Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Apple Mac OSX, Elgato EyeTV and Quicktime Streaming Server

Now that I've got the new Mac Mini, an Elgato Diversity seemed a good addition. The v2.x EyeTV software has a 'WiFi' feature, which is actually the software doing a simultaneous transcode to MPEG4 in .mov format. You can then go to a web page and access your recordings. Its intended for wireless iPods such as the iPod Touch.

The problem is that it doesn't stream. I have a partial solution, which is to use the free Apple Darwin Quicktime Streaming Server, which you can get from Apple. Install it and configure, and then you can stream.

If you want to get to your streams you'll need to do a couple of things:

1 - Open you firewall to TCP and UDP on 554 in order that RTSP works from the Internet

2 - You need to export from EyeTV as either .mp4 or .3gp.

Make sure you select 'options' and on the 'streaming' tab click the box to enable streaming. The h.264 option gives you better quality at lower bit rate. The documentation suggests you can make a .mov stream, but I was unable to make this work

If you know what your broadband's upstream capacity is, make sure you stay below it. Anything below about 400 kbps should be safe.

What I need to do next is to find a way to auto-generate a web page to link to the stream files

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