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Blu-Ray with new 27" iMac

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Jan 18, 2010 1:06 AM (in response to muscleflex)
    do you think apple has plans of introducing an imac with a bluray drive in the NEAR future? like maybe this Summer?


    Apple have described the Blue Ray licencing system as a "world of hurt" for the end user. Apart from that no one here knows what plans Apple have for anything, and speculation is beyond the terms of use for the forum.

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    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • qbunnie Calculating status...
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    Apr 7, 2010 6:54 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
    Tough to tell if Apple will include Bluray support. I'm sure they want to push their online service, but the video quality (blurays are MUCH higher bitrate encodings) and surround sound if bluray discs are still much better.

    The nice thing is you CAN get it working in Windows via Bootcamp. It can be tricky, especially with Windows 7 64-bit and perhaps others. Here is the workaround for a 27" core i7 iMac running Window 7 pro 64-bit:
    http://discussions.info.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2264714&tstart=2&messageI D=11341693#11341693
    2.4 Ghz 13" Aluminum Macbook, Windows XP Pro
  • TVPAV Calculating status...
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:05 PM (in response to qbunnie)
    I've done my first test of creating Blue-Ray disc on 27" iMac, external Lacie writer and Toast 10 with HD plug-in.

    I used very short 1080p .mov clip created in Final Cut Express (350Mb - about 4 min long) - By just dragging the file to the Toast window caused it to hang for about 15 minutes. I guess that Toast was "thinking" about it - when it finally came on and I added menu to it, it worked fine until I started recording it to the disc. I took ages - close to 2 hours. Painfully slow - It's really strange. I can't even imagine how long it will take to burn 2 hour film on it.

    Pav

    Preston Arms Fair
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    iMac 27" Dual Core Intel 3.06 with 8Gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • ajay71 Calculating status...
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    May 5, 2010 5:18 PM (in response to TVPAV)
    I was able to burn a 2hr home video onto a 4X BD-R in about in roughly about 2hrs on my PC which has a dual boot with Snow Leopard/Roxio Toast Pro. The bluray disc came out pretty good with the menus and plays well on my standalone Samsung Blura Player/PS3 hooked to a Sony 1080P HD TV.

    The burn process failed to start once after encoding the HD clip from my Canon Camcorder while burning at the full speed of 4x. So, I was forced to choose the lower write speed of 2X, which worked perfectly fine in burning subsequent discs as well.

    Now, I need to try doing the same on my newly acquired Apple iMac 27" i5 2.66GHz Display unit.
    Custom Configuration, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Intel PC with QuadCore Processor on ASUS MB, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 256MB NVidia 9600 PCI Card, 24" Disp
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