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saulpower
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roConnect - New Channel to Stream From Computer to Roku

Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:26 am

If you are looking for a convenient way to connect your videos to your Roku Player, look no further. roConnect is an application suite that allows you to stream videos on your computer to your Roku Player, Android phone, and all other computers on the local network. It provides a great user interface and simplicity so that anyone can use it. For more information check out http://www.ro-connect.com.
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:27 am

Neat- do you have screenshots of the channel you can post?
Yeah, I got some Rokus.
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:28 am

saulpower wrote:
If you are looking for a convenient way to connect your videos to your Roku Player, look no further. Roku Connect is an application suite that allows you to stream videos on your computer to your Roku Player, Android phone, and all other computers on the local network. It provides a great user interface and simplicity so that anyone can use it. For more information check out http://www.rokuconnect.com.


Do videos have to be in a format that the Roku natively supports?
 
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:46 pm

I haven't had a good look yet but this looks very impressive. I'm not sure your current thread title does justice to what you have created here. Perhaps change it to New Channel and Application - Roku Connect. Or something like that? Many forum members may skip over with the current title thinking that you just got yourself a new Roku and need help.

Thanks for developing this!
 
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:23 pm

Agreed! This looks awesome so far and can't wait to try it at home.

I have used Roxbox for a while, and while it's great, the pre-installed mac Apache doesn't support aliases to external drive. Though, my somewhat limited knowledge may be the hindrance more that the web server. :D

looking forward to giving this a try!! Woo-Hoo!!
 
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:42 pm

Does the software do transcoding? I like the idea of IMDB scraping on local content.
 
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:50 pm

I'm interested in this software too..will it allow Roku users to play video of any format on the Roku box?
 
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:21 pm

saulpower wrote:
If you are looking for a convenient way to connect your videos to your Roku Player, look no further. Roku Connect is an application suite that allows you to stream videos on your computer to your Roku Player, Android phone, and all other computers on the local network. It provides a great user interface and simplicity so that anyone can use it. For more information check out http://www.rokuconnect.com.



Looks awesome.
 
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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:43 pm

From their website...

What file formats does Roku Connect support?
Roku Connect currently supports the below list of file formats. However, there are plans to expand this list to those indicated.

    MP4
    MOV
    M4V
    ASF (Future Release)
    WMV (Future Release)


It does not look like it currently does transcoding. I'd like to see AVI and MKV added to make this more of a complete solution.

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Re: Roku Player is Here

Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:48 pm

senorgregster wrote:
I'm not sure your current thread title does justice to what you have created here. Perhaps change it to New Channel and Application - Roku Connect. Or something like that? Many forum members may skip over with the current title thinking that you just got yourself a new Roku and need help.

Agreed. I almost missed this because of the nondescript title.
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Re: Roku Connect - New Channel to Stream From Computer to Ro

Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:26 pm

Thanks for all the comments, I've updated the title to reflect what I've done. To answer some questions:

Transcoding is definitely a possibility, unfortunately my web app is written in PHP which doesn't have a lot of support for this. However, I may be able to pull it off with FFMPEG. Any suggestions are welcome.

This definitely will support aliases to any part of your computer's hard drive or any external drives. I've been testing on Debian server with a usb external HD and it streams fine.

ScreenShots to come, I'll probably post them on the site (http://www.ro-connect.com).

In The Works:
-Android App for remote control and streaming
-User Star Ranking between Roku and Server
-Playlists
-Instant Queue
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Re: Roku Connect - New Channel to Stream From Computer to Ro

Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:58 am

I've recently added screenshots of the Roku Connect Channel to Facebook, check them out here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roku-Connect/186947194676928
 
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Re: Roku Connect - New Channel to Stream From Computer to Ro

Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:37 pm

After getting all the configurations corrected, I have to say this RAWKS!!

It's clean, fast and really does the job well.

And as for saulpower, not only a great developer, but a great supporter. Answered every question that I had and went way above and beyond the call to get me up and running...

A+

Thanks
 
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Re: Roku Connect - New Channel to Stream From Computer to Ro

Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:43 pm

Looks like you hard coded it to use Apache? That's unfortunate.

Also, your files come across as encrypted on NTFS after decompression from the zip. This causes problems for applications attempting to serve the files anonymously.

You also might want to check out index.php in IE9. The border with the Media/Roku button is misaligned and the left hand sidebar is completely missing (Configuration/Index Movies).
 
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Re: Roku Connect - New Channel to Stream From Computer to Ro

Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:01 pm

It's not really hard coded to use apache, it merely suggests location to the httpd.conf file as if you were using apache. That is actually the whole reason why the configuration page allows you to input the path to your server's conf file. I ran my test environment on lighttpd, for example.

As far as NTFS encryption and anonymous serving, I'm not really familiar with that so I have no comment. But if you have suggestions on how to improve the deliverable I'm more than happy to make changes.

And IE9 came out of Beta yesterday, so I'm not too concerned with supporting it fully a day later. All in good time.

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