- 04-19-2012, 06:44 AM #26
This app is just great.. When I first bought the playbook, my intention was to use it as media device. When I found out about side-loading etc I used it more for games etc. because the playbook does not recognize all file formats (no AC3 etc...) With this app, I have just everyting..
I have a homeserver with the streamer installed on, that server has enough cpu power to convert the movies fast enough for me. Also that this can be actioned from the playbook makes the concept so easy.. It is just great!
Bought the app and I like it very much! One question though. The name says:"Media server". Does that mean that there will be support for MP3/WMV files in the future? If so then it would be the most used app of the playbook .
- 04-19-2012, 10:44 AM #29
- CrackBerry Newbie
04-21-2012, 09:18 AM #37
- 1 Posts
Thanks for this awesome app !
I got 2 Questions...
First I got a problem with a mapped drive.
It's a Hdd from my DVR, mapped as a Network device.
I can choose it in the PC Program of StreamingNow, but when on the Playbook and trying to select the Drive, it looks like it connects only to show the message, that it can't connect and try to check if there's still a connection.
In Lan File Explorer it works this way as expected.
2nd Question is, will there in the future be support (atleast for remux) for mpeg2 and .ts files?
Would be awesome since my Files on my DVR are all mpeg2 .ts files.
Last edited by Dave_Carter; 04-21-2012 at 12:37 PM.
- 04-21-2012, 12:00 PM #38
To the OP, first of all I want to thank you for this app, its simply amazing and I ultimately hope to stream any sort of video(my movie collection) to my bigscreen TV using micro HDMI cable and ur app.
I was really afraid to purchase it at first knowing my streaming experience w/ subsonic using the web ui, was HORRIBLE, nothing above 1000kbps wanted to stream reliably, and because it was 1000kbps the quality was horrible.
But I took the plunge and gave ur app a shot and it works astoundingly well, the fact it keeps the original video format has me jumpin up and down for joy =)
I did however, in the use of it, have a couple ideas pop up that would add some desired functionality.
I would like to see an option to "download" the remuxed / transcoded result to the playbook itself(I know I can do this by going to PC and draggin n droppin the video file onto playbook over network, but would be so much easier if could be done through UI of StreamingNow itself. (Perhaps put another button next to delete file option, which says Download, then it simply downloads the file to the "videos" folder on playbook.)
Also, in the section that shows codec / bitrate for video summery ... can you add a channel count for audio?
Also, I would like to see control over transcoding options for both audio and video. These settings should just go into the server portion of the program.
I noticed one quality issue. When having to do the full convert instead of just remux. The audio sounded like crap. Luckily one doesnt have to do the full convert very often cuz PB supports many diff video types.
Thats all I can think of for now.
All I can say, its a great app. Its my first officially paid app on any mobile device Ive ever owned.
StreamingNow app has the channel value already but doesn't display it because of the precious screen space. We'll display more detailed media info somewhere when implementing the feature of remuxing/transcoding options.
Thanks for your suggestions.
- CrackBerry User
04-21-2012, 04:04 PM #42
- 11 Posts
I bought and tried and was satisfied!
Gave 5 stars, and waiting for subtitle support.
The app is native and work well with Playbook, unlike others tversity which is terrible.
Was able to watch all of my videos even those with AC3 by doing a demuxing which take less then 2 mins for a movie.
For me, its awesome, and only missing subtitle support.
- 04-21-2012, 09:39 PM #43
It appears the answer is no, but I'll ask anyway just to be sure: will this app also play movies that are already stored on the PlayBook, including videos with codecs unsupported by the stock video player?Carrier controlled updates is the worst smartphone spec of them all
EDIT - Tried some AVI files and it wants to remux them. So far it won't play after remuxing. It just has a blank, black screen. And the app froze. Had to kill it to get it to work again. Looks like tapping to play an AVI file is freezing the app.
We can't reproduce the issue.
EDIT 2 - After a reboot of my PB, the converted files are now playing. Remuxing doesn't seem to work. At least remuxed files won't play.
If the video codec is not supported by playbook or not standard, it won't play even if it's remuxed. That's why it also provide Convert button beside Remux. This is rare. We tried over 70 video files and just found one doesn't work after remuxing. And it works after conversion.
EDIT 3 - Okay, it doesn't seem to take too long to convert a file and the visual quality is sufficient to be acceptable so I believe I can live with it.
The quality of the converted video is decreased intentionally but is reasonable. We'd like
the converted video are able to be streamed smoothly over slow wifi connection. As what I mentioned in the previous post, we'll add "remuxing/transcoding options" in later update and user will be able to control the quality by himself according to his wifi connection.
Thanks for your feedback.
- 04-22-2012, 11:52 AM #46
- 04-22-2012, 02:34 PM #48
I will provide positive feedback. Thanks for your support of the Playbook.
Last edited by Marty_LK; 04-22-2012 at 02:38 PM.