Until now, it seems. AMEX Digital has just announced a new Mac mini Blu-ray Drive Upgrade Kit, which targets Apple's most promising mini HTPC. Many users feel that the Mac mini's size makes it the perfect OS X option for connecting to one's PC, and now, with the inclusion of a Blu-ray drive, you could actually use it as a high-def movie playing machine. There's still no internal TV tuner, but we suppose an external one could be attached if you get really desperate.
The kit comes with a slot-loading Blu-ray drive that'll work in any new Mac mini (With NVIDIA GeForce 9300M graphics or higher) and any new iMac (With NVIDIA GeForce 9300M graphics or higher). For $199, that's not really bad if you're looking to make a home theater work around a Mac mini. Many standalone BD decks are around the $200 mark anyway, but you best be comfortable with a screwdriver before purchasing this.
What's in the Box
- Blu-ray Super Multi Drive
- Size: 126 x 128 x 12.7 mm
- Weight: 220 grams
- New Mac mini (With NVIDIA GeForce 9300M graphics or higher)
- New iMac (With NVIDIA GeForce 9300M graphics or higher)Blu-ray Software requirement for Mac
- Roxio Toast® 9 + (HD/BD Plug-in)
The new HD/BD plug-in for Toast 9 gives users the ability to author high definition video content on to Blu-ray, or even standard DVD discs! Take high-def video footage from AVCHD camcorders, TiVo and EyeTV and create Blu-ray discs that can be played on any standard Blu-ray set top box or Playstation3 game console. Did you invest in HD DVD? The HD/BD Plug-in even supports HD DVD formats and disc players.
- Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 with Encore
Create DVDs; deliver high-definition Blu-ray discs with pop-up menus, dual-layer burning, and subtitles; and output interactive web versions with Adobe® Encore® CS4 software.
As high definition (HD) has become the new standard for video, and Blu-ray Disc has won the high-definition format war for storing HD content, it's more important than ever to be able to author professional-quality Blu-ray discs. Included with Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4 and Adobe Creative Suite® 4 Production Premium software, Adobe Encore® CS4 software makes output to a wide range of industry-standard media formats, including Blu-ray Disc, easy and efficient.
- VLC media player
The cross-platform media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (H.264 Blu-ray HD video, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...)
- SONY Vegas Pro 8
The Vegas Pro 8 software you can burn a Blu-ray Disc directly from the timeline. Blu-ray Disc burning allows you to create a disc similar to a "single movie" DVD — the movie has no titles, menus, or buttons. Blu-ray Disc burning in Vegas Pro 8 software provides an alternate distribution option for high-definition content, rather than traditional file-based hard disk or streaming media formats. You can also use the Blu-ray Disc burning feature to create high-definition discs that can playback on a set-top Blu-ray Disc player or on a Sony PS3 gaming system.
- PowerDVD 8/9 Ultra Blu-ray
The High-definition movie content -The best video quality out there, with support for video formats like AVCHD and Blu-ray Discs.
- Corel® WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray
DVD and video playback for Blu-ray Disc, For movie lovers looking for the best that high-definition has to offer, WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-Ray delivers superior picture quality and audio performance on your PC. Maximize your DVD viewing experience with Blu-ray Discs, the new standard in high-definition. Enjoy standard DVDs with HD-quality upscaling, play home movies in HD and watch movies on the go with advanced laptop enhancements.
- AnyDVD HD™
AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD support, including decryption of Blu-ray (BD+ and AACS) and HD DVD (AACS) movies.
Allows you to watch movies over a digital display connection, without HDCP-compliant graphics card and without HDCP-compilant display. No need to buy an expensive monitor.
- Direct Recording, Editing and View the Blu-ray movie on Mac OSx with Toast® 9, Premiere Pro and Final Cut.
- Direct playing the Blu-ray "HD Video Files" on Mac OSX with VLC media player.
BootCamp into Windows on the Mac
- Direct Recording and Editing the Blu-ray movies on WinXP, Vista and Win7 with SONY Vegas Pro 8.
- Direct to Rip a Blu-ray movies to Blu-ray HD Files to the hard drive on WinXP/Vista with AnyDVD HD.
- Direct Play a Blu-ray movies on WinXP, Vista and Win7 with PowerDVD and WinDVD.