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 the VLC Media player

2. Select Media | Open Capture Device.

screenshot of the Open Capture Device Tab

3. The default Capture Mode is DirectShow. Change the Capture Mode to Desktop.

screenshot of the Changing to Desktop Capture Mode

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

screenshot of changing the frame rate

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

screenshot of Capture Device, Stream

6. Select Next.

screenshot of the Stream Output Window

7. Check the box for Display Locally. Then click on the drop-down arrow next to New Destination and set it to UDP.  (The default is File)

screenshot of the Active Transcoding, Local Display & UDP activation

8. Click on Add.

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

 screenshot of the IP Address description Screen

10. 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 the Port Number Selection

11. Active Transcoding.

 screenshot of the Transcoding Adjustment Screen

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

screenshot of the Transcoding Options

13. Update the Bit rate, Frame Rate & Resolution/Filters to optimize the video quality.

screenshot of the Bit Rate & Frame Rate properties

14. Go to the Audio codec tab and Click Save.

screenshot of the Audio Codec Update Form Window

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

screenshot of the Stream Output Window Transcoding Options

16. Click on the tab Stream.

screenshot of the Stream Output Window Miscellaneous Options

17. Now select the play button.

screenshot of the Network Protocol Play Button


  • 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 the Open Network Stream Dropdown

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 the Open Media Selection

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.


Referenced: VLC 

8/26/2015 11:52:06 AM