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Mac User, Need Help Getting Started Burning Blu Rays

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I am new to this, so I hope my request doesn’t come across as a lazy one…

I am a Mac user, and have a blu ray drive, but don’t know how to burn files to BD-Rs. I’m trying to do my due diligence and research how to take a mkv (the file containing the assets) and turn it into an iso (the burnable file), but I could use help from someone who is already doing this. Also, is there more to it than that?

Also looking to find out best ways of obtaining files and expanding them. For example, I have a .nzb file, but don’t know what to do with it.

I’ve been on myspleen for years, and DVDs were never a problem, but if any Mac users could offer up some suggestions on blu-ray creation, I’d be mighty grateful

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You’re not lazy for asking, especially since I’ve never found clear directions for macOS users. It turns out to be simpler than I expected and I’ve been meaning to post the directions:

Step 1: Remuxing
Use tsMuxeR to “mux” (multiplex) a Blu-Ray friendly MKV into a Blu-ray compatible ISO:

The official Despecialized MKVs are already Blu-Ray friendly. Add the MKV file in tsMuxeR, and use the checkboxes to remove any audio tracks you don’t want. You can also add subtitles here too. (I find this part of the interface very annoying. I prefer using MKVToolNix first to create a custom MKV with the audio and subtitles tracks I want, then remux it with tsMuxeR, but it’s totally optional.)

In the lower half of the window under Output, select “Blu-Ray ISO”, give it a Disk Label, a file name and saving location.

You don’t have to touch any of the other settings, just click the “Start muxing” button. It should only take a few minutes to create a Blu-Ray compatible ISO.

Step 2: Burning
I’m on 10.13 High Sierra, so the follow instructions might be slightly different with previous versions of macOS:
In the Finder, select the ISO file, click on the File menu, next “Burn Disk Image….” A new window with pop up with a few options, which I leave alone. I do make sure that it’s at the lowest burn speed since faster speeds can risk errors that will make the disc unusable. Click “Burn.” With my burner at 2x it takes about 40 minutes to burn and 20 minutes to verify.

I’ve read people recommend special burning software (ex. Toast) but macOS can burn Blu-Ray ISOs just fine, as long as the ISO is Blu-Ray compatible. I think the advantage of Toast is it can create Blu-Ray ISOs from MKV files with menus and such. If you’re not looking for anything fancy, tsMuxeR and macOS’s built-in burning capabilities is all you need and they don’t cost a dime.

I don’t know what a nzb file is about and I haven’t had to deal with them.

I hope this is helpful.

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Thank you for the fast reply, AlexL! I really appreciate it. I will give your suggestions a try. I just need to get some BD-Rs now. Anyone have any favorite kinds to recommend?

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Hedjii72 said:

Thank you for the fast reply, AlexL! I really appreciate it. I will give your suggestions a try. I just need to get some BD-Rs now. Anyone have any favorite kinds to recommend?

Let me know how it turns out! It’s been a while since I burned some discs so I might be mis-remembering some instructions.

I’m brand loyal to Verbatim’s BD-Rs. I’ve been burned (no pun intended) on some low quality ones before, but I’ve found Verbatim’s discs to be reliable, so I stick with them. There are probably other good quality brands but I haven’t checked them out.

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Thank you so very much, AlexL! It’s quite daunting to begin what many people do so easily; I’m grateful to have gotten your responses to my questions. Very much appreciated. I will let you know how it goes.

Now, if anyone can point me in the direction of how to find some of the releases by Dark_Jedi, I’d do a Spider-Man backflip! 😃