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pjoshua5000
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"wizzy1291" wrote:
I love the interface, but have had no luck getting the server and client to talk to one another. (Constant "invalid IP/XML file" error.)

I was able to play around with the live demo and liked it a lot. I will check out future versions, but I must reluctantly agree with those that have commented that the set-up is still a click or two too cumbersome in this release.


Try removing the "80:80" from the IP address. (If work for me) And make sure its your computers id address. If possible go into the routes settings and assign a static IP address for you computer (or your computer's mac address). Also, like it suggests on the tutorial, go and try to connect to the web sever on a different computer.
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WilDD
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

wizzy1291-

If you can tell me how your configuration is set up, I can probably help you get it working.

I will need to know how your web server is set up - did you use Mongoose, or something else?

Where are your media files located?

Also, I just updated the tutorial at http://roksbox.wikispaces.com/Tutorial with some advanced setup procedures for using aliases to identify your media files. It's not very difficult, and I can help you with it.
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russws
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"pjoshua5000" wrote:
For those that might be having a problem try this.

My IP address is 192.168.1.101

I did not know why it was not working, but had a hunch of why, however I had to do my Work, and could not test my idea out. At first I thought it was that it did not see it. But then I try, taking away the ":80:80" and it work. SO instead of the

192.168.1.101:80:80

I change it to

192.168.1.101



Shouldn't that be 192.168.1.101:8080, not :80:80?
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WilDD
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"russws" wrote:
"pjoshua5000" wrote:
For those that might be having a problem try this.

My IP address is 192.168.1.101

I did not know why it was not working, but had a hunch of why, however I had to do my Work, and could not test my idea out. At first I thought it was that it did not see it. But then I try, taking away the ":80:80" and it work. SO instead of the

192.168.1.101:80:80

I change it to

192.168.1.101



Shouldn't that be 192.168.1.101:8080, not :80:80?


That's right. If you're using port 8080, then it should be 192.168.1.101:8080, not 80:80. If you're using port 80, then it can be 192.168.1.101:80, or just 192.168.1.101 without a port specified (80 is the default).
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pjoshua5000
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"WilDD" wrote:
"russws" wrote:
"pjoshua5000" wrote:
For those that might be having a problem try this.

My IP address is 192.168.1.101

I did not know why it was not working, but had a hunch of why, however I had to do my Work, and could not test my idea out. At first I thought it was that it did not see it. But then I try, taking away the ":80:80" and it work. SO instead of the

192.168.1.101:80:80

I change it to

192.168.1.101



Shouldn't that be 192.168.1.101:8080, not :80:80?


That's right. If you're using port 8080, then it should be 192.168.1.101:8080, not 80:80. If you're using port 80, then it can be 192.168.1.101:80, or just 192.168.1.101 without a port specified (80 is the default).


I thought that look wrong.
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ugandy
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"WilDD" wrote:
I have created a private channel which will stream local media files to your Roku player.


Thanks! Very well done!
I set it up and it was very easy. I specially like the fact that I only need the http server running on my windows machine (and mongoose is perfect).

A couple of issues that I suspect have to do with me choosing the wrong parameters in handbrake:

1) movie plays 5 minutes and then gets in a loop of "reloading" plays 2 secs, "reloading" plays 2 secs, ...
2) movie didn't play. shows length as 0min

if I'm converting a source from 1080 in handbrake, should I use the normal or high profile? what about other parameters i need to change for the 1080->720 downgrade? Maybe you could create a Roku profile for handbrake?

thanks!!!

cheers,
h
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WilDD
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"ugandy" wrote:
"WilDD" wrote:
I have created a private channel which will stream local media files to your Roku player.


Thanks! Very well done!
I set it up and it was very easy. I specially like the fact that I only need the http server running on my windows machine (and mongoose is perfect).

A couple of issues that I suspect have to do with me choosing the wrong parameters in handbrake:

1) movie plays 5 minutes and then gets in a loop of "reloading" plays 2 secs, "reloading" plays 2 secs, ...
2) movie didn't play. shows length as 0min

if I'm converting a source from 1080 in handbrake, should I use the normal or high profile? what about other parameters i need to change for the 1080->720 downgrade? Maybe you could create a Roku profile for handbrake?

thanks!!!

cheers,
h


You might have to experiment a little to see what works best. I would start at setting the Average Bitrate to 1500 on the Video tab. That has always worked well for me.
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ugandy
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

"WilDD" wrote:

You might have to experiment a little to see what works best. I would start at setting the Average Bitrate to 1500 on the Video tab. That has always worked well for me.


working like a charm now. i use 1500 for SD and 2500 for HD and also set the 'web optimized' option.

it's really cool to see it work!

thanks!

h
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pjoshua5000
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

I have a SD video streaming at about 4.5 mbps. (even though it reports it as 1.5) The quality looks good for the most part. A little snowing artifices on dark scenes, put that's probably because the roku is up-converting it to 720P. And you don't notice it that much is you are setting far enough from the TV. I'm not an expect on video quality, but I say it looks on par (or maybe a little better) than Netfix's videos. I still need to play around with the advance feature of handbrake to see if I can improve quality.

This is one of the best channel I have on the roku.
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ironmb
Level 7

Re: Streamming Local Media Channel Available for Testing

Hi, I tested this last night and it looks good. I was able to set it up to use my NAS, without installing any web server on my home PC. I tested it with "Pigeon Impossible" mp4, and it worked fine. But other mp4 files from Handbrake did not play. They would start, but immediately return to to the summary screen. So when I click to play, I get a brief black screen, then back to the summary. Anything special I need to select in Handbrake?
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