hi, I' from Germany and am in the HTPC scene for 2 years now.
My new project is a MAC OS X based HTPC. I searched the forums for about 1 hour and found some very interesting threads.
At first my definition of an HTPC is:
-video player with dvi output (screen is an Apple Cinema HD Display 23")
-HDTV (WMVHD and MPEG2HD; not receiving HDTV-channels)
-a bit videogaming
-scaler for external sources like X-Box (in Germany the X-Box only ouputs interlaced pictures :()
-perhaps a pre-amp
I know, a mac is not the best choice for videogaming, but, as I said, I have an X-Box, so that would not be the (main) problem. The much bigger problems are that there are no solutions for postprocessing video like there is on the PC with the H3D or FFDShow, and the few capture cards available for mac either do only have composite and s-video, or are priced at 1000$ and higher. Does anyone know a solution? Is the picture quality of the Apple DVD-Player or of VLC much worse than postprocessed by a H3D?
And for WMVHD, what are the minimum requirements? On high-def.de they say G5 2x2Ghz for 1080p and G4 1.33Ghz for 720p, but for me that sounds a bit too high? Does the Geforce 6800 Mac-Edition help decoding WMVHD on the Mac like it does on the PC? If so, then one could possibly flash a PC card...
The only two things that will work without problems are playing back audio and using the mac as a PVR...