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Blu-ray playback, at last.
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Jul 14, 2011, 04:22 AM
 
So far I have only tried it with the Black Swan Blu-ray disc but I fail to notice the choppy playback others talk about.

Mac is the slowest Mac Pro ever, Dual 2.0 GHz 2006 model, 8 GB RAM and ATI Radeon HD 5770, so it can't even get the plus of Nvidia CUDA but I guess the ATI, being a recent card, is up to the task.

Blu-ray player is an external LG BE12LU30 USB 2.

Grabbed a couple of screenshots, windowed and full screen mode:



     
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Jul 14, 2011, 04:15 PM
 
It doesn't take much to decode BluRay, a single modern 2Ghz core will do it in realtime. No GPU or multithreaded needed.
     
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Jul 14, 2011, 04:20 PM
 
It's nice that the free market stepped up when Apple failed to deliver in this regard.

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Jul 15, 2011, 06:42 AM
 
Small update. I was advised not to use this software since "It is not a real Blu-ray player. No menu support, no navigation, no chapter skipping, no fast forward or rewind, etc. Its just a dumb de-encryptor of the copy protection of retail Blu-Ray and streams the resulting un-encrypted video. Closed Caption is supported and an internet connection is required to download the keys needed to decrypt the protected stream."

So I have bought this Philips BDP7600 Blu-ray player instead.

     
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Jul 15, 2011, 06:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by angelmb View Post
Small update. I was advised not to use this software since "It is not a real Blu-ray player. No menu support, no navigation, no chapter skipping, no fast forward or rewind, etc. Its just a dumb de-encryptor of the copy protection of retail Blu-Ray and streams the resulting un-encrypted video. Closed Caption is supported and an internet connection is required to download the keys needed to decrypt the protected stream."
That's not a "small update".

That's a pretty massive fail.
     
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Jul 15, 2011, 09:26 AM
 
Indeed. I don't want to support sneaky, controversial practices, so to hell with it.
     
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Jul 15, 2011, 09:38 AM
 
$40 is pretty steep, even if it was full featured.
     
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Jul 15, 2011, 02:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
That's not a "small update".

That's a pretty massive fail.
Not as massive as the fail of Apple to stupidly continue to refuse to support BD on Mac OS X. That's an epic fail.
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Jul 15, 2011, 03:36 PM
 
Originally Posted by voodoo View Post
Not as massive as the fail of Apple to stupidly continue to refuse to support BD on Mac OS X. That's an epic fail.
I, for one, would prefer to see all that "protected audio path" and "protected video path" crap remain OUT of (MAC MAC MAC MAC!)* OS X, thank you very much.

For one thing, very useful apps like Audio Hijack and WireTap and Snapz Pro X would probably cease to function.

*The "Mac" is very much still part of OS X!
     
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Jul 15, 2011, 04:18 PM
 
protected audio/video path is present now.
     
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Jul 15, 2011, 04:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by demani View Post
protected audio/video path is present now.
No, it is not. You might be confusing it with HDCP. That is different. If protected audio/video path were present, it would be a lot harder than using either a simple kext (as in Wiretap/Snapz Pro) or a haxie (as in Audio Hijack) to get the functionality of those programs.
     
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Jul 18, 2011, 08:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by voodoo View Post
Not as massive as the fail of Apple to stupidly continue to refuse to support BD on Mac OS X. That's an epic fail.
I disagree. I'd rather Apple not invest in the outrageous changes to the core media infrastructures of the operating system that would be necessary to support BD.

Admittedly, in practice, Protected Media Path (or whatever it's called) in Windows has not caused the severe performance penalties the naysayers predicted. But it did introduce yet another layer of software complexity, and it distracts the OS developers from useful things they could be doing.

Besides, why would I watch a BD on my Mac when I can do it on my plasma TV with surround?
     
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Jul 18, 2011, 08:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by angelmb View Post
Small update. I was advised not to use this software since "It is not a real Blu-ray player. No menu support, no navigation, no chapter skipping, no fast forward or rewind, etc. Its just a dumb de-encryptor of the copy protection of retail Blu-Ray and streams the resulting un-encrypted video. Closed Caption is supported and an internet connection is required to download the keys needed to decrypt the protected stream."
From the website, it seems to be based mostly on VLC. No doubt VLC will eventually support Blu-ray at no cost.
     
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Jul 18, 2011, 10:14 AM
 
I'm sitting out Blu-ray anyway. I'm not going to invest money in an unstable platform, where lots of early adopters were tricked into buying players that couldn't be updated to the continually evolving spec. Everyone remember this hassle? AVATAR Blu-Ray Problems Cause Uproar Among Fans.

Frankly, none of the newer movie platforms is worth replacing DVD for me; not Netflix, not iTunes, not Blu-ray.
     
   
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