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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by machavez00, Jul 19, 2007.
Thank you for answering my question. Gotta love BETA!
how do I watch a m4v movie that I downloaded from itunes in eyeconnect?
Tried Twonky (but seems not to be supported). EyeConnect is hit and miss.
If I really want to connect my Mac (iTunes) to my audio system, why wouldn't I invest in AppleTV?
I had Twonky running quite well on my Mac with an old version, but the dropped some of the transcoding support with one of the upgrades. I haven't tried the latest, however.
What issues are you having with EyeConnect? It works fine for me as long as I only use supported formats.
I've only tested it for a day, but mainly EyeConnect's menu to access is looong, it's hit or miss in playing audio, can't seem to access "playlists." It's kludgy.
You can set up some pseudo playlists by adding additional entries in System Preferences => EyeConnect -> Content. It is a bit of a kludge. I haven't had any problems with audio (well I did at first, but it was a bad wireless connection). It will only play unprotected MP3s, AFAIK.
You can stream any ripped AAC (aka MP4) files, as well as iTunes+ files
Ah yes, I forgot those.
For the more ambitious Mac users, here is the link to the EyeConnect plug in SDK
Thanks for the link. It looks like a bit of a challenge but should prove useful.
what do you do with it once downloaded?
It's a software development kit (SDK) to make plug-ins for EyeConnect. Conceivably one could make a plug-in to transcode other formats that EyeConnect can't play natively, or read and stream data from RSS feeds or something.
I note that the SDK has been available for quite some time and I've yet to see any other plug-ins for EyeConnect. I don't know whether that's due to lack of developer interest or some lack in the tools provided by Elgato.
I've had the expired trial of Eye Connect running for a while now and it's been fine. I finally bought it. It seems to work fine and after a little work I've got videos working well.
I do have a question though. I used Visual Hub to convert everything (many different formats) to mpeg2 and that works but I can't play the files through QuickTime on my computer. I get an error that it's not a movie file. VLC recognizes it and plays it but QT won't. And as I say I can get the HR21 to play it as well. Anyone know why? Is QT missing a codec?
* Edit: Well I guess I found my answer. Looks like you need a license for QT to playback mpeg2 files.
The thread title has been changed at the thread starter's request, as a later version is now available.
HOw did you get videos working well? For some reason I can't get videos to work at all from my Mac to my HR's.
At this point, I've given up using EyeConnect, even though I bought the paid version. I've got something weird going on with my firewall settings since 10.6.1. Even though I've told the firewall to allow EyeConnect (and SimplifyMedia and a few other apps) to allow incoming connections, I still get a permissions popup asking me if I want to allow the connection - because of this intermediate step, the HR2x boxes don't "see" the media server quickly enough and "Music & Photos" doesn't appear in the menu.
I see from the Apple Forums that my problem is not unique but no one has found a solution yet. I have the additional symptom that I have to constantly add my iTunes Account password whenever I want to download music or apps for my phone, even though the checkbox is marked to remember the password in my keychain. I suspect these problems are related to one another.
Do you have version 1.6.4?
Actually, no. I'm still on 1.6.2. It was working just fine (as were all my firewall settings) until I upgraded to OS X 10.6.1. Since it's not just an EyeConnect problem, and since I see similar issues scattered around the Snow Leopard discussion forum at Apple.com/support, I'm pretty sure it's an OS X issue. As I noted above, I have the same problem with Simplify Media and with my Canon Network Monitor tool (allows remote wireless scanning across the network). They are all set to allow access to incoming connections in System Preferences, but I get popup messages for them every time they start.
In the case of EyeConnect, this delay prevents the HR2x from "seeing" them on the network and thus "Music & Photos" doesn't even appear in the menu unless I turn off my firewall, stop EyeConnect, and then restart it. Every time my computer goes to sleep this issue recurs (big problem for a laptop ).
So far I haven't seen any solutions to this issue from the Apple Forums.
EyeConnect has been working great for me, although the progress bar doesn't work. I'm still on 10.4.11. I wish transcoding was supported, but I suspect my G4 Mini doesn't have enough horsepower for that anyway. Fortunately I got Visual Hub a week before it was discontinued.
I updated EyeConnect after I posted and sure as heck, the first thing that happened is OS X asked me for permission to allow outside connections, even though it's already set to do so in the Security permissions pane. Something's borked in a settings file. If I could figure it out I'd be a happy camper. I've tried deleting all app-specific security preference in the firewall and re-adding them, I've repaired permissions (no issues there), and I've scanned the likely looking plist files to trash but no dice. I may have to submit a formal bug report to Apple. :nono: