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I am planning on getting a PC laptop computer that plays blu-ray for a family member.

 

My question is do all the PC blu ray laptops play blu-ray media such as BD-R and BD-E as well as commercial blu ray disks ?

 

If an h.264 video file is burned to a BD-R disk (burned with Toast11 on a Mac computer ) , will it play on a PC blu-ray laptop? Or do they only play commercial media ?

 

I have also read that some laptops have problems reading BD-E media or the double-layer blu-ray disks..

 

I would appreciate any recommendations of PC Blu-Ray laptops that anyone has had experience with - especially if you have played h.264 HD movies burned to Blu-Ray media.

Did the h.264 HD video burned to BD-R media play on a PC laptop that advertises it plays Blu-Ray ?

 

Would appreciate knowing laptop brands and internal blu-ray drives that you could recommend

Would it say in the specs of the computer that it plays BD-R or BD-E etc.?

 

I would be burning these h.264HD video files on a Mac with Toast11 onto BD-R media. The PC laptop is a gift for a family member. I want to be able to send BD-R media made on my Mac to this family member. I don't think this should be a problem, but I could be wrong.

Thanks a lot.

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I am planning on getting a PC laptop computer that plays blu-ray for a family member.

 

My question is do all the PC blu ray laptops play blu-ray media such as BD-R and BD-E as well as commercial blu ray disks ?

 

If an h.264 video file is burned to a BD-R disk (burned with Toast11 on a Mac computer ) , will it play on a PC blu-ray laptop? Or do they only play commercial media ?

 

I have also read that some laptops have problems reading BD-E media or the double-layer blu-ray disks..

 

I would appreciate any recommendations of PC Blu-Ray laptops that anyone has had experience with - especially if you have played h.264 HD movies burned to Blu-Ray media.

Did the h.264 HD video burned to BD-R media play on a PC laptop that advertises it plays Blu-Ray ?

 

Would appreciate knowing laptop brands and internal blu-ray drives that you could recommend

Would it say in the specs of the computer that it plays BD-R or BD-E etc.?

 

I would be burning these h.264HD video files on a Mac with Toast11 onto BD-R media. The PC laptop is a gift for a family member. I want to be able to send BD-R media made on my Mac to this family member. I don't think this should be a problem, but I could be wrong.

Thanks a lot.

 

Wow, lost of questions. a video blu-ray disc is operating system blind. That is why you can play them on your DVD player, your PC and your MAC. Remember thats the discs have to be authored via a program and not just a file copy.

 

When you go to look at a specific laptop, look at the specs of the player and it will tell you what it can play. You question is too broad. I'm sure someone somewhere could find a blu-ray drive that will only read commercial discs but one would have to look to find one. I have never hear of specific issues with BD-RE media or DL but there are a lot of variables to be considered before a definitive statement can be made.

 

As for recommendations, thaqt is your preferences and your budget ! ;)

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Wow, lost of questions. a video blu-ray disc is operating system blind. That is why you can play them on your DVD player, your PC and your MAC. Remember thats the discs have to be authored via a program and not just a file copy.

 

When you go to look at a specific laptop, look at the specs of the player and it will tell you what it can play. You question is too broad. I'm sure someone somewhere could find a blu-ray drive that will only read commercial discs but one would have to look to find one. I have never hear of specific issues with BD-RE media or DL but there are a lot of variables to be considered before a definitive statement can be made.

 

As for recommendations, thaqt is your preferences and your budget ! ;)

 

Thanks for your reply.

 

Thanks. That makes sense and that is what I assumed.

The only reason I posted this question is because when I

talked to a Sony rep online, he said the Vaio blu-ray laptops

would not play BD-R media - just commercial blu-ray.

 

It may seem like a lot of questions, but all I'm really asking is

whether a Windows machine would have any problems playing HD h.264 video files on a BD-R disk?

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I talked to a Sony rep online, he said the Vaio blu-ray laptops

would not play BD-R media - just commercial blu-ray.

 

Call and talk to a different one.

 

I think the one you talked to doesn't know what he is talking about!

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Thanks for your reply.

 

Thanks. That makes sense and that is what I assumed.

The only reason I posted this question is because when I

talked to a Sony rep online, he said the Vaio blu-ray laptops

would not play BD-R media - just commercial blu-ray.

 

It may seem like a lot of questions, but all I'm really asking is

whether a Windows machine would have any problems playing HD h.264 video files on a BD-R disk?

 

Let me ask this. Do you want to just transfer the files to a disc and have the laptop play the files? The discs would have to be made to be compatible with both MAC and PC. I thnk that Toast has that ability. Those data discs woul not play on a Home blu-dray player.

 

Do you want to author the disc so that the laptop, the MAc and a TV connected blu-ray player will play them?

 

I looked at the Sony blu-ray combo drives and they all say that they will read BR-R and BR-RE Combo drives will not write to blu-ray discs. Perhaps that was what the saleman was talking about. . For example (link). Do you know which optical drive comes with the laptop?

