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I am researching a project for a theatre company that would like to offer its visitors a live video of sign language, streamed to their smartphones (ex. iPhone in this case) during a show for the hearing impaired.

This is to be only over wifi but must handle multiple iPhone devices being fed.

A modern mac mini, video camera, and wifi router are already available at the server end.

I did find a few options (1, 2, 3).

But am curious if anyone has direct experience having done something like this already?

Lastly, the option to develop a custom iPhone app is not out of the scope either. But I figure such a task has been done many times before and so why reinvent the wheel.

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Some form of HTTP streaming would probably be the simplest option, then you only have to get a video streaming web server, no work at all at the iPhone end.

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Option 1: I like that, VLC was also my first thought. Add a webserver in the mix and you're done. This should get you trough the first phases of testing, maybe it's even suitable for production.

Option 2: There should be plenty out of the box solutions, this one doesn't look too convincing, but it's a good road to be walking.

Option 3: If you're going to get serious about this and make something from scratch yourself, this would be the way to go. Here's an article I found on the subject: http://www.ioncannon.net/programming/452/iphone-http-streaming-with-ffmpeg-and-an-open-source-segmenter/

If you run into network speed problems you might have to look into a broadcast protocol instead of http.

If you can avoid building an app, that would be great. Please look into making this compatible with Android from the start!

Just print a QR code for a URL on the ticket or something, so every breed of smartphone can use this.

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