Building Your Home   Media Center       Mac Computer Expo 2011
Building Your Home   Media Center
Building Your Home   Media Center                         Tom Negrino                                Author               ...
Home Media Center
ComplexHome Media Center
ComplexHome Media Center                Confusing
Pompous BS from vendors      ComplexHome Media Center                    Confusing
Pompous BS from vendors                Complex Home Media CenterYet another way to             Confusing   spend money
Attack of the Nerds                          Pompous BS from vendors                      Complex     Home Media Center   ...
Attack of the Nerds                          Pompous BS from vendors                      Complex     Home Media Center   ...
Nope.
It’s a Useful Way to Get Stuff You Have Here…
You Want That Stuff Somewhere Else
What you need
What you need• Computer running iTunes
What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)
What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)• Home network (WiFi or wired Ethernet)
What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)• Home network (WiFi or wired Ethernet)• Har...
What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)• Home network (WiFi or wired Ethernet)• Har...
or
orHDMIcable
HDMI Cables
HDMI Cables•   Digital signals, carrying    HD Video and surround    sound audio•   All on one cable•   Do not buy expensi...
Living Room Hardware
Living Room Hardware• AppleTV
Living Room Hardware• AppleTV• An (Intel-based) Mac • MacMini • An old MacBook
Living Room Hardware• AppleTV• An (Intel-based) Mac • MacMini • An old MacBook• A recent model BluRay player with built-in...
Living Room Hardware• AppleTV• An (Intel-based) Mac • MacMini • An old MacBook• A recent model BluRay player with built-in...
BluRay with Streaming
BluRay with Streaming•   LG BD670 (about $155)
BluRay with Streaming•   LG BD670 (about $155)•   Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD
BluRay with Streaming•   LG BD670 (about $155)•   Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD•   Networks via WiFi
BluRay with Streaming•   LG BD670 (about $155)•   Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD•   Networks via WiFi•   Play...
BluRay with Streaming•   LG BD670 (about $155)•   Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD•   Networks via WiFi•   Play...
BluRay with Streaming•   LG BD670 (about $155)•   Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD•   Networks via WiFi•   Play...
Living Room Software
Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)
Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)• Plex Media Server
Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)• Plex Media Server• Boxee media server
Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)• Plex Media Server• Boxee media server• XBMC media server
AppleTV 2
AppleTV 2•   Plays HD video (720p)
AppleTV 2•   Plays HD video (720p)•   Connects via HDMI
AppleTV 2•   Plays HD video (720p)•   Connects via HDMI•   Works with iTunes    •   Rents or buys movies, TV shows    •   ...
AppleTV 2•   Plays HD video (720p)•   Connects via HDMI•   Works with iTunes    •   Rents or buys movies, TV shows    •   ...
AppleTV 2•   Plays HD video (720p)•   Connects via HDMI•   Works with iTunes    •   Rents or buys movies, TV shows    •   ...
AppleTV 2•   Plays HD video (720p)•   Connects via HDMI•   Works with iTunes    •   Rents or buys movies, TV shows    •   ...
Power   HDMI Optical Ethernet             Audio
Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server•   Complete media server    application
Plex Media Server•   Complete media server    application•   Serves music, video, streaming    services, images
Plex Media Server•   Complete media server    application•   Serves music, video, streaming    services, images•   Finds a...
Plex Media Server•   Complete media server    application•   Serves music, video, streaming    services, images•   Finds a...
Plex Media Server•   Complete media server    application•   Serves music, video, streaming    services, images•   Finds a...
Plex Media Server•   Complete media server    application•   Serves music, video, streaming    services, images•   Finds a...
Plex Client Demo(on a computer)
Thanks for being here. Got any questions?
Online Resources• Plex Media Server: www.plexapp.com• Apple TV: www.apple.com/appletv• HDMI Cables: www.monoprice.com• Box...
