Using a Blu-ray Drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by EDarkness, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. EDarkness macrumors member

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  2. blanka macrumors 68000

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    If you want to view BR movies, the ball lies with the OS. Windows will show it, OSX wont.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    There are ways around that, but it is rather clunky.
     
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I believe recent versions of VLC will play Blu Rays on OS X but I haven't tried it myself since I don't have a drive.
     
  5. EDarkness thread starter macrumors member

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    If I don't want to view them (I have a PS3 for that), then would it be possible to use BDs for backing up data or to import Blu-ray movies? I heard that Handbrake will do it, but I don't want to invest money into something that won't work.
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    No, Handbrake does not. You must open the Blu-ray disk using MakeMKV (which is free - for now). Once decrypted, you can rip the titles to your hard drive as MKV files (which play in VLC, Plex, XBMC and a few other apps) or you can play from the disk in VLC using a rather clunky approach (see my sig).
     
  7. EDarkness thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool. That's good to know.

    How about using the DVD functions? Such as watching DVD movies or burning disc. Does that function the same or will the fact that the drive is a Blu-ray drive mean that DVD Player won't recognize it?
     
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    I have a Blu-ray drive in my system and DVD Player works fine for playing DVDs, as does VLC. For watching Blu-ray I use this, although it doesn't seem to like Fox movies.
     
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  10. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

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    That's what I'm using also. It will probably be on sale this christmas. Plays the movies fine but the menus suck. If I had to do it again I'd just get a stand alone Blu-ray drive and bypass the computer.
     
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    It's funny that you should say that; I love how it bypasses the on-disc menus and lets you get straight into the movie.
     
  12. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

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    I think they look cheesy, like something a 15 year old would make in their basement :D
     

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