Editor’s Note: Blu-ray burning on the Mac has been a challenge since Blu-ray Discs were first introduced.
Still, many of us need to burn DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for our clients – but it is increasingly difficult. Especially Blu-ray, where an apparent bug in Final Cut Pro X causes burns to fail on a regular basis.
Dick Osso decided to figure out the workarounds and gear necessary to burn Blu-ray Discs using FCP X. He sent me the following report.
How I Finally Got Blu-ray to Work Using Apple Final Cut Pro X
Here’s the problem: When you Share a final project to Blu-ray Disc, Final Cut would only go up to 66% then stall and quit. No Blu-ray. Apparently, this is a known issue to Apple and tech support could not figure out the culprit.
Backstory: I waited and waited before I moved up to Catalina. Did so because NEW software required and I heard it was OK.
CS6 Adobe Encore no longer worked on my new iMac, which meant “good-bye Blu-ray.”
I bought Titanium Toast and spoke with their help desk in Bangladesh. Their Help Desk was no help.
APPLE SUPPORT GETS INVOLVED
Called Apple tech support and moved up the ladder until I spoke with SR support, then to Apple engineering. After three calls, two weeks, and updating to the latest version of Catalina, you can burn a Blu-ray image.
Then, the new problems surfaced: You can’t burn a Blu-ray Disc directly from FCP X. Instead, you need to create an .IMG file on the desktop.
Additionally, Preview does NOT! work, even though there’s a button that says: “Preview!” Unlike DVD Studio Pro or Adobe ENCORE there is NO ACTIVE Preview. You are building BLIND.
So I asked the engineer I was speaking with to PLEASE, PLEASE add an Active Preview. I want to see how everything looks and works on the MAIN PAGE.
Larry, what you don’t see, are the BUTTONS for Chapters or the PLAY button or Menu Button.
Before upgrading to Catalina, 2 of my videographer friends, were creating Blu-ray Discs and burning copies. AND…..under Preview, there existed all the BUTTONS for Navigation.
NOT SO NOW!
I asked that engineer to add them, telling her that, currently, I have to wait 2 hours to see the finished Blu-ray DVD, only to discover that things were NOT in the right locations. I would need to fix them, then start the burn again. Then, wait four more hours to see if the second copy was correct.
This wastes time and discs.
BIG NOTE: LARRY, please reach out to APPLE and ask them, implore them, to make the MAIN PAGE NAVIGATION template work. Second, ask them to INCLUDE an ACTIVE PREVIEW so we can see everything as it should be before we send it out to BURN.
THE WORK AROUND
hdiutil burn /users/richardg.osso/Desktop/
NOTE: Replace my name with your user name.
6. Then ADD the location of the .IMG file and what it is called. Type carefully, NO MISTAKES! (The path and file name will vary, depending upon your system.)
hdiutil burn /users/richardg.osso/Desktop/Wedding/Video/BluRay.img
NOTE: The slashes indicate folders. After typing “hdiutil burn” type the path from your Users folder to the file you need to burn. The desktop is a good location because it is an easy path to type.
7. Then press Return and the burn begins and the log looks like this:
When completed, the disk is ejected and the burner shuts off.
Larry, I got Apple to fix part of the BluRay Build as part of the update. They tell me that more fixes are coming as they are aware of the bugs……but, I got NO FEEDBACK on two issues that are critical in the build and I look to you to pass this on or speak with someone in engineering in Apple.
It took me almost 2 months to get APPLE to make the first fix, just to get beyond the crash at 66%.
I have made DVDs from my Super Drive and one disk in the LG MDISC Blu-ray Burner.
WHERE TO BUY A BLU-RAY DRIVE
BTW, I had to go to OWC to buy this burner. The Apple Engineer had me go to Best Buy, but they had nothing for MAC and Catalina. I went to a big tech store outside of BOSTON, they had nothing. Finally, went to the Internet and found OWC. I bought it from them. $142 with TAX and Shipping.
Here’s the link: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MR3UBDRW16/
So if you make any QUICK TIP article from my experience, please include the burner and where to go.
The BluRay DVD Disc I made works, but the Navigation Menu is all messed up. In Preview, I saw only an off-side PLAY button. It’s a real mess. I’d hate to give that to my clients, but they know the journey I’ve been on.
Larry adds: Dick, thanks for your report. I’m publishing this for my readers and sharing your thoughts with my contacts at Apple. Hopefully, they will find time to get this fixed.
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