Like many other WD media player owners, I have lots of movie ISO files on the two hard drives connected to my WD player.
To play these movies stored on these drives on to my portable iThings, I have had to take these ISO files and run them through a program (e.g. Handbrake) to make new m4v files that are playable on the iPad. I got to thinking, this is kind of a waste of time to make all these extra files. so I went looking for a program that enables the iPad and iPhone to play these ISO files without repurposing them into another file format. I found a program recently that I have been experimenting with, and for you Android owners out there, there is an Android version of this program, too. It is called VLC Streamer.
There is a free and a $1.99 version of VLC Streamer. The free is ad-supported, the pay-for version is ad-free. I have not bought the ad-free version yet, as I want to explore the free one first. So, far, so good. As one might imagine, VLC Streamer app works with the VLC program on one’s computer. It basically runs VLC in the background on the PC and the output of VLC is streamed to the wireless portable device. The result is that the CPU of my PC is running at 100% or nearly so during the time streaming takes place. To really stream this stuff well to a wireless device one really needs a very fast wired and wireless network in the home, which I have. Nonetheless, I still had some issues with jerky video until I learned that the framerate setting of VLC Streamer needs to be set, for the most part, to “original framerate” of the source. (It was not set this way out of the box.) So, now that this setting is correctly in place, the jerkiness is all but gone, and watching the resultant videos is quite acceptable.
OK, now to the other reason I am posting this: Are any others of you folks using VLC Streamer, and do you feel it it a worthwhile program, or do you have a better suggestion?