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Let me ask this. Do you want to just transfer the files to a disc and have the laptop play the files? The discs would have to be made to be compatible with both MAC and PC. I thnk that Toast has that ability. Those data discs woul not play on a Home blu-dray player.

 

Do you want to author the disc so that the laptop, the MAc and a TV connected blu-ray player will play them?

 

I looked at the Sony blu-ray combo drives and they all say that they will read BR-R and BR-RE Combo drives will not write to blu-ray discs. Perhaps that was what the saleman was talking about. . For example (link). Do you know which optical drive comes with the laptop?

 

"Do you want to just transfer the files to a disc and have the laptop play the files?"

 

Yes, that's exactly what I want. I do have Toast11 on my Mac. I have made HD h.264 videos on regular dvds with my Mac that will play on my Sony PS3,

although they do not play on my Sony BDP S1000ES,

so I wasn't certain about the uniformity/compatibility of Sony blu-ray in players and laptops when it comes to blu-ray media.

 

I don't need the laptop to burn blu-ray. I just want to buy a blu-ray laptop for a family member ( who wants a PC not a Mac ), and to have that laptop play BD-R media that I

make with Toast11. I have checked some laptops on Amazon and E-bay, but I don't see optical drive specs. Thank you for the checks you have made.

 

I also made my post to see if there was anyone who had used BD-R media with their blu-ray laptops.

 

thanks again for your interest in my situation.

 

I have read on some websites that one might need certain software to play h.264 files and m-peg4, and that the laptop blu-ray player will not automatically

play the video files on the blu-ray media. I was hoping to find a laptop with a blu-ray player that would recognize and play the video files without additional

software help.

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See, you are changng what you want to do.

 

Most if not all blu-ray readers will read authored video BR DVD's - commercial or not. No need to buy other software.

 

If you want the laptop to read video files which is what you want to do, then you may have to buy a program or install software to make that happen.

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See, you are changng what you want to do.

 

Most if not all blu-ray readers will read authored video BR DVD's - commercial or not. No need to buy other software.

 

If you want the laptop to read video files which is what you want to do, then you may have to buy a program or install software to make that happen.

 

 

Thanks again. I notice you have a PC laptop. Do you use a certain PC piece of software to view your h.264 videos or mpeg-4 videos or quicktime videos ?

 

Since I am making my videos with Toast11, is there a Roxio equivalent in the PC world that would have a Toast player to play the videos I am making

on my Mac with Toast 11 ?

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If all you want to do is watch the BD-R stuff on the laptop, then what you will need is a blu-ray plugin for whatever software player you're using

 

There is a plugin available for Creator 2011 (but you need the whole suite for that as I don't believe Cineplayer is available as a 'standalone')

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Thanks again. I notice you have a PC laptop. Do you use a certain PC piece of software to view your h.264 videos or mpeg-4 videos or quicktime videos ?

 

Since I am making my videos with Toast11, is there a Roxio equivalent in the PC world that would have a Toast player to play the videos I am making

on my Mac with Toast 11 ?

 

Again - files or blu-ray video disc (movie disc) ? Yes I have the free Quicktime but I don't thnk it will help you. I have Creator on that laptop along with another video editing program that will do blu-ray (and 3D). I do not have a blu-ray optical drive on that laptop though.

 

Will you be making blu-ray movie discs or will you just be copying files to a blu-ray disc? I keep asking but really don't see your answer.

 

Perhaps someone else can help bridge the gap in our failure to communicate? :unsure:

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Again - files or blu-ray video disc (movie disc) ? Yes I have the free Quicktime but I don't thnk it will help you. I have Creator on that laptop along with another video editing program that will do blu-ray (and 3D). I do not have a blu-ray optical drive on that laptop though.

 

Will you be making blu-ray movie discs or will you just be copying files to a blu-ray disc? I keep asking but really don't see your answer.

 

Perhaps someone else can help bridge the gap in our failure to communicate? :unsure:

 

 

"Will you be making blu-ray movie discs or will you just be copying files to a blu-ray disc? I keep asking but really don't see your answer."

 

Sorry if I haven't been clear, and again thanks for your repeated attempts to help me out.

 

I have EyeTVHD connected to my Mac. I can copy Blu-Ray movies with it and EyeTVHD can export them as h.264 HD video as well as Quicktime and other formats.

I also have HD AVCHD movies I make with my Cannon HV20. I would want to put these HD video files on Blu-ray media in order for them

to play on a PC laptop with a blu-ray drive. With the feedback I've been given, I'm prone to believe that the blue ray drive in and of itself won't play

these files automatically - but might with the right software.

 

Since I am making these blu-ray media files with Toast 11, I am thinking that an equivalent Roxio product for the PC such as Creator ( don't know which one exactly )

would play them with its built-in player which I am assuming it must have.

 

Am I clear enough yet ? Hope so. And thanks again.

