FilmingPhotoGuy wrote on 9/29/2009, 11:16 PM
About a year ago I was thinking about buying a Blu-ray player but since changed my mind. For the price of the blu-ray player you can buy a Multimedia player that plays everything. I firmly believe that VHS, DVD and even Blu-ray will be obsolete soon. I am seriously considering buying a "Mede8er". Insert up to a 2TB SATA hard disk and store JPG to MKV high def files. checkout Mede8er . You can connect this device to just about anything and yes it has an HDMI jack as well.

Dach wrote on 9/30/2009, 5:08 AM

I am using an LG, its not used very often, but when clients ask for Blu Ray I can deliver it. The drive has met my expectations and as of right now I have only used Verbatim blank media.

I agree with the post regarding media players becoming the future.

Jay Gladwell wrote on 9/30/2009, 5:31 AM

Is the Mede8er available anywhere other than South Africa?

craftech wrote on 9/30/2009, 8:07 AM
He asks about a Blu-Ray burner and someone recommends a several thousand dollar device??

I have an LG GGW-H20L that works very well. But I believe it has been discontinued so watch out for whomever claims they have it in stock.


Jay Gladwell wrote on 9/30/2009, 8:19 AM

John, those are S.A. dollars (Rand) which translates into about $335.00 U.S.

FilmingPhotoGuy wrote on 9/30/2009, 8:44 AM
That's right. We use Rands which = +/- $8. What does a BD player go for?
Jay Gladwell wrote on 9/30/2009, 9:55 AM

You can pick one up for $199.00 U.S. (maybe less).

xjerx wrote on 9/30/2009, 10:17 AM
Yep...I understand Bluray might not be around forever...but neither has any other format...yet we still buy DVDs and DVD burners...

I just need some solid advice on a bluray burner as I am in need of a bluray burner. So far everywhere I have looked seems to be LG is on top. Is that the case? You guys agree?

what about this one...

bsuratt wrote on 9/30/2009, 10:31 AM
I have an LG about a year old.... works fine. I use only Verbatim Discs.
Jay Gladwell wrote on 9/30/2009, 10:35 AM

You can get it at New Egg cheaper.

Jeff9329 wrote on 9/30/2009, 10:46 AM

I also have the LG GGW-H20L.

It's a bummer to see it discontinued. I tried to buy a spare, but you are right, they are mostly gone except at high prices.

I agree, to an extent, with posters that say media storage devices will most likely start gaining a foothold over Blu-Ray. Almost none of my customers have any interest in Blu-Ray. You still have to have BR capabilities though, it's not that expensive. I see the new LG BR burner is $159USD.
DGates wrote on 9/30/2009, 12:46 PM
I bought the Pioneer BDR-203 burner from B&H. I haven't really used it a lot to give it a proper recommendation.

I was going to get the popular LG, but the Pioneer has gotten plenty of great reviews, so I went that route.
jrazz wrote on 9/30/2009, 3:25 PM
I bought this one. I don't know if it is still available.

j razz
PeterWright wrote on 9/30/2009, 5:21 PM
I haven't gone to Blu-Ray yet - haven't had the need, and for HD playback I'm using the WD HD Media Player.

Works fine, BUT - how will these devices give us the same interactivity as DVD/BR, i.e. individually designed Menu Screens, Chapters for scene selection etc. etc.?
farss wrote on 9/30/2009, 5:27 PM
Those devices sure will not give you all the menu options that DVDs have. That's a plus in my book though.
I keep thinking to buy a BD burner simply for backing up files from my EX1 but the cost of the media itself is what puts me off. One of my local suppliers has Sony 50GB dual layer media at $93 per disk. For that I can buy a 1TB HDD.

John_Cline wrote on 9/30/2009, 6:43 PM
Wow, $93 a disc! Have they ever sold one at that price?

I'm paying $5.91 each for Verbatim 25GB discs and $17.17 for Verbatim 50GB discs and $21.50 for Sony 50GB discs.
farss wrote on 9/30/2009, 6:55 PM
"Have they ever sold one at that price?"

I have to wonder, they list them as "in stock at supplier"

The other place that I buy blank DVDs from has the SL BD media at an affordable price. He tells me there's recently been a HUGE surge in demand for BD media, from 5 units/month to maybe 15.

I had a talk with someone from the marketing department of a local large IT company and as he said the problem with BD is no one thought to push it as a data storage medium, that got lost in The War. Down here BD burners are still not mainstream, media prices stay high becuase there's little demand. I've given serious thought to buying Sony's XDCAM PDW-U1 drive. It's expensive but the media is more reasonably priced for what it is than the naked BD disks.


DGates wrote on 9/30/2009, 7:30 PM
Basically every store that primarily sells big screen TV's is now giving away a free Blu-Ray player. At least in the Los Angeles area. That will help, but we need to see the same thing from more mainstream outlets like Best Buy and Walmart.
FilmingPhotoGuy wrote on 9/30/2009, 11:58 PM
Bob: Your question answered on the Mede8er forum.

1. Does it play ripped DVDs and Blu Ray ISOs? I wanna store my DVD's, complete with menues, features, etc.
- The Mede8er will play DVD Video_TS files as well as DVD ISOs with their full menu functionality and surround sound glory - I have my entire DVD music collection on my home network which all play flawlessly, so no more scratched, 'lost' DVDs or misplaced covers...

Here are the supported codices (is that the plural for codecs?)

Video Codec Supported:
MKV, H264, DVD (VOB - IFO - ISO), DIVX, XVID, DAT, AVI, MPEG, HD MPEG-2, TS, HD MPEG-4, SP, ASP, AVCD (H.264), MTS, M2ts, WMV9, FLV, VC-1, Real Networks (RM/RMVB) 8/9/10, up to 720p

I'm definitely getting mine this weekend at the RageEpo.

"No more coasters for me"
Jay Gladwell wrote on 10/1/2009, 4:27 AM

"No more coasters for me"

The Mede8er sounds nice for the content producer, but what about the consumer/client?

Rory Cooper wrote on 10/1/2009, 5:52 AM
Jay most consumers are still moving over to HD. For me 720p is the CG of HD which most folk can afford ie 768 x 1336 compared to full HD

I have many folk who walk into the studio and say “ I am shooting my home movies HD , what do I do with the content?
I explain the BR option, add up the cost = player, righter, disc’s and production time and production knowledge needed for Blu Ray, most consumers back off
Then when they look at the media player option cheaper , less hassles and many render options they all say that’s the best option

All my clients that do events and launches use media players because it is more reliable so I don’t have a problem producing content for them
If they don’t I tell them go invest in one…if you want HD that’s the way to go
PeterWright wrote on 10/1/2009, 6:38 AM
But, as I think Jay is asking .... ok, we complete a HD project for client , they're happy with it and now the time comes to supply copies for distribution.

What happens - buy hundreds of thumb sticks? Or what?
Jay Gladwell wrote on 10/1/2009, 6:51 AM

Yes, Peter, you nailed it!

The Mede8er does not address the distribution question.

Rory Cooper wrote on 10/1/2009, 7:25 AM
Or use a digital media management system, or DRM add the cost and time of producing hundreds of discs and compare costs
Content management software will solve that problem