“Let’s face it: Apple is never going to support Blu-ray playback on the Mac, which is bad for those of us who are Blu-ray fans,” Dennis Sellers reports for Apple Daily Report. “There are various workarounds, but the simplest may be the combo of the Mac Blu-ray Player from Macgo and a MCE Super-BluDrive,” Sellers reports. “Well, at least it’s simple if you have a good Internet connection.” Sellers reports, “With the MCE/Macgo hardware/combo, we can not only burn to Blu-ray discs on a Mac, but can also play Blu-ray movies.” Much more in the full article.
- Mce Super-bludrive Blu-ray Player And Superdrive For Mac
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- Mce Super-bludrive Blu-ray Player And Superdrive
My format of choice is a download onto an external hard drive. As far as quality, it’s fantastic. I don’t have all the features you can get on a Bluray disk, but I don’t want to pay extra for them anyway.
They’re not worth the cost to me. I’m sure Sony will try and extend the life of Bluray as long as they can. I understand and sympathize with them. They spent a lot of money developing Bluray, maybe in part because they did not see where video would be consumed in the future., That does not change the reality that eventually Bluray will follow the 45, the LP, and the CD into the dustbin of history. We know what your “Quality” is because there are limits on how much data you can download in the 90 minutes it takes to watch a movie and that data is MUCH LESS than the data on a 50Gb Blu-Ray disc.
Some Blu-ray drive such as the USB Super-BluDrive offered by MCE Technologies includes software that can play Blu-ray movies, another Blu-ray drive offered by OWC will require you to bring your own Blu-ray player software. As for the USB Super-BluDrive, it's better than Apple's SuperDrive. Though a bit heftier, the MCE is a much-better deal. The portable (it comes with a carrying case), slot-loading drive connects via USB and can play and record CDs and DVDs, as well as play commercial Blu-ray movies directly on the Mac with the Mac Blu-ray Player software.
Anyone have comments or feedback for the 'MCE Super-BluDrive Blu-ray Player and SuperDrive'? More Less MACBOOK PRO (RETINA, 15-INCH, LATE 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1).
Even if you COULD download 50 Gb in 90 minutes, ALL of the video content you download are compressed to much small file sizes. It’s perfectly fine with me that you like the quality of downloads I wouldn’t try to convince you otherwise but for some people, like me, I can see(and hear) the difference between streaming, and Blu-Ray. I like the latter. Well, everybody is different. That’s for sure.
I travel a lot for business. When I’m on the go, I carry my iPad and it does everything I need.
When I’m in a hotel, I use my MacBook Pro. I’ve never needed Blueray when I’m traveling. An OWC external Blueray disc drive weights about 10 ounces.
Ifwere away at college, you’re right. I wouldn’t carry an external drive with me to class because of the bulk. But I don’t know why I’d need it in class. If I needed a Blueray drive, I think it would be when I was in my dorm or appartment and, for me, plugging it in would work just fine. But that’s just for me. If that wouldn’t work for you, buy a laptop by a different manufacturer. That’s what consumer choice is about.
Different manufacturers cater to different market segments. Buy a plug-in external. Use flash drives. You do NOT need an internal optical drive, the space taken up is far better served with a second HDD, or an SSD. Apple were the first to ditch floppy drives, and people like you whined and snivelled, and threw girly hissy-fits, whereas everyone else with a clue though, ‘at last, good riddance, lets put something more useful in the space’. When I bought my Mac Mini, it was one of the last with an optical built it.
I had the shop take it out, and install a 750Gb HDD, giving me 1.1Tb, and bought a cheap optical purely for ripping CD’s. Everything else goes on 16 or 32Gb flash drives. I am sure apple realizes there is still a market for disc but they also known digital is the future and the present. I haven’t used a disc on a laptop in years. Everything I do is digital. The quality is great and I could care less about disc content. Apples decision to remove the optical drive has allowed them to thin their computers more and more thus achieving their design vision.
And that’s the difference. Apple is not concerned with standing still to appease everyone.
