Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Markham, ON Canada
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Hi all, I'm hoping for a bit of advice with my setup, which is as follows:
Basement: Synology 212j NAS (movies, tv shows, music) & Linksys E3200 router & HD Homerun Dual tuner & ethernet distribution box with connection to all rooms
Living room: Apple TV 2 (wireless or wired), jailbroken and running Firecore, connected to plasma TV
Bedroom: Apple TV (wired), jailbroken, connected to LCD TV - would be nice to have access to OTA recordings but I don't expect it given the lower quality files I'd have to convert to which would look much worse on the ATV2.
Upstairs office: Mac Mini (wired), running EyeTV 3
Roaming: Macbook Pro and Mac Air (no need to play TV or other video on these devices)
I've recently gone to OTA, hence the HD Homerun and Eye TV. I should have done more research on the out of the box capabilities of EyeTV and recording formats as I had originally intended to have the Mac Mini record all shows and store them to be distributed from the basement NAS, without my need to convert files or move them around the network. The HDHomerun is great by the way.
My best solution so far is to record directly to the Mac Mini's hard drive and set the automatic export option to "Apple TV HD". As you can't specify where an exported file will be saved to, it's converted and saved in the iTunes folder. I'm sharing that folder and can now see it on the Living room ATV2 through Firecore's media player. This is not ideal as I then need to have the Mac Mini on all the time and my media is being stored in multiple places. As a next step I guess I could move these files periodically to the NAS and then stream from there.
I tried recording directly to the NAS, which I can do, but I can't set any automated export so I'd have to do each show individually across the network. Not ideal at all and completely unusable for my wife until I do something. Handbrake takes about 90 mins to convert a 30 minute MPEG 2 stream using the Apple TV 2 plugin, which is also longer than I expected.
Can anyone suggest a better way of doing this? I appreciate any suggestions.