Burning the Blu Ray discs means using a Blue Ray burner - simple enough. I like LaCie. These computer-connected drives can play back the video, too... These should not be "region locked" as they are personally burned. It seems you want to make them playable in other Blu Ray players - but as MOV files, that is not possible because, as far as I know, Blue Ray players connected to a TV don't understand MOV file type. They generally understand MTS file type... By burning the MOV file type to the Blue Ray optical disc, the storage media is being used as a data disc - similar to if you were to burn a Microsoft Excel or Word file to the Blue Ray Disc - the Blue Ray player connected to the TV would not be able to deal with those files, but if used in a Blue Ray drive connected to a computer, the computer would be able to get to the file.
The reason the file is so large (at 128 gig for 4 hours) is it seems there is no or very little compression. We don't know why you need to keep it in this format - but it is what it is... When I import an hour of HDV or even high quality AVCHD-compressed high definition format video, it decompresses and consumes about 44 gig of computer hard drive space. 44 x 4 hours = 176 gig... so it seems there is *some* compression in your file.
Any video editor (like Final Cut) could segment the video. It is possible that iMovie can to - but we don't know which Mac, (more importantly, CPU, RAM, available hard drive space) or version OSX it is running and we don't know all the resources you have available.
An easier method would be to make multiple copies on to portable hard drives like
For $50 and a USB connection, you can copy the entire 128 gig and still have lots of space leftover.
Assuming you go the LaCie route, that means
http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10596 (there are less expensive solutions, I just like LaCie)
+ Final Cut ~$300 + learn how to use it (even for this single activity)
+ Blue Ray blank discs...
Round numbers without the learning curve, ~$600. For that you can get a BUNCH of 320 gig portable USB external hard drives, so you have redundancy and no segmentation of the video is required (so no Final Cut, no Blue Ray burner, no Blue Ray blank discs).
Whether the Mac laptop can play back this video is unknown. Unless somehow modified, Macintosh laptops with a SuperDrive cannot deal with Blue Ray discs (only regular single layer or double layer DVDs), so that statement in the second paragraph is a non-starter.
Could do with the assistance of others out there.
I am looking to either hire someone to burn raw footage to blu-ray discs or alternatively obtaining a blu ray burner that will produce very high quality discs that are not region locked and can be played on a Mac laptop.
The footage is currently 4 hours long and is in .MOV format with the codec in Apple ProRes 422 (LT) Linear PCM Timecode
The File Size is over 128GB
Also what kind of software would I need to split a 4 hour movie into segmented parts to put on separate blu rays so that the quality of the film is not impacted due to high compression rates?
Any help with this would be fantastic