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    I am wondering what kind of power i will need to have a dedicated transcoding machine (possible Mac Mini) to run with my ATV2.

    It it helps, here is what i am running with right now.

    MBP17 - 2.4Ghz Duo Core, 4GB ram, 256MB nvidia

    ATV 4.2.1 JB with Plex

    Airport Extreme dual band being fed with a 2Tb external HD.


    As it stands if i try to transcode over the wireless anything that has a higher rating that 572P (strange i know) it can't chew and process it fast enough. I am partially blaming it on the fact that the ATV is hard lined to the Airport but has to send all information back and forth to my MBP, which is always doing other tasks as well.

    I would like to transcode at least 720P and possibly 1080 (more than ATV can work with, but thinking for the future) Right now I have a line on a Mac Mini 2.4Ghz Duo-Core with a 256Mb Nvidia and 2Gb ram. Would this be enough?

    Any information you could provide to help me out in finding a proper solution to my problem would greatly be appreciated.

    Thankyou.



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    Streaming wireless at those resolutions will be tough enough. Why not pre-convert with Handbrake? Maybe a little more info on your specific situation may help.

    What program are you using to transcode?
    What are you streaming to?

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    Streaming to a tv. nothing fancy yet. 720P 32" LCD. If i go with Mac Mini it would be hard lined into the router along with the ATV2 and free up my MBP's wireless. Right now I am using PLEX on the ATV2 and have the server set up on my MBP.

    Pre converting would be an extensive process and something i wish not to do to my entire collection of 1700GB of tv shows and movies (which are connected via USB2.0 into my Airport Extreme dual band)

    I really like the ability with Plex to just select and watch, but i know that doing everything over the wireless is a pain and somewhat slow.

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    I guess it depends on which Mini you get (Intel or PPC). If it's worlking for you on your MBP, it'll work on a Mini of equal specs.

    I would also suggest connecting the external drive directly to the transcoding computer, Airport USB is notoriously slow.

    I just finished converting my 900GB library to Handbrake's AppleTV2 setting. It took about 6 days on a Core2Duo Mini.

 

 

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