Burn, convert and Play Blu-ray Movies on Mac

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Burn, convert and Play Blu-ray Movies on Mac

Post  aqlucky on Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:17 pm

Blu-ray on the Mac: Burn, convert and Play Blu-ray Movies on Mac

Watching Blu-ray movies on the Mac is possible, despite lack of official support. An external Blu-ray Disc drive plus some third-party software (e.g. ByteCopy for Mac app) will let you taste the forbidden fruit Blu-ray on the Mac/Mac Pro. Anyway, it just takes a few more steps than on a Windows machine to watch Blu-ray on the Mac, since there is not yet a Blu-ray Player software for Mac OS like PowerDVD for Windows. For the hardware side of things, Other World Computing has a variety of Blu-ray solutions for all Macs, as well as instructional videos on how to upgrade your Mac Pro with a new Blu-ray burner. Once you’ve got that part taken care of, you’ll need special software to make use of your new drive. Burn AVCHD Content to Blu-ray Disc

With more cameras supporting HD video, the desire to burn that content on a format that supports HD playback is increasingly important. Toast Titanium 10 has the ability to burn to Blu-ray discs. It works especially well with high-def videos created on your iPhone, Flip or other HD video cameras. Just drag and drop your raw video files into a new Blu-ray video project and click the big red burn button. Be warned, the process can take quite some time to complete depending on your source format. If you opt to purchase Toast with your Blu-ray burner from OWC, you may want to check out its step-by-step account of how to burn your high-def video. Rip Blu-ray Movie to Mac HDD.

When it comes to watching protected Blu-ray disc content on the Mac, hard drive, ByteCopy for Mac is about as good as it gets. Using the “Full Disc Copy” feature, you can preserve the Blu-ray’s original file structure. The process is straightforward. Insert the Blu-ray disc, click on the “Full Disc Copy” button, and select a folder to copy to. Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper also supports conversion to popular device formats, and offers templates for iPad, Apple TV, iPhone, iPod Touch, PS3, etc. Pavtube ByteCopy is on sale at Pavtube site. Play Blu-ray Movies on Mac/Mac Pro.

Direct playback of Blu-ray content from the disc directly to a player is the real forbidden fruit. Leaving aside that Steve Jobs has changed Apple’s status regarding Blu-ray support from “Bag of Hurt” to “Mafia,” one would think that an independent developer would have stepped up sometime in the last two years to fill the gap.

You can work around this limitation by streaming a movie from a Blu-ray disc using ByteCopy for Mac and then open the networked stream in VLC. This trick may come in handy if you want to watch a Blu-ray movie on your MacBook Air using your Blu-ray drive in your Mac Pro.

Actually watching Blu-ray movies is my last priority when using the format on my Mac. Backing up or archiving content, or transferring my digital memories into a format I can easily share with friends and relatives are much more relevant.

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