This tutorial will cover how to stream your personal video library to your Android device using TVersity.
What you’ll need for this Booya:
- A PC running TVersity
- An Android Device
- Handbrake Software – Get it Here
- nswPlayer (available in the Android Marketplace)
- A Digital Video File
Step #1 – Converting your Movie for Progressive Streaming
Once you have installed Handbrake on your PC it is time to convert your digital file for streaming. Open the Options Menu and set the default output folder to your TVersity Shared Folder. Use the Iphone Legacy settings in Handbrake to create your file.
Here is where you have to make your decision on compression. Booya sets the Video Width at 480 and then selects the button to “Keep Aspect Ratio”. The reason for this is that when the file is complete it will not only stream to your Android, but it will be playable by your PSP.
Before you begin your conversion you must check the “Web Optimized” button. This makes your .mp4 a progressive file that can be streamed.
Select the Video tab and we can now adjust the quality of the file. Booya sets the Average Bitrate between 384 and 512 so that we can get a file that is still of decent quality, but not too large for streaming over 3G.
Hit Start to get your conversion going, conversion times will vary depending on the power of your PC.
Step #2 – Setting up TVersity for Streaming
Under the Setting Tab in TVersity you will find the Transcode Settings. Make sure that “When To Transcode” is set to NEVER.
Under General Settings you need to set up TVersity to allow outside connections to your media. Check the Box that says: “TVersity should accept request originating from outside the home network”. Enter your desired username and password.
Remember to save your settings when you are done.
Step #3 – Streaming your move with nswPlayer
Head on over to the Android Marketplace and download nswPlayer. This is the only player that will stream an .mp4 from TVersity. Once you have the player installed it is time to head over to your online Tversity page. The address of your online Tversity page is http://youripaddress:41952. If you are unsure of your PC’s IP Address head on over to whatsmyip.com and it will show it to you. Enter your username and password and then work through the menus to find your movie file. Select the file and enjoy the show.
Watch this video to see Android streaming in action. Booya.
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