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I have a Arch Linux server and I'm currently using the mjpeg format to stream a security camera. The problem is that mjpeg is a bad format in terms of compression. It compress frames individually so the stream is heavy and requires a lot of bandwidth.

I'm looking for a way to stream using a format like H264 or Theora. I know vlc can do that but it's not server suitable.

What are your recommendations?

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What's wrong with VLC on a server? It has command-line and curses interfaces, so you don't need a GUI. – Patches Aug 14 '11 at 5:15
gstreamer - it's absolutely fantastic, and has a TCP/UDP server option, as well as v4l2 bindings. – new123456 Aug 14 '11 at 16:02
Can you tell me an idea of how to use gstreamer? Thanks! – tomm89 Aug 15 '11 at 3:34

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