jny’s Mac mini media centre blog


Remote Buddy

Filed under: Setup — jny @ 0:29

We have been running Remote Buddy in evaluation mode for a few days now. So far I’ve only used it with EyeTV, VLC and iTunes and for putting the computer to sleep so the testing hasn’t been too thorough.

I haven’t experienced the wow-effect I got when watching the videos on the homepage. For example the preferences dialogues are too big for the TV resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and I’m unable to operate it as smoothly and quickly as in the videos.

Nevertheless, the extra control you get with the remote just is so useful, you cannot be without it. And the Apple remote is more predictable than the one that came with EyeTV.

So it looks like I will buy it.

(I managed to accidentally delete the original post, so this is a reconstruction. Thank you Google cached pages.)



Stuff that got replaced

Filed under: Setup — jny @ 22:14

Obsoleted stuffThis is the equipment that got replaced by the Mac mini:

  • One DTT receiver box
  • One DVD player
  • One CD player that didn’t recognise CDs any more

In theory the radio tuner and VHS player could go too but I didn’t manage to disconnect the radio from the amplifier and we still have some VHS tapes so the VHS stays just in case we’d like to watch them.


VLC tests OK

Filed under: Setup — jny @ 21:01

I tested playing an AVI (or was it a DivX) movie including subtitles and that worked too. The keyboard is very much needed in the beginning while selecting files for the playlist. In full-screen play mode the Apple remote works OK.

VLC has about a quadrillion options and I wonder if it would be possible to run the whole thing in some full screen mode that would be better suited for controlling using a remote. Either directly or using some sort of plug-in?

Tested playing a DVD

Filed under: Setup — jny @ 20:48

I tested playing a DVD for the first time today. DVDs play OK using DVD Player but I liked the Front Row user interface better with the Apple remote. Front Row could jump from scene to scene which I wasn’t able to do using iDVD and the remote.

So currently for the best DVD playing experience, either use Front Row or the keyboard with DVD Player.

The sound from EyeTV didn’t mute so both the DVD and TV sound were playing at the same time. There is a setting in EyeTV that fixes this. It mutes the sound when EyeTV is not playing in the foreground.

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