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Topic # 113561 20-Jan-2013 17:03 Send private message

hey guys,

got the New iPad for x mas, loving it. It does most things I want it to, bar 1.

Mines only 16gb & is nearly full, I have videos on a 16gb usb drive that Im wanting to play now & then.

I've tried a few suggestions from other sites but no luck. The new iPad takes the 'lightning' plug connection.
I have bought a 'camera connection kit', it is essentially a usb extension.

it says there's not enough power when I plug the usb drive in directly & doesn't pick up anything on the USB drive when I use it via a powered usb hub.

most sites say to format the drive in FAT32, make a file called DCIM & name the file 8letters & file ext MP4.

none of this works.

The video files are too big for DropBox also, tried it, would only play part of each vid & the quality was a joke.

any ideas for this??

oh, Its not JailBroken & wasnt planning on doing that.

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  Reply # 747850 20-Jan-2013 17:08 Send private message

Seagate GoFlex Satellite (or the upcoming Seagate Wireless Plus) and 8-Player or similar.

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  Reply # 747851 20-Jan-2013 17:10 Send private message

You should have got a larger capcity one if wanting to watch videos. 16Gb is the entry level. You maybe able to stream over wifi from a NAS or computer using the right app. Or use itunes to copy the video into, and then sync itunes with the ipad which will copy the video onto it, but it needs to be the right format. I beleive the connection kit you refer to is very limited and locked down.

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  Reply # 747852 20-Jan-2013 17:10 Send private message

was hoping that wouldnt be the case, I had seen a couple options like that, Cloud FTP &  the seagate one mentioned.

was hoping there might be something I could do myself or something else idk!

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  Reply # 747867 20-Jan-2013 17:57 Send private message

Is this for use at home?
Or do you want to be able to do it anywhere you go?

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  Reply # 747885 20-Jan-2013 18:42 Send private message

Dunnersfella: Is this for use at home?
Or do you want to be able to do it anywhere you go?

mostly at home, but would be good to be able to do it while away.

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  Reply # 747893 20-Jan-2013 19:12 Send private message

AirVideo Server is nice solution. Server component runs under Linux, OSX or Windows. I use a headless Ubuntu server mini-iTX form factor box with 3 TB RAID 1 array. Streams m4v, mp4, mov natively and converts and streams .mkv.

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  Reply # 747920 20-Jan-2013 20:09 Send private message

Two thoughts:

If you want to travel with movies then you should prioritise that content on your iPad (i.e. remove photos and music to the USB or to Dropbox, etc).

If you just want to watch movies in your home, then you can get a UPnP media player app for the iPad (MediaConnect, 8player, etc) and then just get a UPnP AV Server in your home to stream the files.  The good news is these players are now being built into ADSL modems. For example, the current Telecom ADSL wireless modem is available for $100 (or free when signing up for a new term) and has a USB port that you can plug a stick/HDD into (FAT32 only) and it can then stream files over the wired/wireless network in your home. I'm using one of these modems now, and I recommend them to people all the time - they're little crackers. (Disclosure: I work for Telecom.) If that one isn't right for you, I'm sure you'd be able to find other modems with the same functionality.
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  Reply # 747967 20-Jan-2013 21:47 Send private message

I use Air Video and it is great, when I'm at home.
I also have a Seagate goFlex satellite and it is very nifty, battery powered, creates its own wifi network, several devices can connect and stream different media from it. Worth checking out IMHO

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  Reply # 747986 20-Jan-2013 22:14 Send private message

hmm, some options to think about, clearly not a quick fix for today!

I would have perhaps gotten a iPad with a larger internal storage but it was a x mas gift & who am i to turn that down! :)

guess I need a device for streaming! Dam it

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  Reply # 748005 20-Jan-2013 22:44 Send private message

just found out about an app called Plex....

Its $6.49 in the app store. sounds good

anyone know of it or used it from this forum??

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  Reply # 748013 20-Jan-2013 23:18 Send private message

Video playback would have to be one of the few things where Android tablets have it all over the iPad. Ditto Android phones Vs iPhone.

Anyways, I see advice has basically converged to one point, so you know what to do :)


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  Reply # 748014 20-Jan-2013 23:23 Send private message

The Plex app is a front end player for content hosted in a Plex server. If you have a Plex back end server you'll be fine to play the content on your iPad. Same with XBMC on the iPad.

VLC would have been the best bet for you but I'm not sure that it's still available as a standalone player.

I use Air Video to play videos that are hosted on my PC. An agent runs on the PC that allows my iPad app to access the videos on the hard drive that I choose to share via the agent. For videos that the iPad can play natively it does so straight away, for non-native videos (mkv and avi for example) it transcodes them on the fly and starts playing after a buffer of about 10 seconds.

This is similar to the Plex player/server setup except that there is much less configuration of the server side required for Air Video.  It's pretty much install, share, play.

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  Reply # 748020 21-Jan-2013 00:03 Send private message

I run Plex on a MacMini and stream my iTunes movies and TV shows (complete with album artwork and actor info) to my iDevices.
I also send my FLAC library to the iPad/iPhones etc.
The initial setup was simple for me (the OSX app is free, iOS you pay for) as I'm careful with how I name my files.
My partner loves it, and it has been rock solid for us.

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  Reply # 748036 21-Jan-2013 06:18 Send private message

You could look at an app called Splashtop through which you can replicate and control your PC display on your iPad - and stream videos that way. It's a great app and works very well. Once set up it connects to your PC in a snap.

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  Reply # 749981 24-Jan-2013 08:22 Send private message

Ideally I was hoping I could use something that didnt require wifi/data for transmitting. when I use it I will be home but probably just out of wifi range.

this is where I query the idea of the Seagate Goflex Satellite, it sounds good.... but can anyone tell me more about this?
I heard mentioned that it can create its out network or something to stream the contents?

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