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Link to this post 08 May 11

Tried VLC (don't know why I didn't think of it - it's my default player on Windows)

The lenny repository version is quite old (0.8.6) and has the codecs stripped out by the debby people and specifically says that it isn't great at streaming, so I'm not suprised that after a couple of hours of fiddling I can't get it to work.

Any other ideas? Ideally I'd have something like mediatomb that can handle transcoding etc but over http.

TIA,

Joe

Link to this post 08 May 11

VLC is up to version 1.1.9 in sid, same as the version available to me in fedora 15. Codecs are easy enough to obtain. Since the requires are limited in vlc, if your good at apt, it might be a simple install. The only reason I'm telling you this is because it's the only app I'm familiar with for this purpose.
Hopefully others may come up with some alternatives for you.

Link to this post 08 May 11

jmcnulty wrote:


I've been running Debian on my servers for years (and RedHat before that). Among the many tasks my home server has is that it runs Mediatomb to my PS3 - excellent and I'm very happy with it.

Now when I think about it you already use Mediatomb to stream over you LAN right? UPnP I read on there page: http://mediatomb.cc/dokuwiki/faq:faq

I'm not sure but is it not possible to access the LAN with OpenVPN mentioned in the faq I linked above.

Link to this post 08 May 11

asedt wrote:



Now when I think about it you already use Mediatomb to stream over you LAN right? UPnP I read on there page: http://mediatomb.cc/dokuwiki/faq:faq

I'm not sure but is it not possible to access the LAN with OpenVPN mentioned in the faq I linked above.

Yeah, I was reading the mediatomb stuff earlier.

I *could* use vpn (actually I'd use samba tunnelled over SSH as I use tunnelling all the time for VNC while away anyway) - I used to use the vpn setup on ip-cop a lot at work and at home, the problem I have then is getting mediatomb to a) not transcode when I'm on the PS3 at home and b) transcode to a lower bitrate when I'm out of the house at my girlfriends. From looking at the mediatomb setup I can set transcodes by filetype, but not by machine accessing the file. Obviously I'd prefer to keep full quality for LAN viewing, but even a 5mb upload won't work reliably at full data rate.

I'll have a look at getting a later version of vlc - I got the webgui working no problem, just no stream and then I found the notes about the old version not coping well with streaming. The VLC website wasn't too helpful at first glance for finding the later versions, but I'll keep looking.

As for the sid version - I'll look, but it depends on just how many includes it needs. I have Lenny as the server needs needs to be rock solid stable (it's an external-facing web/mail server as well), I know it's probably over-cautious (my IT manager background), but I want to keep experimental packages off it.

Thanks for the help!

Joe

Link to this post 08 May 11

Just an update - have got vlc to work by running the latest windows version in a VM on the server. It's horribly inelegant from a resources point of view and I'd prefer an all-linux solution on the server side, but it works fine.

I'll keep looking :)

Joe

Link to this post 09 May 11

Just wondering but what Debian 64-bit are you running?

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