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post #11 of 18
Check out "air video server"... I know, I know, cliche right? Its for apple devices primarily but can be hacked (I've read) to work on various free/open OS's... If you are adimantly opposed to apple stuff for whatever reason, InMethod, is open-ish and their forums are robust enough to get the idea of what they are doing in terms of transcoding and load balancing. Basically, I used it as a novice, and now I use it to check my notes while using plex running on ubuntu or as a vm on my macpro (OSX10.6 Server) which serves as my server. My job necessitates that I am on the go sometimes without warning and this is the only thing, after much trial and error, that works, every time. Specifically, their caching and transcoding workflow is well thought out because they have had to work under apples strict caching and ram using requirements specifically on the iphone 3 (when I first tried it). Looking back, how they got video (choppy and blocky as it was at times), to not drop or throw an error, all the time, and every time, is still beyond me.
No I don't work or develop for them, but I have spend a lot of time and effort to find something exactly like you are describing to no avail. I'll be checking in to see if yall find anything creative or more effictive for a more advanced setup (I'm thinking vm based on a server behind a router/switch with a static ip)... good luck.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kylepdalton View Post

So after much interesting reading on Subsonic forums it seems it will do it.thumb.gif Now if I wasn't already using WHS for my media needs I would be switching. Subsonic seems to do just about anything with some tinkering.

Subsonic supports Windows as well.

The only thing Subsonic doesn't do which I wish it would is UPnP / DLNA. Though I've never really looked into it either - might do so now....
Edited by Plan9 - 5/9/12 at 12:50am
post #13 of 18
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Subsonic supports Windows as well.
The only thing Subsonic doesn't do which I wish it would is UPnP / DLNA. Though I've never really looked into it either - might do so now....

It does but its seems to be a bit tricky dealing with the HomeServer variants. I also have a W7 phone that has direct intergration with the WHS. It handles everything flawlessly except mounting a disk image and serving it up to something like my phone (with a pc no problems whatsoever with my vpn connection)
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thanks everyone for the great insights. Will try out subsonic again and see if I can't get it to work properly. I am sure it must be something I am doing wrong. I was flip flopping between windows home server and amahi for the server base. I think that while I like some of the stuff that whs has to offer Amahi offers more of a total package for me. Plus the main things that I liked about whs I can do without it just a little less convenient. I may use it again for those purposes on a virtual machine but it will never do all that I wanted it to. Plus it is such a hog.

So this week is subsonic week for me. Hopefully I can get it to work this time. It is giving me a codec error atm that I need to figure out how to work around. I think once I get past that I will be good. Am afraid I am going to have to put handbrake to work on all my movies though as I can't get it to play ball on that end at all with the raw video_ts.

Interested in how you got the drive from another machine mounted though. I am pretty new to linux and haven't gotten that far into it all. That is something that I would like to be able to do in the future.
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I don't actually connect to a physical drive. (Although I have before with windows never tried with linux) I have the disk image sitting on my WHS storage. Just use something like virtual clone drive to mount the disk image and it appears as a virtual disk drive. Super easy to do within your network....little more tricky outside of it but still doable. I play movies at work like this all the time.
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post #16 of 18
Though I haven't tried it myself, you should take a look at Tversity. It does automatic and on the fly transcoding for streaming to your mobile devices (apple devices with the pro version) as well as any other device you might have connected. I'm planning a media server and I've been looking at it with great interest.
post #17 of 18
So far, this is my favorite:

http://www.wildmediaserver.com/

It's not free, but it does a great job. The other solution that has worked pretty well for me is serviio.
    
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TVersity does well, though I believe its no longer free

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