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How taxing is eyetv on a mac mini

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:57 am    Post subject: How taxing is eyetv on a mac mini Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm planning to build a mac mini media center with:

- either the new model coming out soon or a refurb of the current one
- eyetvHD as a DVR
- either a few external hard drives or a lacie Network Space to store and/or serve my media library

My question is, how stressful is eyetv on the mac mini? For example, absolute worst case scenario: it's winter break, I'm watching/recording 4-5 hours of 720p TV per day, and also watching movies in 720p/1080p concurrently. Should I be worried that I'm asking too much out of this setup?

I suppose one compromise could be to split the component video out of the cable box so that I don't have to use the mac mini to display live TV when I'm only watching it and not recording.

Any thoughts/comments would be most appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

running eyeTv at 720p to record and watching netflix at 720p is okay.

I have never done double 1080p or 720p and 1080p.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a Mac Mini 2009 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo w/ 4GB, running Snow leopard 10.6.7.
It is connected to a video-projector, using 1920 x 1080 @ 60p resolution.

Watching a single Blu-Ray (with Plex) or HD program with EyeTV is OK (about 2 x 80% CPU usage).
Registering a program in parallel with EyeTV (HD or not) is OK too.
Watching TWO HD programs in parallel is NOT OK.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, thanks guys
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also make sure you have enough ram i would recommend 8 gig for a HTPC
it works so much better and plex is wonderfull with snow leopard and lion but you will need it in lion because front row is gone from lion
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