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streaming media

I would like to stream media from my home computer, I have set up a file server and I can access my computer from the internet.
I would like to know which program I can use in order to stream on demand, which means that I can select the file that I can to view and click on it and the player would start showing it.

I need to program, and if necesary instructions on how to set it up.
I already know about videolan, but I do not know how to set it up for the on demand function, the instructions are not very good.

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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
by the way, I would like the program to be free, I have a win xp pro computer.
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simkissCommented:
do you want it available the public, or do you just need it for private use?  If private, you can use features built into XP Pro.
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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
well, I want it to be public also, but what features can I use fro private, this is insteresting.
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simkissCommented:
I use RDP (Remote Desktop) myself.  When I'm home, for example, I connect to work (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Communication > Remote Desktop) then I'm just sitting (virtually) at my work desk.  I can open the webcam at my desk at work and see it on my home PC.  I can open Windows Media Player, for example, on my work PC and it streams the video and audio directly to my desktop at home as if I were sitting at the desk at work.  You can even make your printers and drives available so you can drag and drop between the two PCs or print at either location.  It's really handy as long as the host has decent bandwidth.  My work PC has 6.3M down/768kbps up so with 768k up it's really fast--nearly realtime for just about everything.  If you are interested in setting it up, I can assist you with the Windows end.  If either side has a router or is running ICS, I can guide you to which ports to forward (I had to do the same... both ends of my setup are using internal IPs).
I don't know how much that will help you, but it's a great tool to have and all built right into XP Pro.  You can make a "call" from an XP Home PC, but you need XP Pro to "host" the service.




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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
are you sure that sound is also passed between the computers?
I work with remote desktops all the time (using logmein.com)

ok, this is an ok solution, it is good for me, but it is not 100% what I want, because as I mentioned I do have a file server and I want to do it for other people, but you will get some points for that if I try it and it works.

Thank you
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simkissCommented:
yes, sound and video work great.  I can even watch TV through the connection because my home PC has TV software/Cable TV connector.  It's a nice thing to be at work, just log on to home, pull up the TV program and watch the History Channel while eating lunch at my work desk :o).

for your file server, depending upon how secure it needs to be (designated pc?)  you could create a guest logon for the public that would have restricted access to what you want.  any user you create with name/password can be logged onto via RDP.

 
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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
it is not working for me.
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simkissCommented:
have you setup IIS on the host and opened 2 ports for each connection?
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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
yes, I just cannot have the audio, and the video is not streaming correctly
I want to be able to stream video normaly, like websites do.
it is the best way and I do want other people to be able to watch them from their computer withot me giving them a remote connection to mine.
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simkissCommented:
hmmm.  it's difficult to say why yours is not working.  i can go through the steps with you.  (obviously this method isn't for clients if you want to stream the data to their wmp.
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roadhog_NZCommented:
im sure there are many different options.... however i only know about macromedia flash and quicktime.
both enable you to easily make a file capable of streaming for the web, as for free......
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simkissCommented:
yes, i use flash to stream video on one of my websites.  

did you use these instructions to setup RDP?
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/northrup_03may16.mspx

also, the setting to determine if there is no audio, audio at the host, or audio at the client is in...
start > all programs > accessories > communications > remote desktop > options > local resources > remote computer sound
incidentally that's also where you decide to "bring" your drives to the host PC allowing you to drag and drop from pc to pc
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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
I am still wating for a solution that is simple. with flash and with quicktime I am not sure of how to go at it, I am looking for simplicity, I am doing it for fun and not for business, that is why I need it to be free and simple, I just wondered if there is a way.
So far I have not encountered a way to achieve this.
If quicktime or flash are simple I would like to know with which programs I can do it and an outline of the steps (just what ever is not obvoius) in order to achieve this.
(for example, do I need to store all the movies in the wwwroot folder, or can I just choose a folder from my computer and just select to stream from there ((that is my "dream" request)))

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roadhog_NZCommented:
its easy enough for you to stream the files from any folder you choose, dreams come true
both flash and quicktime are easy enough with a few simple pointers, i would choose flash
free is the problem.
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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
sorry for not updating this for a while.
but the answers were not completely good. I have found 2 ways to do this by myself, but not even those are a simple click.
there is the option to do it with camtasia and the option to do it with pinnacle studio.
there should be an easier way.

I am closing the question.
Although I appreciate the answers I got, none really answered the main question the way it was asked, so I wont be giving full points.

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roadhog_NZCommented:
Its sort of pointless going into instructions on how to set up flash or quicktime (or any other app for that matter) if you then cant afford the app, or choose another.
Case in point you appear to have gone for camtasia and pinnacle studio (incidently pinnacle studio is a brand like macromedia and actually describes relatively nothing).
Had you made some sort of commitment to a particular app im sure you would have got the feedback you required.

Thank you for the points, still happy to help if i can, perhaps what your really trying to do is stream a live feed?
p.s With flash you just import your media to the timeline select sync=stream and click publish.... easy peasy
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nathan_romanoAuthor Commented:
What I wanted to do is choose a folder on my computer and allow the users to just click on the file and to be able to see the stream.
I understand that all the other options require for me to do some steps, and actually convert each file to stream it, and possible also have a page with all the names of all the files to be able to click and watch the stream.
that is kind of ok, but not absolutely what I wanted.
one website that gives a solution similar to what I want (but it is not free) is streamload.com
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