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Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   12-18-2014, 05:49 AM
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Posted By chefklc
Yes. MakeMKV. I don't know what...

Yes.



MakeMKV.

I don't know what Wondershare Ultimate is, most of us are OS X users, but just in case you posted in the wrong forum, there is a Windows version of MakeMKV.
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-30-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,216
Posted By chefklc
yes, that all makes sense to me, assuming the...

yes, that all makes sense to me, assuming the memory from the MBP works in the Mini...that's probably what I'd do if I were in your situation and on a budget, you'd benefit more from the extra RAM...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-18-2014, 03:37 PM
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Posted By chefklc
thank you for finding that...I could have sworn...

thank you for finding that...I could have sworn when it was first released the "digital" part of that was missing. Perhaps I read too quickly, perhaps it was clarified later...but that's good news....
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-18-2014, 10:33 AM
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Posted By chefklc
Then a 2012 quad core won't give you any real...

Then a 2012 quad core won't give you any real performance advantage, for that any 2011 through 2014 Mini would be fine, and actually, many folks use even older Minis for that since lossless audio and...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-11-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,216
Posted By chefklc
In a month all the official Apple 2012 refurbs w/...

In a month all the official Apple 2012 refurbs w/ full warranty may be gone...elsewhere used & resale values of the 2012s seem to be going up, not down.

Every few days since the 2014 Minis were...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-09-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,216
Posted By chefklc
Some very smart people have been figuring out...

Some very smart people have been figuring out ways to overcome what they feel are inherent limitations in iTunes for a very long time...automating, scripts, syncing, there are now iTunes centric apps...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-09-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,216
Posted By chefklc
yes this is more basic OS X sharing...

yes



this is more basic OS X sharing stuff...with a Finder window open look in the left hand column for Devices and Shared, when you're on the same network, wired or wireless, the Mini will...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-08-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,216
Posted By chefklc
Sure, easy, just screen share into the Mini to do...

Sure, easy, just screen share into the Mini to do any work within its iTunes library. Even though it technically will not have a display attached you can still screen share and see its desktop on...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-07-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By chefklc
they have them, they just sell out very quickly. ...

they have them, they just sell out very quickly. signing up for alerts from refurb.me will help your chances.
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-06-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By chefklc
Alex, what I'd recommend you do now that you'll...

Alex, what I'd recommend you do now that you'll have a Mini as media player/server and a house full of other Macs, aTVs and iOS devices is keep your main instance of iTunes with everything directly...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-05-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By chefklc
No, as long as you plan to stay just in OS X for...

No, as long as you plan to stay just in OS X for what you plan to do not only is 16GB overkill, but 8GB is probably overkill as well. Whenever I picked up a new/refurb Mini as a media server I would...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-01-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By chefklc
Craig--doesn't MythTV have the added advantage of...

Craig--doesn't MythTV have the added advantage of being able to record the copy-freely channels off an HDHomeRun Prime tuner as well?
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-01-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By chefklc
you won't be starting any war, the "using a Mac...

you won't be starting any war, the "using a Mac running OS X to record TV" battle was waged, and lost, many years ago. Essentially El Gato left the battlefield with heads held low, many of us here...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-01-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 256
Posted By chefklc
there hasn't been much discussion of big storage...

there hasn't been much discussion of big storage units or "build your own" JBOD boxes in this forum, you'd have a better chance looking in the main Windows HTPC forum or in the media server sub...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,327
Posted By chefklc
I think the 2011 and 2012 Minis are still...

I think the 2011 and 2012 Minis are still powerful and flexible enough to handle HTPC duties for most of us here...I liked that they had both HDMI and Thunderbolt and for me they've always been...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-18-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
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, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
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, 09:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,295
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 thingsā€¦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, 05:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 957
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, 02:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 937
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 capabilitiesā€¦also look into an app called Metadatics:

http://markvapps.com/metadatics/
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-03-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 937
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, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 957
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, 03:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
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, 01:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,477
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, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 884
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...
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