VLC Media Player: Desktop Streaming

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Desktop Streaming

  • Server Side Configuration:  Perform this On the Desktop you want to Stream From.

1. Open VLC Media Player.

screenshot of VLC Media player

2. Select Media | Open Capture Device.

screenshot of Open capture device tab

3. The default Capture Mode is DirectShow.

screenshot of the default capture mode

4. Change the Capture Mode to Desktop.

5. Change the Desired Frame Rate for the Capture to 15.  (Customize the Frame Rate according to your needs.)

screenshot of changing the frame rate

6. Select Stream by clicking on the small tab towards the left side of the Play tab in the bottom right hand corner.

screenshot of Capture Device, Stream

7. Select Next.

screenshot of stream output window

8. Check the box for Display Locally.

9. Check the box for Activate Transcoding.

screenshot of activate transcoding

10. Click on the drop-down arrow next to New Destination and set it to UDP.  (The default is File)

screenshot of [example: step 10]

11. Click on Add.

12. Specify the IP address of the destination machine (client machine) on which you are streaming the desktop to.

13. Specify the Port Number as 1234.

Note: With UDP, do not enter the IP Address of the Server.  Instead, enter the IP Address of the Receiving Computer or Multicast.

screenshot of [example: step 13]

14. Specify the video options by clicking on the Tools icon , located next to the Profile dropdown.

screenshot of [example: step 14]

15. Update the Bit rate, Frame Rate & Width/Height to optimize the video quality.

screenshot of bit rate, and frame rate properties

16. Click Save.

screenshot of the form window

17. Click on the Next tab in the bottom right hand corner.

screenshot of the stream output window

18. Click on the tab Stream.

screenshot of stream output window

19. The following desktop will display:

screenshot of desktop display


  • Client Side Configuration:   Perform this on the desktop for the IP Address you specified initially for streaming.?

1. Open VLC Media Player on the client machine.

2. Click on Media | Open Network Stream.

screenshot of opening VLC media player

3. Specify the Protocol as UDP. 

a. Click on the drop-down arrow below Protocol.

b. Specify the IP Address of the machine.  This is the same IP Address that was specified while configuring the VLC Server.

c. Specify the Port Number to 1234.

NOTE: The Protocol (UDP), IP Address (IP Address of the machine on which you want to stream the Desktop) & the Port (1234) remains the same as specified earlier during the set up.

screenshot of Open Media

4. Click Play, located on the bottom right hand corner of the window.

5. You are viewing the other (server) computer's desktop on this (client) computer using VLC video player.

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