I love watching movies. For now, Fast And The Furious 6 is my favourite one. These movies are my part of my life. That may explain why I build a home server to store my movie collections.
They are purchased online mostly. However some video or movie trailer clips are obtained off the network websites like YouTube or Hulu, or some other sharing social source online.
Now I get an issue. That is how I can stream Fast And The Furious 6 for watching on my mac via home server? I searched online in various streaming and live converting forums. Finally several useful apps appears during my trial process.
Useful Streaming Apps
- VLC player
StreamToMe and ServeToMe must be used together. ServeToMe should be installed on my home server. While StreamToMe should stay on my Mac. By the way, they are free tools.
BSplayer can support M2TS and MTS directly for fluent playback. Actually I would not convert my Fast And The Furious 6 to MKV files if I know it can be played and streamed without quality loss encoding.
But in order to use this app, I must give up my Mac 10.7 and use my older windows PC. BSplayer can not work on Mac OS. This HD player would be the best if it can be compatible with Mac or iOS.
VLC player is my old friend. 🙂 I have been using it for 5 years. It is free and own the incredible functions including my favourite: stream and live convert on the fly.
Various Video Sources
- Blu Ray Discs：They are copied and back up with the extension M2TS in the form of media video files.
- Video Files: FLV, F4V or MKV. Generally I need to live converter to stream videos for playback from my home server to my Mac 10.7 Lion.
- Camera Shot Footages: MTS HD files with 1080 50/60P.
Recently I back up my movie Fast And The Furious 6 in form of video files. M2TS is not a common format, but HD files. It can be processed by some common software. Therefore I transform M2TS to HD MKV videos with a Blu-ray Ripper app.