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    Stream Media Off A Web Access Hard Drive - Help Please

    Hey there,

    I tried to search this, but could not find anything. So I am sorry if this is a double post. I recently purchased a 1TB external hard drive that can be accessed through the internet (Web Access Hard Drive). In order to watch my videos and my music over the internet, I have to completely download them. Is there a way that I can set my media files to stream off of my hard drive? I have read a topic here, and I do not think that this pertains to my situation. I can give you my hard drive's model and firmware information if it would help.

    Thanks in advance,
    -SweetSoccerMoves

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    What format are the video and audio files on your hard drive?
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    Most of them are .avi files. I do have a few .mkv files as well.

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    What kind of bandwidth does that connection have? In most cases the files will at least need to buffer first, but that is in how the files are created as to whether they will start to play before they are fully downloaded or not.

    Streaming usually involves a web page and a player, it doesn't sound like you are set up that way. From what I can tell you just have access to your files remotely.

    Check out the JW players, they are pretty cool and customizable.
    http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/jw-flv-player/

    I guess it would be best if you explained exactly what you are trying to accomplish. I don't think it is as easy as you are trying to make it
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    What I am trying to do it remotely access my movies, music, and all that good stuff that is stored on my Hard drive. I can remotely access and view my files. But in order to watch/listen them I need to completely download them. I was wondering if there is a way to stream them, so I did not have to wait for them to download when i try to watch/listen while i am connected remotely.

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    Some file types can start playing before being completely downloaded, Quicktime files for example. They are set up that way when the file is created. You can do this with Quicktime Pro and other software.

    Web sites can stream video because they are set up to do that, a hard drive with web access does not have the capability to do what you are trying to do.
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    If I change the file type will they stream? Or do I need software like Quicktime to make them stream. I usually use XBMC for Windows or Media Player Classic. Will the stream files of the right file type?

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    They will still have to download to your machine, even if they start playing before the download is finished. That is not streaming, you cannot stream video from a hard drive you stream video from a web server.
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    If all you need to do is download and view the files...not actually use them to edit with...you can create compressed versions of the video/audio files using an encoding program like Media Cleaner or the "share" feature in Quicktime Pro. So, once you compress the files, they should download much faster from your remote drive.

    In order to get the videos to "stream" you'll have to host them on a streaming video server. There are ways to build that on your own or to pay a company to do it for you....but why not just post your videos using a free service like YouTube or Vimeo? I think there are ways to create accounts where only you can watch them but I'm not completely sure.

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    They are full length movies. I can not put them on YouTube. I found that Quicktime, and the right file format will stream. It will play while it is downloading. Which means I have to convert all the files.

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