mini as a movie player?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tb9999, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. tb9999 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    I am thinking of purchasing a Mac mini to use for the typical desktop stuff (email, web, etc). I'd like to also use it along with a 22" Samsung LCD for watching movies on DVD (not ripping from DVD - just watching).

    I am new to the Mac world. I have been supporting Windows and Unix stuff for years and recently started supporting some iMac and MacBook users. I noticed in watching a DVD on a 24" iMac that the video image wasn't so great when in full screen mode.

    Is the mini a good choice for this? I know that it has the integrated video adapter. I am not looking to do any HD or video editing or anything like that. Just watch a movie and get as good of a picture as I would on a standard definition TV.

    Any advice? Thanks.
  2. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC
    The reason that the DVD didn't look all that great on the iMac was that the screen has a native resolution that is 2-3 times that of the DVD, so the video scaling exaggerates the artifacts.

    I have a 1.66GHz CD Mini that serves as an internal file/DNS server (10.4 Server) and a SD/HD TiFaux (with an EyeTV 200 and an EyeTV 500). It's directly connected to a Sharp Aquos 37D7U 37" HDTV. The picture looks perfect, when it's set to the display's native resolution.
  3. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    With Tiger I'd have to say no - the DVD Player software just isn't all that good. Supposedly it's better in Leopard though...
  4. C-vez macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2007
    I have my mini set up as a dvr with a Mig. TVmicro. With leopard, I now use it as a video jukebox, streaming movies and music to it from my iMac CD2 20in. My girlfriend loves it. EyeTV is great dvr software. I recommend at least 2g of memory with TVmicro as the mini is the encoder. Works great.
    I would not recommend using it as a dvd player unless you have leopard.

    Mac Mini CS1 with 2g memory
    Leopard w/New Front Row(Apple TV GUI).
  5. ScifiterX macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    Indeed it Leopard's new DVD player does seem to be upconverting a bit.
  6. OdduWon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2006
    does the integrated graphics effect video playback quality
  7. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    No, not for DVD.

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