Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player with the Mac

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  1. cbrain macrumors 65816

    cbrain

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    Hi,

    Is it possible to connect an Xbox 360 HD-DVD player to a Mac to watch HD-DVDs in DVD Player?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yes it's possible, but only when Apple DVD players supports HD-DVD.


    You can currently watch DVD's no problem, and in Leopard your HD-DVD will mount, but it will not play 'as yet'.

    An update to DVD player should fix this, but when & where is another question altogether.
     
  3. cbrain thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is there another DVD Player app for the mac that supports HD-DVD?
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    No unfortunately.

    A lot of us expected Leopard 10.5 would usher in the DVD player with HD-DVD & BluRay support. We were misguided.

    But there does remain a good chance that this will be addressed sooner rather than later.

    It's annoying because other than that the 360 HD-DVD player works great with Leopard & Tiger
     
  5. gorby macrumors 6502

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  6. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    What else can you use it for in Leopard?
     
  7. WMuntean macrumors regular

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    After you mount the HD-DVD, is there any way to rip the files and convert them to .mkv files in OSX? Then just use VLC to play them? I know this process would take a large amount of time but it would be a solution... And you can store the files for later use when eventually ATV supports HD content.

    Thoughts?
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    watch dvds and use it to read dvd roms probably
     
  9. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I was just going to try that out...what a shame...there were rumors that Leopard had built in support for HD DVD and Blu-Ray...I imagine with the next Mac Pro update it has to include one or the other or some kind of combo drive. Maybe we will see it then...
     
  10. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    The Apple TV supports HD at 720p...the problem is none of the conversion software currently will work with the HD DVD's (as far as I know). Since the HD DVD player does mount in Leopard, maybe someone is working on this?
     
  11. wedgehammer macrumors newbie

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    i was wonderin about the same thing after reading this guy's guide for doing it in windows: http://www.desray2k.com/HD_Rip_Tutorial/index.asp...

    he uses vlc to play em back (yey!)... only problem now is rippin em hehe
     
  12. Spanners macrumors member

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    I have to disagree.

    I'm fairly sure Leopard does have Blu-Ray support. The issue is not that the DVD app can't play it, it's that the CD drive doesn't have the Blue laser to read the disc correctly. If you hook up an external Blu-Ray drive it works fine.
     
  13. billabong macrumors 6502

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    So you have actually done this? Your saying that the DVD player will play Blu? You have any screenshots to back that up?
     
  14. armani macrumors regular

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    I have just noticed in dvd player preferences that it has HD pane. I thought my alum 24" iMac did not play hd (blue ray). Now I am really confused. Can iMac dvd drive play Blue Ray discs or not?
     
  15. barijazz macrumors 6502

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    blu ray woops hd dvd's ass

    the biggest blu ray and hd dvd discs made are as follows.

    blu ray:100gb:) hd dvd:45gb:(

    :apple:Apple is on the blu ray board so don't expect to be watching your hd dvds on your imac anytime soon:apple:
     
  16. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Well you are wrong. There is no Blu-ray playback support in Leopard. I have a Blu-ray burner and although Mac OS X recognizes the drive, DVD Player will not playback Blu-ray titles.

    There is Blu-ray burning support using Roxio Toast. That's it.

    Unfortunately, because of the strict DRM requirements mandated by both high-def disc formats—I don't think you are going to see either one on a Mac soon. I highly doubt Apple is going to implement a "protected content display model" throughout Mac OS X just to play Blu-ray or HD DVD protected content.

    Microsoft had to bend over backwards for both formats just to add playback (via third-party software) on Windows Vista. They had to create a special display driver mode that restricts DVI output, requires HDCP, etc. Of course, none of these technologies actually restricted or prevented piracy. It just annoys users.
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Maybe.

    Install WinXP or Vista and run one of the freebie HD-DVD players within Parallels or Fusion to play the movie.

    It might work...:confused:
     
  18. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    Now check the price difference between those two discs.
     
  19. cbrain thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have XP under Boot Camp, but I was hoping for a Mac OS X soloution.

    And the price of the players.
     
  20. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    Anyone know if its now possible to use the Xbox 360 HD DVD players to play HD movies?

    I've spent an hour trying to get it sorted - looks like I dont have the right apps (and knowledge!! :( )
     
  21. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    No!

    It's not possible, and it probably will never be.

    Don
     
  22. whaled09 macrumors newbie

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    I believe if you use MakeMKV, you will be able to convert the mounted disc into an .mkv format for later use or even burning if you feel like splurging for a burner.
     
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