VLC Media Player: Desktop Streaming


Desktop Streaming

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

1. Open VLC Media Player.

VLC Media player

2. Select Media | Open Capture Device.

Open Capture Device Tab

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

Changing to Desktop Capture Mode

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

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.

Capture Device Stream option

6. Select Next.

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)

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.

 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.

Port Number Selection

11. Active Transcoding.

 Transcoding Adjustment Screen

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

Transcoding Options

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

Bit Rate & Frame Rate properties

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

Audio Codec Update Form Window

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

Stream Output Window Transcoding Options

16. Click on the tab Stream.

Stream Output Window Miscellaneous Options

17. Now select the play button.

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.

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.

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 

8/3/2016 11:49:16 AM