[mythtv-users] questions on using Mac Mini as remote frontend...
justinlkim at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 19:54:53 UTC 2007
Scale video as necessary seems to be the culrpit for my Mini as far
as stuttering goes. Turning it off is only a so-so fix as I have to
turn it back on whenever I want to watch SD programming.
The video slow down-speed up is a separate issue. I haven't found a
workaround for that.
I'm running Myth in OSX (10.4.x).
Haven't tried DVD playback through Myth. I use Front Row for
non-recording video file and DVD playback.
I'm thinking of selling my Mini to my landlords and buying a faster
Mini. I'm hoping that will solve the playback problem.
At 2:37 PM -0500 11/21/07, Steven Adeff wrote:
>On Nov 21, 2007 2:00 PM, Justin Kim <justinlkim at gmail.com> wrote:
>> At 9:30 AM -0500 11/20/07, Steven Adeff wrote:
>> >I'm thinking of getting a Mac Mini for the bedroom as primarily a
>> >remote mythfrontend for watching TV/DVD and playing music.
>> >reading through the list and the wiki it seems like all the major
>> >parts of mythfrontend work with the OSX compile of mythtv including
>> >SPDIF output for AC3 on the newer Intel Mini's. I'll be using wireless
>> >for now, but will run a cat5e line to the bedroom so i can play back
>> >my recorded HD content.
>> >But I do have some questions...
>> >1080p stutter? i'm confused on this issue, it seems to be only with
>> >the older, slower, Mini's or that it's just that people were trying to
>> >playback 1080i content over wireless? where does this stand right now?
>> >DVD playback? There seems to be a patch to use the internal framework
>> >but that looks to have been abandoned. What is the option for playing
>> >DVD's back in mythfrontend on OS X then?
>> >x264/h264 playback? I assume the cpu is more than capable of playing
>> >this back? I've got some conversions of tv shows to x264 and am hoping
>> >to be able to play them back.
>> >MythMusic? does it work or do people just use iTunes?
>> >any other current gotchas? I'll be running SVN since thats what I have
>> >on my backend and main frontend.
>> My 1.66 Core Duo Mini is almost fast enough to play back 1080i. I
>> see pretty consistent stuttering and the processor pegs. If I turn
>> off "Scale Video as Necessary" in he TV playback settings, I can play
>> back 1080 content just fine.
>> All playback is over a standard wired connection
>> One thing I do see on both my mini and my 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo Macbook
>> Pro is occasional slowdown of video. This is especially noticeable
>> when there are slow pans, every few seconds I see the video slow down
>> for a moment, then catch back up. In most situations, it isn't
>> noticeable, but when it is, it's glaringly obvious.
>> There isn't anything wrong with the video files. They play back just
>> fine in VLC.
>Scale video as necessary? so the video slow down on pans is just when
>playing back in mythfrontend? are you running myth in OSX or in linux
>on the Mac?
>and thanks for all the info on the remote! That was one thing I didn't
>anyone who is running in OSX that can answer about DVD playback? it's
>not essential as I have a DVD player in the stereo system in the
>bedroom right now, but it could save me money by allowing me to just
>get a monitor instead of an HDTV.
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