G4 mini and HD recording/playback

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by brianus, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. brianus macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2005
    I've never dealt with any hi-def stuff before, so I'm wondering, will a G4 Mac mini be able to handle it adequately? I'm talking about recording HDTV from EyeTV, movie playback, possibility of using an external BluRay or HD-DVD drive when they come down in price -- is that doable or will it require a more powerful system than an ol' mini?

    Been thinking about getting a 24" widescreen for the mini, but if it can't handle HD content that well then I may as well start saving for a newer, faster Mac...

    (btw, I'm not talking about HDCP or any of that stuff; I assume that isn't supported by the mini's graphics card. I just want to know if the machine is capable, performance-wise)
  2. Heath macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2005
    In my experience with a 1.25ghz mini, it just can't keep up. Lots of dropped frames, stuttering etc.
    That's with a maxxed out 1.25ghz G4.

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