Upload Movie Collection Online?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by blairh, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. blairh macrumors 68030

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    Is there a way I can upload my movie collection (mostly DVD and BR rips - 2 TB total, variety of formats) to a cloud service and then access said service via the web or a STB like Apple TV or similar to watch the movies?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Would that not be a bit impractical and much more expensive than two 2 TB 2.5" HDDs?
    Uploading 2 TB could take 25 days if you have a 1 MB/s upload speed, downloading might probably be faster if you have a faster internet connection.
     
  3. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have my collection on a 4 TB drive. I want to be able to upload the collection to a cloud service and somehow access said collection and view the files on a STB or browser. Not worried about speed or time to upload the files.
     
  4. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    You could use Plex as a media server - you can access videos from certain Apple TVs and by opening up port on your router, or with a MyPlex account.
     
  5. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Doesn't sound like what I'm looking to do.
     
  6. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Why not - you can access the files stored on a computer locally - which does the same thing that you want it to do, it is just stored somewhere else - and can play them through a web browser anywhere in the world and with some Apple TVs. I believe that it's the same thing that you want, just a different way of getting there.
     
  7. Baytriple macrumors 6502

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    You could use. Justcloud. Have a look.

    You can buy an unlimited amount. I signed up and then asked to cancel my account. They knocked off 75% of the price for me.

    My only problem with this option is my upload speed is nowhere near ad my download and it would take 6 months or something to upload my collection. You can access your details anywhere even phones.
     
  8. sammich macrumors 601

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    Why take your media to the cloud...when you can turn your media into the cloud?

    Just use myPlex.

    Leave your machine on, connected to the internet.

    'The cloud' isn't some magical service that a company provides, it's just a bunch of software that's available via the internet.

    Your computer, via myPlex, provides a similar service, with no additional cost. Uploading 2TB of data to a 'cloud' hosted service: would cost you quite a bit to maintain, is less flexible and you'd have to upload your media first before it becomes of any use.
     
  9. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I keep redundant backups of all my stuff on several HD's stored at home, and at a remote location just in case of hard drive crashes, fire, robbery, etc. I like to be prepared for the worst..
     
  10. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So I need the file to be on my computer and up and running? (The computer that is.) How does the Apple TV work with this? I have a 3rd gen ATV.
     
  11. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I have Crashplan, I got a year free to try it out and I can down load anything I want using the Crashplan app on my iPhone. A back up and able to access everything I want anytime.
     
  12. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    I personally have not done this, not owning an Apple TV, but it should be possible with some sort of Airplay. Try Google or the forums is all I got.
     
  13. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    AirPlay Mirroring has been terrible in my experience when trying to stream video. The Beamer app could not stream HD content from my previous MBA to my ATV3 without constant buffering.

    I want a solution where I can view my files with no headaches. The move to the could would be great just so I have my collection somewhere other than my external HD. In my ideal solution I can access my movies from my cloud connection and easily select them for playback.

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    It appears I could potentially upload my entire collection to Crashplan for $60 a year however I don't know how long that would take nor how I can view it on my TV.
     
  14. linds15 macrumors 6502a

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    if you have an ATV3 there is no simple solution, because you have to have your content in iTunes to stream it through to it. ie. you're not going to be able to give your family and friends some magic url so they can all watch it on their own ATVs. you're best bet for personal use it to use myplex as others have stated above.
     
  15. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, the viewing on the TV can be an issue. Just an idea.
     
  16. institute macrumors regular

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    If you use the Plex iOS app on your idevice you don't use mirroring to watch via the Apple TV 3, you use direct Airplay which works perfectly in my experience.

    If you have an ATV2 you can jailbreak and install the Plex app directly.

    In my opinion, Plex Media Server is a great option for turning your own computer into your personal media cloud that can be accessed from anywhere, including iDevice or web browser. It's pretty amazing actually.
     
  17. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Maybe if you use Airplay Streaming instead or Mirroring. I don't know if there are workarounds that don't require an iOS.
     
  18. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have no desire to incorporate any iDevices into the equation. My movies live on an External HD. I've tried, not successfully, to stream them to my TV in the past. HD films are always the issue. My bigger desire is to upload my films to a cloud service and then somehow access them to watch on my TV buffer-free.

    If I understanding this correctly, Plex requires you to have your computer up and running with the file(s) that you want to watch. If that's the case, I could just connect a laptop to my TV.

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    AirPlay works great with iTunes + ATV3 but the video file needs to be iTunes compatible. Ideally I could find a solution that plays all types of files without any need to convert.
     
  19. institute macrumors regular

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    Not sure what you mean by this. iTunes uses home sharing not Airplay to play media to ATV. Anyway, good luck with finding a solution for your particular needs.
     
  20. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    You can use either Home Sharing or AirPlay to play media on your ATV2 or 3. I use AirPlay.
     
  21. GarrettL1979 macrumors 6502

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    iTunes Match for movies. This is what you need. Sadly it is not an option-- though it would be awesome.
     
  22. LuxoJunior macrumors member

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    That's exactly what you're looking to do if you'd just do a bit of research instead of wanting things spoon fed to you like an infant. For example, I have all my media stored in Plex on my home server and can access it from anywhere with an internet connection from any device with a Plex client on it, that includes laptops, iPhones, iPads, desktops, AppleTVs and Rokus. Perhaps you should look into it.
     
  23. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    1) Get a Roku. They are very cheap and you can use it along side your ATV3.
    2) Run Plex on your computer. You then can stream your media locally, over the internet, or to any IOS/Android/Roku device connected to the internet.

    As others have stated, it is the best / cheapest way to stream your video anywhere you want to watch it as long as you are not talking about iTunes video. For iTunes video, stick with your ATV.
     
  24. hafr macrumors 68030

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    If you can't make AirPlay Mirroring work at home without buffering issues, there's no way you're gonna be able to make streaming the same file from the net any smoother. The only thing that'll add to the equation is yet another possible bottleneck. Best case scenario, you'll have the exact same problem as before.
     

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