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VLC Live Video Streaming Tutorial


VLC (Video LAN Client) is a multi-platform media player and streaming solution. A streaming server is not needed; however, one can be set up using VLS (Video LAN Server.) According to the VLC Web site (, this is not advised. The VLC player can be used as a server and a client to stream media content.

If you don't have VLC on your streaming computer, please download it for free and install it now either under Windows or under OSX.

Before you start streaming via VLC, make sure VLC is added to the Firewall exception. To do so, on a PC, go Start menu > Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Click the Exceptions tab > Check if VLC is in the list. If not, Click Add Program, find it, and add it. Click OK.

The following steps will demonstrate how to set up and view a stream using the built-in streaming/transcoding wizard within VLC.

Connecting devices

  1. Connect your camera via USB for a webcam or via Firewire for a DV camera. Turn on the camera before launching the stream through VLC. Make sure the camera is set to "camera" mode and not "playback" mode. VLC should be able to stream the audio from the cameras onboard microphone.
  2. From the File menu, choose Open Capture Device. Under the Direct Show tab, select the Video Device Name from the drop down menu. Your device should show up in this menu. If not, check your camera connection or click the Refresh List button. Do the same for the Audio Device.

Setting up Streaming

  1. Check Stream/Save. Click Settings.
  2. Check Play locally (though not necessary) so that you can monitor the streaming on your computer. Check File and give a file name in an appropriate folder if you want to record a live video streaming (though not necessary).
  3. Check HTTP. Key in the IP address of your computer (To find the IP address of your computer, go Start > Run > Type cmd and press the Enter key. > Type ipconfig and press the Enter key.) The port by default is 1234. Usually, you can safely leave it alone.
  4. For Encapsulation Method, choose MPEG PS.
  5. For transcoding, check Video codec and Audio codec and leave all the default values alone. This step is crucial, or the streaming could be jittery or stopped because the signal is not transcoded. Click OK. Click OK again. You are streaming now.

Viewing Stream

To view a VLC streaming video, the user must have a VLC Media Player already installed on the computer.

  1. Launch the VLC Media Player. Go File > Open Network Stream.
  2. Choose HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/MMS. Key in the streaming computer’s IP address and the port number. It will look something like this: Click OK.
  3. If the user wishes to record the live streaming, click Stream/Save. Click Settings. Click File. Find a folder and create a file name. Click OK. This step is optional.
  4. Click OK. The streaming video is on now.


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