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Mac Mini as a Video Server Question as to Ripping on A PC.

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I have a current model basic Mini that I am using as a music server utilizing i-tunes and a ATV 3 as a front end. The music rips were done on a PC and then transferred to the Mini's internal HD and run on i-tunes. Everything works great on the music side. I now want to rip my DVD collection which I realize will not fit on the Mini's internal HD. The Armerisoft Video Converter Ultimate which I intend to use, will both rip the DVD's in AppleTv format but also transfer the rips automatically to i-tunes. I have done so on the PC and everything works perfectly. I want to continue to use the PC for ripping. It has aquad core, L7 processor and the ripping software uses all 8 cores. My concern is how to transfer the rips to the Mac. Can I simply attach an external HD to the PC and, after ripping, attach the external HD to the Mini? I understand the Mini can read a PC HD but a PC can't read a Mac formatted HD. That seems too easy. Any help/comments would be appreciated.
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how big of files are rips turning out to be? There is a solution that, could, work for you. It's far from perfect. I've used it in the past. Since Windows and Apple drive formats don't play nice with other, you can look to FAT32. The problem is there is a file size limit of FOUR gigs (4GB). This also works for hooking up external USB drives to the PS3. Windows and OSX can both read AND write to it.

You should be able to get good DVD rips with 4GB. The file size limit will show it's face when you're trying to rip blu rays. The average blu ray is around twenty-five gigs. It can be done and still look decent.

Also note, Windows will only format drives up to thirty two gigabits in FAT32. I suggest using a Ubuntu live CD to format drives larger.

Beyond that, you'll need to look for something in the third party market.
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Are your machines networked? Why not just push the files from the PC to a large external drive on the Mac over the network?

(Late to the party, I know, problem likely already solved, but I'm still curious)
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