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Streaming Video over the LAN/Intranet

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In my earlier post we have learnt how to stream AUDIO over the Lan/Intranet. This time let’s focus on how to stream VIDEO over Lan/Intranet.

Software Requirements

VLC Media Player

For Windows- Download and Install.
For Other Operating Systems- Download and Install.

Configuration Server-side

Server IP Address:- 172.16.5.1
Client IP Address:- 172.16.5.2

1- Launch vlc.exe file.

2- Click on “File” -> “Open File…”

You will see a window similar to that seen below.

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3- Click on “Browse…” and select a video file from your computer hard drive.

4- Under the “Advanced options”, don’t forget to check the checkbox “Stream/Save”.

5- Now click on “Settings” button to open a new window “Stream Output” something like below.

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6- Check the “HTTP” checkbox and Enter the Server Address and any port number(1234 by default).

7- Under Encapsulation Method select “MPEG TS”

Please note that the Encapsulation Method is different for different files you stream from the server side.
Dat File – MPEG TS
AVI File – MPEG TS
MPG File – MPEG TS
MPEG File – MPEG TS
WMV File – ASF

8- Click “OK” now.

That’s it. Your server is streaming the selected video file on Port Number 1234 or any other which you have choosen above.

Also, on the server side you won’t be able to see any video. Video File can only be seen on client side

Configuration Client-side

Make sure that the client IP Address is same as mentioned above.

1- Open vlc.exe file.

2- Click on “File” -> “Open Network Stream…”

3- Check the “HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/MMS” checkbox and enter server side IP address and port number as “172.16.5.1:1234” without quotes.

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4- Click “OK” now.

That’s it. Now you can view the streaming video on the client side.

This finishes my tutorial on streaming video over the LAN/Intranet. Any comments and feedbacks are whole heartedly appreciated.

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9 Responses to “Streaming Video over the LAN/Intranet”

  1. khizra says:

    plez help me!!!
    i hav stuck in VLC …. while streaming LIVESHOW uploading bandwidth is abt 300kbps ….n i hve to reduce it upto 30 ..how can i control BW?also i m able to stream over UDP but http is not working … what could be the problem?

  2. Rakshit says:

    Ok I got what you are trying to say, Khizra. Although I never tried that before but I guess I have the answer.

    All you need to do is to compress the streaming video so that it utilizes less bandwidth. You can try VLC for that purpose but I doubt whether it will work fine or not. Just click on “Settings” button shown in the 3rd image above and choose from there various “encapsulation” options.

    Other than that you can try RealVideo software or Netshow for streaming purposes. They have got lots of advanced features.

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  5. video says:

    Good tips thank you :)

  6. Hi Rakshit,

    Can you kindly tell me if one might be able to embed a video streamed using VLC into a webpage? If not could you share how that may be accomplished over a LAN/Intranet?

    Thanks in advance!
    Tommie Carter :-)

  7. prnt says:

    i tried your tip exactly. but i am not able to get a video on my client side. what to do there? i am trying to stream from my tv tuner card to my network pc’s. thanks.

  8. matthew says:

    I don?t usually reply to posts but I will in this case. WoW :)

  9. Peter says:

    Hi!

    Do anyone have an idea how to stream video signal from camera (USB Webcam, camera connected to video capturing card, …)
    Thx for help and ideas!
    regards …

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