Mac mini video streaming server

Digitising the media collection, however, is just the first step. What you should do is set up a proper media centre with an app like Plex which is exactly what I'll show you in this tutorial. Plex is the best media centre software available for MacOS.

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It uses a client-server model. On the media centre Mac you install the server app and then on every iOS device, Apple TV, Mac, games console, smart TV and other device you want to use, you install the client app.

When you want to watch a film, you use the client app to browse your media collection and choose something. The server does all the heavy lifting.

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This split keeps Plex lightweight and available on a wide number of platforms. You can find the complete list of apps the Plex website. For Plex to work well, you need to do a little bit of prep work on the media files you want to use.

Follow along with Jacob's tutorial just instead of adding the films to iTunes, save them to a dedicated Movies folder. Plex can also handle TV shows. On the Mac you want to be the media centre, head to the Plex website and sign up for an account.


Download Plex Media Server and install it. Go to Applications and open Plex Media Server. The server runs in the background but you control it from your web browser. The first time you open Plex Media Server it should automatically launch the web front end.

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Click Browse for Media Folder and select the folder where you stored all your movies. Click Save to add it.

Now Plex will pull in all the metadata and download covers, descriptions and everything else from the internet. The process might take a few minutes, depending on the size of the media library, so leave it run. Once Plex is done, repeat the same process with any other media kinds, like TV shows, that you want to add. This will make it easier for client apps to find the server. Click Enable Remote Access. You will need to have a router set up for UPnP.

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With Plex Media Server set up, the hard work is done. The media centre is now sharing all your movies and TV shows over the network.

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The next thing to do is set up all the client servers. Download the client app. Once you have Plex downloaded, make sure the device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the media centre. Open Plex and sign in to your account.

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Plex will automatically detect all the servers on the network. Select the media centre and wait while the client pulls all the media information. With that done, the client is now set up and ready to use. Browse the media collection and select what you want to watch. I would like to thank all the people who contributed to them. Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files music, video or images to renderer devices e.

There is also a paid for Pro edition which further enhances the possibilities of sharing content in your connected household. Serviio works with many devices from your connected home TV, Playstation 3, XBox , smart phones, tablets, etc. Serviio is based on Java technology and therefore runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux incl. Access your files anywhere with Pro edition. Use MediaBrowser or one of the Apps to enjoy your content over the Internet. You can control Serviio just with your voice and Alexa device.