With mobile devices, laptops, and even internet ready TVs; streaming video is replacing DVDs for home entertainment. The ease and mobility of streaming video is pushing this format further into the future. For people who enjoy the movies they have, they are looking for a way to send video to their internet ready TVs or want to share video on their websites, streaming is the way to go.
There are many streaming services that will allow you to upload your videos and stream them to whichever device you want to watch on. The benefit of these services is that the work is done for you. They are easy to use and often come with a small cost. Depending on the type of video you want to stream, they accept most common formats. However, if you are looking for a free solution, consider creating your own streaming server.
Setting Up your Own Server with VLC:
If you are looking for a way to stream your videos on your own, have more control over the files, and who gets access, setting up your own streaming server is the best option. There are a lot of options for creating a server, from purchasing software to free software that is available for download.
The way these servers work is by creating an open port on your network for accessing the videos you want to stream. Once you have it setup, you can access the server through a variety of devices and enjoy your videos or even post them to your website and share it with the world. For this option, a free program that works great is VLC Player. This open-source software allows you to set up a streaming server, as well as view streaming video. Here is a quick rundown on how to set up your server.
- Download VLC Media Player
- Open VLC and Click Media, then Click Streaming.
- On the pop up screen click the tab where you want to stream from, File, Disc, Network, or Capture Device. If you choose file, navigate to the video and select it.
- Click the Stream button at the bottom. This will bring up the Stream Options box which is broken into 3 sections: Source, Destination, and Options.
- The Source should already be filled in, so just click next.
- On the next section select RTP/MPEG Transport Stream in the drop down box. If you want to see the video in the player as it streams, click the Display Locally checkbox.
- If you know your video is already transcoded, uncheck the Activate Transcoding checkbox. If you are unsure, leave it checked. Now click the Add button.
- You should now have a tab for RTP/TS. This is where you enter your IP address. If you don’t know your IP address, you can find it by opening a command prompt and running “ipconfig/all”. Once you have entered your IP address, click Next.
- The next screen you see is for Options. You can decide whether or not to fill these in, it will work either way. If you want to find the video easily on your network, you will want to give it a SAP name. After filling in the information, or not, click Stream. Your video will start playing locally and will also start streaming.