NAS 246 Introduction to AiVideos

NAS 246
Introduction to AiVideos
Watch videos and stream digital TV
on your mobile device with AiVideos
ASUSTOR COLLEGE
NAS 246: Introduction to AiVideos
COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Use AiVideos to watch videos from an ASUSTOR NAS
2. Use AiVideos to stream and watch digital TV
PREREQUISITES
Course Prerequisites:
NAS 136 Introduction to LooksGood
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of:
Smartphones or tablet computers
OUTLINE
1.
Preparing Your NAS
1.1 Preparing your NAS
2.
Installation and Connection
2.1 Install AiVideos from Google Play
2.2 Connecting to your NAS with AiVideos
3.
Basic Overview and Real-Time TV Streaming
3.1 Basic overview
3.2 Streaming TV Programs
4.
Browsing Video Information and Playback
4.1 Browsing video information
4.2 Adding recorded files to Favorites
4.3 Playing videos
4.4 Browsing media information
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5.
Other Settings
5.1 Search
5.2 Sort by
6.
Notes
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1. Preparing your NAS
1.1 Preparing your NAS
Please ensure the following before using AiVideo:
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LooksGood has been installed on the NAS
If you wish to use TV streaming, please ensure that a TV dongle is installed on the NAS and has
good reception
MX Player has been installed on your mobile device
If you want to play videos remotely, please make sure that you have opened and configured the
appropriate ports for LooksGood.
2. Installation and Connection
2.1 Install AiVideos from Google Play
STEP 1
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Open Google Play
Search for and install the AiVideos app
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2.2 Connecting to your NAS with AiVideos
STEP 1
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Open AiVideos and select the [ + ] button.
STEP 2
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AiVideos is able to connect to your NAS via 3 methods:
- Connect via Cloud ID
- Connect via Host/IP
- Auto Discovery
In our example, we will select the simplest method
(Auto Discovery) to connect to a NAS.
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After selecting [Auto Discovery], AiVideos will scan your
Local network for ASUSTOR NAS devices.
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STEP 3
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Select the NAS that is found and then enter the username
and password for it.
Select the [ V ] button to connect to the NAS.
Note:
 In order to make the appropriate port configurations to stream videos remotely please select
[Settings]  [Ease of Access]  [EZ-Router] from the ADM desktop. For more detailed
information please see the Notes section of this document.
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3. Basic Overview and Real-Time TV Streaming
3.1 Basic overview
After connecting to your NAS with AiVideos you will see the screen in the graphic below. The basic
functiona available here are described as follows:
1. Connected server information, login/logout options and AiVideos version information.
2. Media Explorer: Uses a familiar file directory structure to display files allowing you to quickly find
videos and images stored on your NAS.
3. TV Recordings: Play recorded digital TV files and stream digital TV
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Basic functions for Media Explorer
1. Interface functions:
 Refresh
 Keyword search
 Sort by name, size, date added
2. File path. You can select this to quickly change paths.
3. Video functions:
 Playback resolution selection (must be used with NAS
hardware transcoding function)
 Media information
4. Select the file to play it
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Basic functions for TV Recordings
1. Interface functions:
 Refresh
 Search
 Sort by (name, date added)
 TV program live stream
2. Basic video classification (can change by swiping and tapping)
 Program name
 Recently added
 Recently watched
 Favorites
3. Video thumbnail and name
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3.2 Streaming TV programs
STEP 1
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Select […] in the upper right-hand corner
Select [Live Stream] from the drop down menu
STEP 2
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After the channel list appears, select the channel that you wish to view to begin streaming
You can also select [ > ] to view the program guide for each individual channel
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4. Browsing Video Information and Playback
4.1 Browsing video information
Detailed video information allows you to
learn more about the video you want to play.
You can browse the following information:
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Program name
Recording start time
TV channel name
Length of recording
Program description
4.2 Adding recorded files to Favorites
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Select the
button to add the recorded file
to “Favorites” for convenient viewing at a later date.
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4.3 Playing videos
Select the
icon to play the video file
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4.4 Browsing media information
Selecting the
icon will allow you to browse media information.
Media information includes the following:
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Video file location
File size
Video length
Subtitles
Resolution
Video codec
Playable resolutions
Audio codec
Sample rate
Supported audio channels
Bitrate
Audio language
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5. Other Settings
5.1 Search
Select [Search] and then enter keywords to search for programs
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After opening a folder or category under the Media Explorer or TV Recordings functions, you can select
[Search] to quickly find the videos that you want to play.
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5.2 Sort by
After selecting [Sort by], you can organize the way the files appear according to the following methods:
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File name A-Z
File name Z-A
Date added (latest to oldest)
Date added (oldest to latest)
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6. Notes
1.
For optimal video playback quality, ASUSTOR recommends that you set MX Player as your default
media player for use with AiVideos.
2.
If you encounter problems or issues with sound while playing videos, please see: NAS 247
Configuring AiVideos and MX Decoder
3.
Models currently supporting hardware transcoding: AS3 series (need to enable Media Mode)
4.
An incompatible TV dongle or weak signal will affect the TV recording and streaming function. For a
list of compatible TV dongles please see: http://www.asustor.com/service/compatibility?lan=en
5. The examples in this course were conducted from within a LAN environment. Users who wish to use
AiVideos with their NAS from over the Internet should note the following:
 Whether or not the NAS has a static WAN IP
 Port forwarding has been configured correctly with the correct ports open
 To help you understand how to remotely access your NAS from the Internet, please see:
http://download.asustor.com/college/en/NAS_221_Remote_Access_Using_Cloud_Connect.pdf
EZ-Router WAN Connection Ports for LooksGood and AiVideo
Type
Port
Protocol
LooksGood
9900~9904,80 (Web Server Default)
TCP/UDP
AiVideo
9900
TCP/UDP
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