Many times you have to create a bootable usb stick on a mac. I always follow the instructions at How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X. I created a quick bash script that makes this process faster
Source code for this project can be found here.
VLC is my media player of choice. One of my only complaints is that it loads subtitles by default. It’d be really nice if you could have them off by default, with the option of loading them if you need them.