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The idea is to start a video stream from one computer and watch it on another with the ability to start/stop the stream. I think I could do this with VLC but i haven't been able to figure out how.

I've tried the following:
(From the official forum)

Stream with RTSP and RTP:
on the server, run:
% vlc -vvv input_stream --sout '#rtp{dst=,port=1234,sdp=rtsp://}'

on the client(s), run:
% vlc rtsp://

But this doesn't give me the ability to start/stop the stream from the client. According to the VLC release note something called "Trick play" was added in version 1.0. This seems to be what I'm looking for but i can't find any documentation that descibes how to use it.

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I've been using sshfs for remote on-demand streaming. It works very very well. Using sshfs you can in fact just mount the remote directory via:

sshfs remotemachine: /media/directory

and then you can access the remote folder as a local folder, thus you can launch vlc, through command line or through a file manager as usual.

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Everything in the VLC forums including the the release notes talks about adding trickplay to the RTSP client (playback only). I don't think that trickplay is implemented on the server yet. You may have to use a server such as LIVE555 Media Server to do your streaming.

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