VLC player (or other) vs. DVD player

Discussion in 'Apple' started by M. John Matlaw, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. I was looking into an Optibay ( http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/ ) for a
    mac mini. I had a couple of questions for them and it turns out that
    one can't use mac os dvd player once the optical drive is external.
    They say they've written their own code but I'm wondering how third
    party software compares to apple's dvd player. I noticed the OWC
    hardware is for the MacBook pro only and they have a note saying that if
    you use it they recommend VLC player. Having just splurged on a 27"
    apple monitor and been blown away by the picture quality I was wondering
    how key the software was to watching a dvd on my system. I'm using os

    M. John Matlaw, Nov 30, 2011
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    Gerry Guest

    Where did you here this? I use the Mac DVD player to play DVDs in my
    external drive all the time.
    Gerry, Nov 30, 2011
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  3. I'm sorry. I reviewed the owc site (
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDAMBS0GB/ ) which says:

    "( NOTE: Apple's DVD Player application only works with an internal
    optical drive or Apple's external SuperDrive. To play DVDs with your
    removed optical drive after installing it in an external enclosure such
    as the OWC SuperSlim, we recommend the free VLC Player, which can be
    downloaded from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ )"

    So the issue is just with using the former internal drive housed in an
    external case. The Optibay folks say they wrote their own code. Would
    I be right in assuming that an Apple external optical drive can be a
    boot device using the system install DVD?

    Sorry for not reading the owc thing more closely.
    M. John Matlaw, Dec 1, 2011
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    Jim Janney Guest

    I think DVD Player is better at handling bookmarks and remembering where
    you last were in a DVD, if that matters to you. But VLC is free, so why
    not just download it and decide for yourself?
    Jim Janney, Dec 1, 2011
  5. Sadly, the frequency with which I miss the obvious seems to be
    increasing. Thanks
    M. John Matlaw, Dec 1, 2011
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    Suze Guest

    Second that, VLC plays just about everything!
    Suze, Dec 2, 2011
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