How do you have it connected to your TV?I use a Mini G4 1.42 gHz as my media center. I use it connected to my big screen TV and have Front Row running on it and I use a Griffin AirclickUSB to control it.
It works seamlessely for bittorrented movies, DVD's, streaming iTunes, and streaming iPhoto. It is great!
Same here. I use the composite (yellow plug) connection to hook it to my 15 year old JVC CRT. Sure the finder text is unreadable, but I only use it for Front Row. Any finer control is done via Timbuktu (thinking of switching to VNC).DVI to S-Video adapter. $20 at an Apple Store. I have audio running to my stereo via line out RCA cable.
That's true, except for the Shudder Factor.If you're going to run a 'puter as a full-time media center, I don't really suppose it'd matter much what OS it runs even if it's an all-Mac environment.
I had a friend who once considered daisy chaining a whole bunch on mac mini's to use as a server. I think he regained his senses before getting too far into the plan though.little off topic, but still interesting...
I know a small company near me that uses macs.... he has 2 minis as file servers, and about 8 imacs connected to them. pretty cool small office setup I thought.
Forgive my ignorance but what are ISOs? I'm able to play anything over the network using my mini so I'm confused as to what you're referring to.The only reason that I didn't go with a Mini for my media center was that front row doesn't seem to have any way of playing iso's over the network.
No choppy playback here at all. The only HD I've tried is trailers from Apple's QuickTime site. 1080p trailers play perfectly. I haven't tried any WMVHD or DivX.Interesting...do you guys have issues with choppy playback on the mini? Is it powerful enough to handle anything in HD? Like WMVHD with flip4mac installed? Or high resolution DivX?
Don't count on it. The switch off date has been significantly moved back time and time again. There's no reason to believe that the new switch off date wont just get moved back again. Sure, the government and big media may make a lot of money if the analog TV spectrum gets switched off, but more importantly the government knows that TV is the opiate of the masses, and the 500 pound gorilla for manipulating and controlling the population.Analog TV is going away in about 16 months so any TV device will need to be digital.
ISO can mean several things, but in this context I'm pretty sure he means DVDs ripped in their native format into a disk image. Meaning not a re-encode rip into a divx .avi or whatever.Forgive my ignorance but what are ISOs? I'm able to play anything over the network using my mini so I'm confused as to what you're referring to.
Sure your analog tuner/receiver will work with a converter. That's the purpose of the converter.I'd be willing to bet good money that 17 months from now my analog TV receiver will still work, even if it needs one of those digital to analog converter boxes the government has promised to give out for "free" (paid for with your tax dollars).
Interesting. That is something I have not tried, so I just did. I can't get a video_ts file to play with Front Row over the network. But a ts file opens and plays perfectly with either DVD Player or VLC. I don't normally keep ts files on my hard drives. They take up too much space, but it's interesting to know I can play one even if it resides on a drive on my other machine.ISO can mean several things, but in this context I'm pretty sure he means DVDs ripped in their native format into a disk image. Meaning not a re-encode rip into a divx .avi or whatever.
Yep, that works too. As mentioned, I don't really like Front Row and the little white remote. But if I put an alias of a networked folder containing video files in my local Movies Folder, those networked movies can be played just fine using Front Row and the white remote.Cool, and are you using the little white remote that came with it, or you have something else worked out?