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DVD or Blu-Ray?

Postby Dutch_Master » Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:58 pm

After a recent hardware upgrade (that lost me 7+ years of photo's, unfortunately :evil: ) I have a need for a new SATA optical drive. Given the (fairly) recent headway Linux has made in using Blu-Ray devices, and their massive storage capacity compared to a DVD, I'm inclined to go for a BR drive. How are users experiences with BR drives and blank media, does it require a working BR setup for playing a DVD (or would the drive react as a DVD drive when inserting a DVD) or any other quirks and pitfalls using a BR device on Linux (in particular Debian)?

I have no interest in playing HD video, nor movies on/from BR disks. I do have a number of movies on DVD that may or may not need libdvdcss to play. BR players have more stringent DRM measures then DVD had, would I still be able to view these disks?

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Postby nelz » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:46 pm

DVDs are played the same on BR drives as they are on DVD drives.

Blu-Ray playing is a bit more of a fiddle, I generally use MakeMKV to rip Blu-Rays and then copy the files to my MythTV backend for watching (MakeMKV preserves chapters and subtitles and is a lossless rip so it's the same as watching from a disc).

I don't have a Blu-Ray writer, so I'll let someone else comment on that.
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Postby nordle » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:33 pm

Just out of curiosity, what advantage does BR have over USB stick?

I've got a Pioneer writeable BR.....can't remember the model. Never used it, except for how Nelz describes.

Got a couple of 64GB USB3 sticks for rotating backups of "important" files, such as photos, home video and business files.

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Postby nelz » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:42 pm

Actually, it's a reasonable answer. If there is no need to play Blu-Ray discs, there's really no need for a Blu-Ray drive. USB sticks, or even an external hard drive, make far more sense for backups.

If you have a decent Internet connection, you could use cloud-based backup storage. The cost of a BD-RW drive and a handful of discs would pay for years of similar capacity on Amazon S3.
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