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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 21:04

Share External Links with DeviceOnline

How To Share External Links with DeviceOnline 


  1. Share YouTube clips
  2. Share TED clips
  3. Music from Free Music Archive
  4. Share VBox7 clips

 

1. Share YouTube clips and movies

As we all know YouTube is one of the biggest sites on the web for free videos sharing. It allows people to create and share their own video clips with the whole world. Today YouTube is one of the most popular web sites with visitors watching around 6 billion hours of video every month.

The DeviceOnline application is capable to accept YouTube links and stream them to your Smart TV or other DLNA device. In order to do this, users need only to copy video URL using browser address bar or using the context menu on the video element. The picture below displays the described way to resolve external video link and paste it inside the DeviceOnline's URL text field.

YouTube Firmsinfo video share 

How to use YouTube URL with DeviceOnline Media Streamer

 

Note that DeviceOnline app allows streaming of free YouTube videos only. In case of attempt to play restricted clips an error message will pop-up as on the image below.

YouTube sharing error 

 


2. Share TED clips

TED is a huge platform for ideas sharing. It is started in 1984 as a conference for technology, entertainment and design. Today a lot of people are using TED to share huge diversity of ideas and topics - from science to business to global issues.

 

To share a TED clip, user needs to follow the following steps:

  • Open the desired video clip
  • Mouse click over the Download button
  • Choose desired language if any
  • Open context menu by right mouse click over "Download video" and select "Copy link address"
  • Paste the link inside the DeviceOnline URL text field

TED Download 


3 Listen music from Free Music Archive on your home TV

The freemusicarchive.org is an interactive portal of height quality music and legal audio downloads. It was launched at the end of 2009 directed by WFMU, the a free-form radio station in America. The portal provide a big diversity of audio samples suitable for different kind of uses. If you want to listen wirelessly some of these wonderful pieces of music on your Smart TV or DLNA device then all you need to do is:

  • Navigate to FreeMusicArchive web page
  • Review the tones of wonderful audio files and pick the desired one
  • Right mouse button over the Download link
  • Select Copy link address
  • Past the clipboard link into DeviceOnline's "External URL" source filed

Stream external audio from FreeMusicArchive.ORG

4. Share VBox7 clips

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Sunday, 13 December 2015 15:46

How to work with DeviceOnline

How to work with DeviceOnline

 


How the main DeviceOnline window looks like

DeviceOnline main screen

  1. Drop down menu for Player selection - will be filled with the found network players
  2. Playlist Search box - used to find fast desired playlist items. Note that this will not change the playback order.
  3. Clear Playlist button - Remove all items from playlist area
  4. Browse button - Open browse dialog used to add files to media playlist
  5. Remove item button - Hover a playlist entry and click the cross button in cases you desire to remove it from the playlist
  6. Playlist area - Use the Browse button in order to add file entries to the playlist.
  7. URL text box - place the media (audio, video, image) URL here and hit the Enter key to add desired URL to playlist. Note you can directly place YouTube URLs and they will be automatically resolved ... read more
  8. Add URL button - click this button in order to add the desired URL to playlist (same as the Enter key)
  9. Media controls - media controls buttons and progress bar. User can directly perform track navigation by simple click over the progress bar line. The media buttons so far are: Previous song, Play. Pause, Stop, Next track and Repeat track.
  10. Status bar - shows number of players and other events. When a new event occur (e.g. a new player comes online) the text blink effect will be observed to indicate the event.
  11. Help button - In case you need to check this page again

 


How to connect to your Smart TV or UPnP Box

The DeviceOnline application is designed to connect and stream media to your smart TV and similar devices. Once it starts it scans your local network for UPnP / DLNA compatible devices - Digital Media Renderers. This means that if you own devices like Smart TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets, etc connected to your local area network (LAN), the DeviceOnline should be able to detect them. Once the device is discovered, the application will include it in its list of mediaplayers for possible selection.

Below are several simple steps that describe how to share content to your Smart TV or UPnP / DLNA complient device:

  • Download, install and start the DeviceOnline stand alone application or the Chrome extension
  • Drag and Drop desired folders and media files into the window
  • Choose the desired Media Player device from the Drop Down
  • Double click on an item from your playlist
  • Use the playback controls in order to Pause. Resume, Stop or Skip the current item
  • You can use the following short cut keys for playback controls:
    • F1: Open the Help page
    • SPACEBAR: Pause / Resume command
    • +: Volume UP
    • -: Volume DOWN
  • To use subtitles, a "srt" files are supported and should be with same file name as the movie. Note that subtitles must be present in the track list.

Subtitles set up

  • File naming - Rename the subtitle "srt" file to match the name of corresponding video file.
  • File encoding - Most UPnP media renderers require the subtitle's file encoding to be in Unicode encoding (e.g. for LG Smart TV the encoding is UTF-8 with BOM). You can use some advanced text editor to change the encoding.
  • Playlist notes -The "srt" file should be present in playlist along with the corresponding media file.

Watch external links

DeviceOnline is capable to provide playback from external links. In most cases user can extract the URL from web page content using the context menu over the desired element. The extracted URL should be placed inside URL Text Box filed and hit Enter to add it to the playlist. Normally the external links should contain an extension, but there are some exceptions such as YouTube. In order to find out how to share links from YouTube, TED, VBox7, TWiT, Revision3 and others, please follow the link.

Known limitations:

  • The DeviceOnline Remote Media Center uses the browser build in HTML-5 player, so it may not play all media files provided by the server APP. The reason for this limitation is that different browsers can play different types of media, and the built-in HTML-5 player is bound to it.
  • Sometimes adding external URLs such as YouTube videos may lead to message like - "Failed to add URL entry due to website restrictions!". This notification rises since some video clips are restricted for streaming outside YouTube service.
  • The Chrome application is not capable to put itself into the Windows firewall exception list, so a manual firewall setting for port 8090 is required.
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 22:00

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The one of our most passionate projects is DeviceOnline. We believe DeviceOnline is a simple, easy-to-use yet powerful media streaming and sharing tool. We are happy to improve it every day and watch how it is evolving towards a better program. Our tiny media streamer can offer many different features such as: UPnP/DLNA support, fast playlist management by simple drag&drop, small footprint and many more.

 

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