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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by itsratso, May 10, 2011.

  1. itsratso macrumors newbie

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    being a complete noob (and not exactly an IT expert either) i hope you guys/gals don't mind some questions. this seems to be the forum in the know about such things. i have a older mac mini (single core intel 1.5, 1 GB memory, with the built in GMA 950 graphics). not exactly state of the art, but not a tandy either. i recently decided to try ripping blurays. i have tried both makemkv and pav-tube blu ray ripper. i am having the same experience with both. as an example, i started ripping a bluray last nite (house of flying daggers). when i woke up this morning it still wasn't finished. i went to work, came home and ... it still has an hour and a half left. i had similar times with rush's snakes and arrows blu-ray. the pavtube people said it was a bug in snow leopard so i back it down to 10.6.6 - no change. i cannot believe that this is normal even for my not so great computer. i have been meaning to upgrade to a new mac mini, but i am not so sure that it would fix this problem? my external drive is this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QA2Y9S

    any ideas from the community? thanx, mike
     
  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    A single core is going to be reeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaally slow for ripping videos. Especially gigantic blu-ray files.
     
  3. itsratso thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanx for the reply! so it IS my computer. ok. so to upgrade to the newest dual core mac mini:

    1. is the 2.66 ghz upgrade worth $150 over the 2.4? i have always suspected that it's spending half it's time idling waiting for everything else to catch up (although i certainly could be wrong here!).
    2. how much ram should i have? i have a choice of 2, 4 or 8. i know more is better, but i don't have a ton of money to spend so if it doesn't make a huge amount of diff, i am okay with that.
    3. if i get whatever is advised, will it do the job (a mac mini that is)?

    thanx again in advance for all help!
     
  4. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds like right now, you are just trying to rip the full Blu-Ray disk onto your computer, and not yet recoding it to a smaller iTunes compatible file. If that's the case, I don't see why a single core Mac Mini couldn't do the job as long as you have lots of disk space available. Your drive is a 2X Blu-Ray reader. I think that works out to something like 8 MB/sec average transfer rate, and your system should be able to handle that and finish the rip in about an hour for a two hour movie.

    However, once you get the Blu-Ray movie on your computer, it *will* take a long time to do the recoding with your processor. If you use HandBrake and convert to a 720P AppleTV2 compatible format, I would guess that it might take as long as 20 hours to do the conversion.

    If you are thinking about buying a machine primarily for video conversion, I would think about something like an inexpensive 4-core PC system. If you are so inclined, you can easily build a system like this for about $300 (plus a $100 windows 7 license) and it will greatly outperform a $700 Mac mini.
     
  5. itsratso thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmmm... you know what kevin, my knee-jerk reaction was "i want a mini". but to tell the truth, as i told my mom (she just got a new computer) there isn't much difference to me between mac's and pc's these days. as a matter of fact, half the time i find it easier to use my pc laptop than my mac mini. i might just do the rare mac to pc switch (sounds weird just saying it). thanx.
     

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