anydvd on virtual machine on mac ...

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (Blu-ray issues)' started by zero7404, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. zero7404

    zero7404 Well-Known Member

    i’m loosely looking at eventually migrating to a virtual machine for windows 10 and was wondering how well anydvd works in one ?

    the question is more towards the ability to see an externally attached bd drive.

    i have little experience with vm’s but leaning towards a free platform like virtualbox running on apple hardware. right now the hardware is intel based and i may stick with that when i buy a new macbook pro.

    not considering arm macs, mostly going to stick with intel because i still want the ability to dual boot natively on the hardware.
     
  2. ocd

    ocd Well-Known Member

    AnyDVD runs just fine in a VM using a USB drive.
     
  3. zero7404

    zero7404 Well-Known Member

    thanks.

    i am more concerned with how the hardware connection will map to windows in the VM .. i suppose that's not a problem in the VM, just the correct path to choose the 'virtual' port that the optical drive is connected to.
     
  4. ocd

    ocd Well-Known Member

    VMware provides excellent USB passthrough on all platforms.
     
  5. zero7404

    zero7404 Well-Known Member

    i think vmware is not free, in the same category as parallels ... if licensing and pricing for paid vm's was reasonable for a home user, i wouldn't mind shelling out cash for it. parallels is running their product like a subscription service with maintenance fees or pay to upgrade.

    since windows changes/evolves, i'd rather stick with VirtualBox and figure out how to make it work with macOS and peripherals/hardware on the mac.

    either way thanks for the advice, as the landscape changes - and just like apple killed the CD industry - they are also taking the knife to the throat of DVD and Bluray .... for that there is Anystream thankfully.

    maybe I'll consider another intel-based mbp when I'm ready to upgrade my old one .... less headaches.
     
  6. 0x0x0x0x0

    0x0x0x0x0 Well-Known Member

    fusion/workstation player is free for personal (non-commercial) use:-

    Code:
    https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=fusion-player-personal
    
     
  7. zero7404

    zero7404 Well-Known Member

    didn't look into it in detail thought it was paid software, thanks for that
     
  8. DarkQuark

    DarkQuark Well-Known Member

    Well "Player" is free but Workstation Pro costs a few hundred. Pro is technically better and contains more abilities that you may or may not need. If you are going to run multiple VMs, take snapshots and not just use in once in awhile it might be worth the cost of Pro.

    Here is a handy article talking about the differences.


    https://www.vembu.com/blog/vmware-workstation-player-vs-vmware-workstation-pro/
     
  9. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    Player would be just good enough to run AnyDVD. If you want to extend the functionality - fine. But for AnyDVD just run player and don't expect more. Done.
     
  10. zero7404

    zero7404 Well-Known Member


    thanks, i'll take a look at that. even if going with intel architecture, I can experiment with running windows in a vm on macOS and probably come back to this around then ...
    remaining somewhat hessitant to switching over to the newer MBP's ....

    this is a long shot -- does anyone happen to have a newer Apple ARM-based system, with windows running in a vm + Redfox software also installed ?
    wondering how well AS and AnyDVD work with the rosetta 2 emulation.
     
  11. 0x0x0x0x0

    0x0x0x0x0 Well-Known Member

    never compare feature set on a two year old blog post when the vendor actually provides Pro vs Player feature comparison on their site:

    Code:
    https://store-us.vmware.com/vmware-fusion-12-pro-5424173700.html
    
    click "compare kits." As @coopervid said, there's literally nothing that a regular user needs in the Pro version.
     
  12. 0x0x0x0x0

    0x0x0x0x0 Well-Known Member

    I looked at the M1-based system specs, and the only thing I could infer from the pithy RAM and storage is that they decided it was only intended for "consumption"
     
  13. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    AnyDVD is a driver for a Windows based Intel system. I don't think this will work in an emulation on ARM-hardware. Very unlikely.
     
  14. 0x0x0x0x0

    0x0x0x0x0 Well-Known Member

    There's no reason why it shouldn't work, given Apple emulate x86_64 architecture and the filter is done in software, but the question would be why one would bother given the crippling spec and extortionate point-of-purchase upgrades...
     
  15. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    Speculation: I don't think that the emulation will allow AnyDVD to get low enough in it to do its job.
     
  16. 0x0x0x0x0

    0x0x0x0x0 Well-Known Member

    It emulates instruction set, why wouldn't it?
     
  17. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    We should ask @James regarding the chances he sees. My expectations are low....
     
  18. James

    James Redfox Development Team Staff Member

    I have no idea, but does Windows 10 actually run inside a VM on an ARM Mac with decent performance?
     
  19. coopervid

    coopervid Well-Known Member

    Any guys running ARM Apple hardware already and using virtual machines? Maybe we have to wait some time....
     
  20. 0x0x0x0x0

    0x0x0x0x0 Well-Known Member

    Apparently not something one would want to do every day:-

    Code:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUmb3rG2xkk