Their vision of what they want their design to entail trumps catering to everyone. Apple willingly and certainly knowingly sacrifices specific function for form. Lets not forget apple is a much a design company as it is an electronics company. Always on the cutting edge ie thunderbolt, FireWire, wifi etc. With the highest quality of material and design possible at the time usually. Their manufacturing processes often require new machinery to be built. They make no sacrifice in design (though iknow thats subjective) or material quality.
I personally am more than happy to give up an unused function for a design I prefer. They didn’t remove the optical drive from all of the Macs. Most people simply weren’t using them. When I pulled the optical drive from my MacBook Pro to make room for a 2nd hard drive, I bought a portable DVD/Blu-Ray burner and figured I would carry that in my backpack when I traveled, but leave it on my desk when I was just moving around the house or going to a coffee shop. Well, I’ve gone on numerous trips and have totally forgotten the portable burner. And didn’t ever realize it because there was no use for it.
I no longer even bother taking it with me on trips, and it’s in the closet, not on my desk. So, I don’t think I’m being a fanboy when I say I have no use for it, because I know I don’t. What’s even more pathetic than Apple’s inability to come to a reasonable agreement with Sony to support at least SOME Blu-Ray functionality is that Apple’s stale Quicktime player is a terrible interface with poor file support compared to VLC and others. As for simple video editing, Apple downright abandoned Quicktime Pro and iMovie, both of which could have evolved into superb offerings. Consumers expect better than the lackluster and inconsistent efforts Apple has made in the consumer video space. And yes, we strongly prefer physical optical discs for true high-definition video playback.
Blu-ray Disc for Mac is here. And at 16X it's faster than ever. Blu-ray Disc (BD) technology, with its ability to record to 25GB single-layer, 50GB dual-layer discs, 100GB and 128GB quad-layer discs is the next generation in optical disc storage and MCE Technologies has brought it to the Mac. The MCE Technologies 16X Blu-ray Internal Recordable Drives for Apple Mac Pro and Power Mac and External USB Recordable Drives for Mac are the fastest and most versatile Blu-ray drive we have ever shipped. 700% faster than our first Blu-ray drive for the Mac, it comes to you completely pre-configured for easy user installation. In addition to writing to 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer at up to 16X speed, the MCE Technologies 16X Blu-ray Recordable Drive is compatible with all DVD and CD recordable media including DVD±R/RW + Dual/Double Layer, DVD-RAM, and CD-R and CD-RW.
The drive has a 4MB buffer for writing Blu-ray Disc and DVD media and has built-in Buffer Underrun protection. The drive includes a 25GB Blu-ray BD-RE rewritable disc so you can start making your own Blu-ray movies immediately.
Prices start at $99, or bundle it with Toast 12 Titanium recording and Blu-ray authoring software for only $179! Blu-ray SuperDrive Store up to 12,500 music tracks, 50,000 photos, or 4 hours of HD video on a single 50 GB Blu-ray Disc. The MCE 16X Blu-ray Disc Recordable Drive for the Mac Pro and Power Mac and External USB Recordable Drives incorporate a state-of-the-art blue-violet laser and ushers in the next generation of optical disc storage.
The drive also writes to all DVD±R/RW + DL (Double/Dual Layer) media, DVD-RAM, and CD-R/RW media and is compatible with all Apple's iApps. The figure to the right shows the difference in spot size between a Blu-ray laser and standard DVD recording laser. The smaller, tighter Blu-ray spot size means more spots (data) can be recorded to the disc resulting in data capacities of 25GB and 50GB per Blu-ray disc. Optional Toast 12 Titanium with High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-in The MCE 16X Blu-ray Internal and External Recordable Drives for Apple Mac can be bundled with multi-award winning Toast 12 Titanium (including the Toast HD/BD Plug-in) for only $80 more.
A savings of over 33% off the retail price! The HD/BD Plug-in will allow you to create your own Blu-ray movies with custom menus playable on set-top Blu-ray players as well as Playstation 3 game consoles.
Toast 12 Titanium manages all Blu-ray recording functions for the drive and incorporates a special feature called Toast Dynamic Writing. When used with a Blu-ray rewritable disc (BD-RE), Toast Dynamic Writing lets you use your Blu-ray Disc recorder like a giant hard disk drive – drag and drop directly onto the disc icon to add or remove files.
