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Old July 29th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #1
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Mac mini for component capture

Hi

I have posted this in the tapeless area as well. Hope that's ok!

I was wondering if it was possible to fit a component capture card inside a Mac Mini and use an external hard drive. (with a lossless codec perhaps)

I think the offical answer from Apple would be no. But is it possible?

I think the Mac mini can work from battery so it could be portable.

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Old July 29th, 2006, 08:24 AM   #2
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The mac mini is packed very tight with components, and there are no free PCI slots for adding cards like a Kona etc. You can only add ram.

The only mac with free PCI slots is the PowerMac G5

There may be external conponent capture boxes out there.


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Old July 29th, 2006, 12:44 PM   #3
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Hi Drew

Thanks for this. In terms of space, would it work if I dumped the dvd drive etc? Don't know how to get over the 'no pci slot' issue though.

Do you know of any ecternal boxes that might hold such a component capture card?

Thanks

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Old July 29th, 2006, 01:42 PM   #4
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Hi Drew

Thanks for this. In terms of space, would it work if I dumped the dvd drive etc? Don't know how to get over the 'no pci slot' issue though.


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Unfortunately a PCI slot can not be added to the logic board.

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Old July 29th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #5
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Check out what these guys did with mac mini's:

http://www.21stcentury3d.com/press/pr-060117-3dvx3.html

I have actually researched this a while back and came to the conclusion that it would be a pain in the ass to use one of these mac minis. Granted, I am not the brightest crayon in the box. I would love it if someone created a diy on how to use one of the mac minis as a dte.

Its a great idea though, because the mac mini is so cheap. Please tell us if you ever do figure it out.
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Old July 29th, 2006, 03:07 PM   #6
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Hey guys (this is my first post by the way so bare with me!) i wanted to piggy back on the gentleman's question well kinda... my question is about how to actually use a capture card or really a converter.

more specifically with a a/d coverter would u (obviously i guess) run it thru and capture tto the computer live?

What capture preset options would u use in FCP,coming from component out 10 bit raw into the converter, into FCP?

the last question in this line would be (this may be an obvious one too :( i would have to record to tape also so there would be a time code correct?

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