How to Use Vlc 1.1.11 to Stream Audio and Video to Multiple Computers on Your Network Using Multicast

This process doesn't work yet

I'm still working on trying to get this work. I can get this working from the VLM Configurator standpoint, but not from a single command line command (only interactive). I'm next going to look at launching the server and or client from python :

Notes

  1. Download VLC
  2. Install it on both the broadcaster and the consumer
  3. Launch VLC on the broadcaster
  4. Under the "Tools" menu select "VLM Configuration" (or type the hotkey Control-W)
    1. Under "Media Manager Edition" select "Broadcast"
    2. On the "Name" line type in a name for this stream. This name is used to identify the stream in the VLM Configurator
    3. On the "Input" line click "Select Input"
      1. In the "Open Media" window, in the "File" tab click "Add..." and choose an mp3
      2. Click "Select"
    4. On the "Output" line click "Select Output"
      1. This brings up the "Stream Output" window, putting you in the "Source" section
        1. Click "Next"
      2. This brings up the "Destinations" section
        1. Under "New destination" select "RTP Audio/Video Profile" from the drop-down and click "Add"
        2. In the new "RTP/AVP" tab, enter your multicast address into the "Address" line
          • Multicast addresses are within the range of 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255. "Adminstratively Scoped" addresses which can be used in a local scope are in the network 239.255.0.0/16. More information on multicast addresses can be found here
          • A good example address to use is "239.255.100.100"
        3. Leave the port as the default of "5004"
        4. Under "Transcoding options" for "Profile" select "Audio - Vorbis (OGG)"
        5. Click "Next"
      3. This brings up the "Options" section
        1. Under "Time-to-live (TTL)" leave the default of "1" to prevent passing the multicast traffic beyond your single routed network. If you wanted to broadcast beyond your local network you could change this value
        2. Check the "SAP Announce" checkbox and enter a name into the text field to the right of the checkbox. This will be a name to identify the stream to consumers.
      4. Click "Stream"
    5. Now that you've configured the output of the stream, and you're back at the "VLM configurator" window, click "Add"
    6. The new broadcast profile should now show up in the "Media Manager List" with the name that you defined earlier
    7. To the right of the "Media Manager List" under the new stream you've configured you'll see a play button icon. Click it to start the stream
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