High Praise for the ‘Air Video’ iPhone / iPod touch Video Streaming App

Joel Johnson over at Gizmodo has posted a glowing review of Air Video, a $3 iPhone and iPod touch compatible app that can stream videos from a server PC over a local area network via Wi-Fi or remotely over 3G. Besides the incredible price, Joel was impressed by how easy Air Video’s Mac OS X / Windows server application is to configure in order to share folders/files from the computer itself or from a NAS. He also liked the fact that H.264 files are streamed automatically while non-H.264 files (even massive 1080p Blu-ray movie rips, if you’re PC is up to the processing task) are transcoded on-the-fly for instant playback. There’s even an option to convert a video file to H.264 for future use. All in all, Air Video sounds like a must-have app for any digital home enthusiast who has a large collection of videos they want to tap into through their mobile device.

Streaming Features:

  • Automated server discovery on local network using Apple Bonjour
  • Possibility to add custom servers by specifying IP address and port directly
  • Can be used to stream videos over internet
  • Share disk folders and iTunes playlists
  • Optional password protection
  • Add videos to iTunes playlist from iPhone

Conversion Features:

  • Videos that can not by directly played by iPhone can be easily converted.
  • All major containers and codecs supported (mp4, m4v, mov, avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mpeg, mkv, 3gp, dmf, divx, flv). DRM protected videos as well as proprietary codecs are NOT supported.
  • Live conversion allows you to play videos without having to convert them upfront.
  • Requires iPhone or iPod touch with firmware 3.0 or newer and sufficiently powerful computer.
  • Option to convert entire video before playing it (offline conversion)
  • Files converted offline can be put to conversion queue
  • Adjust quality, zoom and resolution for each video individually
  • Select audio stream (language)

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