How to add a Blu-Ray drive to a Mac

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Despite Apple’s stubborn refusal to equip its computers with Blu-Ray drives, or perhaps because of this, we may want to add one to our Mac. For example, if we have a Mac-Mini as a media center, nothing prevents us from adding an external Blu-Ray drive to enjoy movies and series in that physical format. My colleague Pedro Santamaria has published in Xataka Smart Home an entry about how to add a Blu-Ray drive to your Mac .

We will need both a Blu-Ray drive and the software needed to play this format . If we start with the hardware, tell them that the drive does not need to be able to burn Blu-Ray discs if we don’t need it, saving us a good deal of money. We have external drives that connect via USB to the computer and read Blu-Ray for about sixty euros, and if we want to combine them with a DVD recorder we will get them for a little less than 100 euros. And we have recording units for about 130 euros , with prices of blank discs from one and a half euros upwards.

How to add a Blu-Ray drive to a Mac
How to add a Blu-Ray drive to a Mac

Once we connect it to our Mac, we’ll need, as I said, playback software. A good alternative would be Mac Blu-ray player for OS X and which also has a Windows version. Mac Blu-ray player also allows the playback of many formats such as DVD, VideoCD, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, RMVB, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, etc. The price of this software is currently $39, and its normal price is $59, with a demo version for evaluation.

If you choose to search for free software, please note that VLC also allows the playback of these discs , for which you must download files called key database and AACS dynamic library (Google is your friend to find them) in order to do so. But if you want a method that doesn’t give problems and works perfectly with all discs I would choose Mac Blu-ray player.

Another option, although much longer and not direct, is to rip the Blu-Ray content to the Mac with some application like MakeMKV. Content that you can then comfortably play with VLC or other media players. More information about this method can be found here.

As you can see, the possibility of connecting a Blu-Ray drive to your Mac is there, it’s “for everyone” and has no complications.

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