how to "stream" 1080 hd MKV movies from MBP to ipad ?

10-Dee-Q

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hi i own an iPad 3 and a MacBook Pro
i've a collection of about 6TB mkv movies, mostly 1080 p
and i'm looking on how to play those files on my iPad.
can i stream it through my macbook pro ?
cause converting them using handbrakse is very time consuming :(
and will the ipad able to handle 1080p mkv without stuttering. ?
 

MrGimper

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Ps3 Media Server .... Free and superb for transcoding anything. I use it to stream to my iphone/ipad/360/PS3.

Highly recommended.
 

Menneisyys2

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cause converting them using handbrakse is very time consuming :(
and will the ipad able to handle 1080p mkv without stuttering. ?

1, use remuxing, NOT HandBrake. Read thru my previous posts for more info on remuxing, I've posted hundreds of MKV -> MP4 remuxing-related posts.

2, nope if you play back a local MKV. Streamed MKV's are OK (via, for example, teh above-recommended AirVideo) but, then, you'll be presented lower-resolution footage and also need to keep your MBP on. Therefore, I'd go for remuxing (with, say, Subler) and playing back the resulting mp4's locally.
 

NewbieCanada

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2, nope if you play back a local MKV. Streamed MKV's are OK (via, for example, teh above-recommended AirVideo) but, then, you'll be presented lower-resolution footage and also need to keep your MBP on. Therefore, I'd go for remuxing (with, say, Subler) and playing back the resulting mp4's locally.
Actually the beta (seems pretty stable) of Air Video server now supports pass-through of h.264 files (including MKV) by leaving the video alone and doing real-time encoding of the audio. You get full 1080p and little strain on the computer where it's located.
 

Menneisyys2

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Actually the beta (seems pretty stable) of Air Video server now supports pass-through of h.264 files (including MKV) by leaving the video alone and doing real-time encoding of the audio. You get full 1080p and little strain on the computer where it's located.
Wow, thanks! I haven't noticed this.
 

10-Dee-Q

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Thx for the replys
Btw my friend are using a pc to stream his videos 1080 mkvs to his galaxy tablet using Xbmc and he reccomend it for me
I,ve look around and indeed there is xbmc for mac and ipad.

Between xbmc and air video, which one is nicer?
Cause air video is paid and xbmc is free
 

pure3d2

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Thx for the replys
Btw my friend are using a pc to stream his videos 1080 mkvs to his galaxy tablet using Xbmc and he reccomend it for me
I,ve look around and indeed there is xbmc for mac and ipad.

Between xbmc and air video, which one is nicer?
Cause air video is paid and xbmc is free
XBMC wipes the floor with all other solutions.
 

Skika

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Actually the beta (seems pretty stable) of Air Video server now supports pass-through of h.264 files (including MKV) by leaving the video alone and doing real-time encoding of the audio. You get full 1080p and little strain on the computer where it's located.
When will they release it officially? Seems like ages since the last update for the server side.

Otherwise big fan of AirVideo been using it since my original iPhone. A great app i recommend big time.
 

NewbieCanada

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XBMC wipes the floor with all other solutions.
But you can't run it on a non-jailbroken iPad

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When will they release it officially? Seems like ages since the last update for the server side.

Otherwise big fan of AirVideo been using it since my original iPhone. A great app i recommend big time.
No idea - I don't really keep up to date with the forum, but the beta server is working fine for me on Mac and PC
 

Menneisyys2

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XBMC wipes the floor with all other solutions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't, at least in one respect: it still doesn't support the Retina screen of the iPad 3. That is, all Full HD video playback (or anything XGA) is blurry.
 

tmanto02

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Plex is xmbc for mac. It is seamless, I watch movies on my Mac mini then pick them up exactly where I left them on my iPad.

Disregard every other suggestion cause plex is perfect for what you want.
 
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