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  • Macs Need T2 Security Chip to Play 4K HDR Netflix in macOS Big Sur

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      • #2300277 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Apple’s upcoming macOS Big Sur operating system introduces HDR video support and allows Netflix users to watch content in 4K HDR for the first time. However, it turns out that only Macs with an Apple T2 Security chip are compatible with Ultra HD streaming….

        The following Macs have the Apple T2 Security Chip, and can therefore stream Netflix in Ultra HD on macOS Big Sur:

        iMac introduced in 2020
        iMac Pro
        Mac Pro introduced in 2019
        Mac mini introduced in 2018
        MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
        MacBook Pro introduced in 2018 or later

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      • #2300381 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        I have the last MacBook Pro (now running Mojave) made and sold before the first one with a T2 chip — but still with a convenient diversity of sockets to plug things in such as USB, HDMI, Ethernet cables in, no butterfly keyboard and no questionable touch bar instead of function keys (cool, but so what?).

        My existential question here is: what may happen to my entire ability to stream at any resolution, never mind a super-high resolution I feel not the slightly tiny bit of interest in (but seems like a bad way to hog band width to no worthy purpose I can discern, unless it is remote over-the-Internet brain surgery?) when I move my non-T2 chip Mac to start running Big Sur?

        Is it going to be — because, let’s say, someone at Apple forgot that not everyone doing that will have a T2 machine — that I won’t be able to see ever again “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” streamed from Amazon Prime, right now for the eight time in the last fourteen years? (Yes, I am that big a fan.)

        And, by the way, these are real, serious questions I have, even if phrased a little snarkily.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

      • #2300451 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        that I won’t be able to see ever again “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” streamed from Amazon Prime,

        I don’t ever stream. I rip/download and copy over to my local Streamer device connected to my network.

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        • #2300591 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Alex, I also got all the BTVS’ DVDs (the whole seven seasons), I just find it more convenient to stream the show. But there are also other very important things that I can only stream without overcomplicating my existence, such as all those magnificent cartoons I keep writing about. Here, to be more precise:

          Shaun the Sheep, etc: animated shows in Netflix to watch while self-isolating.

          So I am very concerned. It looks like a looming existential crisis is soon to be coming at me.

          Ripping the videos of those shows and movies is not such a simple matter, at least with a Mac. Only way I know to do this is by streaming the show and recording it as it shows up on the monitor. But that is a hassle that takes all the fun out of it, besides producing some gigantic files (I have an HD Retina screen); that can be compressed, but it means fooling around with yet another application. And, of course, if Netflix or Amazon do ever get wind of this, Guantanamo is going to be a great place to be compared to what will await me. So: already very worried about the future, and now this.

          Any practical recommendations for dealing with this issue are most welcome.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

      • #2300654 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Any practical recommendations for dealing with this issue are most welcome.

        On a Mac (and Windows) you have the best (and free) rip, convert…software ever written, Handbrake.

        https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/rip-dvds-using-handbrake

        You can also rip DVDs with the free and excellent VLC.

        https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/rip-dvd-vlc

        I keep all my movies, TV shows, music.. on my streamer (5TB) for immediate access whenever I want.

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      • #2300818 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        Also note this is for 4K on Netflix only. Other resolutions on Netflix will work, and other 4K providers will work.

        Nathan Parker

        • #2300830 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks Alex and Nathan.

          I have “handbrake”, it’s just that it looks to me that you have to, first, record the picture with some application while it is being streamed and shown on screen — I never found something that worked well enough for me — and then compress the huge file that results, thanks to my ultra-high bpi Retina screen, into something reasonably sized, like 4 GB or so. That would be using “handbrake.”

          Yes, I know that the “T2” requirement is just for “Netflix only”… That’s the plan. I just don’t expect the plans of mere mortals, even those exalted ones that work for Apple, to be always well implemented, that’s all. So I worry.

          And then there is this little issue of being sent to some place worse than Guantanamo I’ve already mentioned. So I fret.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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      • #2300837 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        I think Handbrake can rip DVD’s without needing to screencast them first.

        Nathan Parker

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        • #2300841 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Nathan. Thanks, but how about ripping streamed video? If I already have the DVD, then I rather just use it as such. Streamed video is what I would like to save to an external HD or SSD. Except for that Guantanamo thing.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

      • #2300880 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Streamed video is what I would like to save to an external HD or SSD.

        The best streaming video capture app is Camtasia (Mac, Windows).

        How to Record the Perfect Live Streaming Video

        DVDs are not even HD at 720×480. Ripping with Handbrake you can upscale the video to full HD and audio to 5.1/AC3…

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        • #2301049 Reply
          OscarCP
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          Alex, I bought and tried Camtasia. It did not work for me. Should have tried the free trial version first, but I had seen such glowing reports about it that did not do that…

          I have, in fact, tried a few different applications for the same purpose and all have been disappointing.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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      • #2301070 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        To my knowledge, all screencasting apps are blocked from screen recording protected streaming content. There might be some hacks/workarounds, but streaming video usually blacks out when the screen recording app is running so someone can’t illegally capture it.

        Other than that, Camtasia is solid for screencasting overall. ScreenFlow is also very good for Mac-only environments. I use both (Camtasia when I need to share projects with Windows users and ScreenFlow when I need to work in a Mac-only environment).

        Nathan Parker

        • #2301072 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Nathan, that’s right about ripping Netflix shows (as well as any DVDs — and even taking static screenshots!) being very verboten by macOS, or by something else that comes along with it in all Macs. I have tried downloading and ripping from Amazon, and that worked, sort of. “Sort of” not because of blocking by Amazon, but of several annoying difficulties using the software already mentioned and a few others. It would have been possible to rip movies and shows episodes, but because of the trouble I had to go through for that, multiplied by the number of rippings I had in mind,  I decided it was just not worth doing.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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      • #2301225 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Disney movies now available in 4K through iTunes in select countries (no T2 needed 🙂

        After several years of waiting, it appears that Disney and Apple have reached a deal to make 4K versions of Disney films available through iTunes. A wide selection of Disney movies is now showing as 4K in the iTunes Store, with additional support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos….If you’ve already purchased a Disney film in HD on iTunes, it should be retroactively upgraded to 4K so long as there is a 4K version available. Not all Disney films were produced in 4K, so availability will vary…

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