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Your video bold animate is abundant for arena games, but you ability not apprehend it's additionally one of the best media centers around. Here's how to set up all of the avant-garde consoles so you can beck videos and music to them appropriate from your computer.
The PS3 and the Xbox 360 both accept media centermost capabilities congenital appropriate in, so they're accessible to set up. The Wii (and Wii U) don't accept as abundant built-in, but accept workarounds that can about-face them into media boxes as well. In this post, we'll breach bottomward how to set up anniversary console, as able-bodied as the best practices for accepting the best affection out of your stream.
For the Xbox and PS3, we'll use PS3 Media Server (despite it's name it works abundant on the Xbox 360) because it's simple, free, and cross-platform, but you accept affluence of added options. With the PS3 and Xbox 360 you can additionally archetype videos anon to the adamantine drive (or comedy via a USB stick). It's bulky compared to alive wirelessly, but we'll allocution a little bit about that at the end. For now, let's stick to the ability of wireless streaming.
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We've talked about affluence of custom home amphitheater builds, including a able $500 one and alike a $35 one fabricated from a Raspberry Pi. But the best allotment about application a bold animate as a media centermost is the actuality it's already in your active room. Provided you already own a console, you don't absolutely charge abundant to get started:
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When you're all set up, you're able to beck videos, audio, and photos to your TV and home ball centermost wirelessly with aloof a brace clicks. Ready to go? Jump to the animate of your choice:
While the media centermost capabilities are a little hidden on the Xbox 360, they're accessible to set up. Here's how to do it.
Before we dig into the Xbox menus, we charge to get PS3 Media installed and running.:
It's additionally annual beat over to the "Transcoding" tab to accomplish abiding you accept the video codecs bare to comedy videos on the Xbox. Transcoding is how PS3 Media Server makes it so your Xbox can comedy added formats than the Xbox 360 allows. Essentially, your PC changes the video architecture on the fly so it's clear by the Xbox.
For the best part, you can leave these settings as is and not anguish about them. If you do acquaintance some agitation with video playback, you ability charge to attending into the codecs you accept installed on your computer so you accept aggregate you charge to comedy videos. If you attempt to get article to play, the PS3 Media Server Forums accept a ton of settings for altered formats, as able-bodied as tips for accepting subtitles and aggregate alive properly.
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Getting to the appropriate abode on your Xbox is affectionate of a pain, but already you're there it's accessible to alpha alive videos:
That's absolutely it, already your video is arena you're acceptable to go. Sometimes pausing, fast forwarding, and rewinding doesn't assignment as able-bodied as it should, but for the best allotment it's as seamless as arena video appropriate on your computer.
The PS3 is a assertive of a media center. Since it supports added video formats than the Xbox 360, you don't charge to transcode the video as generally (which agency youl get a clearer annual and put beneath accent on your computer). If you accept a choice, we acclaim application the PS3 instead of the added consoles.
PS3 Media Server has a ton of options you can tweak, but for the best allotment the alone affair you charge to get it active calmly on the PS3 is to point PS3 Media Server to the appropriate folders.
It's additionally annual beat over to the "Transcoding" tab to accomplish abiding you accept the video codecs bare to comedy videos on the PS3. Transcoding is how PS3 Media Server makes it so your PS3 plays added video formats than the PS3 allows. This isn't as abundant of a call on the PS3 as it is on the Xbox, but you still may acquaintance problems with assertive video types so it's annual alive area to look.
If you do acquaintance some agitation with video playback, you ability charge to attending into codecs to ensure you accept aggregate you charge to comedy videos. If you do accept problems, the PS3 Media Server Forums accept a ton of altered settings for altered formats.
Getting video to beck to the PS3 is easy, but afore you alpha you charge to accomplish a ancient change to the settings:
That's it, from actuality on out, you aloof charge to alpha PS3 Media Server on your computer and you can beck videos to your PS3 instantly.
The action of application your Wii as a media centermost is a little added complicated than the PS3 or Xbox because it's not anon supported. It's still absolutely accessible to set up by borer into your home computer through the Wii's browser. If you appetite to accomplish the acquaintance a little added fluid, MakeUseOf has media centermost adviser that requires ambience up your Wii for homebrew. It's not complicated, but we're activity to stick to a simpler adjustment we categorical a few years ago.
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Instead of alive through the software on the animate itself, you do it through the web browser. For that, we're activity to use Orb Caster.
Once that's all set up it's time to arch over to your Wii to accretion access.
Next, amount up your computer's media library from your Wii's browser:
That's it. The action is a little convoluted, but it's decidedly accessible already you're all set up.
Since the Wii U still almost new, there isn't a absolutely solid alive advantage yet. VidiiuStreamer, which is currently in beta, works able-bodied enough. You can additionally beck MP4 videos anon through your Wii U's browser if you prefer.
VidiiuStreamer is abundantly accessible to use, and while it alone supports MP4 video files appropriate now, transcoding is on the way. Here's what you charge to do on your computer:
Once VidiuuStreamer is running, it's time to move over to your Wii U.
To get videos from your computer to your Wii U, you can use either the gamepad or the TV. Do this through the Wii U's browser.
That's it. The accomplished action is actual simple, and it works appealing seamlessly.
What makes your bold animate a abundant media centermost isn't aloof how accessible it is to beck media from your computer to your TV. It's additionally the actuality that you can amount up Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and added video apps so that you accept admission to appealing abundant every cine on the planet. You can add these apps anon from your console's app food (though of course, you'll additionally charge an annual with Netflix, Amazon, and the added casework you appetite to use). On the Xbox, you additionally charge a Xbox Live Gold Membership ($59.99/year) in adjustment to beck movies from Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.
Additionally, if you don't appetite to accord with wirelessly transfering your videos, you can alteration video application a USB stick or comedy it anon from the stick itself. USB abutment is bound to aloof formats the consoles admit (and you can't transcode), but it's advantageous if you charge to aloof accompany a blow over to a friend's abode and it's in the appropriate format. You can consistently catechumen it to the appropriate architecture with Handbrake first, too. Photo by Jorge Glez.
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