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Here is MacGo's website.

I recently bought an external USB2.0 bluray drive from amazon and have been pleasantly surprised. It works very well. It cost only $35.

I would like to backup some of my Bluray movies into my external hard drive. MacGo claims they can play the lossless audio through the Mac's HDMI port or thunderbolt. Is this really true? I thought Macs were not able to do that. Anyone with a newer mac want to try this software out. My iMac is from 2007 and cannot do this. But I am able to play blurays through my USB bluray drive and this software with lossy audio.
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I'd love to know how well MacGo works. I have an internal BD drive on my MacPro and have been using the MakeMKV + VLC method of playback. Lossless audio is not a concern, just digital DTS/DD out via optical-- my receiver does not support HDMI -- I have optical going to the receiver; HDMI to the TV, and in this respect no different from my Oppo BD player. The Oppo has trouble opening its tray, and I have sworn I am not getting another set top player ever again, thus my interest.

Also I'd love to know if MacGo ignores region coding, which MakeMKV/VLC does.
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DVDFab Media Player plays back BD's with menu support.
It apparently uses XBMC under the skin, with BD menu support likely proprietary code.
I use it all the time (un-encrypted discs). Supposedly a version 2 is right aroud the corner.
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Yes, I've tried it with my Mac Mini and an OWC BluRay Player (~$60) and prior to that an internal Computer BluRay that I jury rigged to work through a USB (via converter/power system).

If I recall, you can download a trial copy, the only caveat was some of the BluRays had to be loaded on the computer after the trial ran out, otherwise it worked as well or better than DVD Fab.

I will state that trying to back-up a BluRay even to hard disk was not an easy process and may be limited in the Trial Version.

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I used the trial version also. But I don't have the mac to test lossless audio. Do you have a hdmi receiver with audio capability that you can test you Mac mini with?
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Macgo Blu-ray Player works fine on most Blu-ray disks of multiple regions with some caveats :
1) It does NOT support Blu-ray menus (contrary to what they say on their web site).
Macgo announced this support for a version 3.0 initially due in July, then missed the deadline twice, and since then all mentions of that update have disappeared
2) It needs an active Internet connection for decoding Blu-ray disks
3) Player will sometimes crash on some disks, including DVD ones

Basically, the trial version works exactly as the paid one, so try it before buying it.
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The latest Macgo Blu-ray Player v2.9.x supports Blu-ray menus... kind of : there is a Preferences option where you can switch Menus support ON (default is OFF).
But it is labeled as "beta" and rightly so : I tried 2 Blu-rays, none worked, the Player hanged.
May be in 6-12 months ?...
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The latest Macgo Blu-ray Player v2.9.x supports Blu-ray menus... kind of : there is a Preferences option where you can switch Menus support ON (default is OFF).
But it is labeled as "beta" and rightly so : I tried 2 Blu-rays, none worked, the Player hanged.
May be in 6-12 months ?...

The Mac Blu-ray software can finally access the Blu-ray disc menus. Not "beta" any more. 

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The Mac Blu-ray software can finally access the Blu-ray disc menus. Not "beta" any more. 
How many Blu-rays did you try and how many menus worked flawlessly ?
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How do you know that you have completely open the File? When the Blue play button appears? As you can see I'm not Savvy with this . I bought a Pioneer Blu-ray Burner BDR-XD05W have it plug into a usb port. Bought the MacGo Player registered it click Open File,not sure it is Opened. Please HELP. THANK YOU.
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Hi bommai,

 

I purchased the software few weeks ago.

 

My mini is hooked with a Yamaha AV receiver with an HDMI cable.

Mini is unable carry HD audio under OS X (Mavericks but I own it since Lion - same result).

Best you can do is DTS and Dolby Digital whatever is the software. The limitation doesn't come from MacGo but from Mac (OS or Hw, I am not sure at this point).

 

I opened a support ticket because my Blu-Ray discs with Dolby True HD didn't output any sound (total channel mix mess in fact) in 5.1 while DTS Master Audio was correctly downgraded to DTS. MacGo claims they can get HD audio through HDMI. My 4 years-old Mini can't with OS X.

 

I've read some Mini users that succeed to get HD audio using PowerDVD on Windows.

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My 4 years-old Mini can't with OS X.
I've read some Mini users that succeed to get HD audio using PowerDVD on Windows.
It is unfortunately a well known limitation of the early implementations of HDMI on the Mini : you could not get digital sound out of it.
It has been corrected on the latest Mac Minis (starting 2011 if I remember correctly).
AFAIK, since it is a hardware limitation, booting under Windows would not change it.
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