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How to share movies in iTunes Library across Macs

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Nov 18, 2012 2:14 PM

I make movies on an iMac that I want to watch on a Mini that resides in my media room.

The movies on the iMac are normally made with iMovie, and stored in iTunes.

I keep the library, which is quite large, on an external disk, connected to the iMac.

 

My first attempt, was to connect a disk to my Extreme router, and keep the iTunes library that contained the movies on it.

Maybe good in theory, but I got a lot of buffering drop out when I played the movies on the mac.

 

Is there a better way to accomplish this? Ultimately, I prefer a solution that doesn't replicate the library, as it is quite large and I don't want to worry about keeping multiple libraries in sync.

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  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 4:10 PM (in response to weskat)

    Have you tried sharing the iTunes Libraries on the network?

     

    Open iTunes Preferences/Sharing on the computer you wish to share then check "Share my library on my local network". Then it should show up in the left column of iTunes on the other computer under Shared Libraries. You may experience the same network issues though if you do not have a strong WiFi connection.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 11:48 PM (in response to weskat)

    Use Home Sharing (not Shared library).

    iTunes menu Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing. Use the same iTunes account on all computers.

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to weskat)

    Either way it is possible to stream HD video without buffering over a good WiFi network. Even 1080p video should stream fine although if you are encoding at a large bitrate it could cause issues.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 9:24 PM (in response to weskat)

    Yes, that is plenty of bandwidth/speed.

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