Air Video Server
Air Video Server provides you with a simple method for streaming multimedia content to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, enabling you to watch videos on the handheld device without needing the actual video files to be stored locally.
The application uses the Apple Bonjour service in order to allow automatic server discovery on the local network. Once installed, the server is started and the program runs in the system tray, enabling you to configure its settings by right-clicking on the tray icon.
Air Video Server provides support for a wide range of video formats (m4v, mov, avi, mp4, wmv, asf, mpg, to name some), but it cannot stream DRM protected videos or proprietary codecs. It can share both disk folders and iTunes playlists and enables you to customize the server properties to fit your needs.
In order to access the videos from the mobile device, you have to have the Air Video client application installed on the iPhone, iPad or iPod. Videos that cannot be directly played are automatically converted, thus you don't have to worry about compatibility issues. Files that are converted offline can be placed in the conversion queue.
Furthermore, the live conversion feature allows you to start the playback without having to wait for the entire video to be converted. However, this operation requires more system resources, thus you have to make sure that both the PC and the iPhone or iPad are fully capable of supporting the load.
Additionally, the application can be used for streaming videos over the Internet and allows you to add custom servers to the connection list, by specifying their IP address and the corresponding port.
Password protection, quality, zoom and video resolution adjustments, custom video size limits and event logging are some of the other advantages that this program comes with. It supports embedded subtitles, enabling you to set the font, the encoding method and the preferred languages.
To conclude with, Air Video Server can help you gain access to videos stored on the computer from Apple devices and watch them over the Internet. It comes with a simple solution for taking your favorite videos with you, no matter where you go.