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Some bad HD news for MAC mini???

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:47 am    Post subject: Some bad HD news for MAC mini??? Reply with quote

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Hello mini people

I got to play with my first mac mini today, and i thought i would share a few things with you. This is not a negative post, because I still want a mac mini. Rather I thought I would post my finding and see what you experts thought.

My life revolves around High definition material. From a myhd 120 HD tuner card, Divx HD and Nero HD.

So when I went to apple store today this was the major thing I wanted to test. I downloaded , and installed the divx for mac. This was extremely easy, and I felt like a genius when the apple store guy (nice guy) could not get it to work. After we had just about given up, I suggested to reboot the machine. What do you know it worked then, sometimes the stars align just right you know. Then I went and downloaded a divx HD trailer. The trailer loaded in quicktime and played, but it was jerky. The mac mini was the 1.42GHz with 512 meg of RAM. I checked the configuration of the divx plug in everything was default, no special acceleration options were turned on. Just to check I turned them on and playback was even worse. So not knowing how a mac does video, do you think the 1 gig of memory would have let this playback. I had no speakers to hear audio so I can not confirm this.

Next I headed to http://www.nerodigital.com/enu/Trailers.html.
What is nero digital – H.263 and H. 264
Nero Digital™ audio and video codecs are completely based on the industry standard MPEG-4 ISO 14496-2/-3/-10
From 32x32 to 1920x1080 (HDTV) resolutions
AAC audio, stereo and 5.1

When I clicked on the trailers there, Safari just opened up a page of crap. Like a plug in was missing. This is a mp4 file, and I did not know how to make it work. Can one of you mac genius check this out for me, and other who are going to switch.

We windows / video enthusiast users have many Divx standard and HD, Xvid Standard, HD capture card, and nero standard and HD files.

I know the other Macs could run these fine, but i think the major thing comes to my next finding.

I asked about the widgets and dashboard, the apple stare guy told me that was in tiger (I forgot). Thin I asked when can I get a mac mini with tiger. Someone overheard me and pulled me to the side. He said the mac mini would not run tiger, and that the new core imaging would kill (make it run slow) this box. So after pondering it seems that the video files and the new operating system are a no go?

But to all who think I am trashing this system, I am still going to buy one. Bills, email, web, Ilife, Itunes and the others we so impressive. This box will make computer life for the necessary things so much easier. The fun stuff might have to be a back seat kind of thing.

Thanks for all your guys help
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"When I clicked on the trailers there, Safari just opened up a page of crap. Like a plug in was missing. This is a mp4 file, and I did not know how to make it work. Can one of you mac genius check this out for me, and other who are going to switch. "

First off let me tell you that I'm not a video expert. What trailors did you try and open? I'll take a look and see what happens.

Second there is a thread on here about Core Image.
http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=66


If you don't mind me asking what Apple store did you go to?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:44 pm    Post subject: Thnas for helping Reply with quote

I went to the dallas Tx apple store.

The Movie Trailers I tried to open are here.

http://www.mastersoftheforce.com/ep456/videos/esbrojse.avi

http://trailers.divx.com/WB/Constantine.avi
http://trailers.divx.com/Universal/InGoodCompany_HD.zip

http://media.nero.com/ND_Standard_720x576_4Mbps_Stereo.mp4
http://media.nero.com/ND_Cinema_1280x720_9.8Mbps_Stereo.mp4
http://media.nero.com/ND_HDTV_1920x1072_9.8Mbs_Stereo.mp4

thank you for your help
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Core Image will scale to whatever processor it's running on. Tiger will run on the mini although it may run more like a kitty than a Tiger!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"http://media.nero.com/ND_Standard_720x576_4Mbps_Stereo.mp4
http://media.nero.com/ND_Cinema_1280x720_9.8Mbps_Stereo.mp4
http://media.nero.com/ND_HDTV_1920x1072_9.8Mbs_Stereo.mp4"

I opened all three of these with Firefox on my 1.25 mini. Tried to played them in quick time, then I got a warning that is does not suppport the codec. I went ahead and played them and they were very choopy and pixelated.
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