TV Torrents --> iPad automatically?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Nova Bandit, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Nova Bandit macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking for a solution to getting video files from bittorrent to itunes (and from there to the iPad) automatically.

    There are plenty of RSS-> BT client solutions to get the videos on my PC, but what do you need to do to automatically take those completed files, re-encode them into an iPad friendly format, and push them into iTunes?

    This would all be done from a Windows 7 PC.
     
  2. EnderTW macrumors 6502

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    I don't think this is the appropriate message board to discuss downloading illegal copyrighted materials.
     
  3. milkmankilla macrumors newbie

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    Download vuze and you can convert it so it'll play on iTunes
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Have a look at airvideo. I use it on my iPhone.

    There is no need to re-encode anything if it's not conpatable it encodes on the fly.

    Advantages are you can stream over 3g. Dosnt take up local storage on your device. You only need one copy no need to have a downscaled version for your ipad/iPhone.
     
  5. Nova Bandit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I should have been more specific.

    There are plenty of TV shows on BT that are licensed for free distribution, creative commons, etc...
     
  6. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    No surprise the word "torrents" is associated to "illegal copyrighted materials."

    All those freely distributed TV shows, and open-source programs/OS'es (like, I dunno, LINUX?) fall under that too...:rolleyes:
     
  7. EnderTW macrumors 6502

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    Really? I never heard of any TV shows that are free to distribute.

    Really? Open-Source programs and operating systems are television shows?
     
  8. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    My post you are quoting:
    All those freely distributed TV shows, and open-source programs/OS'es

    FYI, there are plenty of movies/"tv" shows (series of related videos) made by people who distribute them via torrents. Lots of freeware programs make it onto torrents, as well as operating systems not named Windows or Mac (and I gave you an example, LINUX...and its various denominations such as UBUNTU).

    Please stop acting like you're the internet police who squeals at the mention of torrents. There's more than just copyrighted material hosted on them, and you obviously aren't aware of this.
     
  9. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    http://www.clearbits.net/

    Just an example of a movie hosted on torrents:
    NYU student Brian Sandro has a secret: he and his friends pirate hundreds of millions of dollars of illicit Hollywood movies in their spare time. They are revered, reviled, hunted and admired. No one knows who they are - at least, not as far as they know.

     
  10. EnderTW macrumors 6502

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    Do you know what AND means in the English language?
     
  11. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    Do you know anything about grammar in the English language?

    Also, lol @ ignoring everything I posted and bringing up a mistake in my sentence that isn't there. I thought this board was for intelligent conversation...guess not.
     
  12. kbuck1984 macrumors member

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    +1 to this. Works nice, fast, and easy on the computer (compared to Handbrake).
     
  13. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

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    I second AirVideo. Fantastic program.
     
  14. Nova Bandit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, everyone ( almost everyone)!

    I'll give Vuze a try!
     
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  16. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    I fourth (?) this. :)
     
  17. ugp macrumors 65816

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    Vuze uses Java and is a resource hog on the CPU at times. Just like all Java Apps. I'd rather convert using Handbrake. For a TV Show it doesn't take long at all.

    EZTV.it is the best site for TV Shows.
     
  18. Nova Bandit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried Vuze, but it doesn't support automatically converting videos once they have finished downloading.

    I did find an older app called ipodify, which just watches a folder for new video files, and when it sees one, it converts it to an iPod compatible format and loads it into iTunes.

    I'll give air video a try once they come out with an iPad native app.
     
  19. aerospace macrumors 6502a

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    iTunes says air video is iPad compatible. $2.99 though...will add it to my maybe list(gave myself a $50 budget for apps)

    Can anyone verify it works correctly?
     
  20. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it does work on the iPad.
     
  21. lilo777 macrumors 603

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    Of course it is inappropriate. Every free show watched means lost Apple profits. Very inappropriate.
     
  22. Nova Bandit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Air Video gets the thumbs up from me!

    I bought the full version, as they came out with the full iPad version over the weekend.

    I'll just have to handle manually adding any videos I want if I am going to be somewhere where I'm out of wifi coverage.
     
  23. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    the moral crusaders here are a pain in the neck.
     
  24. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have Perian and Quicktime 7, you can open up the MKVs commonly found in 720p H.264 video files and export them to MP4, which iPad supports. Passthrough the video, and encode the audio to AAC. Takes maybe 5 minutes.

    I have an applescript set up that automatically does this and then sticks them in my media folder, which I then access using Safari on iPad (using the Apache web server built in to OS X). Works fine, so long as the iPad is close enough to the router (you need to be able to get about 500KB/s over Wi-Fi from the router to iPad).

    This does the conversion once, which will provide better video quality and lower CPU use on the server. However, it can't dynamically change the bitrate since nothing's being encoded on the fly. For that you'd need something like Air Video.
     
  25. gwynne macrumors 68000

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    Not to be repetitive, but I can confirm that Air Video works great with typical videos you'd find in torrents (e.g. divx/xvid/mkv). I also like the pretty smooth 'scrub' feature (i.e., ff/rew), it's nice to get through commercials on the stuff I'm streaming from my actual DVR backend, just needs a few seconds to re-buffer.

    (I think I've probably put that guy/company's kids through college at this point with my evangelizing. No, I'm not getting kickbacks, sadly.)
     

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