Real time DVD rip/playback over network?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by notjustjay, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. notjustjay macrumors 603

    notjustjay

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    OK, I figure this isn't possible right now.

    But who knows, maybe soon?

    It would be really nice if, as an alternative to ripping my DVD library, I could pop a DVD into the drive of one of my Macs (say my 20" iMac) and have it rip the DVD, immediately start encoding it into h.264, and start streaming that movie to the Apple TV.

    To the end user it would be as if the Apple TV was using a "remote disk" to playback a DVD. Maybe a few minutes' lag time to kick off the encoding and provide some buffer room. On the technical side it would simply be a matter of streaming a video the same way it happens now... with the key difference that the video was being encoded a few steps ahead of what was being watched.

    The resulting encoded movie file could be saved, of course, and made available in the Mac's media library.

    And if it can do this, you've now also got a PVR. Just use a tuner card as a source instead of a DVD.

    What do you think? Possible any time soon? Possible now?
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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  3. notjustjay thread starter macrumors 603

    notjustjay

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    Drat, this is true.

    Well, maybe a 3rd party solution will appear.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    sorry to bring back an old thread, but i think this may be possible using the Automator app and/or actionscript.

    on DVD insert, open up MTR (MacTheRipper), tell the application to start ripping, wait until that is finished, then open up handbrake, and then convert the movie. after that sync the movie to :apple:TV - you would probably have to manually start playing the movie though.

    might work i guess.
     
  5. Crimson77 macrumors newbie

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    Are there any hacks that would enable my Mac's Superdrive so that I could use it as a remote disk and watch DVD movies via AppleTV?
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no, afraid not. :apple:TV can only play mpeg4 movies, DVDs are created using the mpeg2 encoding.
     

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