EyeConnect

EyeConnect 1.6.7

Share multimedia content on your home network

EyeConnect is a media server application. By scanning your network for UPnP AV digital media devices, it can detect any available device to which it can serve multimedia content, and thus share all your Mac's video, TV, music and photo content with your TV or stereo. Compatible with pretty much any media content (including DivX, Xvid, WMV, JPG, iTunes library etc.), EyeConnect will set you up with a media center in minutes. View full description

PROS

  • Easy installation
  • Clear, simple settings
  • Support for plugins

CONS

  • No information about extra plugins

Excellent
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EyeConnect is a media server application. By scanning your network for UPnP AV digital media devices, it can detect any available device to which it can serve multimedia content, and thus share all your Mac's video, TV, music and photo content with your TV or stereo. Compatible with pretty much any media content (including DivX, Xvid, WMV, JPG, iTunes library etc.), EyeConnect will set you up with a media center in minutes.

After installing the program, setting it up to work with your UPnP device is a snap. It detected our test device (a Sony PlayStation 3) instantly and immediately allowed us to start viewing content on our TV set, a much better installation experience than we had with some of the other options in this category of software.

EyeConnect offers a fairly simple, clean-cut preference pane for managing its features. Most features can't be adjusted while the server is running, so you'll need to stop it while you play around with the settings. All the obvious options are there, such as the port to send your traffic through, a list of recognised UPnP devices (from which you can allow or deny individual entries), and a section where you can choose which folders may be shared with your network device.

More interesting are the available options for enabling and disabling certain plugins for the server. Some of these allow for easy folder browsing, maintaining the structure of your iTunes library on your networked device etc, but others allow for on-the-fly transcoding of certain file types. The program only includes two transcoding plugins (and we haven't yet been able to find any more), but this is a really interesting feature which could well extend the functionality of your UPnP device.

EyeConnect is a simple media server which is a snap to install and even easier to use. Highly recommended as an option for extending your digital life. Essential software for Mac and PS3 owners.

Changes

  • Compatibility with EyeTV 3.4

EyeConnect software enables your UPnP™ AV digital media device to stream EyeTV recordings, digital photos, music and movies from your Mac onto your TV or stereo.

EyeConnect is based on the globally trusted Universal Plug and Play™ Audio/Video standard (UPnP™ AV) for the seamless sharing of digital content throughout your home. Using this industry standard technology, EyeConnect enables a broad range of UPnP™ AV devices to play EyeTV recordings, digital music, video, or photo content, including iPhotos®, iTunes®, and movies stored on your Macintosh. Elgato’s EyeConnect digital media streaming software addresses a rapidly growing market for home networking solutions for the Macintosh.

Use EyeConnect in combination with your UPnP™ AV digital media device to manage wired or wireless streaming of digital entertainment content effortlessly. Digital media files remain organized as originally stored in your Mac libraries so you can quickly find the file you want.

EyeTV recordings

Watch EyeTV recordings on your TV in the comfort of your living room

Pictures

View individual digital photos or your entire iPhoto® library, on your TV. Play slideshows of your organized photo albums for the enjoyment of family and friends

Music

Access your entire iTunes® music library on your home entertainment system

Video & Home Videos

Access all the media in your Movies folder on your TV. The digital media player used determines the movie formats that are supported

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EyeConnect 1.6.7

— User reviews — about EyeConnect

  • "Great application, stable and user friendly, easily connect your mac to ps3"

    This is a fantastic application, it makes it super easy to connect and stream anything from my mac to my TV that's conne... More.

    reviewed on September 15, 2013

  • loboblanco13

    by loboblanco13

    "App has promise but don't expect support"

    Decided to move media serving off of Vista onto a spare Mac (MacBook) to simplify things. I had EyeTV on another Mac (Ma... More.

    reviewed on November 29, 2010

  • happyuser

    by happyuser

    "DLNA server"

    Spent all day reading and downloading over a dozen DLNA severs that would work with my Mac and Sony DVD player, read abo... More.

    reviewed on August 7, 2010

  • paridaen

    by paridaen

    "Eyeconnect 1.6 crashes"

    The features looks very promisine, but the application is badly tested. It crashes constantly with a SIGBUS on Leopard 1... More.

    reviewed on August 23, 2009