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Terry FlaxtonApple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 23, 2009 at 3:24:24 pm

I'm in the UK and I need to soon buy an internal or external burner for my octo core mac. If the burner is external then the speed of esata makes sense to me. I've seen fastmac burners and they're dollar to pound: in other words $400 costs £400 in the UK. Has anyone tried to install a 'windows' burner into an internal mac dvd slot and had the happy experience of it working ???? Obviously the costs are half the price. Equally, has anyone got any intelligence about what is happening with MAC and wha is shortly coming with regard to Blu-Ray. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Warren EigRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 23, 2009 at 4:33:48 pm

Very good luck with the Panasonic SW-5583 Blu-Ray. It's SATA. Took all of ten minutes to install in the second bay of my Octo. Had to remove the fan. Ran a SATA cable hooked up to one of the spare SATA ports on the mother board and used a molex to SATA power cable that came with an internal SATA drive I purchased.

Very happy here.

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Terry FlaxtonRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 24, 2009 at 1:21:38 pm

Warren - that's great info. I shall try this asap.

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Ray LaneRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 24, 2009 at 4:14:02 pm

I bought the LaCie external burner and that has worked well. The speed hasn't been a factor either, as the burning doesn't take too long. It's the encoding that kills you. From my experience, Encore is the weak link in the chain! I highly suggest getting a BD-RW and burning the project to the first.

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Terry FlaxtonRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 24, 2009 at 4:27:37 pm

Ray - approximately how long does a 60 minute dvd take to encode (or 30mins or 90mins) whichever you can give me a time on would help. I have a few 60 minute blu rays DVD's to make

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Warren EigRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 24, 2009 at 6:25:16 pm

I encoded a 2 hour movie for Sundance that took about an hour on an 8-Core (MPEG 2). I do use BD-RE to test before committing to a BD-R.

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Warren EigRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 24, 2009 at 6:30:16 pm

[Warren Eig] " encoded a 2 hour movie"

Using Compressor.

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Terry FlaxtonRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 10:43:35 am

Warren - I'm at the beginning of the understanding of this stuff so bare with my ignorance. You said "I do use BD-RE to test before committing to a BD-R. " Can you explain why to me? Also, Does encore take in flash files? I ask this because when authoring a standard DVD I managed to encode a 4 video stream multi angled project that I need to replicate at HD level but I think the streaming rates would be too high (I did that on DVD studio pro and can't find anything on encore that would do that). SInce I've managed to crack multi-angling in flash I wondered if I could drop swf files on to a blu ray disk and use their operability instead of Blu-Ray's lack of operability - if you see what I mean.

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Joe BowdenRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 3:04:02 pm

Encore CS4 will import FLV & F4V files, but no version of Encore to date supports multi-angle video.



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Terry FlaxtonRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 6:08:49 pm

Doh! Of course - thanks again for the point about re-write-ables and single record DVD's.

So I have some swf's which I want to import into encore but that only takes FLV's or F4V's - right ? So how do I turn an swf into either of those two file systems (I search around the net but all I seem to get is windows solutions). Seems like CS4 desn't take swf's and output into either - unless I'm missing something. Am I?


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Joe BowdenRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 7:46:37 pm

[Terry Flaxton] " So how do I turn an swf into either of those two file systems (I search around the net but all I seem to get is windows solutions)."

You could try this in Flash. But if you have Flash, you could export an AVI or MOV that Encore would probably prefer.





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Terry FlaxtonRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 11:08:03 pm

Thanks for the help.

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Warren EigRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 25, 2009 at 5:58:44 pm

[Terry Flaxton] "You said "I do use BD-RE to test before committing to a BD-R. " Can you explain why to me?"

Terry,

The BD-RE is rewritable so I encode in Compressor, author the Blu-Ray in Encore and make a disc image. I then burn the Disc Image from Toast onto the BD-RE, (saves wasting discs because if we are not happy we can erase the BD-RE and burn it again). If I and the client like what we see, we commit it to a BD-R, which is permanent.

HTH,

Warren



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Ray LaneRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 24, 2009 at 7:10:03 pm

Tough to say since you have an octo. My old G5 workstation takes a few hours for a 1 pass VBR through Compressor. The two pass took twice as long. My MacBook Pro seems to be similar using Adobe Media Encoder. And of course if you use MPEG4 it will be a bit longer.

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Andrew FordRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Mar 12, 2009 at 7:02:48 pm

I second the quality of the LaCie d2 external Blu-ray drive, especially if you work on a Mac.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/602325-REG/LaCie_301856U_d2_Blu_ray_D...

I have authored over 50 Blu-ray discs with this drive since getting it in Jan and I've had no problems. I use the FW400 connection and the burn time is fast. The portability is great when I'm on the road. I've used TDK, Verbatim, and Sony discs, both BD-R and BD-RE, 25 and 50gb, and no problems across the board. Letting Encore transcode can be painfully slow, so I use Sorenson instead to get a better result in a little less time.


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Tyler BackRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Nov 22, 2009 at 12:43:33 am

Andrew, are you able to give any insight on your workflow to creating so many successful Blu-ray discs? I am getting ready to do my first BD and I am starting to get overwhelmed with all the different methods.


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Terry FlaxtonRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Jan 26, 2009 at 5:48:50 pm

So, happily I went off and tried a solution suggested by Warren- that is, getting a Panasonic SW-5583 Blu-Ray - of course these units are not available in the UK yet !!!

Has anyone tried the LG GGW-H20L Internal on a MAC - this one I can get easily and cheaply

Thank you for everyone that's already replied.

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Erik ScairponRe: Apple, Encore and the right Blu Ray DVD burner
by on Feb 3, 2009 at 10:30:04 pm

I am also curious as to the performance and satisfaction with this drive. Anyone have an experience to relate?

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