Wifi Remote Play is a free Open Source remote control app for Android and Symbian smartphones/tablets, allowing you to control Media Player Classic (MPC) or VideoLan Client (VLC) over a wireless network. Please see Instructions below for details on setting it up to work.
This software is completely free - no ads, or having to pay for extra features, unlike many competing players!
Nokia Symbian: Download free from the Nokia Store! - Downloaded over 1.5 million times since 25 January 2012!
Android: Download free from Google Play!
For Kindle Fire users note that you cannot access Google Play, and Wifi Remote Play will not be available from the Amazon store (this would cost me $99 a year). It is possible to transfer the install application files via another Android device and PC.
Wifi Remote Play is completely free, however if you wish you can show your appreciation and support future development by donating! This can be done through Paypal below (Paypal account not required, supports debit or credit card) or Flattr. Thanks!
Also see my Sourceforge donation page. You can also donate via Bitcoin. My Bitcoin address is: 1LKCFto9SQGqtcvqZxHkqDPqNjSnfMmsow.
Wifi Remote Play Blog ~ Discussion Forums ~ Code Repository (Git)
For Nokia/Symbian, this should work on any device running Symbian S60 5th edition (Symbian ^1) or better. For Android, this requires Android 2.1 or better. I've tested this successfully on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, running Android 4.1.2.
For Android, this requires installing the app Ministro, which you should be prompted to do when you first run Wifi Remote Play (if it's not already installed). Ministro manages the required Qt libraries on Android. These will be downloaded if required when you first run Wifi Remote Play. If you get an error message such as "Ministro can not satisfy your application dependencies", please ensure you have enough storage space (the libraries can take up to around 25MB).
I've tested it with Media Player Classic versions 126.96.36.19914 and 188.8.131.5252, and VLC versions 1.1.11 and 2.0.0. Note that in older versions of Media Player Classic, the Previous/Next Track buttons won't work correctly - please upgrade to the latest version of MPC if you have this problem.
To set up Media Player Classic, go to menu View/Options, then under Player/Web Interface, tick "Listen on port". (Also explained in the instructions for the Android MPC app.)
To set up VLC, go to menu Tools/Preferences, then select "All" under "Show settings" (bottom left). Then go to Interface/Main interfaces, and tick "Web" (or "HTTP remote control interface" in versions prior to 2.0.0), then restart VLC.
Note that whilst Wifi Remote Play works with both Media Player Classic and VLC, there are more features available when used with Media Player Classic (browser to select new files, and DVD control).
When Media Player Classic or VLC is running, start Wifi Remote Play. The first time you run it, you'll be asked whether you are using it with Media Player Classic or VLC (n.b., if upgrading from Wifi Remote Play 1.4 or earlier, it will default to using MPC - use the "Choose player" menu option to change it). You'll then be asked to enter the IP Address of the machine running Media Player Classic / VLC. You can find this out by doing the following on the PC running Media Player Classic / VLC:
At the top of the screen will be displayed the name of the current track, the current position, and total length. The slider shows the current position, and allows you to jump to any position in the track. The user interface displays best when the phone is held in landscape mode (this is especially true for lower resolution Android devices).
Note that the displayed current time is an estimate, updated every 5 seconds, so it won't always be exactly accurate (there also seems to be an issue in Media Player Classic which means the status of playing or paused isn't returned correctly in full screen mode, meaning the app has to estimate this). Similarly, when changing tracks it may take a few seconds for the status to update.
The following menu options are available (press "Option"):
Version 1.7 (2012/10/26) FIXED Name string wasn't reported properly in latest versions of MPC (e.g., version 184.108.40.20618). Now fixed to work with both new and old versions. UPDATED Android version now has proper Android UI look-and-feel. UPDATED Android version now compiled with Necessitas Alpha 4. Version 1.6 (2012/04/01) FIXED Memory leak when switching between players. ADDED Ported to Android. UPDATED Improved method to show/modify progress - using progress bar instead of slider. Also displays percentage of progress. UPDATED File browser now scrolls with touch-swipe. UPDATED Added zoom in/out buttons for file browser. UPDATED Improved help text for settings window (gives an example of an IP address). Version 1.5 (2012/02/24) ADDED Support for VLC (DVD interface and file browser not supported for VLC). INFO Version 1.5 has a new "UID" value, which means if upgrading from earlier versions, the old version will not be uninstalled - please uninstall the old version manually. Settings data should still be preserved, however. This is due to a fault by Nokia Store, and not me! Version 1.4 (2012/02/04) FIXED Displayed track name now works properly with Unicode characters. FIXED Annoying flash of phone's home screen when opening/closing the sub-windows, in some circumstances. UPDATED Updated Previous/Next Track to work with latest MPC (if they now don't work properly, please upgrade to latest MPC version). ADDED Slider to allow easy jumping to any part of the track. ADDED Option to mute/unmute volume. ADDED Controls for DVD interface. ADDED Option to open MPC Web Interface. Version 1.3 (2012/01/31) FIXED Track name wasn't showing in latest version of Media Player Classic. FIXED \' characters now correctly converted to ' in track name. FIXED Online help didn't work if browser already open. UPDATED Settings window now has help information, and link to this web page. Version 1.2 (2012/01/17) UPDATED More efficient battery usage when idle (timers disabled). Version 1.1 (2011/12/21) FIXED Now using properly allocated UIDs on Symbian, not development ones. FIXED Don't show annoying "Bad file descriptor" error message. UPDATED Error window now gives number of error code. Version 1.0 (2010/07/23) First release.
The source code is available, released under the GPL v3 or later.
Contacting me (bugs etc)
Please contact me at mark dot harman at ntlworld dot com . Also let me know if you're interested in a port for Maemo (for Nokia N900) or Meego (for Nokia N9), as I can compile it for those platforms too, though I don't have one of those smartphones to test it on.
The application icon is derived from a public domain image, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_images_015.jpg.
Wifi Remote Play on Sourceforge.