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Postby lister007 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:46 am

If a vga or dvi connection is available I think the best option is a cheap (quiet laptop) with p3 or better or a mac mini. additional hardware and codecs can be added. I saw the ps3 video and doesn't look quite there yet, with some firmware up grades and development of linux on the machine that could, in the future be an option for this task. Do you know if you can hook up any external hard drive to the ps3?
The apple tv look relatively good, but I was surprised on the video formats it will and wont stream, though it is one of the better ones I've seem it is still limited, is there nothing that can just stream the entire screen, like a wireless vga connection?
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Postby Willen » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:53 am

I believe that the current Linux builds for the PS3 don't use the SPEs (Synergistic Processing Elements) of the Cell processor well and primarily rely on the PowerPC-based PPE (Power Processing Element) embedded in the CPU. As the development community gets more familiar with the PS3 architecture, performance should improve. Also, you have to keep in mind that the video(s) showing Windows running on the PS3 (through Linux) was done by emulating a x86 processor on the system so performance is bound to be sluggish. Not to mention that the amount of RAM available in those applications is just 256MB - not good for running WinXP. If the RSX chip can be utilized for Linux applications the performance should increase, but this is assuming that Sony and/or NVIDIA provide access to it.

As for your question about external hard drives connecting to the PS3, any USB 2.0 hard disk drive will work. USB flash drives will also be recognized. This also includes such devices as USB memory card readers and MP3 players such as an iPod. Whether or not the standard PS3 operating system will recognize and playback video and audio you store on the drive will depend on the specific format it's in. If you are running Linux on the PS3, playback of files will depend on what media player software you can install and what file types it will recognize. VLC has been compiled and will run on a PS3 via Linux (http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=27456). MPlayer and other Linux applications can also be installed and run (http://www.tbreak.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38117). If you aren't willing to live on the bleeding edge, I'd wait a bit for the price of the PS3 to drop and the software developers to work out the rough edges and bugs.
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Postby DJ_Izumi » Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:35 pm

In testing out 'Xbox Media Center' as of yesterday, which is an open source project for the original Xbox but requires a mod to operate... The software is disturbingly well made and elegent. It's like an Apple product, only not limited to only supporting Apple crap! :O

It can set sizing boundaries for video playback so overscan doesn't cut off subs. It can navigate your local network and play video directly off LAN machines or network attached storage. Play stuff off burned DVDs. It can even parse sites like apple.com's trailer section or even youtube, display their thumb nail and synopsis in it's own gui, not even needing a true web browser and play them full screen like any other media.

It honestly leaves you wondering why Microsoft didn't find these guys and make it a retail Microsoft product. IT's that well freakin' made. Except that XBMC means access to the Xbox's hard drive from outside computers, which means easy modification, even easier than the task currently is.

Only downside is libavcodec/FFMpeg for h.264 and a 733mhz Celeron processor... Yeah, the h.264 playback is a bit lackluster, certian complicated scenes drop frames like a mofo. :(
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Postby lister007 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:04 am

Maybe they will try running the basilik 2 emulater for old mac os, it would surely perform better than the emulated version of xp. If linux will play the file types required I am happy with that, ps3 has great potential and I think I will wait and get it. The problem with using an existing pc with the media centre comes down to fan noise which puts me of the idea. I think that as the ps3 progress we should track it in the video section here as it could be a great asset, at the very least for prevuing amvs.
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