Macworld Buying Guides: Optical drives
Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:51 AM
Apple also provided a mechanism for drive specific profiles; earlier versions of OS X required drive specific profiles, and companies like LaCie provided these profiles for downloads. Apple System Profiler reports whether the driver profile is Apple supported or vendor supported.
OS X 10.3.x and earlier required specific profiles for successful burning.
As a rule, almost all modern CD and DVD drives in the market are supported by OS X 10.5.x.
At the present time, Apple has NO support for burning Blu-ray disks in any format, or for that matter, no way to play Blu-ray videos. Apps like Toast permit Blu-ray burning in various formats. the issue is quite complex, and will require some effort from Apple to resolve.
Posted 03 April 2009 - 01:12 PM
Certain types of media should probably be avoided entirely, despite their apparent advantages. Their reliability and compatibility are extremely limited. The functionality and longevity of perhaps 50% of the available DVD media is very limited (like from 0 months to 6 months). Error correction on different media varies in reliability. Viterbi error correction is more robust than older methods. A great deal of "factory" firmware is very poor, and even dysfunctional.
I sure the manufacturers and OEM's will contribute to your research.
The points listed above are all pertinent issues to be investigated for a meaningful article. The consumer is spending millions of hours, and billions of dollars, on technology that is borderline functional. MacWorld can to a great service to its readers by investigating the optical drive products of its advertisers.
Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:22 PM
Next I attempted to play a Blu-ray movie. The disk did mount on the desktop but would not play. Now for the finale. I inserted a blank new rerecordable TDK disk from Frys. I chose a 600Mb HD video file that was edited in Final Cut and dragged and dropped onto Toast 9 in the video mode. The Blu-ray option was highlighted. I clicked the record button and it began recording. This was a 3 minute HDV shot Quicktime file. After recording I placed the disk in my new Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray player. It spun up and played. The result was a 20+ Mb per second beautiful playback of my Swiss Rail video. It met and exceeded my expectations. Aside from the inability for now to play commercial Blu-ray disks (I only tried one disk) I am completely satisfied with the burner and Toast 9 with the Blu-ray add on software. I feel very fortunate for this to work as well as it did. Perhaps the wisest thing is to purchase one re recordable disk in case of problems. Now if only Apple will get off their behinds and add capability to DVD studio Pro for Blu-ray. In a recent FCP survey to me I did request Blu-ray capability. We will see come this month or next.
Posted 04 April 2009 - 06:40 AM
Posted 04 April 2009 - 06:41 AM
But for optical drives, the faster speed doesn't really matter too much - why? The read and write speeds of most optical drives, whether reading or writing, is well within the rates supported by USB2 or FW400. FW800 on an optical drive is wasted.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 02:17 PM
It's annoying that this technology didn't get traction in the US. It's like the old VHS vs BetaMax days where BetaMax was far and away a superior technology (that's why the broadcast industry standardized on it) but the combination of ignorance of consumers and marketing by VHS made VHS the dominant format.
Had MO technology gotten the recognition it deserved I feel it's capacity would have increased similarly to DVD. Fujitsu had been our last oasis for MO but they've also thrown in the towel. How sad.
Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:56 AM
I've printed labels for all my CDs and DVDs for years now. I currently use the Artisan 810 and it's a quick and simple process to print TRULY professional looking labels on your disks.