[mythtv-users] Mac Frontend requirements for HD playback

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sun Jun 29 16:07:13 UTC 2008

On Sunday 29 June 2008 09:07:31 Daniel Segel wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM, Craig Treleaven <ctreleaven at cogeco.ca>
> wrote:
> > At 11:32 PM -0700 6/28/08, Daniel Segel wrote:
> > >I have an iMac G5 1.8GHz system that I'm trying to run Mythfrontend on.
> > > My
> >
> > backend records and plays back HD content just fine with no problems at
> > all, but when I try to play any recorded HD content on the Mac it's very
> > jittery and many frames are dropped. Before I spend a lot more time on
> > this system I'd like to know if it's reasonable to expect this Mac to
> > play back HD programming in the first place.
> >
> > >And if not, would a newer Intel Mac Mini do the job? What's the minimum
> >
> > processing/graphics power I need on a Mac to work as an effective
> > frontend for HD content?
> >
> > Any Intel mini will play 19 Mbps Mpeg2 HD fine.  You aren't trying to
> > play HD over a wireless network connection, are you?
> No, it's a wired 100Mb ethernet connection. I tried it in a smaller window
> and it was choppy as well.

Certainly a G5 has the capability to play HD, unless something else is 
constraining it.

Got plenty of RAM? Network not too heavily loaded?


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