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External Blu-Ray Burner for 2012 Imac

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  • Michael Paine Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 10:51 PM (in response to Michael Paine)

    Got my MCE Blue ray optical drive.

     

    The Bu-ray movie software is trial only. You have to pay for the full version at:

    http://www.macblurayplayer.com/

     

    It works well on my iMac with a single USB2 connection and no need for external power. However it seems to want an internet connection every time I play a Blu-ray disk. I used Little Snitch to block it and it refused to play the disk. Once unblocked it played. This might be software protection or something built into Blu-ray. Pls don't post any suggestions for getting around this as it will breach the discussion terms of use.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 11:15 PM (in response to Michael Paine)

    Thanks for the update - so what does that software do? Is it similar to iDVD or iMovie or simply a burn app?

  • Michael Paine Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Dec 18, 2012 2:40 AM (in response to babowa)

    It works like the Mac DVD Player. Start the app, insert the BR disk and it displays the menu for playing the movie. I just tried it out and compared the picture quality on my 24" imac with the same movie as a DVD. The extra clarity was very noticable. The only nuisance was the repeated attempts to access the internet in order to play the disk.

     

    When I played the DVD version I had to use DVD Player as the Blu-ray app could not play it properly. I was still using the Blu-ray drive for this. I also had to select the correct region.

     

    I also tried out burning data to a 25Gb blank disk (actually part of my iPhoto library). I just used Finder to drag folders to the disk icon then selected the burn icon in Finder. This also worked well, taking about 30 minutes. Note that the current iMac is USB2, as is the burner.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Dec 18, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to Michael Paine)

    Thanks for the info; I think the fact that it insists on having an internet connection would be enough for me not to buy it. Having it access an online server to "catalog" you playing your own homemade DVD is a bit intrusive.

  • Julian Bashir Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to babowa)

    Quick dumb question: If I plan to edit movies using iMovie, will I be able to write them to a Blu-Ray once I get an external Blu-Ray player? Or do I need to plan on using a different movie-editing program to write to Blu-Ray DVD?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 2:28 PM (in response to Julian Bashir)

    You can edit in iMovie, but you will need a software such as Roxio Toast with the blu-ray plugin (and a blu-ray burner) to be able to burn to blu-ray disks. Keepin mind that any editing/rendering/compression will diminish the quality - so, unless you have video editing software that will process true HD without any loss of quality (and the newer iMovie versions cannot do that), burning something to blu-ray after using iMovie is an overkill - that's my humble opinion. I believe Final Cut Pro X does support blu-ray - you could check into that.

  • BB Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 9:37 PM (in response to gonzo3343)

    Just got the

    LaCie d2 Blu-ray XL

    for Christmas with a new iMac on order. I see people have issues with Thunderbold not supplying enough power to supply some devices, well the d2 has its own power suppy. Has anyone seen a burning speed improvement using the Thunderbolt to fiewire adaptor? I do believe the dive is on firwire 400 even though there is a 400 to 800 cable supplied.

     

    Its a pretty case, I can't wait to try it.

  • Michael Paine Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:33 PM (in response to Michael Paine)

    Good news - the MCE Blu Ray burner works well on a new iMac.

    Rather than waste a USB3 port on the back of the iMac I have also bought a Kensington 3-port USB2 hub & iPhone4 sync station (for $29). I now have a printer and keyboard also plugged into this device. The MCE performance does not seem to be affected by working through the (powered) hub.

     

    BB - I have found the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter very disappointing. See my post of 10th December. Don't expect unpowered Firewire devices to work with it. As the Lacie D2 burner is powered you might have better luck. However I do expect you will find the performance no better than using its USB2 cable instead of Firewire.

  • alpshiker Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 3:30 AM (in response to rob_ART)

    posted below…

  • alpshiker Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 3:31 AM (in response to gonzo3343)

    Today I received the LaCie USB 3.0 Blu-ray Burner/Player:

    http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10602

     

    I connected it to my Retina MacBook Pro (15") USB 3.0 port. (It's bus powered so that's all you need is the USB 3.0 cable supplied with it.)

     

    Using the installed Blu-ray Player software I purchased earlier this year from macblurayplayer.com, I was able to play a Blu-ray movie.

     

    And using the installed Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper for Mac I purchased earlier this year, I was able to rip a Blu-ray movie to iPad 3/4 Retina compatible format (full 1080p).

     

    Tomorrow I'll install the same two pieces of software in the 2012 iMac and confirm that it also works there.

     

     

     

    A search on external Bluray writer has brought this discussion up to the surface. Rob, are you still happy with the Lacie USB3 Bluray writer? I plan on buying one for a MBPr, though Lacie is out of stock at the moment.

     

     

    Are there perhaps other options, anyone ? A USB3, Toast compatible, single USB cable as opposed to Y, would have my favours!

  • rob_ART Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 11:31 AM (in response to alpshiker)

    Still happy with the performance with Blu-ray rip and play. The Apple USB SuperDrive burns DVDs faster but lacks the Blu-ray dimension.

     

    The Y cable is a puzzle since it's unnecessary. Visually, I would prefer something in silver aluminum instead of black plastic.

     

    I haven't burned any blu-ray movie discs. I assume Toast would work with it fine.

  • alpshiker Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 12:39 AM (in response to rob_ART)

    rob_ART wrote:

     

    Still happy with the performance with Blu-ray rip and play. The Apple USB SuperDrive burns DVDs faster but lacks the Blu-ray dimension.

    Both specs at DVD write are the same on paper: 8x. Only dual layer (which I never use) drops from 6x for the Apple Superdrive to 4x for the Lacie Bluray.

     

     

    The Y cable is a puzzle since it's unnecessary. Visually, I would prefer something in silver aluminum instead of black plastic.

     

    Some notebooks have insufiscient power supplied through one port, especially when working on battery. It's the case for my 17" Powerbook G4. The fact that you found a Y cable in the package worries me… I wish that the newer MBPr 15 would supply enough wattage through one port, since ports are getting scarce on that model. I'm not fond of the  glossy shine either, but as long as it works !…

     

    Thanks Rob for your post and feedback !

     

    Paul

  • Thomas Strong Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 17, 2014 8:51 AM (in response to rob_ART)

    rob_ART can you provide a link to the "Mac Blu-ray Player"? It seems that there are 2 products using that same name, but are different.

  • DieselFuelForLife Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
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    Jan 17, 2014 12:54 PM (in response to RRFS)

    RRFS wrote:

     

    Not Mac/Apple compliant!

    All external hard and optical drives are "mac compliant".

  • rob_ART Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)
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    Jan 17, 2014 1:22 PM (in response to Thomas Strong)

    This is the one I have:

    http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10602

     

    No mention of the Mac or Mac OS X but it works perfectly.

     

    The page says, "Available at LaCie resellers only." You used to be able to order it direct from LaCie. Check with MacSales.com. They carry LaCie products and can special order if it is not in stock.

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