Having read many posts concerning Apple's reluctance to embrace BluRay delivery using disc media (that is lack of BD/RE internal Super drives, BluRay authoring upgrades for iDVD or DVD Studio Pro),… is there anyone out there with updated suggestions / experience with 3rd party software for authoring and burning BluRay video with an Apple computer and an external OWC BluRay burner?
The following posts are relevant, informative, but are about 2-3 years old:
I use Final Cut Pro (7.0.2) on an Intel iMac, as well as iDVD and to a lesser degree DVD Studio Pro to edit and author standard definition DVD media.
I have received great feedback on using the dynamic titling formats, dynamic chapter video thumbnails, and ability to swap out favorite musical additions to the titling and chapter panes.
I am also aware of the Share / Export features of FCP (7.0.2) and Compressor 3.5.2 but find the authoring formats to BluRay or AVCHD very limited and outright boring. And Toast 11 Pro still can’t compare with iDVD and DVDSP when it comes to the dynamic authoring found even in the classic iDVD software.
I am not sure, but I think Final Cut X is no more BluRay capable than Final Cut Studio.
Some forum posts have suggested Encore CS4 (very expensive ~$1500) for a Mac. Others have given up on Apple and are using Parallels system software in order to run PC video software, ie AVID, or Sony’s VAIO.
It really is a shame that with today’s consumer camcorders capable of full 1920x1080video, that editing and authoring/burning of a BluRay disc to share with friends has to be so problematic and expensive.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Apple would simply add a “Burn to BluRay” button to iDVD or DVDStudio Pro? Shouldn’t be that hard, but I’m not a software development guy. Call me: