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Offline orthonorm

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Media Computer
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:14:25 PM »
Playing off the raspberry pi thread, anyone here have a very minimal set up they are happy with? I am getting tired of having this beat up laptop I have do a ton of stuff. Been thinking about finding a solution to basically play my video and music files, the former being the most important. I saw some cheap Blu-Ray machines on amazon which have a USB input and have most of your typical codecs on board and you can just plug in your hard drive and go.

The interfaces are pretty ridiculous, but I don't need anything spectacular. My buddy has one and I gave him a drive with Breaking Bad and I dropped a variety of codecs on it and they played without a hitch.

Wondering out loud and wondering what you all are doing.
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 10:18:34 PM »
So wait a blu-ray stand-alone player via USB...and you want to play them on your laptop? What's your resolution?
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 10:24:06 PM »
So wait a blu-ray stand-alone player via USB...and you want to play them on your laptop? What's your resolution?

No.

I am talking about various methods of getting video files I download of my many hours of family films to play without using my computer.

Just wondering if other people have some ideas. The blu-ray thing is one cheap way. I am not sure there even simpler ways, more robust, etc.
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 10:28:02 PM »
Maximum PC magazine does occasional stories about building media center PCs for $500 or less.

I'm sure one can build a *nix based media center PC for $500 or less.

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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 10:30:32 PM »
Like this?

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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2013, 10:32:10 PM »
I just remembered this site:

Assassin Performance HTPC's
http://assassinhtpc.com/
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 10:40:16 PM »
^ That was a suggestion for a real media computer

What you seem to be talking about is like an external drive.

So uh just burn them to blu-ray writer and load them onto a Blu-Ray player?

Unless you want to have some sort of GUI to switch between music and video. More robust obviously not the burning idea.

Either we go the Raspberry Pi XBMC route or HTPC. You'll like the XBMC, completely open source and customizable.
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 03:35:24 PM »
Two words: Intel NUC
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 11:08:50 PM »
The best and most simple way is to get a blu ray player with a usb input.  BE SURE that it supports MANY types of video codecs such as divx, xvid, mkv, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, etc. etc.  Then all you have to do is dump the video on a flash drive and stick it in the player.

The raspberry pi makes an okay media center... I dunno though, I'd go the player route.   Amazon will have something for you that would be inexpensive..... I'd do that over the pi.
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2013, 11:16:41 PM »
^ I think the openELEC I posted in that other thread would be something he would enjoy. It looks like a real slick media center IMO.

Otherwise I'm not so sure I would recommend the Pi either.
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2013, 11:24:12 PM »
^ I think the openELEC I posted in that other thread would be something he would enjoy. It looks like a real slick media center IMO.

Otherwise I'm not so sure I would recommend the Pi either.

Yeah, that's a slick interface and all...   But I'm going to say something that is the most slothy thing that exists  8)

The remote control.  On the pi you have to get off the couch and click a mouse.  If you have a blu-ray w/compatible codecs, you can be as sluggard as you want.  haha.

Yeah the Pi... I dunno.... It's an okay tinker thing.   I bought it and said "cool".... then "meh"....  now it kind of sits there and I think "someday I may do something with that".....  someday.......
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2013, 01:58:38 AM »
X-box?
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2013, 07:57:32 PM »
X-box?

Many go that route too, and aren't there "hacks" that allow you to get Netflix as well through x-box?
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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2013, 10:38:01 PM »
X-box?

Many go that route too, and aren't there "hacks" that allow you to get Netflix as well through x-box?
Not even a hack, it is officially supported.

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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2013, 12:34:35 PM »
I have Dell Vostro desktop PC.


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Re: Media Computer
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2014, 11:04:26 PM »
Have you tried an Android stick? https://www.miniand.com/products/MK802%20Android%20Mini%20PC
you can plugin your usb drive and access the data using a familiar interface.