Decoding the incoming H.264 stream for playback in EyeTV takes more
CPU power than earlier formats, like MPEG-2. This means a modern dual
processor G5 or dual core Mac is the minimum needed for the best
EyeTV offers the option to further improve the image via the Display
Preferences, and the Deinterlacing settings. These settings,
especially Progressive Scan, will further increase the CPU power needed
for good playback.
If the H.264 video signal has any drop-outs or distortions, then the
resulting EyeTV playback may have missing frames. This is due to the
exacting nature of H.264 broadcasts - a minimal data loss can have a
When using EyeTV to capture and display H.264 streams, please be
aware of how your Mac’s CPU strength, along with your EyeTV Preferences
and overall signal strength and quality, can adversely affect playback.
Our engineers are exploring ways to optimize the H.264 playback, so
that a wider variety of Macs can play such content. Such optimizations
should be available in future updates to EyeTV.