Stream mkv from iMac

Discussion in 'iPad Hacks' started by MIKE666, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. MIKE666 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    Hi, after recently using an iPad I have decided I want one, I will probably wait for the iPad 3.

    Before I start saving I have a few questions, is it possible to stream films from my iMac, I have set up a few shared folders where all the films are located, is it possible to connect to these shared folders or will I have to get a program for my iMac?

    I realise I will probably have to jailbreak which I have no issues with.

    Thanks for any help

  2. crazycap macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
  3. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    Is there a reason you want to stream, instead of just putting the movies on your iPad? Simply download the AVPlayerHD app and drag and drop any file format into it, then watch on your iPad at your convenience, anywhere. No jailbreaking required.
  4. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    i would rather stream as it is easier for me, i wouldn't have to constantly connect to my computer and transfer stuff only to delete in 2 hours later.

    If i have xbmc on my iPad would i need to get it on my iMac or would it simply be able to connect to my shared folders?


  5. Siggen macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    I havent tried it, but I cant see why it should not work.
    Install Boxee from Appstore, it is infact a glorified XBMC.
  6. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    I use plex media server on my mac and plex client on my ipad/iphone/apple tv's

    There's lots of programs to do it, airvideo is good and it will do live encoding, you can also download it to watch offline. I use it for some stuff, but prefer plex because the interface is prettier.

    Zumocast will do it too.
  7. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    cheers for the help, i now have a list of programs to try and see which suits me best, time to start saving for to iPad!
  8. crazycap macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    U just need xbmc on your ipad and sharing a folder via smb/cifs on your imac
  9. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    thats what i was hoping, i already have all that set up. Looking forward to the iPad 3 now.
  10. crazycap macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Ipad3 is a long shot, an original iPad can do 1080p mkv via smb over wireless N just fine and will only cost you $250 as well as stays jailbroken forever

    It really depends on if you need one now
  11. danielowenuk macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2011
    Is that speaking from experience? As my experience is that xbmc is very good, boxee was uninstalled.
  12. lokster macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2010
    why hasnt anyone suggested VLC streamer? i use that for all my video formats, like when im too lazy to sync my ipad i just stream it and move around the house
  13. Evgenyy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Another +1 for Plex Media Server and Plex client on iPad :) To me it works better and is more intuitive than XBMC and it does AirPlay to ATV too.
  14. sponch macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Streaming from my NAS with XBMC on ipad 2. Even high bitrate 1080p vids play well.
  15. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah, for me its don't to want not need, I have no need for one however after using one i really want one, i also have no money and by the time i have saved up the 3 will probably be out
  16. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    +1, Plex is exactly what you want. They have native apps for android and iOS and it does not require a jailbreak. You install a media server on your mac, point it at your videos, and it does the rest. It will trans-code the file on the fly so there's no conversion needed on your part. I use it for my Apple TV as well and love it.

    Plex Website:
    App link:
  17. sman789 Customer Support


    Dec 25, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I definitely recommend ServeToMe (server program on your Mac/PC) and StreamToMe (client app on ios device). It gives you quality settings on both ends . It won't stutter on your device if your connection isn't fast enought- and won't push your server too hard if it's not strong enough or it's a computer shared/use by others.

    does mkv, m2ts, avi, etc. You can also select to share your iTunes Music/Video library and it's password protected.
  18. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    cheers for that, will try all these out and see which one i prefer.
  19. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    PLex is the best, absolutely great, just add any folder to it and it finds all the images, metadata, it categorises fils and tv shows by pretty much any way possible, and streams even when you are not at your place but anywhere with wifi on the globe, immense kudos to the devs.
  20. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    I didn't know that, I'm currently installing on my iMac and will test it out with my iPhone cheers.
  21. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    i have set plea media server up and got it all working with my iPhone. i was wondering is there a way i can connect to my server from a windows pc on my local network and over the internet?

  22. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    +1 for AirVideo, it's awesome runs great locally and you can even stream remotely with a little bit of setting up.
  23. MIKE666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Airvideo looks good, I have already set plex up and can access my library from anywhere with my iPhone, will it work the exact same way for apple tv? Thinking of getting one for upstairs

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