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I second the request for Chromecast. It would probably triple my use of Air Video.
It was created using Premiere Elements and its built-in encoder, and then burned as a standard DVD. The vob file was then copied and the extension changed to mpg. As far as whether it's muxed correctly, I've never had any problem playing it on any device or using any software. As I said, I have many other videos created in a similar manner that don't have this problem.
The real duration is 2 minutes, 56 seconds.
Is this what you need?

2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: FFmpeg version UNKNOWN, Copyright (c) 2000-2010 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: built on Feb 7 2010 20:00:41 with gcc 4.4.0
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: configuration: --enable-memalign-hack --prefix=/mingw --target-os=mingw32 --arch=i686 --cpu=i686 --enable-gpl --enable-libx264 --enable-static --disable-shared --enable-pthreads --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaad --disable-decoder=aac
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: libavutil 50. 8. 0 / 50. 8. 0
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: libavcodec 52.52. 0 / 52.52. 0
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: libavformat 52.50. 0 / 52.50. 0
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: libavdevice 52. 2. 0 / 52. 2. 0
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: libswscale 0.10. 0 / 0.10. 0
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: [mpeg @ 0x141cab0]max_analyze_duration reached
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail:
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Seems stream 0 codec frame rate differs from container frame rate: 59.94 (60000/1001) -> 29.97 (30000/1001)
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Input #0, mpeg, from 'C:\\tempdocs\\14 Halloween 2006.mpg':
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Duration: 26:30:43.71, start: 0.060000, bitrate: 13 kb/s
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Stream #0.0[0x1e0]: Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 720x480 [PAR 8:9 DAR 4:3], 7000 kb/s, 29.97 fps, 29.97 tbr, 90k tbn, 59.94 tbc
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Target Framerate: 29.97
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Couldn't parse framerate
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Stream #0.1[0x80]: Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 192 kb/s
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Output #0, mjpeg, to 'pipe:':
2010-12-27 11:48:08 Thumbnail: Stream #0.0: Video: mjpeg, yuvj420p, 720x480 [PAR 8:9 DAR 4:3], q=2-31, 200 kb/s, 90k tbn, 29.97 tbc
I have many videos that I've created over the last several years that are all mpegs (originally on DVD). As far as I remember, these mpegs were all created identically - using the same encoder and bitrate, etc. However, Air Video reports the incorrect duration of some of the videos. When incorrectly reported, the duration is always 26:30:44. The videos are generally 2-10 minutes long. These videos play fine, but the problem is if I want to fast forward, the incorrect duration makes that almost impossible. Any idea what's going on?
I'm confused about TV-Out with Air Video. Over at the Apple forums, the comments lead me to believe that only Apple apps can access the iPhone TV-Out - like iPod and iTunes. No 3rd party apps should be able to access it. How does Air Video do it, or are they just wrong?

Also, Apple seems to have a lock on the approved cables - they cost $50 at the Apple store. Anyone know of a cheaper alternative that will work with iPhone 3G - 4?
SeveQ - You might try Homepipe. The picture interface is a bit crude at this point, but it works. I agree that someone needs to write a really good photo server/app - one that allows sorting and searching by metadata - but there just isn't anything out there like that right now.
I was able to find an iPhone app that works - it's called HomePipe. It works OK now, but they're promising improvements.
Filebrowser is apparently iPad only. I have an iPhone.
Another vote for photos. It would not have to be the same app - I would pay for an app that would just serve photos over 3G. Frankly, it could probably be written with few modifications to Air Video. I've looked and there is nothing in the app store that does this right now (except for WD Photos, which requires certain WD external drives). So, here's a money-making opportunity for you.
OK, so selecting bitrates doesn't have anything to do with transcoding. The bitrate selection is simply passed on to the media player. But, the media player also seems to go to a higher bitrate when more bandwidth is available, correct?
Hmm, that's not how I thought it worked. So, if the iPhone player needs to switch to a lower bitrate, that means the Air Video server has to stop and start transcoding the video at the lower bitrate?

I have the issue whether it's on local wifi or 3G.
I've noticed that Air Video stops fairly regularly to switch to a different bitrate. This happens even on wifi when I'm sitting still. You have suggested that limiting the number of available bitrates will help this issue. First, is there any way to tell while a video is playing what bitrate it's using? Second, right now I only have 3 bitrates selected - 256, 512 and 1024. I've eliminated the bitrates between those in the belief that they would only promote more switching delays with little difference in video quality. Am I correct? Frankly, I find 512 to be perfectly fine for the iPhone, with 256 getting somewhat blocky. I don't think I'd be able to see an improvement with 1024 and higher. Of course, I don't have an iPad either.
Playon offers Hulu even though it's apparently DRM content. They don't have any special deal with Hulu, so I suppose it's possible for anyone to do it.
Air Video is a great product as is. However, it would also be nice if it could stream video from around the internet - Hulu, Netflix, and some of the networks that have videos available. Right now, there are programs that do this for other platforms - Playon streams video to various set-top boxes and PS3, X-Box, etc. But there's no iPhone/iPad/iPod client that does this right now. If this could be managed, it would be an immensely popular app (if Apple approves, that is).
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