Macbook Air as a Media Center

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by downingp, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. downingp macrumors 6502a

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    I currently am using a Macbook Air Rev A to finish up graduate school. Once I graduate, I plan on getting rid of the Macbook Air and getting a mac mini to serve as a media center.
    In the meantime, I have on order a DVI to HDMI cable to connect to my HDTV and have a mini to RCA cable for sound. How will the Macbook Air function as a Media Center?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    As long as you're not watching 1080p flash, then fine!
     
  3. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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  4. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What is the key to not letting it overheat? I haven't used the Macbook Air for video in a while, but I do recall hearing the fans and the video stuttering when I would watch a TV show from HULU, Netflix, or any other content over the internet.
     
  5. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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    I am not exactly sure how you plan on using it as a media center, but I use Handbrake almost daily to convert DVDs to AppleTV compatible files.

    Handbrake is very processor intensive and typically causes my iMac 3.06 GHz processor to get extremely hot. Therefore, I would be cautious about constantly overheating the processor of such a compact computer like the MacBook Air.
     
  6. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I actually also use Handbrake to rip my movies. I have all my movies stored on my iMac. I plan on streaming the movies from the iMac to the MBA to watch on the HDTV
     
  7. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well it turns out the MBA is not going to be used as my Media Center. The MBA is just not meant for watching/streaming video. After about 5 minutes of watching a movie, the video will start to stutter; making the movie unwatchable. Also, when I plug in a mini to RCA cable from the MBA to my receiver I can hear a very noticeable high pitch buzzing noise.
    Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait until I can sell my MBA for a mac mini after graduation.
     
  8. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Well yeah, laptops arent really made to be servers/media centers.
     
  9. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought it would at least get me by until I graduated and could get rid of the MBA and get a mac mini. I guess not.
     
  10. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    well i'm sorry to hear that. but i must ask, where you streaming movies over wireless?
     
  11. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I was streaming movies/TV shows from my iMac to my MBA via a wireless connection. I have also had problems just trying to watch movies from the internet on Netflix
     
  12. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    CoolBook will undervolt your processor and helps many people have their videos run just fine on it. I watch flash video on my Rev A all the time and it works great. I'd recommend using Plex as that works really well with HD video on the MBA.

    Flash - Yes
    Quicktime - Yes
    Quicktime/Plex/VLC HD - Yes
    Flash HD - No

    Good luck!
     

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