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App to stream movies from Mac to iPad without converting?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by frosse, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Is there an app to stream movies on Wifi from a Mac to an iPad without converting them?
  2. macrumors demi-god

    Apple fanboy

    Air play?
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Don't have it on my MBP, a year too old.
  4. macrumors demi-god

    Apple fanboy

    I did hear of one a while back, but I can't remember the name. If it comes to me I'll let you know. Anybody else here remember it?
  5. macrumors regular

    I've used Air Video in the past and it worked well.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Did the Live Conversion feature work well?
  7. macrumors 603

    What format the videos are in? If MP4 / M4V / MOV (that is, iOS-native ones), you can just drag rhem into iTunes and use Home Sharing. It's by far the easiest and most efficient.

    If you have videos in other formats, you definitely want to try AirVideo or Plex. They are both excellent on-the-fly converters.

    If you in no way can use any of the above and your videos are 1080p, you should jailbreak (if you can) so that you can use hardware acceleration, or, look at other, less restricted tablet platforms (Android, Windows RT). The reason for this has been pointed out in several of my sreaming-related articles and roundups (you might want to read them - you'll learn a LOT from them): it's not possible to use hardware decoding with streamed non-iOS-native content.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Have you got a Plex review as well? I just discovered that my new Roku 2 has a channel for it...this can free up my Raspberry Pi for DIY stuff (XBMC = still not ready for prime time) and solve my iPad Mini streaming woes - two birds with one stone :)
  9. macrumors 603

    Not a full review yet, only tips and tricks in several of my articles where I also mentioned Plex (for example, my UPnP bible).

    However, it's an excellent, highly recommended app. Just don't forget to set the local Wi-Fi streaming quality to 1080p 20 Mbps to allow for non-reencoded streaming.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Thank you! The formats are non-native (mostly AVI I would say). I would never go Android or Windows, that aint happenin' hah.

    Would you prefer Air Video or Plex?
  11. macrumors 603

    Then, unless they're low-res videos, server-side repacking / reencoding is the only way of flawless (hardware-assisted) playback, "thanks" to Apple's stupid, restrictive AppStore rules concerning video acceleration.

    In this case, they're far superior to iOS (no idiotic restrictions) - see hardware acceleration above.

    Both are great. I've already queued a very thorough comparison; will publish it very soon. I'll post a note in this thread when it's ready.
  12. macrumors 601


    Plex is a media library and as such you need to have your media slightly organised. It's a bit finicky whenever I add new content to my watched folders, sometimes it adds the new item, sometimes it doesn't but that could be fixed now, I don't really use Plex as much anymore.

    Air Video is a simpler file directory based transcoder meaning you set it up to see certain folders and you navigate these folders on your client and select the video from there. Simpler and sometimes my go to item for instant streaming since my annoyance with Plex.

    That said, Plex is insanely pretty and more powerful than Air Video.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    I see.

    That may be the case, however video playback options < total tablet experience. In my case at least.

    Please do! I'm getting an iPad in March so there's no rush. :)
  14. macrumors newbie

    Air Media Center on iPad and Air Media Server on PC/Mac

    download server in Appstore for free. Media Center costs $1.99 (well worth) works like a charm, easy to install and configure!
  15. macrumors 6502a

    How's it going with that comparison?
  16. macrumors 603

    Sorry, haven't had the time... probably in July?
  17. macrumors G3


  18. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Old post, but I use Quik.io http://quik.io

    You don't even have to be on the same wifi which is awesome. You just need the client, to make a login, and choose your folders.

    It's absolutely beautiful too. Been using it for a few months now. :D

  19. macrumors G3


    Ok, this looks pretty slick!!!!
  20. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Hell yeah it is! Cannot recommend it enough.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Okay so I've tried Quik.io now, I like the app but its really slow when I'm streaming. I know its not my network...
  22. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    What Mac do you have?
  23. macrumors 68020

    Depends how how fast the source computer is, for what it is worth I run it on a Core 1 Duo 1.83mhz Mac Mini, and it works 'good enough' as long as it isn't 1080p or something. I can't remember for sure how much converting vs. streaming for my particular uses.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Quite an old MBP, almost 3 years old. Should still suffice to transfer/stream files, right?
  25. macrumors 6502


    Long time AirVideo user here, had it on my Core i7 Gaming Laptop with W7/W8 for three years, never had a problem but it was developed back in the iPad 1 days so the highest res it will stream is 720p but I find this is sufficient on a 10" screen.

    I had no problem streaming 720HD over 150Mbps wireless-N.

    I now have the OS X version on my rMBP and it obviously has no problems either as the processor is 50% more efficient that my old i7 and I now use 450Mbps wireless-N over 5GHz to my iPad 3.

    You can also use the iPad to queue up files for conversion and it dumps it into your chosen folder, these files will then import into iTunes if you want, and play natively without trans coding to any Apple device.

    But personally I use Handbrake to make the conversion if I amnot in a hurry as it maintains the quality and file size while making it Apple friendly, Airvideo seems to increase file size 30%.

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