I currenty have a Power Mac Quad in my office. I was planning on buying a lacie 2TB array of hard drives to attach to it and store the movie on. I have a GigE network running to the master bedroom (tivo), kitchen (mac mini), and living room (tivo). I also have a tivo in my office, but I could just watch the movie on my computer anyway.
I have considered putting a mac mini in the living room, but if I'm not sure if front row will display movie on a network disk, or another computer. I have one in the kitchen, I guess I could try it with that first. We use Tivo to watch any TV shows, we don't watch live TV at all, so I figured since we already have three Tivo's and my girlfriend already knows how to use them
, it would be nice to stick with the same interface. The one problem with TiVo is that is only servers mpeg2 content. I think I can modify it except more if needed though, there are a lot of people out there that has modified their TV to do such things.
I have over 500 DVD's and all their cases. It is getting to the point where I will need a DVD room just to store them. I don't want to just put them in books, A) it would be a pain to search for one, B) someone could just steal thosuands of dollars in DVD's in a second. I kept the case because I have a DVD in my car and I usually bring several movies with me whenever I travel. I am in the process (just starting, ordered parts, have begun the install yet) of installing a MacMini in my car. I am not going with touchscreen as I meanly want it for front row and emergency (I am a systems administrator) situations. I hate bringing a laptop with me everywhere I go. It would be great to just send five movies to my ipod, then plug it into the car and watch them. I already have an iPod interface, so I've got music down, but movie would be slick.
I have two DVD drives on my power mac (one external) and I have two external DVD drive on my dell that I can connect to the mac. I have a second hard drive in my powermac that I can dedicate to encoded movies (before transfering to the lacie) and it has 4GB of ram. I remotely administer networks and server from my home office most of the week, so I have no problem taking DVD's in and out of the drives for a month.
I was playing with mactheripper last night on my laptop and it decodes the DVD's, but what is the best program to covert from VOB to mpeg2. Like I said, if they were mpeg 2 it would make my life a lot easier, but if there is a far better way (faster, less space, etc.) I would be open to suggestions.