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.

  • Recommend VLC shares code.google.com/p/vlc-shares
    – Ringtail
    Mar 21, 2012 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. May 21, 2013 at 16:48

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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
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    could you give some more explanations & give an example of reading the rtsp with vlc too on client side, it would enhance the answer which is great thx! May 10, 2017 at 11:39

Go to Media > Stream and select appropriate tab (file, disk, network, capture device) > Stream

Then click Next and Check display locally (optional) and from the drop down box select http: and click 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) and hit Play.

If all is good, your stream will connect and play quickly.

  • It's a good and correct answer, but could use a little bit of formatting. Kind of hard to follow.
    – Nephente
    Oct 2, 2015 at 11:15
  • @Nephente suggest an edit! May 10, 2017 at 11:40

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