All the benefits of the free app, without ads and with additional functionality such as sharing photos with friends, saving photos to the camera roll and saving any media on the phone for on-the-go access.
TVersity Pro Media Server once installed into your system will rest in the system tray and it will provide you the method which will let you easily manage media library from online and offline sources. These sources are organized in several different folders. Different items can be added from the Internet which includes media RSS feeds. All you need to do is to enter the URL and the assign a title or tag. TVersity Pro Media Server also support Flickr URL which will let you view latest photos of your friends. It also include Google search queries, YouTube uploads and playlists etc. TVersity Pro Media Server will let you play Internet audio/video streams on different devices which include TV, Wii and Playstation etc.All the source items which are added can later be edited as well as removed easily. Which means you have got full control over your media collection. On a conclusive note we can say that TVersity Pro Media Server is a handy application which will let you view Internet media content on your TV.
The TVersity Media Server lets you manage your Internet and home media and create your personalized lineup of channels, or as we call it your Personal Entertainment Guide (PEG). It then serves this media to a multitude of networked devices in the home or on the go, overcoming their inherent limitations by doing all the necessary conversions on the fly, and thus making your media available anywhere, anytime and on any device. It comes in two editions, a free edition and a more advanced pro edition.
The TVersity Media Server can display subtitles only when the media is transcoded and assuming your ffdshow filter is configured to do so. However, media not transcoded by the media server is not likely to have subtitles displayed since it would be up to the device to display it and most devices do not support it. A possible workaround would be to have TVersity transcode these files despite the fact that they can be played natively by your device, this can be achieved by setting the media server to always transcode (as opposed to the default setting to transcode only files that the target device cannot natively play).
Yes, both the TVersity Media Server and Screen Server GUIs are web based and therefore can run inside any modern browser. You can open the GUI web page by entering into the address bar the URL :port/admin where ip is the IP address of the machine running the software and port is the port on which the server is configured to listen (by default the Media Server used port 41952 and the Screen Server uses port 41954). If you are currently running TVersity on this computer with the default port, and would like to see the GUI click here for the Media Server or here for the Screen Server.
This is done automatically by the Media Server. You can control the frequency and time of day in which this full synchronization is carried out by the media server. Please note that the synchronization is much faster than the initial sharing of folders, something that took a few minutes to initially share should take only a few seconds to synchronize (assuming most of the files remain unchanged and not many were added/deleted). Even huge libraries (100,000 items and more) will be synchronized very quickly (less than a minute if nothing changed). In addition to that you can use the Graphical User Interface (or the command line interface) to refresh the entire media library or a particular folder whenever you see fit. You can even use the command line tool in conjunction with some task scheduling tool (like the one that comes with Windows) to schedule a synchronization task if you wish to achieve some advanced scenario (say add or refresh a folder automatically after some other event occurs).
You should run a firewall software on every machine on the network or at least enable the firewall software that comes with Windows. When you enable the TVersity Media Server or Screen Server to act as a server you should take the time to create the most restrictive rule possible that still allows the servers and the target device to interact with one another. For example a restricitve firewall rule would allow the media server to act as a server on the given port only for the specific IP address or the MAC address of your target device(s). A less restrictive rule would be to allow it to act as a server on the given port for any IP address inside the home network. A non restrictive rule would be to allow it to act as a server on any port and for any source IP address - you should avoid such rules.
Some media players do not allow you to choose which media server to use and therefore you first need to terminate the media server you were using before and only then will the media player be able to identify the TVersity Media Server, please make sure no other media server software is running.
If the computer running the TVersity server has more than one active network interface, you need to make sure that the the TCP binding order on your machine is such that the network interface on which it is supposed to communicate with the media player (typically your Local Area Connection) appears first. Note that both VPNs and virtualization software (like VMWare) add virtual netrwork intefaces and therefore in such a case you do have multiple network interfaces from Windows point of view. More information is available here and here.
The TVersity Media Server will not be able to access content on the network unless the Windows service that corresponds to it has a log-on account of an administrative user of your choice. By Default the TVersity Media Server is installed such that it uses the system account. This account is very limited when it comes to networking and therefore it is necessary to modify it to a different account that is not limited in that respect. You can use your own account or if you prefer you can set-up a separate account for the media server.
Unfortunately the transcoding process does affect the quality of the resulting media, however in most cases this should not be noticeable on a TV screen. It may be noticeable for media files with very high bitrates (e.g. blu-ray) since the TVersity Media Server is currently configured to create files that can be successfully streamed to the target device over a wireless G network. The media server is also configured to be able to successfully transcode high resolution videos on average speed computers. These two configuration choices can be modified and may result in a much improved quality therefore advanced users may want to experiment with them. Other users should avoid doing that, given that the software automatically configures itself to provide the best quality on any given system.
Media streamed over the Internet is transcoded and then delivered to the target device. Such media has to be buffered twice, the first time is by the media server and the second time is by the target device. These take place sequentially and not in parallel and therefore they add up to a minimum of 10 seconds and can be as high as 30 seconds and in rare occasions even up to a minute. The big variation is a result of the connection speed and quality of the connection between the media server and the source on the Internet and between the media server and the target device. Media transcoded from your hard drive can be buffered much faster and does not suffer from the connection issues mentioned above and therefore should start playing within 2-5 seconds. Furthermore some devices do a fixed size buffering (e.g. the Xbox 360) instead of a fixed duration buffering (e.g. 5 seconds), this means that low bitrate media streams will take longer to start (with audio streams suffering the most due to their lower bitrate).
This is a result of the quality and speed of the connection between the media server and source on the Interenet. If the source on the Internet is overloaded at certain hours of the day or if the network connection between your computer and that source is congested during those times, you may experience these issues. Please note that in such cases similar issues will occur when you try to play these videos on Windows Media Player (the famous re-buffering phenomenon) or for that matter on any media playback software. The impact of this on the target device will vary. Some devices will simply freeze the playback until the connection is resumed and more media becomes available while others will freeze the playback for a limited period of time and if within this time no additional data is provided they stop the playback and yet others will not only stop the media after a limited period of time but also attempt to automatically start playback of subsequent media.
The other possible cause of stuttering video is a too slow network connection for certain high bitrate videos, if you experience this you can configure the media server to produce lower bitrate videos by changing the settings from the GUI to reflect the type of connection you have and the actual quality of your network signal.
Transcoding the media to lower bitrates. You can configure the media server such that all media files above a certain bitrate will be downsampled to a lower bitrate, despite the fact that the target device could play them as is, if a fast enough network conneciton existed. While this will eliminate the skipping problem during playback, it will unfortunately also result in some loss of quality. If you wish to do that you will need to modify the transcoder settings accordingly.
The media server uses the same technology as Windows Media Player does for decoding non mainstream formats. This technology by Microsoft is called Direct Show, and its most notable advantage is being highly modular and extensible through the addition of new components capable of handling new media types. The drawback of this flexibility is that when these third party components are put into use the stability of the entire system depends on them and if they crash they will also crash whoever is using them (e.g. the TVersity Media Server or Windows Media Player). To avoid future crashes you should uninstall those components. 153554b96e