1. rjsdavis's Avatar
    Hello to all

    I've got all of my video, photo and music files on a massive NAS drive. I'm presently using the File Manager+ app to access all of the various files, and either MX Player or VLC player to watch or cast the files. Previously, I had been casting the videos to our Sony Android TV using a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter through Miracast / screen mirroring.

    The issue is that this is still pretty battery intensive as the screen on the phone is always live and simultaneously displaying. I bought some Chromecast devices to cut down on the battery hammering, but really hadn't appreciated how limited the Chromecast's compatibility was with a whole bunch of video formats.

    Therefore, I've tried BubbleuPNP and Videostream, but neither can cope with streaming files from a NAS drive. They want to stream from cloud sources or other computers. Therefore, does anyone know of an app or another solution so that I can access the video files on my NAS, and cast them to Chromecast, so that I've not got the Motion's screen running all of the time and burning through the battery?

    I'm also happy with an app on the Android TV to stream direct from NAS to Android TV, if this is a better solution?! I've used the KODI app already, and it really isn't very good at all, unreliable, and doesn't show all of the files in a specific folder, even once you've buggered about setting it all up!

    Many thanks
    11-13-20 03:30 PM
  2. mh1983's Avatar
    Hello to all

    I've got all of my video, photo and music files on a massive NAS drive. I'm presently using the File Manager+ app to access all of the various files, and either MX Player or VLC player to watch or cast the files. Previously, I had been casting the videos to our Sony Android TV using a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter through Miracast / screen mirroring.

    The issue is that this is still pretty battery intensive as the screen on the phone is always live and simultaneously displaying. I bought some Chromecast devices to cut down on the battery hammering, but really hadn't appreciated how limited the Chromecast's compatibility was with a whole bunch of video formats.

    Therefore, I've tried BubbleuPNP and Videostream, but neither can cope with streaming files from a NAS drive. They want to stream from cloud sources or other computers. Therefore, does anyone know of an app or another solution so that I can access the video files on my NAS, and cast them to Chromecast, so that I've not got the Motion's screen running all of the time and burning through the battery?

    I'm also happy with an app on the Android TV to stream direct from NAS to Android TV, if this is a better solution?! I've used the KODI app already, and it really isn't very good at all, unreliable, and doesn't show all of the files in a specific folder, even once you've buggered about setting it all up!

    Many thanks
    The app on the ATV is probably your best bet. I use DMS Explorer and it opens files from my NAS in MX Player. VLC Media Player for Android is another good option.

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    11-13-20 03:37 PM
  3. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    Don't have Chromecast..... my Roku does Plex and will access the files on my NAS.

    Some NAS have their own solutions.
    11-13-20 03:41 PM
  4. Ecm's Avatar
    I'd strongly recommend Plex. Plex is far more stable than Kodi. I've been using it for years. Install the Plex server on the NAS, then the Plex app on the Android TV.
    11-13-20 04:40 PM
  5. rjsdavis's Avatar
    Thank you for the three solutions - I've got a WD My Cloud, so I'll have a look into the app suggestions and installing Plex as well.

    Many thanks
    11-13-20 05:55 PM
  6. rjsdavis's Avatar
    The app on the ATV is probably your best bet. I use DMS Explorer and it opens files from my NAS in MX Player. VLC Media Player for Android is another good option.

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    Hello there

    I tried to search out DMS Explorer in the Play store on the ATV last night... nowhere to be found. Is it called something else?

    I've already used VLC player on my Motion, and whilst it works fine in terms of playing content that it draws from the NAS - I can't cast a lot of it to the TV, as Chromecast refuses to accept so many mainstream video formats!
    11-14-20 02:38 PM
  7. mh1983's Avatar
    Hello there

    I tried to search out DMS Explorer in the Play store on the ATV last night... nowhere to be found. Is it called something else?

    I've already used VLC player on my Motion, and whilst it works fine in terms of playing content that it draws from the NAS - I can't cast a lot of it to the TV, as Chromecast refuses to accept so many mainstream video formats!
    Have you tried VLC directly on your ATV? That's what I was suggesting. Take casting out of the picture.

    The other app is DMS Explorer. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...hl=en_CA&gl=US. Not sure what ATV box you have but do you have a way of getting the Play Store and/or sideloading apps onto it?



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    11-14-20 02:41 PM
  8. rjsdavis's Avatar
    Have you tried VLC directly on your ATV? That's what I was suggesting. Take casting out of the picture.

    The other app is DMS Explorer. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...hl=en_CA&gl=US. Not sure what ATV box you have but do you have a way of getting the Play Store and/or sideloading apps onto it?



    Posted via CB10
    Thanks - it's a Sony KD55XG7073 - full Android TV. It's only about 6 months old.

    Will try downloading VLC onto the TV later, but yes, I was in the Play store on my TV last night, and there were no results at all for just the search term "DMS". I don't know if apps can be side-loaded into a TV, in the same way that we used to side-load them into our old BB10 devices though!
    11-14-20 03:14 PM
  9. mh1983's Avatar
    Thanks - it's a Sony KD55XG7073 - full Android TV. It's only about 6 months old.

    Will try downloading VLC onto the TV later, but yes, I was in the Play store on my TV last night, and there were no results at all for just the search term "DMS". I don't know if apps can be side-loaded into a TV, in the same way that we used to side-load them into our old BB10 devices though!
    Cool. Yeah, VLC should be available for ATV. I guess DMS only supports mobile phone or tablet versions of Android but VLC will perform the same function. I use it to look at my network's SMB share and it works great. It can also do uPNP/DLNA streaming so should serve your purposes. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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    11-14-20 03:16 PM
  10. Troy Tiscareno's Avatar
    You should REALLY look into Emby. It's similar to Plex, but has better layouts,. functions, and flexibility.

    https://emby.media

    But you should know that virtually all modern streaming hardware (AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, "Smart" TV's internals, etc.) all have limited codec support, so only specific file types and video and audio codecs are supported. The same is true of subtitles - many subtitle types aren't directly supported. In all of those cases, the file either won't play, or has to be transcoded (re-encoded in real time prior to transmission) by your "server", assuming it supports transcoding (Emby and Plex both do).

    Generally, MPG (old MPEG v1 and MPEG v), MP4, M4V, WMV, and MOV containers are supported, and AVC, VC1, and HEVC video codecs are supported. I won't go into audio codecs. Anyway, AVI files are NOT supported - the AVI container is considered obsolete (and has been for 10+ years, despite some people continuing to use it), so those will have to be transcoded, or, better, manually reencoded to MP4s to optimize your library.

    Finally, your TV has Chromecast built into it - no need for an external device - but it will also support the Emby (or Plex) client apps. It won't change the limited support of their chipsets, though - your non-supported files will still need to be re-encoded. I use VidCoder - a free app based on Handbrake - for that job, and it works great.

    It does take some work to organize your library for a server (Plex or Emby), but once you've done so, accessing your library from any device is very easy. Emby has client apps for just about everything.

    If you have questions on this subject, this is my field, and I have a decade of experience and can probably answer just about anything.
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    11-15-20 03:21 PM
  11. mh1983's Avatar
    How'd VLC work out after?

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    11-19-20 06:51 PM

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