Air Video is a fantastic media streamer for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone that allows you to stream your videos or audios from any PC or Mac to your iPad iPod Touch or iPhone. This is really useful feature as you may have hundreds, if not thousands of movies or videos on your home computers and the iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone’s memory mightn’t be enough to store or save those media content you like. And your digital movie collection keeps growing.
The Air Video will play almost any video format and a variety of codecs are supported, like MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG, MPEG, MKV, DivX (DRM protected videos as well as proprietary codec are not supported). By using the app, you are able to convert those videos or movies stored on your computer into the MP4 format on the fly for iPad. This feature will save you a huge amount of time and the fact that it does live conversion is incredible.
However, if you have a ton of Blu-ray or DVD discs and want to stream and share Blu-ray and DVD movies on iPad, the first thing you need to do is to decrypt and backup the BD/DVD discs to the hard drive of your computer. Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper will be your nice choice that not only helps you remove copy protections from your Blu-ray and DVD discs for backup but also shrink and rip BD/DVD files to iPad compatible format at up to 5x faster speed with minimal file size. Moreover, it is able to keep the ripped/converted BD/DVD movies with perfect video/audio synchronization.
The step-by-step guide on how to decrypt and rip Blu-ray to iPad as below:
Step 1: Run Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper as the best BD to iPad Converter, and load Blu-ray and DVD files into this program.
Step 2: Select iPad workable format by clicking “Format > iPad” to choose the desired iPad video format from the iPad format list. iPad Video H.264 (*.mp4) with 768*576 resolution at 30fps is recommended here. You can click the Settings button to get the parameters in the Profile Settings window.
Step 3: Click the convert icon to start ripping Blu-ray to iPad playable format once the above settings are done. Only within a short time, you will get the ripped Blu-ray movies on your hard drive.
For Air Video to work, you should install server software on your computer. Generally Air Video Server for OS X requires OS X Leopard version 10.5.0 or newer. You can download Air Video Server for Mac here. Air Video Server for Windows requires Windows XP, Vista or 7, and the Air Video Server also requires Bonjour to be installed. Actually if you have iTunes installed, you don’t need to download it since you already have Bonjour. You can download Air Video Server for Windows here.
Once the Air Video Server is running, add BD/DVD folders (Please make sure the Blu-ray and DVD movie files are decrypted or ripped by using Pavtube Blu-ray Decrypter) that you want to share from your hard drive by clicking the Add Disk Folder button on the main interface of the Air Video Server Properties as below:
After adding the decrypted or ripped BD/DVD movies to the Air Video Server, you can stream Blu-ray and DVD movies from your computer to iPad for playing.
Actually the Air Video works over local network and over internet (including 3G). So you also stream outside your network if you turn on the Experimental Remote settings. Want to know how to enable remote connection in Air Video Server? Just follow the instructions:
1) Go to Air Video Server preferences and choose Remote tab.
2) Check the Enable Access from Internet checkbox
3) Check the Automatically Map Port checkbox
4) Click the Test Connection button to test if access from Internet works for your setup.
Generally, Air Video will generate a ten-digital PIN that you need to enter into the iPad app which will allow it to communicate with the Air Video Server even when you are away from your home network.
Do not worry. Even if the connection test fails, to connect from local network will still work. And you can look in the Remote Support log in Log tab to find reason of the problem.
That’s all! Hope it helps! You can get more information about Air Video here.