Apple computers are widely used in the creative industry by graphic designers, web developers, and video editors. Ironically, Apple never got on board with the Blu-ray disc format, which has been around since 2006 and has been the dominant format for home definition since the HD-DVD format was discontinued in 2008.
Apple users have come up with ways to edit and burn high-definition Blu-ray video (either by purchasing Roxio’s Toast 11 Pro or by exporting from Final Cut Pro into Adobe Encore), but until now users have been unable to play Blu-ray discs back natively.
At last, six years after the introduction of Blu-ray, one company has finally come forward and made it happen. They’re called Macgo, and the program they have created is simply called “Mac Blu-ray Player.”
Using the program requires the following items: a Mac running OS X v10.5 or higher with an Intel CPU, an internal or external Blu-ray disc drive, a Blu-ray movie, an Internet connection, and the Macgo software. The Internet connection is required in order to decode the disc’s copy-protection and licensing, which are built in to all replicated Blu-ray discs.
According to Macgo’s website, the software sounds promising. It claims to play Blu-ray discs smoothly using hardware acceleration in full high definition. Macgo also says their program can play DVDs and other types of multimedia files including music and photos.
However, an initial Macgo Blu-ray Player Review done by Macworld.com paints a much darker picture of this long-awaited application. Their reviewer encountered quirky problems when accessing menus, freezing during playback, and a host of other issues. Whether this was due to the drive he was using or some other factor is uncertain.
Macgo offers the program free of charge for 3 months, after which users must pay $39.95 for a lifetime license to the program. Whether or not the program is worth the money is up to you, but at least you have three months to try it out and judge for yourself.
What is your experience with Macgo, or with playing Blu-ray discs on OS X? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.