I think the only difference I see are the drives. You say UHD friendly drives. I am using UHD official drives
WH16NS60 official internal drive firmware 1.00
BP60NB10 official external drive firmware 1.02MK
Some friendly drives can be converted to official drives by flashing custom firmware. Check makemkv forums.
I have sony x800 also and all these discs that plays in x800m2 plays in x800 too.
Also check the disc size in bytes. It should be lesser than 66,735,570,944 bytes (~62gb not 65gb)
Ripped using makemkv, original plays - another one is authored by tsmuxer and it plays. So, no failure if burnt in 2 layers using verbatim but ritek discs completely fail and I found that those discs are not compliant.
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Last edited by ernnnn; 13th Jan 2023 at 16:26.
For discs > 65gb, I am using usb drive and AVCHD trick to play. Sounds like ub450 with dolby vision plays those. I may grab one from UK before it is gone.
Finally I grabbed a new Sony X700 like the one I used to have, and it's playing all the discs perfectly well, as it used to do my previous one. Obviously, all the discs under 66GB, like before.
Got the Panasonic UB450. BD-XL movies burnt to 3 layers plays but movies with only 2 layers burnt in BD-XL won't play. Even mkv with DTS-HD audio burnt to BD-XL 3 layers plays with subtitles and chapters. Mkv with truehd or atmos in BD-XL 3 layers plays but no audio. Usb mkv playback is bad and freezes.
for what it's worth, this is my starter pack into the dying exciting world of UHD physical media and personal backups:
- Verbatim Slimline External Bluray Writer #43888 (inside there is a Pioneer BDR-UD04 Official UHD drive, no need for fw flashing)
- Verbatim M-DISC BD-XL 100GB #43833 (5-pack Jewel Case Printable)
- Sony UHD Bluray Player UBP-X800M2
- MakeMKV to backup my discs + ImgBurn to burn the backup (UDF 2.60, all default settings, 2x speed for BD66, and BD50, MAX or AWS for BD25, with verification). Tried both .iso files and BDMV folders.
The Sony plays BD25, BD50 and BD66 (BD-XL burned on 2 layers only) flawlessly, but doesn't recognize BD100 at all. It throws an error after seeking like crazy and emitting weird noises. I went through the entirety of The Killing on BD-XL and there were no skips; I also rewind back the entire movie at max speed and everything went smooth.
reported this some time ago). This might call for a dual bluray player setup, kinda overkill, but could give me and many other some peace of mind. By the way, are you actually using both? Did you reach your perfect setup?
Fun fact: the Sony X800M2 played all the BD25 and BD50 I burned around 10 years ago and still have around, very much pleased. But my old non-UHD burner, the mythical LG GGW-H20L, didn't like any new blank media (but could burn a leftover BD50 from 10 years ago, the last one from that era).blurays are evil
I only use the discs to playback Dolby vision FEL movies as only the bluray players are capable of playing FEL.
Currently this is my setup and it works with Verbatim discs and imgburn UDF 2.60 and 4x burn speed.
LG WH16NS60 official drive firmware 1.00 SATA & LG BP50NB40 (converted to BP60NB10 using firmware) external usb burner
Sony X800M2 (latest official firmware) - plays if the size is < 66gb and I have tested both usb and sata burners
Panasonic UB450 (latest firmware 1.18) - plays if size is > 66gb and only usb burner works. If I use sata burner, it won't read. Though this is bluray region B, it plays most of the region A discs too.
Last edited by sam298; 26th Jan 2023 at 13:42.