A Mac home theatre case-study

by Gordon Meyer

In today's Chicago Tribune, Dan Lewis, a Mac user from Aurora, Illinois (home of Wayne's World, by the way) talks about his Mac-based home theatre setup in the article Computers serve films on demand. He's using an iMac as a media server and a Mac mini aside his TV to provide instant access to 100 DVDs, 12,000 songs, and over 4,000 photos. The article touches on Front Row, Bonjour, and other familiar pieces. It's a neat example of living the "digital lifestyle" and points out how inexpensive it can be to put together a rather sophisticated solution, provided that you use a Mac.


Peter Hickman
2006-12-05 01:39:16
In the article it says that it 'according to Lewis. "It takes about 10 hours" to convert a single DVD'. I'm pretty sure that this is wrong, I can do several DVDs a day and that is with a G4 700Hz.

Unless he is transcoding of course, in which case it would be interesting to see what he is converting it to.

Dan Lewis
2007-02-15 12:19:50
Just commenting on the post below. With my old G5 2Ghz Power PC iMac it did take 10 hours to encode in the h.264 format. I have recently purchased a new Intel iMac and the time has gone down to 2 hours.
2007-10-02 06:39:26
First of all I wanted to read the article, but the page could not be found. Second, it is a great idea and some theatre tickets could become useless this way. All in all, that "provided that" there sounds more like an advertising to me and not like an invitation to using more and more the technology that can bring action into our homes.
Gordon Meyer
2007-10-02 07:36:10
Hi, Jack. Yes, the article is still available in the Tribune archives, which is explained on the page you see when you click the link. And I suppose that Mac-advocacy shouldn't be too much of a surprise here.