Apple TV vs Mac Mini - problems

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Tomasmekean, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Tomasmekean macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I have an Apple TV & displays perfect to my sony 60 TV.. I purchased a Mac Mini to add some more functionality but now all video's lag. I have a new Mac Mini with 4g or ram.. Please help with ideas. THANKS
  2. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Are they the same exact videos or are you running Apple TV optimized videos on the Apple TV and huge 1080p videos on the Mini?

    What are you using as a video player on the Mini? VLC? Plex?
  3. JLandis macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Make sure you are using a good application such as glitch44 stated. Install VLC and Plex. Then use either to play your files. They support a wide range of codecs. Once you use plex it can get quite addicting customizing its settings and skins. This program really makes your HTPC come to life. If you have your files connected through a network folder see if your transfer speeds are the bottleneck.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Where do you store your videos? Are they on the mini hard drive? Are they on an external? If so, how is the external connected? Are they on a network drive? If so, where is that drive and how is it connected?

    Then answer the other questions:
    Are you using Plex, VLC, or something else?
    Are you using the same movies you had encoded for the ATV or did you encode your movies again once you moved from the ATV to the Mini?
  5. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    If you're using Front Row, there are serious video lag problems with > 480i content with Snow Leopard on any Mini, including the new ones-

    The only fix (for Front Row) as far as I can see is to drop back to Leopard, but you can't do that with a new Mini. Other apps like plex and VLC will work fine.

    I had this problem when I bought a new TV - SL worked fine with my old SD TV, but any high definition video in Front Row (and even DVDs) was unplayable. I reverted to Leopard, mainly because my wife just got used to using Front Row and I didn't feel like going through another long training session.
  6. Tomasmekean thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I am using quicktime to play back the video. If I stream video from my notebook to the apple tv(same file) it plays fine. Connection is at 1080p. If I put the same file on the Macmini the file will lag a bit and then catch up and then lag some more. The Macmini is connect at 1080p to my television. If I connect my macbook pro to the TV it will play the same video just fine.
  7. Tomasmekean thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    to update the thread the video is better with 1080i. I am getting a lot less lag. Just do not understand why I can use 1080p with appletv & macbook pro but not the mini.

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