Looking for a video streaming fix

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  1. jarnold231

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    Hi all -

    My first post - hope I've put this in the right place.

    I'm looking to stream .avi files from my Mac to my iPad 3. I understand this is quite easy when they're on the same wifi network, but I want to be able to stream these files when I'm out and about on a separate internet connection.

    I've tried a number of different apps like Polcast, which is brilliant, very easy to set up and gives access to all my files. Unfortunately it doesn't play .avi and it also prefers to download files rather than just stream them which clogs up the storage on the iPad

    Any help appreciated.

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    Apple doesn't seem to like *.avi files, so to get them into the iPad it is best to convert them using smart converter (free) this will allow you to covert to iPad,iPhone etc and puts the converted file straight into iTunes then sync iTunes to your iPad and there you have it.
     
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    Thank you for the reply, but it doesn't really help to be honest.

    I understand that Apple doesn't like .avi files, but thats what I've got all my media stored as - have been backing up my movies and own camera recordings to .avi files for years - I really dont want to have to convert them all to .mp4 files which will not only take ages but use up between 2x/3x more storage.

    Also it misses the point about having a service to stream the content to the iPad - Polkast works well, but only for .mp4 files and it also have the annoying propensity to download the file and take up storage on the iPad.

    What I want to do is have the ability to stream .avi content from my mac at home to the iPad.

    Thanks,
    J
     
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    addiosamigo iPad Junkie

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    Air video will work, if your router supports upnp then air video will automatically set up port forwarding, otherwise you will have to do it manually. It plays avi by using live conversion, check it out.

    Also there is AirPlay it streaming thats free but seems to do the same.

    Failing that have you thought about using splashtop?
     
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    Hi there - thank you for your response.

    I've installed Air Video and got it set up with some port-forwarding and its working well. Thank you very much. Also going to investigate Spashtop as it might allow me to leave the laptop at home instead of lugging it into work every day.

    Thanks again.

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    J
     
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    addiosamigo iPad Junkie

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    No worries I've not used it myself but I'm glad you've got it sorted. Splashtop is a very good remote desktop app, you probably would have even been able to watch your videos using that!
     
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    I don't think Splashtop allows audio and video streaming on a Mac, just the PC.
     

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