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    איינער טוט ניט פ's Avatar

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    Post 13 Useful VLC Keyboard Shortcuts and Private Streaming

    Frequent VLC user? You're missing out if you haven't memorized these keyboard shortcuts yet.

    If you're like me, you enjoy doing things faster. Using keyboard shortcuts can help you spend less time looking for buttons or menus, and more time enjoying music and videos. So take a moment to become a more efficient by reading over these VLC shortcuts:

    Space: toggle pause/play

    F: toggle full-screen (you can also use Esc to leave full-screen mode)

    Z: change zoom mode

    Ctrl + Up / Down
    : Adjust volume up/down (you can also use mouse scroll wheel for this)

    M: toggle mute

    T: display time remaining/elapsed

    + / -: play media faster/slower

    S: stop play or just press Space

    P: play media

    Ctrl + H: toggle control display

    E: watch video frame by frame

    V: toggle subtitles

    N: next item in media que

    Another One: How to Privately Stream Video with VLC

    Learn how to share synced video across Windows computers on your home or office network.

    VideoLAN (VLC) is an awesome media player that offers many features to its users for no cost. One of these features is the ability to stream videos across the same network. The steps are a little lengthy your first time through them, but are totally worth the time. So here's how to watch a synced video at home or work so everyone can enjoy it at the same time.

    Setting up the server:

    Step 1: Open VLC and then open the Media menu. Select Stream from the list of options.

    Step 2: Click the Add button under the File tab. Browse to the file you'd like to stream. Note that if you wish to stream multiple files in a row, you'll first need to create a playlist file. If this is the case, you'll want to select that playlist here.

    Step 3: Press the Stream button in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.

    Step 4: In the new window that appears, click the Next button.

    (Steps 5 and 6)

    Step 5: Open the drop-down menu that is labeled New destination. Select RTP / MPEG Transport Stream from the list and click Add.

    Step 6: Now you'll have to enter the local IP address of the device you'd like to allow streaming to. The base port can be left at its default.

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each computer that will need access to the stream.

    Tip: If you want to watch the video on the computer you're streaming from, you will need to add it using the same directions provided in steps 5 and 6.

    (Steps 7 and 8)

    Step 7: Uncheck the option labeled Active Transcoding under the Transcoding.

    Step 8: Click on the Option label. If you're having trouble seeing this button, it's because it looks more like a heading for a new area than an actual button (a flaw in the VLC UI). Hint: It's near the bottom of the window.

    Step 9: Under Miscellaneous Options, check the option labeled Stream all elementary streams and SAP announce. Enter a name for the stream in the text box next to SAP announce and click the Stream button in the bottom right-hand corner.

    Setting up the client:

    Step 1: Open VLC and click on the Show playlist button. If you don't see this button, you may be running an old copy of VLC.

    Step 2: Expand the menu for Local Network and select Network streams (SAP) from the list.

    Step 3: The stream you set up will appear in this list under the name given in step 9. Select it and hit play to begin streaming the video.
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    Adding the most useful shortcut for me: the backward/forward jumps.
    I don't remember the original shortcut, but i recommend to reconfigure it (in preferences->hotkeys) to <right> and <left> for small jumps (10s) and <up> and <down> for medium jumps (60s).

    Its so much better than using the mouse in the progress bar:
    - Didn't hear what was just said? just press <left> and he/she says again.
    - Want to jump the scene, but don't wanna lose the next? go pressing <right> until it ends, doesn't take 4s to reach exactly where you want.
    - Don't like the opening? <up><right><right><right> and you jump exactly the 1:30s

    ---------- Post added at 10:55 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:38 PM ----------

    For sharing videos in the same network, i recommend a UPNP/DLNA media server, like the MediaShare for mac (its currently free at the Mac App Store).

    That way, the client's user (the one showing the video) can browse a shared folder and freely choose the video he want, and control it as he please. You just need to start the server and the rest is on the client.
    Its compatible with VLC and with some players in others dispositives (like Ace Player for iPhone/iPad - in it, you can even use to transfer the video to the device without touching the pc). To use it on VLC is similar to the stream as you show, but you click at "Universal Plug'n'Play" - at least for the MediaShare - instead of "Network Streams".

    This way the processing goes all to the client, but at least uses less bandwidth (meaning high-speed downloads at the same time won't freeze your video as much).
    Last edited by RennanNT; 03-29-2012 at 08:59 PM.

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