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Run Multiple copies of VLC

To my surprise, one of VLC Remote’s users showed me how you actually can run multiple copies of VLC and remote control them with VLC Remote. (thank you Calvin!)

He is using them to stream to 4 zones in his house, but there are plenty of other reasons you might want to do this.

The trick is simply to run VLC from the command line and specify a different http-port value for each.

For Mac os, I used:

/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC --http-port 8090
/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC --http-port 8091

for Windows, the equivalent would be:

c:\Program Files (X86)\VideoLAN\VLC\VLC -VVV --http-port 8090
c:\Program Files (X86)\VideoLAN\VLC\VLC -VVV --http-port 8091

You’ll then need to add computers manually in VLC remote using the IP address of your computer and port 8090 (or whatever port you use).

If you’re doing this regularly, you’ll probably want to set up a batch file to start up your multiple instances. Calvin was able to set up his batch script so it pointed to individual audio devices in his streaming setup.

cd "c:\Program Files (X86)\VideoLAN\VLC\"


rem VLC session 1 with gigaport1 audio, port 8310, and russound1$

start cmd.exe /k "VLC -VVV --http-port 8310 --directx-audio-device={32776569-ABD9-4C9D-89B1-11E47A93EDEF} --directx-audio-speaker=Stereo \\atomic\russound1$"


rem VLc session 2 with gigaport2 audio, port 8320, and russound2$

start cmd.exe /k "VLC -VVV --http-port 8320 --directx-audio-device={39E33C1B-A451-4185-B470-2CBAEB769018} --directx-audio-speaker=Stereo \\atomic\russound2$"


rem VLC session 3 with  gigaport3 audio, port 8330, and russound3$

start cmd.exe /k "VLC -VVV --http-port 8330 --directx-audio-device={CF04DBB5-952D-4AEE-80F6-AEC2AFDAF671} --direct x-audio-speaker=Stereo \\atomic\russound3$


rem vlc session 4 with gigaport4 audio, port 8340, and russound4$

start cmd.exe /k "VLC -VVV --http-port 8340 --directx-audio-device={EEF16A7C-842C-4DA3-BA65-E8F24C0A0266} --direct x-audio-speaker=Stereo \\atomic\russound4$

Multi Monitor Wallpaper 2

Dynamic Wallpapers – Multiple Monitors

Multi Monitor Wallpaper just got its biggest update ever.

App Store Link

It isn’t just the best way to do wallpapers with multiple monitors – it’s great even if you only have one monitor!

  • Dynamic Wallpaper Support
  • AutoChanger (change wallpaper daily, hourly, on wake, etc)
  • Unsplash Browser
  • Multiple Space support (change wallpapers across multiple spaces)

Try Multi Monitor Wallpaper for Free

And I’m trying something new. Multi Monitor Wallpaper is still a paid app ($4.99) – but you can now download it and try it for 3 days completely free.

App Store Link

Multi Monitor Wallpaper 2 – Free Beta

  • Auto Change Wallpapers
  • Unsplash.com integration
  • Dynamic Wallpaper Support
  • New Simpler interface

(Note – this is a Mac OS app)

Please join in the free Beta test to let me know what you think, and help me put the final polish on the new app.

Download from the beta-testing forum post

Chill Remote – New Remote Control for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime

I have been meaning to build this app for years!

I built VLC Remote when I got fed up having to get up of the sofa to change what was playing on VLC.

For the last few years – I have been using Netflix and Amazon Prime more than VLC – so now I’m back to getting off the sofa to control my computer.

Chill Remote finally fixes that 🙂

If you’re watching Netflix, Amazon Prime or YouTube using Chrome on a PC or Mac – Then Chill remote gives you remote control.

Chill Remote is currently in Beta. You can sign up to use it for free at https://ChillRemote.tv

New App for Mac: AV Rules

When I connect my projector, I want my mac to switch to 1080p.

When I connect my TV, I want it to run at 720p

When hdmi audio output is available, I want my mac to use that (and to use all the channels too!)

Previously, my Mac mini didn’t do a great job of switching, so I wrote AV Rules to take charge.

rules


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Say it with Poop !

 

iOS 10 brings the ability to use apps within iMessage.

You can read all about how it works here

What better way to make use of the new animated stickers – than with some charming animated poops!

waving poop

You can get them at the store for $0.99


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Introducing File Getter for iOS

File Getter makes it really easy to get files onto your iDevice.

File Getter logo

iOS makes it fairly easy for apps to send files to other apps – but can be a massive pain getting those files onto your device in the first place.

File Getter makes that easy.

Now you simply install a helper on your PC or Mac. When you’re on your home wifi, File Getter can connect to that helper and access any file.

Once you have the file on your device – it’s easy to send it to other apps.

You can send a book to iBooks, a movie to VLC, an image to facebook, or a powerpoint file to Pages.

No cables, no fuss.

File Getter is initially available for only $0.99

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2 Minute Timer now with Force Touch

2 Minute timer was my first app.

It is a very simple timer app which aims to work with a minimum of fuss.

You can now start a timer and pick the timer length on new devices using force touch.

More info here

2min

VLC Remote – Auto resume.

Towards the end of 2014, I added a feature in VLC Remote to auto-save your position in a movie, and restart at the same place if you re-loaded that movie.

Since then, VLC have built the same feature into VLC itself.

It doesn’t make sense for the remote to be battling VLC – so I’ll be removing the ‘save playback positions’ feature from the remote and letting you set your preference in VLC.

This is how to do that:

Windows

0) Open the preferences (Menu/Tools/Preferences)
1) Select ‘All’ in the bottom right ‘Show Settings’ option
2) In the left pane, select ‘Interface / Main interfaces / QT’
3) In the right pane, scroll down until you find ‘Continue playback?’ and select ‘Always’
4) Click ‘Save’ in the bottom right.

VLC Windows resume prefs

Mac OS

0) Open the preferences (Menu/VLC/Preferences)
1) Click ‘Show All’ in the bottom right button (this will show more preferences)
2) In the left pane, select ‘Interface / Main interfaces / macosx’
3) In the right pane, scroll down until you find ‘Continue playback?’ and select ‘Always’
4) Click ‘Save’ in the bottom right.

VLC Mac resume prefs

That’s all!