rate be too high?
  2. codymac macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    That worked fine for me with a 2009 2.0 mini. I used a USB drive but had 4gb in my mini (now I'm running a 2010 mini with 8gb and the same USB drive).
  3. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    You can get some specifics by digging in the Plex forums, but if I recall correctly, 2.0 GHz will work for most blu-rays. There are a few exceptions (Planet Earth I think is one) where playback can suffer due to the bitrate being too high or if the video uses Microsoft's VC-1 codec instead of h264 (the latter being pretty rare, but they're out there).
  4. rtrt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    hadn't heard about the VC-1 issue. Ive noticed a few blu rays not work on VLC in the past - is that because VLC doesn't support VC-1?
  5. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Thanks all. I'm pretty sure the mini's CPU is up to it (I can play other 1080p24 material on it without problem), I was mainly concerned that the necessary sustained transfer speed for a completely raw BD rip would have been too high for a FW400 drive to handle.
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    The bottleneck won't be Firewire, that's for sure. It's much faster than USB2 and that's what I have for Blu-ray disc playback on my hackintosh.
  7. FireWire2, Nov 10, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010

    FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    Cave Man is correct BD bitrate max out at 5Mbps+Audio, so FW400 is plenty fast
    actually USB2.0 BD-ROM is more than enough to rip and play BD

    Use Media-Info to find out the audio track format, it it's DTS-HD or TrueHD
    then convert this to DTS-core or AC3 then remux it back using TsMuxER

    Then you will not have problem of BD files

    VLC will play VC-1, but not WVC-1. You need to installed this codec

    Alternate solution:
    Get a HD media player likes DUNE, TVIX Slim S1 (amazon) then you don have to worry about codecs or container...
  8. rtrt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    which codec is it that needs to be installed?

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