How to setup your HomeCast Media Center

But first, what is HomeCast ?

HomeCast is a light media center that allows you to share your musics, videos, series available from your computer, on your connected devices through an internet browser.

HomeCast provide private SSL connection and supports hardware acceleration for decoding/encoding live video and audio streams.

HomeCast is a  mini-Deezer / Spotify / Netflix but with your own videos and audios.

Setup is very simple, you install  HomeCast Media Center  software on your computer. It is actually a mini-web server that manages the web interface and adapt the audio / video format to your devices in live.

This configuration offers great flexibility, including the ability to share your videos with your relative, even if they do not install the HomeCast Media Center. They can (of course with permissions) come watch your videos and listen to your musics, just with a simple internet browser and without installation!  Of course, you keep control over what you can share. An article on the configuration of external access is in progress.

At setup time, your HomeCast is registered with our servers. We provide a free SSL certificat for every HomeCast Server with help of Let’s Encrypt.

I need what?

A computer, relatively correct if you plan to stream HD videos (Core i5 or i7), audios and/or videos and … the HomeCast Media Center software.  Your computer also need to be connected to internet.

For now,  HomeCast is compatible with:
– Windows NT4, 7, 8, 10 in 32 and 64bits for HomeCast
– IE11 +, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari browsers on Mac OS Sierra and IOS IPhone.
– Chromecast, Chromecast HD and Google Home.

Our code is designed to be portable, versions of Linux and Mac OS of  HomeCast will be available soon, as well as a player for SmartTV & Raspberry PI.

1 – I download and install  HomeCast Media Center on my computer.

Go to https://www.ververt-studio.com/download, download and install the latest version of HomeCast, the setup is about 28mb. For the specialists our source code is without dependence and is not related to any framework. It is even possible to copy / paste the executables into another directory, the program will always work.

On your desktop, you now have the  HomeCast Media Center,  great!

When you open the application, it starts in the background, it can be stopped from the application notification area at the bottom left of the screen:

 The program opens a TCP / IP port (#5000), you must allow this connection if the system requires it.  Without this authorization, the program is unusable.  HomeCast also need to be register with us, we than create SSL & DNS routing for you.

It’s better to use a fixed local IP address. We try to manage 2 kinds of DNS address for you (local and internet DNS address for every HomeCast) and update of IP address in our DNS server can take up to 1 hour.

2 – I set the directories containing my audios / videos to share and launch a scan.

If your database is empty, HomeCast asks you to set the directories you want to share (containing your musics or videos). HomeCast Music and HomeCast Video do not use same media library.

Add your directories:

Then, when everything is good, it’s time to launch your first scan by clicking on the “Update Library” button

A window in the bottom of the browser allows you to follow the progression of the scan and/or to stop it:

 

When the scan is done, refresh your page or go back to the home page (menu -> home), your audios/videos are now accessible:

What is exactly done when scanning my library ?

For  Audio: get the IDTAGs and covers if present in your audios. Order as album, artist, genre based on the information of your files (idtagv1 and v2).

For  Video: depending on the name of your video file, VCast queries TMDb ([The Movie Database] (https://www.themoviedb.org/)) and retrieves all the information related to your video (posters, actors, synopsis, genres ….). According to our tests, 50% of the videos are found automatically.

3 – How do I access HomeCast Media Center on another computer, tablet, smartphone.

Really easy, browse to my.homecast.app, login and you should find your HomeCast media center.  If a new user on you local network want to access, he must run a scan to discover your HomeCast. This is only possible from inside your local network.

I want to access my HomeCast from internet ?

For that, you need to allow access from Internet (settings/connectivity/allow access from internet).   You may need to create a redirection rule from internet to your local HomeCast Local ssl port (generally port 5443) on your router settings.

Check out this article to know more about how to configure HomeCast internet access .

I want to help you, can i?

Of course, you notice errors, you want other features, you can contact us [here]

You are fluent in a language that is not available at the moment,  such as Japanese, Russian or Arabic or you see translate errors,  download language file (https://www.ververt-studio.com/download), about 10000 words and send it back to use at contact@ververt-studio.com. .

If you like our app, donate, HomeCast is free (https://www.ververt-studio.com/whydonate), the best way to help!

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