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Old 09-12-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Question VLC Streaming And The Command Line

I began experimenting with VLC today since I am getting choppy performance with mplayer when streaming music videos over my WIFI connection at home. Videolan performs much better when I use UDP streaming so I want to stick with it. However, one thing I did with mplayer was to use playlists of music videos to make it simple to watch related videos. I am trying to get the same functionality by using VLC's command line to have it stream all the videos in a playlist ( one at a time, of course! ) , but I do not see a way to do it in the documentation / help.

I tried the -playlist command and also tried just giving it a playlist as the input stream. Neither method works. Also I am trying figure out ( using transcoding ) the best audio and video codecs to use over a low bandwith connection( I have WIFI Super G ( 90-100MBs ) but it acts like it is a 10MB connectio ) .

Also I tried using a simple "for" loop to have loop through a list and call the vlc application with each file as the argument, that doesn't work either as after VLC finishes a
stream, it just sits there and doesn't close so that my loop can tell it to start the next stream. i.e. "for i in ./*.mpeg;do vlc -vvv ...;done;"

Any ideas? Experiences?


Old 06-30-2005, 11:15 PM   #2
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I am resurrecting this thread, only because it contained my search words, and it seemed that no one ever answered the initial question, though my question is slightly different

i have always run a stream in vlc mms: file, and it worked great

as of late, the video is poor, and when i checked the site on an xp box, it worked fine, so it is not the site

i can also use kdplayer to view the site, but kplayer has a delay from sound to video, but vlc worked better

so i really would like to get the vlc to have a smoother delivery. I have not touched any settings (mainly because i wouldnt know where to begin) but if anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

when i say choppy, the digital display is full of little squares, so you can barely see the actual stream.


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