help with mac mini toslink/digital optical connection

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tidytrev, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. tidytrev macrumors regular

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  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Yes, the mini jack will fit your Mini and the other end should fit your receiver. Check to make sure your receiver takes a standard Toslink connector.

    Next, you need to set DVD Player app preference to set digital out. You must do this before you open a DVD or VIDEO_TS folder for the passthrough to take effect.
     
  3. tidytrev thread starter macrumors regular

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    am i right in thinking that i can only make use of the 5.1 via dvd player or will vlc work aswell?
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    You don't need VLC (which is buggy as hell). Here's what you do:

    1. Use Handbrake to encode your DVD as an AVI (MPEG-4 with AC-3 passthrough) file. You then open the file with QuickTime Pro and then save as a self-contained movie. This movie can then be dropped into iTunes, making it available to the Mac through Leopard's Front Row. I did this with the first Spiderman movie and it was compressed at 2500 bit rate with AC-3 5.1 DD to a final size of 2.5 gb.

    2. Follow the directions here to install Perian, configure Audio Midi Setup to digital output, then a modification of the com.cod3r.a52codec.plist file using Property List Editor (part of Apple's XCode development package and a free download).

    Playback in Quicktime or Front Row will give you Dolby Digital 5.1 (provided the original DVD was encoded in DD 5.1).
     

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