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Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-18-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By chefklc
Apologies in advance if this seems like a...

Apologies in advance if this seems like a nit-pick, I'm pretty sure this is not a licensing issue that has anything to do with XMBC per se, it is solely an Apple and OS X CoreAudio issue not...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-12-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By chefklc
I only play back rips of my blu ray discs, and...

I only play back rips of my blu ray discs, and never the disc itself, so I can't be any help with respect to your first question. In the home theater VLC is my player of absolute last resort and I...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-17-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By chefklc
It could be that drive, but it could just as...

It could be that drive, but it could just as likely be other things…a few thoughts:

How much RAM and what drive are you booting from? The problem might be there and not your 4TB drive at all.
...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-07-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By chefklc
At that distance and screen size you're probably...

At that distance and screen size you're probably too far away to notice much of a difference, your 720p encodes for the Apple TV 2 should be just fine. Find the chart that compares viewing distance...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-03-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 847
Posted By chefklc
Have you played around with JRiver at all? A lot...

Have you played around with JRiver at all? A lot of people are fond of its library management capabilities…also look into an app called Metadatics:

http://markvapps.com/metadatics/
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-03-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 847
Posted By chefklc
I have a house full of Macs, iOS devices and run...

I have a house full of Macs, iOS devices and run OS X, for me the best way to manage music is to completely avoid both DLNA and FLAC. (Just like SMB isn't the easiest choice for Mac users, either.) ...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   06-24-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By chefklc
Could you be a little more specific? ...

Could you be a little more specific?




Which Apple TV do you have?

Do you have an Apple TV 2 is that why you chose that preset? Have you hacked it or is it stock?

How are you playing...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   06-13-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By chefklc
does HDMI show up as an audio output option in...

does HDMI show up as an audio output option in Audio MIDI setup?





I wouldn't rule out Mavericks as part of the issue, something may have changed in terms of HDMI detection, passthrough and...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   05-10-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,000
Posted By chefklc
The best advice I could give you is to be...

The best advice I could give you is to be willing to be more skeptical of the conclusions that you've already reached, namely that you "can hear a difference between the DAC and playing straight...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   05-10-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 771
Posted By chefklc
Quote:I have recently started using a Mac...

Quote:I have recently started using a Mac Mini...as a HTPC, and am really loving it. However I'd like it to also be the device through which I watch netflix and amazon streaming.

Quote:I've never...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   05-08-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,535
Posted By chefklc
Quote:but how do I know in advance if they will...

Quote:but how do I know in advance if they will work well with OTA/ATSC or not?


I don't think there's any way to predict what would happen because reception is influenced by so many factors...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-17-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By chefklc
Quote:Still struggling with this, can you be...

Quote:Still struggling with this, can you be more specific Chef?


sorry, sure…that link you provided shows you what you should be seeing in AudioMIDI when you click on the + sign in the lower...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-14-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 570
Posted By chefklc
Quote:What is wrong? Nothing. There's...

Quote:What is wrong?


Nothing. There's just some voodoo involved sending HDMI from a Mac through an AVR to an HDTV, and certain AVR & HDTV combinations require stronger magic to pull off....
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-13-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By chefklc
Within AudioMIDI I have never created an...

Within AudioMIDI I have never created an "aggregate" device, but I have had success creating a "Multi-output device." By doing that I was able to output audio from a Mac Mini over HDMI and optical...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-10-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 551
Posted By chefklc
Quote:I can't update it...so my question is...

Quote:I can't update it...so my question is "Would this machine make a good HTPC?"


Yes, things got to be very stable Mac home theater-wise in Lion and are still stable, I run XBMC on one 2011...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-07-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By chefklc
One of the biggest advantages of an HTPC is so...

One of the biggest advantages of an HTPC is so all your files can live digitally, on a hard drive somewhere on your network, so you don't ever have to burn to optical disc or pop a disc into a...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-06-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By chefklc
Quote:I'm currently only recording Standard...

Quote:I'm currently only recording Standard Definition TV.


Understood, I also asked you if you plan to start recording HD, do you? Is there a standard def only STB with FiOS or do you have one...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   04-06-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By chefklc
Quote:I currently have a couple of Panasonic DVD...

Quote:I currently have a couple of Panasonic DVD recorders with HDD for recording TV programs


Are you currently recording high def TV with these?

In the newer HTPC approach that you're...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   03-26-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,349
Posted By chefklc
Quote:I hope i am asking in the right area,...

Quote:I hope i am asking in the right area, these forums can be confusing at times.


welcome, and yes this is the right forum re: home theater and whole house A/V type tasks with a Mac, but...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   03-04-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,377
Posted By chefklc
Quote:I am using a cheap USB Bluray drive that I...

Quote:I am using a cheap USB Bluray drive that I got from Amazon for $33.


that's commodity pricing for you, the friend of every HTPC owner, I can remember a few years ago when the inexpensive...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   02-27-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 813
Posted By chefklc
Quote:Using the hdmi cable I can plug the laptop...

Quote:Using the hdmi cable I can plug the laptop directly to the tv which worked fine. For audio I used some old cables from the MacBook headphone jack to the receiver.


Glad that worked out for...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   02-25-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 813
Posted By chefklc
What you have to do is first establish a...

What you have to do is first establish a connection to the TV as an external display, as in you see your Mac desktop on the TV and your laptop recognizes that it is connected to a second display in...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   01-30-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By chefklc
Quote:MakeMKV is not free for Blurays ...

Quote:MakeMKV is not free for Blurays


MakeMKV must still be free for blurays, just used it today and I have not paid yet. It says in their forum that it's still in beta until at least March...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   01-28-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By chefklc
Quote:This program is crap and cost $30. Anyone?...

Quote:This program is crap and cost $30. Anyone?


MakeMKV, works great in OS X for dvds and blurays, and for the moment still free.
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   01-26-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By chefklc
I don't own any blu rays from the BBC so I...

I don't own any blu rays from the BBC so I haven't ever experienced this, seems there are known problems with interlaced VC-1, 1080i50 rather than 1080p. Some old threads:
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