[vdr] Mac mini + Xine plugin = perfect vdr client?

Carsten Rietzschel cr7 at darav.de
Sat Aug 13 20:37:58 CEST 2005


I'm using the MacMini as my VDR since a few weeks :)

- of course the MacMini
- Cinergy T2 (DVB-T)
- ATI remote wonder
- gentoo linux with vdr 1.3.24
- xine-plugin (thanks Reinhard for OSD fix :)

And it works very well! No big problems so far, except one:
TV-Out doesn't work yet for me. I've tried using gatos.sf.net-drivers  
from Rune Petersen - but no luck yet. Maybe someone can help!!?!?

Some minor problems still must be solved:
- DVD playback is sometimes choppy
- Mplayer plugin (using /usr/bin/xineplayer) doesn't work
How does xineplayer work? I think it sends a command to xine to play  
the selected file, doesn't it? Would be also possible to play a DVD  
via xineplayer?
How can I debug xineplayer?

Please share your experiences too :)


Am 10.08.2005 um 21:20 schrieb Reinhard Nissl:

> Hi,
> Carsten Koch wrote:
>> IMHO the Mac mini is an excellent machine for the living room.
>> *  It is so silent you can hardly hear it.
>> *  It looks good and does not take up a lot of space.
>> *  It has a built-in DVD ROM.
>> *  It runs 2 UNIXes - MacOS X and Linux.
>> *  It has a DVI output which provides perfect picture
>>    quality with a DLP beamer or a flat panel display.
>> So I am thinking of using one instead of my current
>> diskless VDR client (an MSI hetis barebone).
>> Of course the Mac mini does not have a PCI slot,
>> so I will not be able to put in a DVB card.
>> Would the Xine plugin be a good solution for such a system?
>> Has anyone tried it on a Mac running Linux?
> I bcc this message to Carsten Rietzschel. He has contacted me for  
> OSD color issues which will be fixed in vdr-xine-0.7.5. Maybe he  
> can tell us his experience with vdr-xine and Mac mini ;-)
> Bye.
> -- 
> Dipl.-Inform. (FH) Reinhard Nissl
> mailto:rnissl at gmx.de

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