Building Your Home Media Center MCE 2011
Building Your Home Media Center MCE 2011
Building Your Home Media Center MCE 2011
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  • Mostly in iTunes\n
  • iTunes as the "digital hub"\n
  • Music\nMovies\nTV Shows\nStreaming media from the Internet (also Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, and others)\nBuy or rent movies & buy TV shows from iTunes for use on the Mac, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV\n
  • Sports, both live and games on demand\nMajor League Baseball\nBasketball\nHockey\nFootball\n
  • Sports, both live and games on demand\nMajor League Baseball\nBasketball\nHockey\nFootball\n
  • Sports, both live and games on demand\nMajor League Baseball\nBasketball\nHockey\nFootball\n
  • Sports, both live and games on demand\nMajor League Baseball\nBasketball\nHockey\nFootball\n
  • Sadly, no coverage of the coolest sport of all.\n
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  • • iTunes is a decent way to manage your files, especially if you want to get media from the iTunes Store. But it's not the only way, as we'll see\n• 2 TB drives are the sweet spot now; you can get external ones for as low as $80\n\n
  • • iTunes is a decent way to manage your files, especially if you want to get media from the iTunes Store. But it's not the only way, as we'll see\n• 2 TB drives are the sweet spot now; you can get external ones for as low as $80\n\n
  • • iTunes is a decent way to manage your files, especially if you want to get media from the iTunes Store. But it's not the only way, as we'll see\n• 2 TB drives are the sweet spot now; you can get external ones for as low as $80\n\n
  • • iTunes is a decent way to manage your files, especially if you want to get media from the iTunes Store. But it's not the only way, as we'll see\n• 2 TB drives are the sweet spot now; you can get external ones for as low as $80\n\n
  • • iTunes is a decent way to manage your files, especially if you want to get media from the iTunes Store. But it's not the only way, as we'll see\n• 2 TB drives are the sweet spot now; you can get external ones for as low as $80\n\n
  • • Big hard drive (in our case it's a NAS)\n• Feeds into a Mac running media server software\n• Media streams over your wireless or wired network\n• To your living room hardware\n• And finally via HDMI to your A/V receiver or TV\n
  • • Big hard drive (in our case it's a NAS)\n• Feeds into a Mac running media server software\n• Media streams over your wireless or wired network\n• To your living room hardware\n• And finally via HDMI to your A/V receiver or TV\n
  • • Big hard drive (in our case it's a NAS)\n• Feeds into a Mac running media server software\n• Media streams over your wireless or wired network\n• To your living room hardware\n• And finally via HDMI to your A/V receiver or TV\n
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  • Need video and audio adapter cables to use Macs; get them at Monoprice.\n
  • Need video and audio adapter cables to use Macs; get them at Monoprice.\n
  • Need video and audio adapter cables to use Macs; get them at Monoprice.\n
  • Need video and audio adapter cables to use Macs; get them at Monoprice.\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
  • • BD650 has wired Ethernet and same other features for about $30 less\n• Streaming doesn't include the Blockbuster streaming service at this time, but it could be added by LG via a firmware update\n• We've got DLNA server software built into our NAS, so we can stream all kinds of stuff directly from the NAS, at the best quality, but it has a poor user interface\n\n
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  • • Plex server and client can be the same Mac, hooked directly to your TV or AV receiver via HDMI\n
  • • Plex server and client can be the same Mac, hooked directly to your TV or AV receiver via HDMI\n
  • • Plex server and client can be the same Mac, hooked directly to your TV or AV receiver via HDMI\n
  • • Plex server and client can be the same Mac, hooked directly to your TV or AV receiver via HDMI\n
  • • Plex server and client can be the same Mac, hooked directly to your TV or AV receiver via HDMI\n
  • • Plex server and client can be the same Mac, hooked directly to your TV or AV receiver via HDMI\n
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  • Building Your Home Media Center MCE 2011

    1. 1. Building Your Home Media Center Mac Computer Expo 2011
    2. 2. Building Your Home Media Center
    3. 3. Building Your Home Media Center Tom Negrino Author Tech Pundit NCMUG Member Broccoli is the Devils Vegetable
    4. 4. Home Media Center
    5. 5. ComplexHome Media Center
    6. 6. ComplexHome Media Center Confusing
    7. 7. Pompous BS from vendors ComplexHome Media Center Confusing
    8. 8. Pompous BS from vendors Complex Home Media CenterYet another way to Confusing spend money
    9. 9. Attack of the Nerds Pompous BS from vendors Complex Home Media Center Yet another way to Confusing spend money
    10. 10. Attack of the Nerds Pompous BS from vendors Complex Home Media Center Yet another way to Confusing spend money A networking nightmare
    11. 11. Nope.
