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Thought I'd experiment with this and got a result today.

Here's how to do it.

Torrentflux or other media orientated web interfaces allow for files to be streamed using VLC.

Log on to your media server using your favourite browser(opera mini for me) and select the file to stream...

I selected the following output options :

Video DIV4 - 384kbps

Audio - mpga - 64kbps

Launch TCPMP and point it to your home IP ....

mms://home-ip:port/

Sit back and enjoy your movie.

I'm in the process of tuning TCPMP for network playback as it does stutter a bit. Any help fine tuning would be great here.

I've found that it's definately TCPMP that needs tuning as streaming over wifi is perfect.

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Thought I'd experiment with this and got a result today.

Here's how to do it.

Torrentflux or other media orientated web interfaces allow for files to be streamed using VLC.

Log on to your media server using your favourite browser(opera mini for me) and select the file to stream...

I selected the following output options :

Video DIV4 - 384kbps

Audio - mpga - 64kbps

Launch TCPMP and point it to your home IP ....

mms://home-ip:port/

Sit back and enjoy your movie.

I'm in the process of tuning TCPMP for network playback as it does stutter a bit. Any help fine tuning would be great here.

I've found that it's definately TCPMP that needs tuning as streaming over wifi is perfect.

That sounds cool, but it seems a bit more complicated than, say, Orb or something similar. What's the advantage here?

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That sounds cool, but it seems a bit more complicated than, say, Orb or something similar. What's the advantage here?

Yeh you may be right... But at least you can guarentee the streaming of any media type using method.

Also setting up automounting of isos is relatively easy as everything is modular...

You hit a webpage ... click the link and in the background scripts decide how to mount and stream the object to you. The source object could be anything from a webcam/av input such as cable tv or a file.

Got a link to 'orb' ? Google time for me

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http://www.orb.com/

I've got it working, and seems ok over home LAN. Can happily browse my files over internet from wireless access point or via handset on 3G. But always times out when I try to get it to stream a video file.

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Orb is great if you want remote access to files too.

I just want a simple solution to stream video from my home network.

So lets see if I've got this right ... with your setup, you login to your media streaming application and select what you want to watch, and start it streaming. Then you launch VLC to capture the streaming feed and display it?

Sounds a bit fiddly but interesting nonetheless.

Id be interested to see how you go with this.

Ok, you say when on the internet it stutters a bit. I guess this is down to two issues:

1) How fast is your internet upload at home?

2) Viewing over HSDPA, 3G etc is not the same as viewing over a land based broadband connection. (Unless its changed without me knowing!). As far as Im aware, mobile broadband solutions send the data in bursts, its just that with the faster mobile broadband it can almost be deemed as streaming because there are lots of packets coming very fast.

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Orb is great if you want remote access to files too.

I just want a simple solution to stream video from my home network.

So lets see if I've got this right ... with your setup, you login to your media streaming application and select what you want to watch, and start it streaming. Then you launch VLC to capture the streaming feed and display it?

Sounds a bit fiddly but interesting nonetheless.

I've seen the youtube video for Orb and I don't see anything more than what torrentflux cannot already do.

Torentflux is a web server that also allows you to download torrents via the web interface(its primary function actually) it also has a file manager from which you can stream files... So everyting happens through the web interface - ie no launching VLC directly. The webserver also keeps track of what you are streaming and allows you to stop/start or change source.

http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/features.html#filemanager

http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/images/screensho...-alpha7/vlc.png

Id be interested to see how you go with this.

Ok, you say when on the internet it stutters a bit. I guess this is down to two issues:

1) How fast is your internet upload at home?

2) Viewing over HSDPA, 3G etc is not the same as viewing over a land based broadband connection. (Unless its changed without me knowing!). As far as Im aware, mobile broadband solutions send the data in bursts, its just that with the faster mobile broadband it can almost be deemed as streaming because there are lots of packets coming very fast.

1 - Should not be an issue - 786kbps up - I have streamed the files to my desktop at work and they are flawless.

2 - Indeed I think this may be the issue I have to look at a way to buffer TCPMP more effeciently.

Quick google came up with this page : (note the quality variables)

http://www.mobilestreamingvideo.com/

Also note how they emphasise low quality in this page...

http://www.mobilestreamingvideo.com/playback.html

However as I said previously I streamed directly from home to my laptop via HSDPA and again the playback was perfect so my finger points firmly to TCPMP.

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Looks good!

Come on then ... share how you got it working.

I need to investigate this media centre thing. I have my "film backups" all currently arranged in a folder structure, rather than indexed by a torrent tool.

Oooh also ... whats that homescreen you are using? It takes up less real estate than the standard HTC Home.

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Looks good!

Come on then ... share how you got it working.

Huh ? Thought I just did :D What do you want a YouTube vid ?

I need to investigate this media centre thing. I have my "film backups" all currently arranged in a folder structure, rather than indexed by a torrent tool.

They are not indexed :)

My files are in directories too.

Oooh also ... whats that homescreen you are using? It takes up less real estate than the standard HTC Home.

1 - phoneAlarm

2 - Wireless

3 - SPB GPRS Monitor

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Next project will be to stream my cable TV box using the same principle.

Scart out from the TV/Digibox relayed via cat5e modules up to my PC in my office.

Into the capture card and out via VLC - easy as 3.1415926536....

Channel changes will have to be done via a networked redrat remote (blame IRDA signals used by the telewest box).

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Huh ? Thought I just did :D What do you want a YouTube vid ?

So these are all the changes you made?

open TCPMP,

goto OPTIONS

goto SETTINGS

goto SELECT PAGE

goto BUFFERING

set the NORMAL BUFFER SIZE to 8192 KB

set the PRELOAD AT UNDERRUN to 50% (you may leave at 70%)

set the PRELOAD FOR AUDIO to 128 KB

leave others as it is... enjoy your DVD resolution movies...

They are not indexed :)

My files are in directories too.

Ah ok, shall have to investigate that one ... looks promising :-)

1 - phoneAlarm

2 - Wireless

3 - SPB GPRS Monitor

Oooh Phone alarm, Im using that, which skin is it then ?

Cheers

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Gah just realised Torrentflux is linux based ... Gonna have to stick with the memory hungry Azureus on my server. Especially as it has peer guardian running too :S

Although come to think of it, Azureus does streaming and media centerish stuff!

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Stop gap...

I'm trying to find some nice VLC web interfaces instead...

Reading this at the moment as it appears that VLC has one built in ? :|

http://www.engadget.com/2005/11/29/how-to-...hing-using-vlc/

Oooh Phone alarm, Im using that, which skin is it then ?

Phatfingers I think ?

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Gah just realised Torrentflux is linux based ... Gonna have to stick with the memory hungry Azureus on my server. Especially as it has peer guardian running too :S

LOL Azureus really does suck the life out of your machine. Torrentflux is the lightest one I've used to date but being mysql/php based should be easy to run on Windoze.

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