Well, I got a OWC external BD/DVD/CD R/RW (contains an LG GGW-H20L) and downloaded MakeMKV & Plex. The external drive has eSATA/FW800/FW400/USB 2.0 interfaces. I first tried the eSATA interface through a Syba SD-EXPC34-1S2 JMB Chipset 1x e-SATA Ports, 34mm, Up to 3.0Gb/s ExpressCard in my MacBookPro 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. The drive showed up in makemkv, and I started to open the MiB BD, and my MBP froze. Happened twice. Then tried FW800, but Makemkv would not recognize that the drive was connected. Then tried FW400, worked like a champ, so I went back to the FW800 and then could access the drive.
I ripped (FW800) MiB BD and For All Mankind BD to my MBP's HD. Fired up Plex and both rips played flawlessly (no HD audio though
). I then transferred the rips to my Mac mini (1st gen Intel Core Duo upgraded to 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo), fired up Plex, and the rips looked great (compared to the BDs) on a 52" Sony XBR5 (I had to bump up the mini's fan speed to 4500 RPM, and the CPU temps were still around 60°C
From now on I'll do all rips on the mini and store them on HDs in my G4 Quicksilver.
I do miss the high-rez audio, though.
I'd sure like to be able to record the main feature in