Access iMac files on ipad

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by mattpreston11, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
  2. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    There is a thread about streaming your libray to ur ipad using your local network and ur Mac, I can't remember the link tho, or how to do it. If u can find it instead of the iTunes libray put your files in there. But it has to to with setting up the site folder. Let me search and I'll write back

    Found it:

    You can play video through the Mac's built-in Web Sharing. Just put the iPad-compatible .mp4 or .m4v files in your Sites directory, then use the appropriate URL in Safari. (You might even be able to create a directory mapping in Apache so that you don't have to move the files.) It will look like:


    Obviously a more manual process. (You don't have to type the http:// part. Plus you can also mock up an HTML page with links. Or maybe even write a PHP page to generate it.) But if you need to do it today, and/or you're a cheapskate, it works.

    This works on the server side because Apache supports byte ranges for static files. The player can request an arbitrary chunk of the file, so you can jump to any point in the video. This is different than HTTP Live Streaming, which would require wrapping the content in a transport stream and generating the playlist. (In that case, the player would have the "jump back 30 seconds" control.)
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    What kind of files...? Air Video for videos. Dropbox works for any type. Goodreader can open over wifi.
  4. mattpreston11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    thanks for your reply, this seems like a good idea and i will look into doing that.

    However i was most looking for a simple browser, in the same way my ps3 can access all my mac's files and stream it over, or another computer can access the files.
  5. lozpop macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2006
    GoodReader, perfect for this job. And it's only 0,99$.
  6. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    I use FileBrowser to browse through my local network. :)
    Works a treat.
  7. ellie2000 macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
  8. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I sync all my stuff over MobileMe. Works great.
  9. mattpreston11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007

    Yep this works fine, not so many video formats supported but good all the same.Cheers guys.

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