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2011 mac mini HTPC set up & workflow for newbie

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:52 am    Post subject: 2011 mac mini HTPC set up & workflow for newbie Reply with quote

With mac mini sporting HDMI port and thunderbolt I am thinking about taking the plunge to decommission my aging HDD recorder/bluray player setup.

I am not keen on converting videos, just like to playback with full video and uncompressed sound (DTS-MASTER etc.) as if I popped in a BD.

NAS --- LAN or TB --- Mac Mini --- (HDMI) --- AMP ---(HDMI) --- TV

I am seeking advice on the following topics:

1. What HDMI version is implemented in Mac Mini and any pitfalls (in case of future HDMI versions)?

2. Workflow to build up media library
Does XMBC or other media center support BDs/DVDs as ISO files? Plan is to rip using something like AnyDVD HD to ISO

3. Recording TV shows
Is EyeTV good for recording free to air as well as cable (US/UK)?
Any recommendation for a clean set up (minimum cables)?

I actually don't mind ditching Mac OS and run everything in bootcamp if that opens me up to better playback quality (like bluray 3D), media management functions etc.

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there!

1 - Can't say. I would also venture to guess that trying to figure out what future versions of HDMI might support is really anyones guess.

2 - Can't say for XBMC since I find it too annoying to set up. Plex will support files but not file structure. While it currently supports VIDEO_TS I'm almost guessing that will go away in future versions. Rip using MakeMKV.

3 - Can't say as I don't DVR anymore.

You shouldn't need to ditch OS X for any of the reasons you listed.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding HDMI version, I would like to check if the mac mini version is already old. E.g. if mac mini is ver 1.3 then it would not be able to support bluray 3D according to the HDMI specs.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one hang-up you might have will be DTS-HD or AC3-HD as macs don't currently have anything implemented to handle it. My understanding is that the HDMI version in the new Minis can theoretically deal with it, but it is not a part of the OS. I think I read somewhere that the new minis are v1.4, but that is completely off the top of my head and could very well be erroneous. You will be fine with 5.1 outputs. 3d from what I know still isn't supported by OS or software.

Full agreement with Smithcraft on makemkv, it's quick and pretty simple and gives you one nice 1:1 wrapper. If you do chose to transcode/compress the video in the future it's easy to work with as well.

I also use and like Plex, it's not perfect, but it suits my needs nicely.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot about the HD audio deal. Sadly it is not supported in OS X, but apparently works fine on minis running Windows. Sad

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