How to Use VLC to Stream Media and Live Cam­era Feed

Sandeep Agarwal

Sometime back we started publishing posts on VLC Media Player to educate our readers on its advanced features. Though most people use VLC for playing videos, they are unaware of its real anchor and cross-platform capabilities. We have already covered on how to cut videos using VLC and how to use it as a converter tool to have them changed from one format to another.

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Today, we are going to see how we may use VLC and its network options to stream media with ease. Yes, this may amuse you but we can stream a live camera feed or a disk stored video/audio into and out of our VLC player.

Quick tip: Windows 7 users can also try streaming content between different computers by creating a homegroup. For Mac and PS3 users, here’s our guide to stream media from Mac to PS3.

Streaming basically consists of two parts. First, an input must be streamed into the network. And second, the stream must be received at the other end that is on the other computer.

Creating a Stream for Network Using VLC

To begin with open an instance of VLC media player and choose Advanced Open File  from under the Media  tab. You may choose Open Capture Device  in case you wish to take the input from an integrated device like the webcam. If the input is a Network Stream follow the next section of the article.

Advanced File Open Profile1

Browse and add an input file to the dialog and select Stream from the drop down menu next to the Play button.

Add Input File And Stream

In the next page you will need to select a destination protocol and head towards adding the desired network address. You may consider creating an output file on local machine as well.

Select Streaming Prorocol1

Add an address, define a port number and select a transcoding profile. If you feel the need you may hit the Settings Icon to configure more details.

Select Transcoding Profile

Hit the Stream button and your media will be off to the network address port combination. In case there is some coding error you might have to reconsider your protocol and transcoding profile or get the latest codec pack.

Receiving a Stream from Network

This is the easier part of the process. Open an instance of VLC media player on the computer where you intend to receive the stream, and choose Open Network Stream from under the Media tab.

Open Network Stream Profile

In the next window you should choose the protocol in which your media was streamed from the first computer. If it is a live feed from some IP camera you need to go back to its user manual.

Now, enter the network address:port as it had been configured at the sender’s end. Hit Play and enjoy your audio or video without its presence on your disk.

Configure Netwotk Profile Inputs


The advanced options on VLC are just awesome. You may explore and edge it down to any degree. I did use the streaming capability over the LAN once and the results were amazing. Live feed can allay your security concerns as well.

Do let us know your experiences over comments. We would be glad to hear on more VLC features that you might know about.

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