How to stream video using VLC
VLC is pretty well known as a media player that is able to play pretty much anything.
Experienced users, however, know that there is much more: including the ability to stream multimedia content from one device to the other. You can even broadcast your desktop or the input of any capture devices you may have in your system.
Streaming video from one device to another
We will start talking about the basic streaming function of VLC: streaming from a device with VLC install another device with VLC install.
VLC is available for all major platforms (including iOS and Android), and you will need it both on the device you want to stream from and all the devices you want to watch the streaming stream.
You will also need to know the local IP address of the computer you have been streaming since. If you do not know what it is, open the Windows Start menu on the search bar and type cmd, which will make the prompt appear in Windows. In the command prompt, type ipconfig and look for your IPv4 address. We need to know this address so that we can connect client devices.
1. Choose a video
Open VLC on the device you are streaming from. Click Media> Pane (or just press Ctrl + S). The open dialogue / media feed will open.
Then, click the Add button and select a video file that you want to stream. Click on the bottom stream button when you have finished.
The Stream output window appears with the source already selected. Just click Next.
The Destination window will appear. In the New Destination menu, select HTTP, and then click Add.
A new tab will open for HTTP. Note the port number – 8080 by default.
If you go back to the first tab, you can also add additional destinations; VLC allows you to broadcast multiple targets at once if you wish.
You can also check the box for local display, VLC will display the video on the source PC as it broadcasts.
Click Next when you finish.
The box of transcoding options will appear. VLC will convert the video to fly in a new format. It does this in case the target device is not able to play the video being streamed.
If you broadcast VLC VLC, which, thoracically, should not be necessary, because if that VLC can play the video – so you can check the Enable Transcoding box if you like.
Whatever your choice, click Next.
There is a final confirmation window, showing you the text string it will use for streaming. You can simply click to start the streaming feed.
Lavidocommencera atrestream. If you choose Local View, the VLC window will showcase video.If no, the progress bar will move, but you will not see the video on the screen.
4. Second device
Now on the device (s) you want to watch the stream.
On a mobile, tap the Stream option. On a PC, click Media> Open Network Flow.
You will have a bar in which you type the address of which you stream. Type or click on it and type: http: //
On a mobile phone, VLC will be able to find the address you used before, just enter it once.
On a PC, an add stream will appear in the playlist. Select it and press play to view the stream.
On the source PC, you will notice that the streams you have added will add the live playlist (which can be saved, just like a normal playlist). You can add multiple streams, restart stream, control playback position or even to do something else by double-clicking on it.
Essentially, what you do on the streaming PC is reflected on the game devices in real time. You have officially become a live broadcaster!
Now that you have basic streaming down, you can express with more complex streaming. By going to Capture Devices in your Stream dialog, you can see that you can actually send a stream from a capture source to your PC – a webcam capture device for example.
You can also broadcast the desktop of your PC (although it's a little blurry at the moment – we had continual accidents when we tried). Technically, you can even broadcast the input of a TV tuner.