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  1. I also have the Twinhan Alpha with EyeTV from DigitalNow and am very happy with it. Be sure to submit the voucher that you get for a free upgrade to Eye TV 2.3.1. EyeTV has a built-in scheduler that does the basics quite well and there is a free epg program at that can add programs directly to your schedule. I think the combination of the Mac Mini + Eye TV is one of the best options around as everything just works and you get scheduling, movie editing and export to mp4 and a HTPC interface all included. The latest EyeTV works with both the included Twinhan remote as well as the Mac Mini remote. And the Mac Mini is a lot quieter than a PC due to the lack of a fan.
  2. I understand that the tinyusb2 works with the iTele software. This is not the same as eyeTV as each of them use different driver frameworks. I think the Miglia and Twinham Alpha (sold by Renura) work with eyeTV though.
  3. renura, Thanks, I might wait then as my reading of the iTele development forums is that EyeTV is the only DTV software that is known to work on Intel Macs. All others are very much a work in progress until the MMInput framework is ported to the Intel architecture. For those non-Maccers, Apple does not have an OS standard framework to handle DVB streams and interaction with DVB devices. Elgato (manufacturers of EyeTV) have their own proriety API and they usually bundle their software with the hardware. For other brands, the MMInput framework is an opensource framework shared by applications and incorporates drivers for many common cards (PCI and USB). It is this framework that is still been ported from PowerPC to Intel x86. Alpha releases are out now but are not generally available. Consider this.. Spectrum for Mac
  4. I'd prefer the TinyUSB2.0 'cause I have a PC as well. Is TinyUSB2.0 working today on the Intel Macs with the alpha version of the MMInput drivers for intel? Or would I be better off with EyeTV if I wanted a 'no hassles working' solution?
  5. Ok, Finally got around to playing with a USB 2.0 DVB tuner on an Intel Mac and.. it doesn't work yet. Browsing the developer forums for iTele show that this is very much a work in progress at the moment. iTele and the MMInput Drivers for Intel install but the USB 2.0 device is not detected hence I cannot test it further at this stage. The USB device was a Videa Technology DVB-T USB Receiver VDT-100 Blue. I'm pondering whether I should bite the bullet and go for EyeTV who apparently have a version for Intel Mac already. Would the Beetle work with EyeTV and is it possible to purchase it as a bundle?
  6. An Intel Mac Mini hooked up to VGA displays video/DVD fine with both FrontRow and VLC. The TV out isn't as good as I expected but its not as bad as outlined in that review. I want to try bypassing the VCR before I make a firm conclusion on TV out picture quality.
  7. DA: I think what he said was pretty spot on - if someone is not computer literate. Mind you, Macs aren't any better (ok, maybe EyeTV is but I'm not spending that amount of money). Basially, you do have to fiddle to get it working properly. This means, * Figure out the DVB tuner manufacturer software is rubbish * Wait several months for Spectrum to develop some MUCH better BDA drivers * Wait for DigiWatch and Webschedular to mature * Set them all up and customise with the EPG (not a simple task in itself). You're not going to get something that works out of the box without lots of fiddling. Once the fiddle is done it *is* wonderfully stable - as long as you do not use manufacturer software Now, I'm still driving my HTPC with a keyboard. I don't want a remote, I want a remote-type gadget that can act as a mouse and keyboard in one. Don't mention the Gyro-thingo and that wireless keyboard with a joystick as I can't find them at a reasonable price anywhere. The closest I've got is a VNC client on a PDA but it isn't exactly cheap
  8. Joey, I've got both the Intel Mac and an Intel P4 hooked up and I'm finding I'm using the Mac more and more. Why? Because I think OSX actually IS a better desktop environment. Windows XP SP2 (which is on the P4) is rock solid like the Mac but it doesn't have Spotlight and Expose. Once you've discovered these it is hard to go back to XP2. There is nothing better than typing a few characters into the top right bar (Spotlight) and jumping to the application or document. And its damn fast unlike Windows Search. Likewise, hitting F9 to get a birds-eye view of all windows and quickly zipping to that web page that has finished loading is even better than the unix model of virtual desktops (you can get this too). Add in the ability to run Mac, Linux and Windows (via Wine) applications side by side with a much quieter sound and it is a very compelling argument. Add in some great media editing apps and a great code debugging environment (yes, java 1.5) and its a joy to work with. Now that I've found the USB tuner I'll try and play with the DVB stuff and let you know how it goes.
