Originally Posted by curtvm
... I'm going to give it a go.
I'm not familiar with macs, but think I will be able to figure it out.
I'll report back if I get it to work like I want.
Well, I got an imac mini. Downloaded firewire sdk. Fiddled around a bit to get virtual d-vhs and my tv to communicate. Not really what I had in mind, but it works with my r5000-hd streams.
I was thinking that one of the apps in the sdk would make the mac act like an avhd, but that is not the case. Only virtual d-vhs can output streams to the tv. I was hoping to be able to select from the tv a list of streams to play (like an avhd, I presume), but with the virtual d-vhs app, you have to load the stream file first (just like loading a tape into a d-vhs deck, I guess), then control the 'vcr' with the tv (or the virtual d-vhs program).
Playing the streams through firewire is nice, the computer does what it's good at- sending a stream of data, the tv does what it's good at- decoding/displaying a ts stream (in hardware of course). The picture/sound is as perfect as the original (tested with recent 'discovery atlas hd' r5000-hd recordings). I like bypassing all the unnecessary layers that are usually required to playback a stream, letting the tv do all the hard work an hdtv is supposed to do- decoding hd streams/converting to native resolution/etc.
I also took an mpg (originally an hd stream that I converted to a dvd mpg with ffmpeg) and ran it through vlc, converting it back to a ts stream. It played throught the virtual d-vhs, with 5.1 sound and a great picture (played with virtual d-vhs WHILE it was converting in vlc). I also played a dvd using this method (no upconverting dvd player needed). Open dvd in vlc, set to stream out to a ts file, load ts file in virtual d-vhs, play (WHILE converting). I think unix pipes fits in here somewhere (any unix guru's out there?).
As soon as I get this all figured out, my tv will break down, and there will be no tv's left that have firewire.
Any chance the Nextcom people put out a osx version of their software? I didn't think so. (So I could eliminate my 'capture' laptop).