[mythtv-users] Apple TV info

Scott D. Davilla davilla at 4pi.com
Tue Sep 9 19:21:40 UTC 2008

>On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 01:37:21PM -0400, Scott D. Davilla wrote:
>>  >  > correction ;)  h.246 YES but does depend on bitrate and if ffmpeg
>>  >>  skip_loop_filer is enabled for the higher bit rate content.
>>  >
>>  >     Got a pointer for a good doc on that? My mini doesn't quite keep
>>  >up with the 720p stuff at the default (mythtv set) bitrate. My aTV
>>  >just has no hope at all...
>>  Your MacMini has a problem ;)
>>  My 1st gen 1.66GHz Core Duo (not Core2 Duo) has no problem with 720p
>>  h.264 and can even do 1080p h.265. XBMC for Mac can do it, VLC can do
>>  it and Mplayer can do it.
>     ...I see a conspicuous absence of MYTHTV in that list of apps there.

I get to my mythbackend recordings via XBMC for Mac and MythWeb now. 
MythBackEnd and MythWeb are great and I can't live without them.

MythFrontEnd is well, how to say it, is a memory pig. Since it works 
for the devs under high powered hardware, there is not much change 
going to happen. I've given up trying to fix LiveTV, it's hopelessly 
broke by design and feature creep that unless it's on a combined 
front/backend high powered box and I'm sorry but that type of 
hardware does not live in my media room. It needs a complete re-write 
and I'd rather spend my time creating a new mythfrontend lite that is 
very fast, can handle LiveTV and does not suck down all the system 
resources. That's a long term project.

I do run mythfrontend for AppleTV development but my main frontend is 
XBMC for Mac running on an AppleTV. The only real reason for 
mythfrontend is XvMC hardware assisted mpeg2 decode for 1080i 
content. I do have a build of MythBuntu under the Moblin sdk, it's 
quite lightweight for X11 but that was to try and free up as much 
resources for mythfrontend.

I have three AppleTVs that are for various stages of software 
development. One is stable, the other two are for unstable 
development ;) They are all in the "media room" and silent as mice. 
The mytbackend is upstairs in a closet where is can make all the 
noise it wants.

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