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Stream movies from computer to iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by MythicFrost, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68040



    I've got an ATV (old), and two Macs which have home sharing enabled; with the remote app I was able to control them remotely and play movies/music, etc., on them, but how can I stream music from them to the iPad -- is that possible?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    I use Zumocast, which is a free app to stream both music or video to an iPad or iPhone over wifi or 3G. Install the free app on your iPad, and there is a download from the website to install on your Macs and you're good to go.
  3. macrumors 6502

    I use Zumocast too and it works a treat.

    There is also the option of Airvideo which does the same thing but is a paid app.
  4. macrumors 68040


    I see, thanks guys. I wonder why Apple doesn't offer this functionality? Maybe they will?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    The other nice part I forgot to mention, is you can go to the Zumocast website, and stream music/video from your computer to your browser wherever you are.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Ooh that is cool! That's really cool :D
  7. macrumors 68040


    I've got it setup and I like it a lot... however, is there anyway to stream iTunes movies? They show a little lock on them... I'm guessing this is DRM?

    EDIT: Yep :/
  8. macrumors 6502

    +1 for Zumocast. I was using AirVideo, but it's broken in 4.2.

    Plus, it only does video, while Zumocast does audio, video and "other files", though I haven't messed around with the latter. Also, you can download the files over the network to your device for later listening or viewing (including non-mp4 files).
  9. macrumors 68000


    I thought airplay was supposed to do this, no?

    looking at the site, I guess no.

    Well then I used AirVideo but it can't give you an honest review cuz I never utilized very much at all.
  10. macrumors 68020

    U could use the macs built in web server just stick a copy of your iTunes library in the site folder and u can acses any thing in your library by use of ur browser. Just search it in the form search to see how to set it up, I can't remember but I did it and it took me like 5 min. It is free with every Mac and works great!
  11. macrumors 68040


    Thanks for your replies everyone,
    Yeah, ZumoCast looks pretty good!
    Nah, AirPlay streams from an iDevice to Apple TV.
    I'm using ZumoCast at the moment and its great, however, I think I'd still run into the same problem with the DRM using the built in web server.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Nope I watch iTunes bought south park all the time lol
  13. macrumors newbie

    zumocast is the best one and it's free.

    you can't beat that
  14. macrumors 68040


    Really? How is that possible? I'll look up the server thingy.
  15. macrumors 6502

    You're going to run into the DRM problem until Apple releases something official. :D
  16. macrumors 68000

    Dr Kevorkian94 is correct, on a Mac you can use Apple's built-in web sharing feature to stream video to the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch. It doesn't require any third-party apps or extensions on either the iPad or the Mac and it DOES work with DRM-protected iTunes Store content. In my hands, it also stream more reliably than any of the third-party apps that run on the iPad (such as AirVideo or StreamToMe). However, the user interface isn't as nice as in the custom-built apps and it does require some setup on the Mac in order to work (you need to create a shared folder and make certain that it links to your iTunes content). It also will not convert video on-th-fly as some of the apps do, the original file must be in a form that is compatible with the iPad.

    Overall, if you just want to watch movies that are already in an iPad-compatible format then Mac OS X's web sharing is a good solution. However, it's not so good for short form video or music since it just plays one item and then stops (i.e. no playlist support or continuous -- automatic -- playback from multiple files).
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    Mmm, yeah, I've hit that already :p
    All right, thanks. Am I able to connect to this web server from anywhere? I.E, even not on LAN?
  18. macrumors 68000

    I've never read of anyone doing that -- streaming protected video over the internet using only Mac OS X's personal web sharing. It certainly won't happen by default. However, with changes to the firewall, a static IP, and some more network "magic" it might be possible.

    It is, however, pretty easy to do over a local network.
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    Mmm, sounds too tricky for me. Maybe I could use an iPhone/iPad app which can connect to my Mac and just watch them that way :p
  20. macrumors 68000

    What's your upload speed from your ISP? Normally, uploads are a LOT slower than downloads. If so, then you're not going to get very good performance when trying to stream content out from you Mac at home and over the internet. For example, the last two ISPs I had only supported uploads at about 350Kbps, while my download speed over my cable modem was up to 20Mbps.

    At 350Kbps video has to be HIGHLY compressed or at pretty low resolution (or both). It's certainly viewable, but the quality won't be anywhere near what it could be over a LAN connection.
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    Would the same apply to ZumoCast? If I used it remotely?

    I have 128KB/s upload, 3.7MB/s download. How could I have it so I can stream my movies at a high download speed? I'd have to have them on the cloud entirely wouldn't I?
  22. macrumors 68000

    It would be the same on ZumoCast.

    When you say "128KB/s" on upload are you talking bits or bytes (bits should be written as "b" while bytes use "B")? If you are really getting 128Kbps (i.e. bits per second) then you aren't going to get a very good video image when uploading over the internet.
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    Yes, I'm referring to bytes; I get 1Mb/s (128KB/s) up. Is that enough to provide good image quality? or not?
  24. macrumors 68000

    If you're getting 1Mbps on uploads then streaming video should work quite well. Standard definition content should look fine, but you won't be able to do good quality HD.
  25. macrumors regular

    Could someone please compare and contrast AirVideo and Zumocast?

    This is the first that I have heard of Zumocast and I generally dont like to have too many apps on both my MBP and my Ipad, so in this case, what does one do that the other doesnt? Thanks!

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