With New Player, Bluray Support Finally Comes to Mac.

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    The Macworld review makes it sound, err... less than ready for primetime.
     
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    Sounds pretty bad. I guess I'll stick with the current method. Might be worth looking into again when they come out of beta.
     
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    Hmm, has anyone tried it? I'll give it a go tonight if I have time (it seems to be free for an introductory period, from what I can tell).
     
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    Why couldn't the usual suspects (the PowerDVD and WinDVD guys) make an Blu-Ray app for OS X?
     
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    I haven't because I don't have Blu-Ray drive, but from some of the comments I'm reading else where it isn't ready for prime time yet. :/

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    First movie I tried (Fifth Element) started playing immediately; it doesn't even make you sit through the copyright screens etc :D

    Next I tried a TV series (Dollhouse S1) and I just get a blank screen. Same thing with Advent Children Complete. Haven't tried anything else yet.
     
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    The software is still version 1.0, so there will be a ton of bugs for quite a while. But, I hope it holds promise for the future. Does anyone know of a good blue ray drive? From what I read on the review, you still need an external blu-ray drive.
     
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    My guess is that it's hard for a company to make an investment and release a blu-ray media player for a platform whose computers don't include factory blu-ray players. Further, no one's really wanting to make an investment in blu-ray at this point. With the advances in digital streaming technology, blu-ray's days are numbered.

    Watching blu-rays on a computer has never made much sense to me. 1080p content is best when viewed on a larger screen (40"+ 1080p LCD's and Plasmas). Anyone who owns a Mac can just pick up a dedicated blu-ray player for under $100, hook it up to their TV, and their off and running. If someone really needed to watch a movie on their Mac, they can rip it to .mkv and watch it. This isn't the perfect solution, but it's workable.
     
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    Vlc 1.2 will include the ability to play bluray discs.
     
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    The couple reviews I've seen posted on that software haven't been very good.

    I think in Apple's eye's, Blueray is pointless. They don't want to sell you Blueray, they want to sell you movies from iTunes. Because of that they will continue avoid adding a Blueray player to their machines. I don't blame them. I think it's pretty much dead too. The sales never materialized and as more and more devices are becoming internet connected, the need for it will lessen and it will die.
     
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    Just purchased a copy...

    I haven't tried it out yet, but I figured what the hell. For $40USD it's at least getting the point across to :apple:. I don't understand the whole BluRay is dead deal, since most Audiophiles that I know purchased a Sony Playstation just for BluRay playback, and the players themselves are coming down in price rather rapidly compared to when I purchased my first caddy cdrom drive back in the 80's. Physical media isn't going to just disappear, consumers don't have enough trust and corporations won't purchase media without an archival option.

    My question is why do Editors use Final Cut Pro to create BluRay media, when you can't even playback the disks without another system? That seems like a slap in the face to me.
     
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    ATM, MakeMKV on OSX and Cybelink on Windows 7 work like a charm, so I really do not have a need for this application. I welcome BD if it ever comes to Mac but if not, I can still enjoy my BD movies on my
    apple computers.
     
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    Cool, I didn't know MakeMKV will play the bluray disc without ripping it first.
     
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    How many DVD's are you still buying? That's what blu-ray will be like once 1080p streaming becomes perfected. BTW, I know plenty of audiophiles who still listen to vinyl. Does that mean vinyl isn't "dead"?
     
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    I'm sorry for the misunderstanding: I use MakeMKV to rip my BD discs to watch on OSX, and I can use HB to convert to my iPhone, iTunes or iPad viewing, or I can simply watch blu-ray disc on Windows 7 via bootcamp.
     
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    I couldn't disagree more. For those people for whom convenience trumps quality, blu-ray doesn't make sense. But there are enough of us who prefer the best picture and sound quality that blu-ray will do fine for at least as long as did DVD.

    Streaming, while it does serve a role, and I use it alot on my AppleTV 2, doesn't come close to the quality of blu-ray. And until it does, I'm going to be using both Blu-ray and streaming.
     
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    Actually, vinyl is making a comeback - albeit a minor one - among 20-somethings. Hell, you can even buy albums in Best Buy of all places! This means that some formats have more staying power and traction than others. videotape is dead. Film for movies is not. 8-track is dead. Vinyl is not. CDs are among the longest-lived media container formats.

    Blu-ray has enough going for it in the quality department that its spot in most ardent home cinephiles' equipment racks is assured for years to come.
     

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