Air Video video transcode/stream alternative for Android?

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By speedweed, Senior Member on 3rd August 2010, 08:47 AM
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I used to have the iphone 3gs, but now i have a Samsung Galaxy with Android 2.1.

I had a great program called Air Video, it was so great, i almost chose not to upgrade to android cause it wasnt on the Andriod platform.

You installed a client on the phone, and a transcode server software on your pc, and then the magic began, you could stream any kind of video format straight from your PC to your phone in realtime. It supported mkv, divx and a whole lot of other formats. I could even stream video from my satelite tuner straight to my phone with this software. It was totaly mindblowing, and it worked both on 3g and over wifi, you just adjusted the quality of the stream in the client program on the phone. I could lay in bed, and watch my whole video archive straight from my pc on my phone, i could watch it from work and anywhere with 3g coverage.

The great thing about this program, was that everything was on the fly, and went automaticly, you didnt have to convert EVERY video file to mp4 (or simular) before you started streaming.

Now im wondering, is there a good alternative(program or guide), that will work the same way on android phones?

PS Ive tried Orb, and it couldnt realy compete, at all
3rd August 2010, 03:32 PM |#2  
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This sounds awesome...I want to know too.
3rd August 2010, 06:20 PM |#3  
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I been talking with the developer of Mezzmo who working on his server app to support the Droid X, but I believe that is one of the few apps thats trying to work on something. I miss airvideo myself, his forum is filled with people begging for him to port it to android. I'm hoping Froyo will allow me to use either Mezzmo (he recently said that the phone is looking for the moov atom at the front instead of the end like how ffmpeg puts it. I downloaded a adobe air app to move it and still no luck streaming.

Airmote doesnt work
Using ES Explorer to connect to samba shares would be cool if I could figure out how to get a1video player to play the streamed file (but since the moov atom is at the end it would have to download the entire clip to view it first)

umediaplayer I can't find to test out, that or homepipe

Orblive is a joke on Android.

Tried Tversity to android reading a way to use the webpage frontend, but same streaming issue.

Only thing sucks as of now is the fact there is no real streaming from PC option that works well for the array of video types out there like airvideo.
3rd August 2010, 11:06 PM |#4  
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I did find something interesting even though it only streamed a couple avi files. I loaded yxplay and pointed it to TVersity
22nd August 2010, 12:07 PM |#5  
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I have the samsung galaxy s, and i heard that Samsung PC Share Manager + Allshare on the phone, would make streaming mkv from my pc easy.

I hurried up, and installed Samsung PC Share Manager, and got the error, "Server can`t start"

Another great piece of samsung software, almost as good as Kies
(Wich btw also doesnt work on my win7 64bit, no matter what i try)

I even tried Samsung Pc Share Manager on a Vista 32 box, same error there. Can`t start server.

Oh how i love Samsung software.
22nd August 2010, 06:17 PM |#6  
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Have you had a look at Websharing?
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22nd August 2010, 06:28 PM |#7  
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Tried it briefly, no go.

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26th August 2010, 01:26 PM |#8  
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You can use VLC to transcode from a capture device, another stream, or media files.

I've used a Windows Media Server for years with my Windows Mobile Touch Pro (and its WiMo predecessors). I stream my police scanner, TV and music files but there's no working Android player. I left my WMS as is but run VLC on a workstation, taking the WMS stream and transcoding it to RTSP for the Android. It works just fine.
26th August 2010, 04:02 PM |#9  
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I suspect that this would be very difficult if not impossible to do on Android right now. Streaming support just isn't up to par within the core OS.
26th August 2010, 08:44 PM |#10  
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Try VLC Stream and Convert. (Developer's website)

It's not exactly simple or user-friendly, but it works wonderfully to transcode and stream any video (or audio) file on demand from my server to my Nexus One.

The server software is VLC, which is a cross-platform application and works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX.

There is a free as well as a paid version in the market. The free version transcodes and streams without a problem.

I just have it set up to work over wifi, but it should work over 3g as well, if you adjust the quality down a bit.

VLC Stream and Convert

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