mini as a movie player?

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

  1. tb9999 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
    TVmicro
    Leopard w/New Front Row(Apple TV GUI).
     
  5. ScifiterX macrumors newbie

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

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    does the integrated graphics effect video playback quality
     
  7. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

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    No, not for DVD.
     

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