Post Last Edited by dlanor at 2014-7-19 13:51 |
Can MX Player not work for media streaming over the network?
mattrix Posted at 2014-7-19 00:14
MXPlayer has a rather limited GUI, and I don't think it supports browsing network shares.
So in stand-alone use it's not a good replacement for more flexible tools like XBMC or a Plex client.
But it is excellent as an external player to be called by those programs.
MXPlayer can play media stored on network shares, provided that it's called with appropriate arguments.
But this is not always obvious, as it depends on the program that does the calling.
Here are some examples:
It works fine if I use 'ES File Explorer' to browse my SMB fileshares and launch one through MXPlayer.
It also works fine if I use the 'Serenity' Plex client to choose a video from the networked library and play it through MXPlayer.
It even works fine if I play the very same networked video from the Plex library using PlexBMC to launch it through MXPlayer.
So for that case XBMC can play this networked video through MXPlayer.
But if I use the XBMC menu command 'Video > Files' to open a filebrowser and there go into the SMB shares and choose a video, then XBMC will mess up, showing a popup message that MXPlayer will be started even though that never happens.
And that failure will happen even when I choose exactly the same file that worked fine in the previous example, when XBMC found it through PlexBMC instead of its native fileshare browser. Evidently this results in calling MXPlayer in different ways, with different arguments, even though it is the same physical file in both cases.
Best regards: dlanor