My Digital Macintosh Life Update
by Erica Sadun
In the meantime, I'm still struggling to create a workflow for EyeTV to MPEG Streamclip to iTunes. I need to design a way (probably through AppleScript, but I'm open to other suggestions) to search through all my EyeTV recordings to see which ones are new, and to convert them into MPEG-4 overnight and get them into iTunes. The "see which ones are new" is the easiest part. Since all EyeTV recordings are bundles, I just have to "touch" a file in each bundle after converting to MPEG-4. What I'd really like to do is edit out all the commercials from a bunch of recordings at once and then schedule the conversion as a queue of jobs. It's not yet happening.
I continue to have problems recording ATSC shows in their entirety using the EyeTV. Shows, which I know are entirely free-to-air, keep breaking in the middle with a warning about being "Encrypted". Very frustrating, especially since I want to be able to use the Mini/EyeTV as the TiFaux for AppleTV and the HDTV set. My HDTV antenna is a couple of years old, but I can't imagine that technology has changed all that much in this time. Is there something I'm missing here?
|When your ATSC recordings break with the "Encrypted" warning, does this happen at commercial breaks? Is it possible that some of the commercials are sent out with the "broadcast flag" bit set and that the Mini or EyeTV is honoring this by stopping the recording?|
|Rob: Good point! I'm recording 30 Rock tonight and so far no "Encrypted" warnings during the commercials (or the program either so far). I'll keep watch and report back.|
|hmmm.... I've never seen that over the air. How is your signal strength and quality?|
|I'm using the Hybrid. For whatever reason, I recorded both 30 Rock and the Office tonight without any problems at all. However, when I switched to the CW (which is only about 4 miles away from here), I get the interruptions--and "Encrypted" definitely happens mid-broadcast and not just during commercials. You'd think that with the station being so close that the reception would be perfect!|
|Erica, which EyeTV are you using? I picked up the EyeTV Hybrid today thinking my ever-reliable EyeTV 200 was on the funk with snowy screens. It wasn't. The Mini could not acquire the cable signal from the Hybrid, but when I switched back, the EyeTV 200 had it crystal clear. I did figure out what caused the snow.|
I just wanted to add a comment as I, like many here, am setting up a mac mini as a media center and have a tip for others.