[mythtv-users] Who's going to be the first?

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at cogeco.ca
Thu Sep 2 19:58:15 UTC 2010

At 2:11 PM -0500 9/2/10, jedi wrote:
>On Thu, Sep 02, 2010 at 04:31:56PM +0100, Simon Hobson wrote:
>> jedi wrote:
>> >    Even something as simple as some home videos can be legacy content.
>> >
>> >    Apple's approach to content is infact user hostile when it comes to
>> >basic simple things that an end user might have lying around. You don't
>> >have to be a "geek" to have some video files that you might have created
>> >or saved or gotten from someone else.
>> Ahh, but Apple have that sewn up too - you import it into iMovie,
>    No you don't. iMovie just barfs on it.
>    Most people aren't in a good position to see this for themselves.

So your camcorder isn't one of the few hundred supported by iMovie? 

> > export it in the right format, and then stream it through your Apple
>> TV. I think that we can expect updates to all the relevant i<stuff>
>> to add the right support bits, if it's not already there, so once
>> you have it on your computer it's "one click" to make it available
>> to your Apple TV.
>    Any device that can read a NAS fileshare already does it. Just drop
>it in the right location and all of your work is done. You don't have to
>"import" anything or "transcode" anything. It kind of "just works".
>    That is the beauty of open systems and hardware and software that are
>designed to just play whatever you happen to have (VLC, popcorn hour, any
>Windows/Linux equivalent of iMovie).
What proportion of the population do you think is able to set up a NAS server, acquire (download, import, whatever) video to be stored there, configure hardware and/or software to access those files (including containers, formats, codecs, bit rates, ad nauseum)--and is willing to spend the time and $$ to do it?  I'm thinking that maybe 10-15% of the adult population is _capable_ of doing this.  Of those, no more than 1 in 3 would be WILLING.  So maybe 3 to 5% might enjoy the 'beauty of open systems'.  Apple is not aiming the new ATV at them.  As I said, it will be interesting to see how many of the remaining 95 to 98% might bite.

BTW, what is the "Window/Linux equivalent of iMovie"?  I've put together a few videos with iMovie and I've yet to see anything remotely as easy to use. 


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