Senior HTF Member
- Oct 30, 1997
- Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
- Real Name
- Sam Posten
That just has to be on the docket. Apple seems to like announcing Minis in the Fall. Probably because then they've cleared out the riffraff with the bigger computers all year, and the only ones left are those who really just want a Mini. The current Mini is old, and it's pretty universally thought to have been a fail, it seems to me. Give me a quad core Mini with socketed RAM and I'm probably in for three of them.Personally, I’m hoping for a quad core Mac Mini refresh. I want a good macOS Plex and iTunes server for the home.
What's your Mac HTPC software selection? In 2016, my conclusion was Windows was the best option for a media computer, so I'm curious how a Mac works for the purpose.If Apple doesn't announce an update to the Mac mini I will quite disappointed. 2019 will likely be the year we upgrade the Booth Bijou Garage Theater to a 4K HDR projector and my current Mac mini doesn't do 4K. I know the current (in-store) mini does 4K, but its specs are just too wimpy for me to consider it.
Come on Apple, daddy needs a new home theater PC!
What's your Mac HTPC software selection? In 2016, my conclusion was Windows was the best option for a media computer, so I'm curious how a Mac works for the purpose.
Mark,I use iPhoto (yes, I still use iPhoto) for a slide show (trivia, turn off your cell phones, that kind of thing) with background music as guests are seating themselves. I switch over to VLC to play my pre-queued string of videos for the pre-movie entertainment (custom Booth Bijou intros, "Let's All Go to the Lobby", coming attractions trailers, etc.).
So I don't use "home theater software" per se. And I don't see any reason to. Thanks to an RF remote and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, I can play projectionist and present a pretty darn smooth presentation.
BTW, all films are played from Blu-ray. I queue up the movie in the Blu-ray player before showtime and pause it right at the start. Then, after the pre-movie stuff is played by VLC I press a button on my RF remote and the AV receiver switches inputs from HTPC to Blu-ray and then the movie starts.