I have some videos on a remote machine and have to copy them to the local when want to enjoy them with a local media player such as VLC or mpv.
Is it possible to play them over ssh or alternatives without moving them to the local?
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You could try using vlc's built-in network stream functionality along with an open directory of video on your remote server. All you'd have to do is expose a directory of video with software like apache, nginx, etc. which allow you to expose directories of images/html/video/audio for remote downloading. Seeing as you use ask ubuntu, you probably wouldn't use Microsoft Media Server(mms), but various open alternatives like rstp(commonly used by ipcams), or my personal favorite, RTMP