Mac Mini/Powerbook G4 as home theater server

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by 61132, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Guest

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Anyone? I'm looking into doing this too. :)
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Does FrontRow see .avi and/or .mpeg files? (Haven't played with it yet)

    If it does, then use Handbrake on the DVDs. It'll also save you a LOT of HD space.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! :D
     
  5. macrumors 601

    generik

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    It's a shame that VLC does not offer Frontrow integration, lest you can use it to watch.. digital video files.. as well. :p
     
  6. macrumors member

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    You might want to check out this program, DistantDVD. I've tried the trial version (lists up to 10 movies) and it seems to work very well.

    Equinux's MediaCentral will do all that you want.

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

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