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Problem: I wanted to watch Live TV from a Mac upstairs in a room downstairs with another Mac. Hardware: Elgato EyeTV EZ, AirPort, and two Macs. There are some streaming solutions out there (VLC, CyTV, EyeTV, etc.), but they either do not support my hardware, or seem complicated, or stream re-encoded video only (no live TV, of course).

But there's a really simple solution: OS X 10.5's Screen Sharing, which works flawlessly and 'streams' all of my Mac's contents. The only pity is that it doesn't send the audio as well. Enter Soundfly -- it streams audio in good quality (various settings available). Now with Screen Sharing and Soundfly running, I can watch live TV and movies downstairs. Because I also can remotely control the Mac upstairs, it's also possible to start and stop recordings, and more. This works quite well.

Note: As far as I can tell, Soundfly simply redirects the audio from one Mac to the other -- the sending Mac is then mute. If you want audio on both Macs, install Soundflower, which gives you the ability to hear the audio on both Macs.

[robg adds: I haven't marked this one 10.5 only, even though Screen Sharing is a 10.5-only feature. Pre-10.5 users should be able to do the same with the various VNC server/client solutions out there (i.e. Vine Server, Chicken of the VNC, Jolly's Fast VNC, etc. I haven't, however, tested any of those solutions.]
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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: atomb on May 04, '09 08:55:14AM

Will the video steam fast enough through VNC for it to useful? What setting would you sugest to make this work? I am looking to do this except I need to stream the mac screen to a windows pc. Right now I am using XBMC on the pc to access the mac but if someone has a better solution please let me know!
Thanks



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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: goatbar on May 04, '09 09:47:07AM

So strange that quicktime broadcaster doesn't have an option to do a screencast.



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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: auco on May 04, '09 09:51:18AM

Soundfly is a great app, thanks for sharing this :-)
There are indeed some compression artifacts in the visuals (via Screensharing), but it's really surprisingly fast!



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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: joekewe on May 04, '09 12:59:31PM

Hey Rob,
Screen Sharing is built-in all the way back to Panther, OS X 10.3 (Apple Remote Desktop server under System Preferences/Sharing), and Screen Sharing client (app) since 10.4.



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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: cpercy6 on May 04, '09 05:07:08PM
I actually stumbled upon something like this a few months ago... Except, my way is not as conventional, but it worked for me. My intentions were to be able to stream Netflix on my iBook G4.

http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=97891


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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: robogobo on May 05, '09 06:54:55AM

How is the audio/video sync?

Screen sharing via iChat sends audio too, no?



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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: osxpounder on May 08, '09 09:41:18AM

Hmm, intriguiging.

Have you seen the source code? How can we be sure it's only doing what it claims? It'd be great, really useful, but I'm not installing it without a reasonable assurance that it's only doing what it claims, and no more.

I suppose Little Snitch can help me with some of those answers.

I see the program teleport offered at the same site. I tried it; it's awesome and quite helpful, sometimes. Was great when I needed to control 2 macs at same desk. I watched it, with Little Snitch. Seemed OK to me, but what do I know? (not too much)



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Easily stream audio and video between two Macs
Authored by: aGr[j5(6WU on Dec 24, '09 06:01:21PM

Just FYI: Soundfly relies on Soundflower, and this latter currently has a bug meaning audio falls out of sync over time---say, 15 minutes. I have experienced this personally.



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