[mythtv-users] 2010 Mac Mini?

Greg Cope gregcope at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 17:36:47 UTC 2010

On 20 Jul 2010, at 15:31, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 05:36:06PM -0600, Brian Wood wrote:
>> On Monday, July 19, 2010 04:48:26 pm Ken Mandelberg wrote:
>>> The ATOM/ION mini boxes suggested are intriguing. However, I  
>>> didn't see
>>> a firewire on any so far.
>>> I use the mini as a backend and frontend. My video sources are an
>>> HDHomerun for clear QAM, and a firewire to a Comcast box for  
>>> encrypted QAM.
>>> Besides the firewire issue, is the a dual atom enough to handle
>>> recording 3 or 4 streams at once? Is it powerful enough for  
>>> commercial
>>> marking?
>> Recording generally takes little or no CPU, since the streams are  
>> already encoded by the broadcaster or an HD-PVR, it's
>> really just a question of disk I/O.
>> Several folks here are running Atoms as combo FE/BEs and say they  
>> work, as far as transcoding or commflagging I guess it
>> would depend on how much of a hurry you were in for the results.
>    I would not do commflagging on an ION box. In general, flagging  
> is something
> that I would avoid doing on boxes that sit next to a TV. I would not  
> want that
> activity impacting frontend performance, or creating fan noise or  
> generating
> extra heat.
>    Although I've got a pretty good wired network and distribute  
> things around
> the house any way I like. The box that does most of my flagging sits  
> in the
> den next to the master backend.

My febe dual core revo commflags at 56fps so very near real time.   
Make no noticable noise/heat.  This was in a dvb sd feed of reasonable  
quality (but not HD).  It did not appear to affect frontend  
performance.  I use vpdau have 2gb ram and an esata video drive.   
Mysql/os is on the internal drive.

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