View Full Version : Mac Mini/Powerbook G4 as home theater server

Jul 16, 2006, 01:05 PM
Ok, I want some opinions on my idea.

I am thinking of getting a mac mini for a home theater. I want to set it up in the home theater to hold my dvd's. Is there any way to get frontrow to view video_ts folders? I know there is another program that will, but I really like front row. Also anyone out there that has done the same thing that can give me some pointers? I want surround sound (optical out) and it would be connected to a projector.


Jul 28, 2006, 07:38 PM
Anyone? I'm looking into doing this too. :)

Jul 29, 2006, 12:45 AM
Does FrontRow see .avi and/or .mpeg files? (Haven't played with it yet)

If it does, then use Handbrake (http://handbrake.m0k.org/) on the DVDs. It'll also save you a LOT of HD space.

Jul 29, 2006, 07:00 AM
Thanks! :D

Jul 29, 2006, 07:26 AM
It's a shame that VLC does not offer Frontrow integration, lest you can use it to watch.. digital video files.. as well. :p

rob finch
Jul 29, 2006, 09:19 AM
You might want to check out this program, DistantDVD (http://software.visualunderground.co.uk/). I've tried the trial version (lists up to 10 movies) and it seems to work very well.

Equinux's MediaCentral (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/mediacentral/index.html) will do all that you want.

I use my Intel Mini on an HD LCD with optical out to a surround amp. Works great!