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External Blu-ray Writer LG BLE12LU38

5492 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2012 7:23 AM by Techi50 RSS
texasman4008 Calculating status...
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Apr 15, 2012 8:35 AM

Morning,  I just purchased the above LG BR writer for my 2010 Mac 17", 10.7.3, Lion,  which was recommended by the apple support guy who is now stationed at the best buy.   he said it would work and even recommended downloading Toast to go with it once installed, to make the HD movies from the grandsons football year look even better.  so, here is my question, i hooked it all up, slipped in the disk and it just sits there...not sure where to go to from there, it does not automaticaly install.  if i double click the disk on the desktop, i get the following folders...autorun, autorun inf, cms, and supermultiblu.ico....still lost...can you please assist and if possible, make it really simple....thank you as always.  dan

IMAC, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to texasman4008)

    Here is the website for the product you bought:



    It shows this for system requirements:


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    Do you run Windows?If not, I'd suggest you return it and buy something that is compatible with a Mac. There is also the problem of Macs not supporting blu-ray - not sure if the latest Toast version can produce true BR quality.


    Also, please update your profile: are you really running Leopard (in your profile)? And there is no 2010  17" model.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 10:45 AM (in response to texasman4008)
    iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.7.3) Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:10 PM (in response to texasman4008)

    I'm not entirely sure, but I believe anyone working at Best Buy is a Best Buy employee - possibly some extra training for whatever products they sell, but I don't think it's an Apple employee.


    I haven't looked into blu-ray at all, so I can't recommend any burner - den.thed gave you another link (for a LaCie); you might want to check that. I have a regular LaCie burner which has been great.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to texasman4008)

    Well, I will share my workflow with you; however, the iMovie version I use mostly is an old one - iMovie HD 6 - it was/is the only one that is lossless meaning there is no loss of quality. So, I shoot in HD - either 720p (one camera) or 1080p (the other camera) - both Canons. I then import the footage into iMovie and edit it there. Also use FCE for layered videos and Livetype to create cool menus/introductions. When done, I export with "expert" settings (highest quality); import into iDVD. When done there, I either "burn" (create) a Video_TS folder to keep all the files for future burns and burn with Toast or burn with iDVD.


    Toast will not help with the quality of the DVD; your camera's quality is the most important thing to begin with. I actually tried the bluray plugin they sold separately and could not find a difference viewing the movie on my 720p TV. If you create any slideshows, do not use the Ken Burns effect - it does not produce good quality movement. I use Photo to Movie for all slideshows and then export that at the highest quality settings to add to my movie.


    I can't check at the moment if the latest version of iMovie allows exporting at expert settings because I'm on another Mac, but you might want to check into the available settings.

  • KenDor Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2012 5:57 AM (in response to texasman4008)

    Presuming you have enough available ports (and that, Win ext. HDD has enough space to accept all the transferred data eg. 100Gb + 30Gb) - connect both external hard drives to your Mac (since it can read *both* formats), then, simply copy the video data (drag'n'drop) from the Mac formatted drive to the Windows formatted drive. Caveats to consider would be file naming conventions, depending on format of Windows hard drive [eg. 11characters-file-name.3character-extension] and the limitations of type of Windows format used to originally format the external drive. Many Mac Users forget to add the 3 character extension to file names (because they don't need to on a Mac), but Windows uses the 3 character extension to basically identify what the file type is. All relatively painless & simple.

  • Techi50 Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:23 AM (in response to texasman4008)

    This happened because Mac Os supports read only from NTFS and can support write if you use some third party plugins. Alternatively, you can format your HD to fat32 which is fully supported by both OSs. However, the maximum partition size is 32gb, so you need to create multiple partitions to occupy the whole available space. Another solution is to find an application for windows that can read Mac file system.


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