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Want to stream to ATV2 without JailBreaking it... Then this might be for you !!!


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WOW is all i can say. Even though it is only still in the Alpha Stage, this little App will go a long way and become huge so spread the word lol
Its called AirFlick and it basically turns your Mac into an AirPlay data server and you can send Video or Audio to your ATV2 with out Jailbreaking it ..

Check out the Video here. Just gives a live performance of what this is capable of.
Then go and download it HERE ........
ope it works well for you all
Going off to play with it now ........ Ill post back any thoughts on it or bugs i can find .... Enjoy

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I do very much like this. Even though it is still in the Alpha stage it works well enough to keep me happy.
I have successfully watched .m4v .mp4 .mkv and .mov videos with AirFlicks. Yes like the Video i posted above, you get the *error* 95% of the time but press menu and click the play button again. Havnt any other Vid Codecs to try out.
The one problem i did find was for the life of me, i couldnt get to stream video from the net, by entering its URL ?? Hmmm Is a known bug i thought i read. Want worry me too much as i dont Stream a lot of content like that or watch a great deal of Videos in that way (Aust being our dowfall)

Audio I had a good showing by streaming .mp3 with good success and also AAC .m4a versions. No other Codecs to try out.

All in all i like it a lot.When the movies are playing i never once got lag, froze or stuttered ..... There will be bugs but she seems committed to moving forward with this venture.

Well worth a look for ALL ATV2 users

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EDIT : More playing and i can watch the live stream video from the web now.
Had good outcome with .ogv .mov .mpeg4............ Flawlessly as well

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Am Happy to say, Erica Sadun has made some inroads with her great little App AirFlick. For the latest DL click here.

And here is all the release notes.
Still cannot stream AVI unless you transcode it. AirFlick can do this on the fly, but she says it is still unstable.

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Good find, missed this first time you posted. Going to give it a go

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^^^ Let me know what you think of it. She has done wonders, since i first previewed this. The whole look of things and the over all stability is 1000% + on what it was.

And if you use Alfred as your App Launcher App then you Can start a AirPlay Stream From Alfred.

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I love all of these little apps/hacks for Apple TV 2.
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Will it play an iso or a folder with vob"s inside.

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Looks pretty cool. Now, if there was just a remote app you could install on an iPhone or iPad to be able to control what to send to your ATV2, that'd be awesome. In my case, my videos I'd want to play are stored on a Mac elsewhere in my house and I'd hate to have to run back and forth for each program I want to watch. Definitely a good start though!!

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I tried AirFlick a few weeks ago and pretty quickly deleted it. Honestly, I don't see the point. If the video file isn't in a format that is compatible with the ATV2, AirFlick transcodes it on-the-fly to a compatible format. It'd make more sense to just have all your media transcoded in advance to a compatible format, or remuxed from mkv to m4v if the media contained are already compatible.


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But would you want to transcode a lot of MKV files to m4v? A good example would be someone who watches a series (or many) and they get distributed in mkv. Heck, imagine someone who watches anime who might have hundreds (or even thousands) of video files that all would need to be transcoded (and if having to deal with subtitles, that can be a major pain)... That's a lot of work and time and effort to do - especially if you want to put in metadata to make it nice in iTunes.

While I agree, m4v would be more convenient, and having in iTunes would be more convenient, but having options is nice too

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But would you want to transcode a lot of MKV files to m4v? A good example would be someone who watches a series (or many) and they get distributed in mkv. Heck, imagine someone who watches anime who might have hundreds (or even thousands) of video files that all would need to be transcoded (and if having to deal with subtitles, that can be a major pain)... That's a lot of work and time and effort to do - especially if you want to put in metadata to make it nice in iTunes.
There are tools to automate these sorts of things. If, for example, you have a season of TV shows in mkv files that already contain video in h.264 and use AC3 for audio, re-muxing them all to m4v with MKVTools takes just a few minutes… it's a totally lossless process. And the metadata is easy to add using iDentify. Oh yes, I'm chock-full of recommendations.


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Yeah, but do you have a way to automate subtitles? Plus, you can't just remux all the time - if the video is 1080p or too high a bitrate it will require transcoding first... Granted, many TV shows you can do that for MKV (although that wouldn't work for shows that are supplied in AVI - which is how I watched the entire first season of fringe (ugh, and it was a crappy recording too))

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Yeah, but do you have a way to automate subtitles?
Yes. MKVTools will simply mux-in .srt subs. If you have and prefer the formatting of .ssa subs and don't mind them being hard-burned in, then MKVTools can handle that also. That does of course involve transcoding, but then you are transcoding on-the-fly anyway using AirFlick. I actually used Handbrake for my vids with SSA subs… I can't recall though if that was due to some formatting issues that MKVTools had with SSA subs, or if I just preferred Handbrake for transcoding (MKVTools uses FFmpegx). In any event, Handbrake's CLI would come in handy to make batch transcodes with subs easy. Here's one guide:
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Yeah, srt works fine if it has it - but it would be nice if vobsub and ssa subs without having to burn in (which would be fine in some cases) and/or without having to use an OCR tool to convert to srt.

That is a neat script - I knew about using cli and batch scripting although I had never needed to do it so I never explored it in depth - but I had not seen that script before to do it, I'll have to see if it uses the same settings that I tend to like when using handbrake.

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Yeah, srt works fine if it has it - but it would be nice if vobsub and ssa subs without having to burn in (which would be fine in some cases) and/or without having to use an OCR tool to convert to srt.
I'd prefer muxed-in subs too, but I only have a couple anime shows and I just use subs for English signs (Ghost in the Shell, e.g.) so burning them in was no biggie. I think if I was more into anime, then AirFlick would be more appealing to me so I wouldn't have to commit to burned-in high-quality SSA fansubs vs settling on SRT subs. In a perfect world, Apple would support mkv files, but that will never happen. I've settled fully in to Apple's way because, quite frankly, their streaming tech is light years better than anything else. I used to use Plex on a Mac mini, and after months of frustration with how poorly it'd handle some HD videos that Front Row wouldn't break a sweat on, I decided I had enough and sought out the best tools to migrate my library with minimal hassle.


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