  9. I did a Built To Order and upgraded from 512Mb to 1Gb. With several apps running (eg Garageband, Safari, Inkscape) I still had 200Mb free. I didn't notice any swapping or speed issues. It comes with an 80 Gb HDD that has 54 Gb free so there is a lot of space taken up with Apple's OS, software and demos. I'm sure that removing XCode and the software demos would free up space but I was planning just to use portable USB 2.0 enclosures to reuse old IDE drives I have lying around. I am unlikely to try it with HDTV for the simple reason that I don't have any equipment that can display it SD is what I record in. I keep recent movies in this format but old ones I convert with XDiv so I can put two on a standard DVD. SD TV and DVD's seemed to play fine in Videolan at full screen although you only get DVD menu's in Apple's iDVD player. The main issue seems to be getting a true HTPC interface for DVD, DVB SD etc and working with Apple's remote. I'm hoping that Linux Myth will progress to fulfil this role in the near future.
  10. Haven't tried it yet.. the s-video output of the Mac Mini was not good enough to use it on the TV. However, it was passing through an old VCR so this could be the problem. I remember hooking up a Matrox G400 a few years ago and it was much better but I don't want to give up yet. When I get the TV output working I'll start playing with the DVB stuff. In the meantime, it remains hooked up the PC where it can contimue to feed WebSchedular. Update There is a beta build of Myth TV for the Intel Core Duo which I'm downloading now. I've hit my download quota for this month already
  11. Ok folks.. I'm still playing but it looks like a mixed verdit at the moment. Pros * Mac Mini is easy to setup and a great desktop environment particularly with Spotlight, Expose and virtual desktops. Most of your favourite opensource stuff (PowerPC & Linux) Just Works. I have put on Inkscape, the GIMP, and VLC with no problems. I will download openoffice, eclipse during the week to complete this. The MACOSX desktop is the fastest desktop in terms of navigation and shortcuts that I've had the pleasure of playing with. * Very Quiet. Compared to the vaccum-cleaner of a Pentium 4 (with a Zalman Passive Cooler) the noise level is significantly less. * FINK soon will support the Intel Mac and provide Debian-style install of popular linux software. Its not quite there yet though. * XCode is a GREAT development environment with lots of hidden extras for squeezing the best performance out of your apps. * Garageband looks awesome but haven't played with it yet. I think I'll buy a cable to plug my guitar straight in. Cons * You NEED a keyboard to get it booted and can't seem to go straight into FrontRow. Most USB devices (tablets, keyboards and mice) work fine. * FrontRow looks cool but doesn't offer much over and above VLC/Media Player Classic. I found myself using Videolan more as I felt the picture quality looked better (same as on PC). * Web browsing seems to be slower but for a true test I need to stick Firefox on it to compare as I suspect caching under firefox is better than Safari. * Webschedular is still the best DVB app out there Conclusion * If you have a powerful PC properly setup with decent software like Webschedular, Videolan etc and your happy there is no point in going Mac. * If your looking for a setup box type environment then the Mac Mini is getting there but I'd hold off until the software catches up. When FINK / OpenDarwin supports the Intel Mac Mini running Myth could be a great way to get a really good setup box. But I'd wait a could of months to see how the software goes. * If your looking for a new computer to serve as a unix desktop and want to play with the great software Apple gives you and are prepared to wait for the linux ports to catch up - then go for it!
  12. Well, *I* think an Intel Mac Mini would make a great HTPC (or, replacement for the DVD player, VCR recorder and MG35 DivX box) if a remote can drive it. Mine arrived yesterday and will be playing with a USB 2.0 tuner and iTele over the weekend.
  13. Well, I've shelled out for a Mini-Mac so will be trying it out as a PVR (besides, I wanted to play with OSX and Garageband). It will take a couple of weeks to get to me as its a BTO with extra RAM but I'll let you know how I go.
  14. My favourite toolflow is to use HDTV2MPEG2 1.11.83 to convert from TS to MPG2 editting as required with cutmarks. This takes 5-10mins to process 2 hours of SD DVB PocketDivX encoder to convert to XDivX format. I batch convert to around 1Gb for 2 hours to get the best tradeoff This means I only spend 10 mins editting and I can then let the computer run overnight doing the conversions and simply burn on DVD at the end for viewing downstairs.