Blu-ray Disc on the Mac? When?

Recently, I was a little surprised, but very enlightened when I came across MCE Technologies‘ web site as I was compiling the buyer’s guides for the October issue. While Adobe Encore and Roxio Toast 10 Titanium with the HD/BD plug-in will happily create a Blu-ray Disc on a Mac, you still can’t play back a Blu-ray Disc without employing Windows XP/Vista/7 running under Boot Camp (sorry, virtual machine users… too much system resources needed… that would be painful to watch if you could pull it off at all.)

For a company who is usually near the bleeding edge, we’re a little surprised Apple hasn’t put forth at least basic Blu-ray Disc playback support on the Mac; and surely someone in the Pro Apps team is a little worried that Adobe and Roxio may be eating Apple’s lunch when it comes to disc burning.

I just came across a petition to ask Apple to consider adding Blu-ray Disc support to DVD Studio Pro… while online petitions usually strike me as being a bit silly, this is one where if you happen to sign that petition, you may just find my name on it as well.

Credit due: ProVideo Coalition.com: the EDITBLOG by Scott Simmons

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  1. Just wanted to let you guys know that we have put together a bundle that includes the Pioneer BDR-203 Blu-ray burner with an external housing and Roxio Toast 10 Titanium Pro. All for under $400.

    With this solution you can edit your video on your Mac and burn it on Blu-ray. It’s not high end authoring and it doesn’t have all the Blu-ray goodies, but it allows you to deliver your HD content to your HD customer.

    This bundle contains:

    * Roxio Toast 10 Titanium Pro ($134.95 value)
    * Pioneer BDR-203 CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc Writer ($229.95)
    * Vantec NexStar DX External 5.25″ USB 2.0 & eSATA Enclosure ($45.00 value)
    * Verbatim Blu-ray Disc Bundle with 5 BD-R 25GB Discs and 1 BD-RE 25GB Disc ($79.95 value)
    * Eye Scream Factory DVD Art Essentials ($29.95 value)

    That’s over $500 worth of Blu-Ray tools for under $400!!!
    Videoguys Blu-ray for Mac Bundles http://www.videoguys.com/VideoguysSpecials/Specials.aspx?sb=24

    Gary

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