Air Video

There are more and more apps and applications that provide streaming video to and from iOS devices.  Air Video is one and it is similar to AirParrot. (AirParrot to be discussed separately.)

Air Video works with video all ready on your computer and streams it to an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod touch.  This requires a free application for Mac OSX called Air Video Server.  It is available for Mac OS X 10.5.6 or newer as well as Window XP or newer.

It requires that all devices are on the same network.

Additionally you need an iOS Air Video app on your iOS device.  There is a free version that limits you to only 3 videos in any iTunes Playlist of movie folder.  The other version is $2.99 in the App Store.  It now supports the iPad Retina screen.

The server app menu looks like this:

The Preference menu looks like this:

Meanwhile, on the iPhone the free app looks like this:


If I were to select the MacHeads movie the iPhone screen would show:

As you can see, that says it has DRM on the video. If I hit “Play”, I get the following:

Since I purchased the video and I am an authorized user, it did play on my iPhone when I tapped on Open:

So even DRM play. The Steve Jobs videos are actually videos I created in iPhoto of a slide show I did for CowtownMUG last fall. Those play on the iPhone no problem.

BTW – “MacHeads” is one of two movies about the Macintosh community that were done in 2009. (The introduction to “MacHeads” is a little cheesy, but it still is good over all.)  The other is “Welcome to Macintosh.” Both have a lot of interesting things for MUG members, but I think “Welcome to Macintosh” is a little better in video quality, but you should see both if you are a MUG activist.

“MacHeads” is available on iTunes for $9.99 purchase or $2.99 rental.  The score of the movie is also available there for $9.99.

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