It basically comes down to what kind of video files will a blu-ray drive in a Sony or Toshiba PC laptop play?

And how do I get the PC to play them?

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Again - files or blu-ray video disc (movie disc) ? Yes I have the free Quicktime but I don't thnk it will help you. I have Creator on that laptop along with another video editing program that will do blu-ray (and 3D). I do not have a blu-ray optical drive on that laptop though.

 

Will you be making blu-ray movie discs or will you just be copying files to a blu-ray disc? I keep asking but really don't see your answer.

 

Perhaps someone else can help bridge the gap in our failure to communicate? :unsure:

 

It also just dawned on me that maybe the PC laptop doesn't need a blu-ray drive to play HD h.264 video files or HD AVCHD?

 

What is the difference between HD and blu-ray anyway? I was just thinking that a PC laptop with Blu-Ray would be the best

solution to play both commercial blu ray movies as well as HD video files I put on BD-R disks.

Again these HD video files would be blu ray movies I have copied with EyeTVHD ( and exported as h.264 files ) as well as HD AVCHD video with my camera.

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Again - files or blu-ray video disc (movie disc) ? Yes I have the free Quicktime but I don't thnk it will help you. I have Creator on that laptop along with another video editing program that will do blu-ray (and 3D). I do not have a blu-ray optical drive on that laptop though.

 

Will you be making blu-ray movie discs or will you just be copying files to a blu-ray disc? I keep asking but really don't see your answer.

 

Perhaps someone else can help bridge the gap in our failure to communicate? :unsure:

 

HD

 

 

I'm just trying to find a way to make it as simple as possible to play the HD media I put on the blu-ray data disks, because

the family member getting the PC laptop is even dumber than I am.

I was hoping it would be just put the disk in and it would play. maybe not in the PC world.

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I'm not a lawyer but I would re-read your EyeTV EULA! :rolleyes:

 

I'm not a lawyer either, and I'm not a Napster. But perhaps I can put your eyes back in your sockets.

 

I pay for cable TV. I pay for HD channels. I pay for their DVR machine which lets me record their programs.

I am sure my cable company pays Sony, MGM, etc. for the movies they show over the air, and my cable subscription helps pay for that.

What is the difference in storing programs on a DVR machine and BD-R media ?

 

I also have a Netflix subscription. Netflix also pays Sony, MGM, et al for passing out their movies, and I in turn do the same with my subscription to Netflix.

 

Elgato makes a product called EyeTVHD. Gee, I wonder what I'm supposed to do with a product like that?

Seems to me its purpose is to allow one to record HD TV programming - duh!

 

I'm not selling my BD-R media. Kind of like iTunes I would think, and I'm sure you've never ever "SHARED" a tune you bought on iTunes.

Nah of course you wouldn't. My turn to roll my eyes.

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I'm not a lawyer either, and I'm not a Napster. But perhaps I can put your eyes back in your sockets.

 

I pay for cable TV. I pay for HD channels. I pay for their DVR machine which lets me record their programs.

I am sure my cable company pays Sony, MGM, etc. for the movies they show over the air, and my cable subscription helps pay for that.

What is the difference in storing programs on a DVR machine and BD-R media ?

I also have a Netflix subscription. Netflix also pays Sony, MGM, et al for passing out their movies, and I in turn do the same with my subscription to Netflix.

 

Elgato makes a product called EyeTVHD. Gee, I wonder what I'm supposed to do with a product like that?

Seems to me its purpose is to allow one to record HD TV programming - duh!

 

I'm not selling my BD-R media. Kind of like iTunes I would think, and I'm sure you've never ever "SHARED" a tune you bought on iTunes.

Nah of course you wouldn't. My turn to roll my eyes.

 

I see you didn't read your EULA!

 

Difference, breaking the EULA and the law...

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I'm not a lawyer either, and I'm not a Napster. But perhaps I can put your eyes back in your sockets.

 

I pay for cable TV. I pay for HD channels. I pay for their DVR machine which lets me record their programs.

I am sure my cable company pays Sony, MGM, etc. for the movies they show over the air, and my cable subscription helps pay for that.

What is the difference in storing programs on a DVR machine and BD-R media ?

 

I also have a Netflix subscription. Netflix also pays Sony, MGM, et al for passing out their movies, and I in turn do the same with my subscription to Netflix.

 

Elgato makes a product called EyeTVHD. Gee, I wonder what I'm supposed to do with a product like that?

Seems to me its purpose is to allow one to record HD TV programming - duh!

 

I'm not selling my BD-R media. Kind of like iTunes I would think, and I'm sure you've never ever "SHARED" a tune you bought on iTunes.

Nah of course you wouldn't. My turn to roll my eyes.

 

Get back to the original topic and answer the questions asked there. If you have enough information and don't want to provide more, then this thread can be closed.

 

I just noticed that you are running the same question in the Toast section of the forum and have and have a definitive answer. This thread and be closed.

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