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What setup can be used to stream video from Ubuntu?

I'd like to find something that would

  1. Use my laptop webcam to produce a stream a H.264 IP-camera working over RTP/RTSP would produce.
  2. Produce a similar stream from a static video file saved on disk.

gstreamer with its powerful ffmpeg plugin seems to be the tool to work with streaming on Ubuntu. How can I use them for my purpose? Maybe there are other solutions?

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you can take a look at vlc / videolan. it can stream data both from files and from camera / digitizer. as bonus you can handle not only multiple unicast connections, but also generate multicast streams.

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@pQd, Thanks, I'm now diving into VLC, do you know any good tutorials on streaming from VLC? – Alex Aug 15 '09 at 16:57
@Alex - take a look at vlc tutorial: or just google. vlc has quite lively forum: - you might find plenty of answers there. – pQd Aug 15 '09 at 18:46

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