Blu-ray burning is here today. Toast 12 Titanium also includes comprehensive backup software which allows for manual, as well as scheduled backups to your MCE Blu-ray Internal Recordable Drive. It will even automatically manage disc spanning should all your data not fit on one disc. ROM Reading 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 8X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R DL 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Baseline specifications for recordable media are as follows: Blu-ray 1X = 4.5MB/sec, DVD 1X = 1.375MB/sec, and CD 1X = 150KB/sec. For instance, Blu-ray media recording speed of 14X (63MB/sec) is equivalent to writing to DVD media at a speed of 45.8X, which is equivalent to writing to CD media at a speed of 420X!
Author Professional Blu-ray Movies As high definition (HD) has become the new standard for video, and Blu-ray Disc has won the high-definition format war for storing HD content, it's more important than ever to be able to author professional-quality Blu-ray discs. You can do so with the MCE 12X Blu-ray Recordable Drive and Apple's new Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Pro X. That's right, you can now easily burn a Blu-ray disc directly from Final Cut Pro 7 or later as well as from Compressor 3.5 or later. Quickly add a menu to your disc by choosing one of the beautiful Apple-designed HD templates or, to achieve a specific look, import and use third-party or custom templates. Use your own graphics for backgrounds and titles, as well. You can also author Blu-ray movies using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
Adobe Encore CS5 software is the key. Included with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Adobe Encore CS5 software makes output to a wide range of industry-standard media formats, including Blu-ray Disc, easy and efficient. Use the same Encore interface and features to author and deliver commercial-quality titles on both standard-definition DVD and high-definition Blu-ray Disc. Or author a high-definition Blu-ray Disc project and, with one click, create a finished standard-definition DVD project.
Mce Super-bludrive Blu-ray Player And Superdrive For Mac
Encore CS5 enhances your workflow by outputting to Blu-ray discs, even if you're editing with an alternative editing software such as one of Avid's professional editing tools. The optional Toast 11 Titanium with included HD/BD Plug-in also allows you to create Blu-ray movies and even has basic menu customization features. Blu-ray movies created using either software are playable on standard Blu-ray set top boxes as well as Sony Playstation 3 game consoles. Watch Blu-ray Movies on your Mac! Included with your MCE 14X Blu-ray Recordable drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software that allows you to watch commercial Blu-ray titles as well as your own authored Blu-ray movies directly within the Mac operating system.
No more having to turn your Mac into a PC using Boot Camp to watch a Blu-ray movie. Now you can review your work on the Blu-ray movies you create as well as enjoy your favorite commercial Blu-ray movies in full high definition and stereo sound.
Mce Super-bludrive Blu-ray Player And Superdrive For Mac Usb 3.0
The bundled Mac Blu-ray Player software includes a one-year license which enables full Blu-ray playback absolutely free for one full year from the date of first activating the Mac Blu-ray Player software. Anytime during, or after, the one year period a lifetime license can be purchased at a substantial discount from the retail price of $59.95. System requirements of Mac Blu-ray Player Software are: Mac OS 10.5 or later (including Mavericks, 10.9), 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor or faster, and 4GB RAM or greater. Native Mac OS Compatibility With the MCE 14X Blu-ray Recordable Drive for Mac Pro and Power Mac, you can burn data instantly to 25GB and 50GB recordable and rewritable Blu-ray Discs directly from your Mac desktop in Mac OS 10.5.2 or later. All the way up through the latest version of Mavericks, Mac OS 10.9. Simply insert a blank Blu-ray Disc into the drive and its icon will mount to your Mac desktop. Then you can drag files, documents, spreadsheets, photos, songs, and movies to your heart's content onto the Blu-ray Disc icon.
Mce Super-bludrive Blu-ray Player And Superdrive
Then just click burn and in a few moments you will have archived your files onto the Blu-ray Disc for safekeeping. If you are using a rewritable Blu-ray Disc and would like to write to it again, simply load the Blu-ray disc into the drive and once it mounts to your desktop run Apple's own 'Disk Utility' application located in your Utilities folder. Select the Blu-ray disc and then click on 'Erase' and in a few moments you will have a blank Blu-ray disc ready to be written to all over again.