World Wide Streaming Media - Mac Mini Server Puzzle

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by discosoap, May 16, 2009.

  1. discosoap macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Hi again,

    I recently set up my Mini 1.66/10.5.7 as a file/ftp/bittorrent server. It works great :D, which means I am ready for my next adventure: streaming my films over the internet so I can use my files on every location with an internet connection -> full screen.

    My Macbook is used as the client to acces the mediaserver. I have tried using webbrowsers (safari & firefox) to view my streaming content, but these won't let me view films in full screen mode (which sucks as this means I always have a browser bar on the top of my screen). I found another browser called Plainview (which allows you to display web/streaming content in full screen), but this software is not stable enough to stream serious video. :(

    I also tried opening my media files through a video app like Quicktime (says I gave an invalid link, which doesn't seem true) and VLC (which doesn't seem to respond when I give a URL to my mediaserver, although I do see an incoming request for the MacOS Kernel & Rumpus in Little Snitch which is running on the server). These apps would give me full screen streaming media, if they would work somehow... :confused:

    Youtube offers flash based film, which enabled users to select the "full screen" tab when they open Youtube video. Basically this is the functionality I am looking for, one way or the other.

    I know there must be a way to watch the media streamed from my server in full screen mode, however I am stuck at the moment. Any idea on how to circumvent these limitations, so I can watch my films at my friends house (or any other location for that matter). How did you do it ? Did you use special software, did you convert your files to streams so they could be proporly opened full screen, or did you use any other solution to solve this puzzle ?? Please let me know, any help or suggestion is welcome.

    Kind regards from the Netherlands ;)

    ps; if my question is not clear, or more information is required, let me know.
  2. isus macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2004
    imo the easiest way to do it would be to share the drive using AFP and then forward the port (TCP 548 I believe). Then mount the drive in Finder on the laptop using the external IP address of the server.
  3. discosoap thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Not there yet...

    Dear Isus, thank you for your response !! ;)

    Super, I didn't think of this option; AFP. However, I've tested it today... The time it took for directory listings and actually playing media is way too long (unworkable :(). Video tried to open, but is not even choppy, it's not really running at all. My maximum upload speed on my DSL line is about 180KBps which is (just) enough to stream video. When I opened video through Rumpus (via http) it was no problem at all (meaning smooth video and tiny load-times, although no full screen option).

    Thanks again for this solution, in theory it will work, but in practice it wasn't very usefull. Should I somehow optimise my server for this type of communication (and where would I start). Are there other factors I should take into account? Is there another way to get this done?? Anyway,

    any help is welcome.

    Kind regards

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