Originally Posted by lifevicarious
Yes, I am a MAC user so obviously need Mac support. I do not run parallel or anything on my Mac so don't have access to a win machine.
As far as MKV vs ISO files this is where I get confused. I have read a lot of this thread (not all) and have seen subtitle issues which I thought were related to MKV files. Is that correct? That would be a deal breaker, I absolutely need the subs. But on the flip side, I thought I read that there are jukebox issues with ISO. Is there a pros and cons list of MKV vs. iSO? Again, since I'm just starting, I don't really care what file type as long as it works and supports subs. Jukebox support would certainly be nice.
Also, when it comes to using a Mac, do I need to worry about drive formatting?
Some Blu-ray movies (Godfather, Kill Bill) have subtitles that are "forced"... ie, when they're speaking Italian or Japanese and English subs are supposed to appear. The Dune supports forced subs in ISO but not MKV.
However, if you create your MKV deliberately, you can make it work properly. The Dune supports both internal subs (within the MKV file) and external subs (separate file) and you can set it so that one or the other is on by default. You could put only forced subs as internal, and full subs always external, then set it to default to internal. Or vice versa.
AFAIK there are no issues with subtitles in MKV that cannot be worked around in some manner.
It sounds like you want subs to be always on; if so, there's no issue with the forced subs. MKV is preferred because it is faster to launch (no HDMI resync) and supports resume. Chapter stops are not supported in MKV but that is expected to be resolved in the next firmware update. I'm not aware of any jukebox issues with either format.
The Dune can read and write to disks formatted as ext2 (its native choice), ext3, or NTFS. Regardless of format, other computers on your network can access the Dune's local storage over SMB. If you're going to plug the disk directly into your Mac then you will need to choose a compatible format.