Streaming movies


mrgreen4242

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Not yet as far as i know, but this is the #1 feature i am looking for in OS4.0. I want a Front Row app!
 

Phisherman81

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I use air video, which is a $3 iphone app that holds up well on the ipad. The resolution isn't top notch, but it will stream just about any video file format to iphone/ipad.

I think there are a couple of apps specifically for the iPad that stream videos from macs, but I can't think of their names right now.
 

dagomike

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Air Video is the closest I've seen, but not iPad yet. Thought I heard they're working on a native app.
 

TheSahand

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Check out this application on App Store:


StreamToMe
Matthew Gallagher
Category: Utilities
Updated: Apr 01, 2010
 

colmaclean

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AirVideo is on its way (apparently currently in approval). Is a universal app, so will be a free upgrade for existing iPhone users too!

 

hazmatzak

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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:

http://computername.local/~username/filename.mp4

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.)
 

gwynne

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5th or 6th-ing the Air Video. I shelled out even though it's only at iPhone quality now, because I was so impressed with its speedy on-the-fly transcoding and streaming of my non-iTunes-compatible, enormous HD dvr'd files. (I'm running it on my Windows-based media PC, which functions as a DVR and media backend.) And even if by some (dubious) chance the Universal app that the developer says is in the approval pipeline now turns out to be vaporware, I'm only out $3.

I'll be watching this particular niche for other options, but I think this will be the one for now.
 

wilycoder

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get air video.

i have it for my iphone and it rocks.

the ipad version is a FREE upgrade and should be out very soon :)
 

Travisimo

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Orb Live is also a really good streaming app, but it seems to have problems on the iPad right now. However, they said in their forums that an iPad native app should be out in a "few weeks". This is the one I'm waiting for because I use it all the time on my iPhone and it'll stream music, videos, photos, etc over WIFI or 3G.
 

MacVDS

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get air video.

i have it for my iphone and it rocks.

the ipad version is a FREE upgrade and should be out very soon :)
Wow! What a killer app! I just have the free iPhone version now on the iPad and it works great! I'll upgrade when the iPad version comes out for sure. Took me a while to configure the server to work over the internet, but I finally got it to recognize it. I think it's working, but I need to find another wifi hot spot to test it out to make sure. This is so awsome!:D
 

webdude

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Stream

I use this on my iPhone, i think they have an iPad version coming up next, it's called procamplus, works great
 

idunn

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Why not?

Could someone clarify this for me?

If iTunes is perfectly capable of streaming video to a MacBook, why would it not an iPad? Both obviously have wi-fi. What else is required? Is there something in the system architecture of an iPad which wouldn't allow this? Thus the need for workarounds, such as Air Video? Why not just iTunes?

Thanks.
 

Mitchrapp

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I can't wait until Air Video comes out for the iPad. Approve it soon Apple. I've never used it but hear great things about it.
 

mrgreen4242

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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:

http://computername.local/~username/filename.mp4

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.)
I've been meaning to whip up a little php driven front end to do this, but have been too busy. Biggest problem, as I recall was get files from external drives listed and working right.

Anyways, the big problem with all the other solutions out there seem to be they require a server app. I want something that connects right to my iTunes library-not interested in yet another streaming app...
 

Bodhi395

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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:

http://computername.local/~username/filename.mp4

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.)
Would this work for any kind of file stored on your mac. So that you look at pdf's or word files that are stored on your mac?
 

mj1108

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7thing or 8thing Air Video.

Even though the iPhone version is the only one on the market it still works remarkably well on the iPad.
 

gwynne

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Could someone clarify this for me?

If iTunes is perfectly capable of streaming video to a MacBook, why would it not an iPad? Both obviously have wi-fi. What else is required? Is there something in the system architecture of an iPad which wouldn't allow this? Thus the need for workarounds, such as Air Video? Why not just iTunes?.
(Edit: I may have misunderstood the question. My answer is in terms of "Why are you using Air Video?")

Most of my content is not in iPad-ready formats/codecs and I'm not interested in bulk transcoding, since the content is generally ephemeral, won't be archived, and is not viewed solely on the iPad.

I continue to be really impressed with Air Video (using the iPhone app on iPad) and it's the #1 iPad app I'm watching for in the pipeline. It'll stream/transcode my 7-8gb HD DVR'd files with only a few seconds' delay, and you can 'scrub' forward/backward with only a similar delay. Just need slightly higher resolution and an orientation-aware app and I'd consider the three bucks very well spent.

It also puts my entire Alton Brown and Nigella Lawson cooking video libraries at my fingertips--I have no tv in the kitchen. :)
 

dagomike

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Could someone clarify this for me?

If iTunes is perfectly capable of streaming video to a MacBook, why would it not an iPad?
Then Apple wouldn't sell many 64 GB iPads, duh!

Seriously, I really hope Apple adds iTunes streaming to iPhone OS, but not holding my breath.

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.
One cool thing though with Air Video is it transcodes video for you. I think too it streams it vs downloading it.