Share your me­dia li­braries

Ac­cess your film, TV and mu­sic from con­nected de­vices with Me­dia Browser

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

One of the best ways to share your me­dia – films, TV shows, pho­tos and mu­sic – is by set­ting up a ded­i­cated me­dia server, which can be ac­cessed by other de­vices both in­side and out­side your home.

The ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion is iTunes, but it re­stricts you to us­ing Ap­ple-friendly de­vices. An­other op­tion is Plex, but its best fea­tures are hid­den be­hind a paid sub­scrip­tion. But there’s a third op­tion: Me­dia Browser, now avail­able for Mac.

Me­dia Browser is sim­i­lar to Plex: it lets you set up sep­a­rate li­braries for dif­fer­ent me­dia files, in­clud­ing TV, films, mu­sic and more. You can ac­cess th­ese through dif­fer­ent con­nected de­vices: your Mac via your web browser or the Kodi me­dia cen­tre pro­gram (see tip box, op­po­site), a paid mo­bile app (in­clud­ing iPad and iPhone), or even smart living room de­vices such as Roku or a Sam­sung TV. Me­dia Browser also sup­ports the DLNA stan­dard, widen­ing ac­cess to more de­vices, in­clud­ing the WDTV box or even a free iOS me­dia player app like Me­dia Link Player Lite. While there’s no di­rect sup­port for Ap­ple TV de­vices, the Me­dia Browser iOS app sup­ports AirPlay mir­ror­ing, so all is not lost.

Be­fore set­ting up your li­braries though, make sure your me­dia files are named in such a way as to make them easy to iden­tify, which al­lows Me­dia Browser to im­port art­work and ex­tra in­for­ma­tion such as an episode ti­tle or a film syn­op­sis from the in­ter­net. Visit bit.ly/15qKvrv for our ex­haus­tive me­dia nam­ing guide. Nick Peers

Con­fig­ure your me­dia server – in­clud­ing in­di­vid­ual user pro­files – through your web browser.

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