Yet another weird mac and blu-ray question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rdsii64, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. rdsii64 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    We all know that if you have the latest copies of hand brake and VLC along with an external blu-ray drive, you can rip a blu-ray disc. Now is where things get weird. It is my understanding that if hand brake needs VLC to rip the disc then vlc can not only read the file structure but decrypt the disc. so why can't you just use VLC to watch the blueray disc if you so choose?
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    You're confusing the process for ripping DVDs and Blu-ray disks on OS X. You can rip/encode DVDs using Handbrake in conjunction with VLC but not Blu-ray disks. Without either booting up directly into Windows or a virtual Windows session using Parallels or VM Fusion, the only way to rip Blu-ray disks on a Mac is with MakeMKV. The resulting .mkv can be played using VLC or you can use Handbrake to encode into .mp4 or .m4v if you so choose.

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