    12. 12. It’s a Useful Way to Get Stuff You Have Here…
    13. 13. You Want That Stuff Somewhere Else
    14. 14. What you need
    15. 15. What you need• Computer running iTunes
    16. 16. What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)
    17. 17. What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)• Home network (WiFi or wired Ethernet)
    18. 18. What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)• Home network (WiFi or wired Ethernet)• Hardware in your living room that connects to your television or A/V Receiver
    19. 19. What you need• Computer running iTunes• A big hard drive (1TB is a good start)• Home network (WiFi or wired Ethernet)• Hardware in your living room that connects to your television or A/V Receiver• A television with HDMI inputs
    20. 20. or
    21. 21. orHDMIcable
    22. 22. HDMI Cables
    23. 23. HDMI Cables• Digital signals, carrying HD Video and surround sound audio• All on one cable• Do not buy expensive HDMI cables!!!!• www.monoprice.com
    24. 24. Living Room Hardware
    25. 25. Living Room Hardware• AppleTV
    26. 26. Living Room Hardware• AppleTV• An (Intel-based) Mac • MacMini • An old MacBook
    27. 27. Living Room Hardware• AppleTV• An (Intel-based) Mac • MacMini • An old MacBook• A recent model BluRay player with built-in streaming services
    28. 28. Living Room Hardware• AppleTV• An (Intel-based) Mac • MacMini • An old MacBook• A recent model BluRay player with built-in streaming services• Boxee Box
    29. 29. BluRay with Streaming
    30. 30. BluRay with Streaming• LG BD670 (about $155)
    31. 31. BluRay with Streaming• LG BD670 (about $155)• Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD
    32. 32. BluRay with Streaming• LG BD670 (about $155)• Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD• Networks via WiFi
    33. 33. BluRay with Streaming• LG BD670 (about $155)• Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD• Networks via WiFi• Plays a zillion video, audio, and image formats
    34. 34. BluRay with Streaming• LG BD670 (about $155)• Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD• Networks via WiFi• Plays a zillion video, audio, and image formats• Streaming services: Netflix, Pandora,YouTube, Amazon Video, MLB.TV, MOG, vTuner, Napster, Hulu Plus, many more
    35. 35. BluRay with Streaming• LG BD670 (about $155)• Plays HD BluRay discs & upscales DVDs to HD• Networks via WiFi• Plays a zillion video, audio, and image formats• Streaming services: Netflix, Pandora,YouTube, Amazon Video, MLB.TV, MOG, vTuner, Napster, Hulu Plus, many more• DLNA client, so streams any media from a DLNA server
    36. 36. Living Room Software
    37. 37. Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)
    38. 38. Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)• Plex Media Server
    39. 39. Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)• Plex Media Server• Boxee media server
    40. 40. Living Room Software• AppleTV (with built-in software…or not)• Plex Media Server• Boxee media server• XBMC media server
    41. 41. AppleTV 2
    42. 42. AppleTV 2• Plays HD video (720p)
    43. 43. AppleTV 2• Plays HD video (720p)• Connects via HDMI
    44. 44. AppleTV 2• Plays HD video (720p)• Connects via HDMI• Works with iTunes • Rents or buys movies, TV shows • Plays your music and photos
    45. 45. AppleTV 2• Plays HD video (720p)• Connects via HDMI• Works with iTunes • Rents or buys movies, TV shows • Plays your music and photos• Streaming services: Netflix, YouTube,Vimeo, MLB, NBA
    46. 46. AppleTV 2• Plays HD video (720p)• Connects via HDMI• Works with iTunes • Rents or buys movies, TV shows • Plays your music and photos• Streaming services: Netflix, YouTube,Vimeo, MLB, NBA• AirPlay lets you stream from your iOS device to AppleTV
    47. 47. AppleTV 2• Plays HD video (720p)• Connects via HDMI• Works with iTunes • Rents or buys movies, TV shows • Plays your music and photos• Streaming services: Netflix, YouTube,Vimeo, MLB, NBA• AirPlay lets you stream from your iOS device to AppleTV• $99 (such a deal!)
    48. 48. Power HDMI Optical Ethernet Audio
    49. 49. Plex Media Server
    50. 50. Plex Media Server• Complete media server application
    51. 51. Plex Media Server• Complete media server application• Serves music, video, streaming services, images
    52. 52. Plex Media Server• Complete media server application• Serves music, video, streaming services, images• Finds and adds media metadata
    53. 53. Plex Media Server• Complete media server application• Serves music, video, streaming services, images• Finds and adds media metadata• Run the server on a Mac
    54. 54. Plex Media Server• Complete media server application• Serves music, video, streaming services, images• Finds and adds media metadata• Run the server on a Mac• Run the client on a Mac or a jailbroken AppleTV 2
    55. 55. Plex Media Server• Complete media server application• Serves music, video, streaming services, images• Finds and adds media metadata• Run the server on a Mac• Run the client on a Mac or a jailbroken AppleTV 2• iPad app is a client for the server
    56. 56. Plex Client Demo(on a computer)
    57. 57. Thanks for being here. Got any questions?
    58. 58. Online Resources• Plex Media Server: www.plexapp.com• Apple TV: www.apple.com/appletv• HDMI Cables: www.monoprice.com• Boxee hardware & server: www.boxee.com• XBMC media server: xbmc.org

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