Don't forget to up-vote the question or answer if you find it helpful! If it's your own question and you're very happy with an answer you can accept it as best answer.
Just wondering if it possible to listen in surround using Apples' DVD Player on my Macbook Pro through an Mbox Pro. Or would I need an external DVD player? Before I buy the Mbox Pro I wanted to make sure I can listen to other movies through it, not just my own work.
At the same time, can I send the video through a Blackmagic card to an external LCD TV? Thanks for your help!
I don't have an Mbox Pro myself, but I have successfully played back 5.1 sound from a variety of movies through several multi-channel audio interfaces. The trick is to configure which output of the audio interface represents which surround channel.
You do this by opening 'Audio Midi Setup' (it's in Applications>Utilities), and then, in the audio window, hit the button 'Configure Speakers...' and assign the correct Multichannel configuration.
Then any media player (including the DVD player application) that can handle 5.1 audio will send it out using that channel assignment (make sure the correct audio tracks are selected, sometimes the media player will default to stereo).
Please note: When commenting on someone's question or answer, you will not receive notification on follow up comments unless you are mentioned with @Username. So for Andrew Spitz, you only need to use @Andrew
Yes. However Apple's DVD Player cannot play 5.1. VLC can though.