Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I wish to execute a video in my PC and stream it in the LAN so anybody can connect to it and watch it. What steps do I need to do to accomplish this in an easy manner.

share|improve this question
Recommend VLC shares – Ringtail Mar 21 '12 at 2:09
@run ... I tried your solution and yes when I go to the url rstp link I get asked how I would like to open it...I use VLC and then it says "Error...Cannot stream" or something like that. Did you find the same thing initially if so how did you manage to stop it. – Verber May 21 '13 at 16:48
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Here is a command line to stream webcam:

vlc v4l2:// :v4l2-dev=/dev/video0 :v4l2-width=640 :v4l2-height=480 --sout="#transcode{vcodec=h264,vb=800,scale=1,acodec=mp4a,ab=128,channels=2,samplerate=44100}:rtp{sdp=rtsp://:8554/live.ts}" -I dummy
share|improve this answer

Media > Stream > Select appropriate tab (file, disk, network, capture device) > Stream, Then Next > Check "display locally" (optional) and from drop down box select "http:" and hit "add" > select desired port not in use and hit Next > Check "activate transcoding" and select desired output format (click tool icon next to dropdown box to configure bitrate and other specific settings) > Next > Stream...if all is good, you should see your source displayed/playing locally. To test the stream, go to another computer on your LAN and with VLC, go to media > open network stream and type http://serverIP:portnumber (replace serverIP and portnumber with actual values please) and hit "Play" If all is good, your stream will connect and play quickly.

share|improve this answer
It's a good and correct answer, but could use a little bit of formatting. Kind of hard to follow. – Nephente Oct 2 '15 at 11:15

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.