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Your Entire Video Library – Streamed To Your iPad!

by on August 25th, 2010

The Apple iPad is quickly become one of the world’s best consumption devices for web content, audio and video.  One obvious key feature of the iPad is it’s generous screen size – which makes it the ideal device for watching movies.

Up until a few weeks ago, my video watching capabilities were limited to sync’d content from my iTunes library, web content and YouTube.  Well, these limitations are a thing of the past with a little app called “StreamToMe”.

StreamToMe v3.1.2, was created by Matt Gallagher at www.projectswithlove.com (and you can really feel the love he put into this app).  The app is rather simple, it streams video content from any computer (Mac or Windows) that is running it’s counterpart, “ServeToMe”.  Once ServeToMe is installed onto your computer(s) (free download at www.projectswithlove.com), it will allow you to stream any video you have.

The user interface is refined, simplified, and should be familiar to anyone that has been using an iPhone, iPad or Mac.  In ServeToMe, your iTunes Library is pre-authorized.  Additional streams can be added by choosing additional video/audio source folders.  SteamToMe allows playback of a multitude of video formats, including FLV, MKV and WMV (all conversions are done on-the-fly).

Currently there are a few limitations:  because of the iTunes/DRM marriage, any videos that were purchased through iTunes cannot be played back within SteamToMe, connection over 3G or non-local WiFi requires some detailed configurations, and locally stored content on your iPad cannot be played through StreamToMe.

Video quality can be streamed in 720p for faster computers and scaled down to 320p for slower computers.  Navigation is quick and simple when StreamToMe is launched with a side panel for source selection and content listings, with the right for video preview.

StreamToMe is available in the Canadian iTunes App Store for $2.99.

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