Trying to get this all together on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (Blu-ray issues)' started by Phrehdd, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Phrehdd

    Phrehdd Active Member

    I have quite a bit of time burned (no pun intended) trying to set up my Mac Pro so that I could use AnyDVD products, Image Burn and PowerDVD Ultra.

    My hardware -
    Quad Core 2.66 Mac Pro
    9 gigs RAM
    1900 ATI Video
    onboard audio (analogue and digi output)
    30" Cinema display (for art work)
    XBox HD DVD player direct to Mac Pro via USB 2.0
    Drives - lots to chose from

    My 2 goals
    1) watch HD DVD from XBox on my Cinema Display
    2) Archive my HD DVD's on Mac Pro Drives and watch on Cinema Display - DVD VOBS direct from MAC OSX 10x and HD DVD on NTFS drives)

    To date, I have seen in forums people suggesting to use Parallels or VMWare Fusion to make a virtual Windows (XP in my case) and run the softwares and it should work. This doesn't appear to be the case - at least for me.

    Parallels is weak in processor as it only allows on core to be used.
    VMWare (much to my chagrin) allows 2 cores, runs fast enough but the video driver required for VMWare Fusion is rejected by PowerDVD Ultra.

    QUESTIONS --->
    If I ran BootCamp that allows a dual boot to Windows, got the ATI 1900 drivers..would PowerDVD Ultra accept those?

    When AnyDV DHD runs, there are some selections under HD DVD, which ones should be checked off? (or does this apply only to ripping?) I'f there is a link please point me to it so I don't waste anyone's time.

    I have the latest version of PowerDVD Ultra, so I am stuck with I guess having to either watch real time the HD DVD or make an ISO and mount it as a drive (Use Image Burn or ?? and Daemon or ??)... Is this correct?

    Any issues using my Cinema Display? HDMI should not be an issue correct?

    Please, any detailed help here would be greatly appreciated.

    The ONLY reason I have Windows is for archiving my library and watching DVDs (hopefully HD DVDs as well).

    I will probably use the Generic HD DVD that came with XBOX HD DVD Player to test (King_Kong)

  2. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    From what I can see of your hardware, dual booting with BootCamp should be fine. Your video should be strong enough and your cpu definitely is. The Cinema display I don't believe is HDCP compliant(maybe I'm wrong on that one) so AnyDVD HD would definitely be required. However, making an ISO with ImgBurn and mounting in Daemon Tools is definitely a good way to go. Wait, I just read that your Cinema Display has HDMI? Neat, so, that should be HDCP compliant. Nevermind then. :) Anyway, yea, I think your idea will work. VM's will definitely NOT work as PowerDVD is picky about the hardware and drivers that it runs on. I hope this helped.
  3. Phrehdd

    Phrehdd Active Member

    Bootcamp - thanks Samuri

    Thanks much for the fast response!

    I don't believe the Cinema display is HDMI compliant. I will be using AnyDVD HD for playback. Is there any settings I need to worry about?

    If I want to rip the HD DVD to drive, does VirtualClone software work to mount the ISO or use Daemon tools the answer?

    Also, is it possible to just make an ISO out of the movie and bypass all the menus and additional items? I.e. - ISO of only the movie feature for my hard drive archive.

    After I get all this up and running..I'll be exploring conversion of HD DVD ISO to H.264 playable or similar (highest quality possible) so I can play back on the Mac along with my regular dvds (finding a clean way to convert HD DVD for near quality isn't so straight forward from what I see).

    Again, thanks!

    - Phrehdd
  4. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Take the default settings and you'll be good to go.

    Use Daemon Tools. VCD has some issues that they're working on fixing for HD media.

    It is possible, yes, but, you'll have to search the forums for that information as it's rather involved and requires editing the xpl file to remove content you don't want.

    Conversion is not overly easy, but, some crazy people are actually doing it. Again, search the forum and you'll find what you need.
  5. Phrehdd

    Phrehdd Active Member

    Mac Pro - Boot Camp - AnyDVD HD / PowerDVD HD

    Samuri - thank you for your help.

    As of now all is running well for playing movies from the XBox HD DVD player attached to my Mac Pro.

    I was also able to use Image Burn tool to play the movie off my drive (though the menus didn't quite work other than playing the movie itself). My test was with the King Kong HD DVD that came with the Xbox HD player.

    While it is unfortunate I cannot use either Parallels or VMWare Fusion to watch HD DVD movies, I'll be archiving my HD DVDs on the Windows side and using Virtual Windows to create the archive copies of my regular DVDS which I move to the MAC side (where there are both the DVD Player app and VLC working quite well.

    My next project will be to convert HD DVD to high quality H.264 files to play on the Mac side the movie. The idea is to end up with files that are better quality than DVD and close enough to HD DVD originals. This is indeed a messy area and will take some time to get right. I am looking at EVODemux and MeGUI. Hopefully these are the right combo of tools.

    Again thank you for your help.

    - Phrehdd

    MAC PRO Quad 2.66
    9 gigs RAM
    Multiple drives
    1900 ATI for MAC
    Boot Camp-XP Pro (for AnyDVD HD and PowerDVD HD
  6. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Not a problem at all. I'm glad you got things working so far. Unfortunately I've not tried converting stuff yet, so, I won't be of much help there I'm afraid. Doom9 has a good thread on doing the conversions that you may want to check out. It's not for the faint of heart and will require some software that's not easy to purchase legally from what I can tell.
  7. therivetman

    therivetman Well-Known Member

    9 gig of ram??? lol

    Last edited: Dec 7, 2007
  8. Phrehdd

    Phrehdd Active Member

    9 gigs of RAM

    Well the Boot Camp XP on MAC doesn't get to enjoy it. <g>

    I have to play around with the loader for XP and see if the /PAE or /3gb settings will at least give me 3.x gigs access of RAM. - Any thoughts?

    However, I do photo work on the MAC and the 9 gigs really does help.

    Btw, though the MAC Pro says it can take 16 gigs of RAM (8 slots), it is possible to get 32 gigs with newer 4 gig sticks out there.


  9. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    64 bit Windows XP. ;)
  10. Charlie

    Charlie Well-Known Member

    That can even use 16 gigs of RAM if I remember right?
  11. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    AFAIK yea it should be able to.