Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Calling all Mac-sters

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Surprise! AZ
    Posts
    35

    Calling all Mac-sters

    Hey guys I'm new here and still putting my car pc unit together.

    So far it doesn't look like there is much out there for front end software for MAC.

    I'm also a little rusty on a MAC as I've been using PC for most of my life. Just got a MacMINI to put in my MINI Cooper because it's small and cheap. I have a lot of videos that work fine on my PC and I can't get then to imoprt to I Tunes on the MAC. Anyone know why? I can play them in Quicktime but not in Itunes.

    Right now my only real option for a front end is Front Row and it is all Itunes based. Plus I can't use my touch screen with it. (using the latest 2.15 i think)

    I'm at a loss here and really want to get this in my car ASAP for a trip i'm taking.

    Any Mac poeple got anything to share?
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Variable Bitrate rEegLer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Posts
    266
    There is a front end for mac, AMP (check out the front end section) but I haven't used it so I can't say for sure you'll like it.

    What format are the videos you are trying to watch on your mac?

    What monitor do you have?
    Love

  3. #3
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Surprise! AZ
    Posts
    35
    I have lilliput 7" and the videos I'm running are DIVX HD. Some use a ac3 audio type and some use MP4.

    I downloaded the Amp but can't figure out how to get it to work. Like I said I really don't know macs all that well..

  4. #4
    Admin. Linux loser.
    Auto Apps:loading...
    Bugbyte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Corning, NY
    Posts
    7,359
    Blog Entries
    2
    Use the built-in front end - Front Row. You'll find it in the applications folder, or if you press a button on the Apple Remote, it will launch.

    Other FE's are in the Mac forum.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

  5. #5
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    45
    iTunes really only wants a properly formatted MPEG-4 H.264 file.

    You can beat this limitation with a little effort though..

    First, download/install Perian ( http://perian.org )
    Next, change the extension of your files to .mov (I'm guessing you have a bunch of .AVIs)
    Then you should be able to import / playback with no issue.

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Surprise! AZ
    Posts
    35
    Quote Originally Posted by hanzov69 View Post
    iTunes really only wants a properly formatted MPEG-4 H.264 file.

    You can beat this limitation with a little effort though..

    First, download/install Perian ( http://perian.org )
    Next, change the extension of your files to .mov (I'm guessing you have a bunch of .AVIs)
    Then you should be able to import / playback with no issue.

    Any simple way to do that for some one that know bubkiss about macs?

  7. #7
    Admin. Linux loser.
    Auto Apps:loading...
    Bugbyte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Corning, NY
    Posts
    7,359
    Blog Entries
    2
    Download it from that link. It will show up on your desktop as a disk image -it looks like a disk drive. In my case, the disk opened automatically and the instructions are right there. It installs as a preference pane, which means you can control it from the preferences panel (look on the dock for the shortcut to preferences).

    That should be it. Changing your file extensions is identical to Windows. Click on the file name and it will highlight. Change the extension.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

  8. #8
    Variable Bitrate rEegLer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Posts
    266
    As far as the touchscreen goes, did you use the drivers provided when you bought the touchscreen? And the USB cable is plugged in... those are really things i can think of... Unless you running os 9 or something.. lol
    Love

  9. #9
    Variable Bitrate rEegLer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Posts
    266
    Quote Originally Posted by MACR56S View Post
    Right now my only real option for a front end is Front Row and it is all Itunes based. Plus I can't use my touch screen with it. (using the latest 2.15 i think)
    Sorry, i read that wrong .
    Love

Similar Threads

  1. Newbie Set on Mac Install
    By The_Blade in forum MacCar
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-12-2008, 03:16 AM
  2. Mac-centric links
    By kandyman676 in forum MacCar
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 04-16-2007, 11:46 PM
  3. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-31-2006, 04:37 AM
  4. Hot Rod Company to start incorporating Mac Minis
    By stacheldraht in forum MacCar
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-01-2005, 01:25 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •