Online Streaming Using Sopcast on Mac OS X
Finally, I can stream in peace on my iMac. Streaming wasn’t a problem for me until my Windows laptop flickered so much and I decided to move to the only available desktop in my home: an iMac.
I usually stream live sports using a software called SopCast, combined with resources from http://www.wiziwig.tv/. It is so far the best way I can find to stream sports online. The problem is: Sopcast is not available for Mac. Well, I find some solution but couldn’t make it work. Until today! And now I want to spread the workarounds (it’s free btw)
What do you need?
- A Mac machine, of course
- Winebottler. Download: http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/
- X11. From my research, you can get X11 from your disc. If you are using Snow Leopard, you don’t need to install X11 since it is pre-installed.
- Mozilla Firefox for Windows. Download: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/
- Sopcast. Download: http://www.sopcast.com/download/
- VLC Media Player for Windows. Download: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html/
- First, you need to install WineBottler in your Mac. Simply drag the WineBottler icon to your Application folder
- Install Mozilla Firefox using WineBottler. Do not install it as a stand alone application. Choose “Run directly in …” and click “Go”. Run the installer just like a normal Windows installer.
- Similar to step #2, install Sopcast and VLC Media Player using WineBottler.
- Now configure your Sopcast. Click “Options”. Change the external player to “Use your own external player”, and find VLC.exe in your fake C drive.
DONE! Now, you can test-drive your Sopcast. Here is steps how to watch live sports using Wiziwig.tv:
- Use your Windows Firefox to open http://www.wiziwig.tv/ website.
- Find match you want to stream.
- Check the station. If the software name is “Sopcast”, click the “play” link.
- Your Sopcast application will run, but with a black screen. Click the left most icon to play in external player.
- VLC will run, but stops after few seconds. To solve this, you have to ensure that your stream is being looped by simply toggle the “Loop All” button.
This workaround might work for those who can’t make the VLC in Windows opens after clicking the Sopcast link. You need to have VLC for Mac installed in your Mac OS X.
- After clicking the Sopcast link, open your VLC for Mac. Do not close Sopcast that is running in your Wine.
- Open File > Open Network. In the URL textfield, type: http://localhost:8902/tv.asf or http://127.0.0.1:8902/tv.asf. Click Open. The stream should be started.
Happy streaming. Hope it helps Mac users who haven’t found a workaround for online streaming