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Vintila

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Post Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:45 pm

VLC as DLNA player

I was looking for a Windows XP DLNA media player without success, only XMBC was suggested which was more than I needed. However a I have discovered that VLC version 2 can work as a DLNA / UPnP on Windows / Linux (I have not tested it on MacOs X.)

It quite easy, just choose View --> Playlist -->Local Network -->Universal Plug’n Play., then you will find the Servio Server and all your folders.

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serviio-buddy

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Post Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:19 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

This works great except it doesn't seem to play any live video streams.

Update 3/11/12 - This does pickup some live streams that I've tried. Great find! It even plays live streams that XBMC doesn't play. :D
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jhb50

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Post Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:45 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

It will play all but rtmp streams which vlc does not support.
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Vintila

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Post Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:13 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

serviio-buddy wrote:This works great except it doesn't seem to play any live video streams.


I can play any stream added to Servio through online RRS/ Feeds.

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greenythebeast

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Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:23 am

Re: VLC as DLNA player

Doesn't seem to work for VLC 2.0 on Mac :( Are there any other DLNA clients for Mac?

Edit: Nevermind, it does seem to work, but it took very long to discover Serviio.
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abubin

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Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:18 am

Re: VLC as DLNA player

if you are going to play movies through PC/mac, why not use network shares? That is much faster and will support any format that your media player supports?

The only reason I can think of for using DLNA player through a Pc/mac is for testing purposes?
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PeterT

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Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:16 am

Re: VLC as DLNA player

abubin wrote:if you are going to play movies through PC/mac, why not use network shares? That is much faster and will support any format that your media player supports?

The only reason I can think of for using DLNA player through a Pc/mac is for testing purposes?


One other benefit of VLC is that you will be able to select the media using the Metadata that has been downloaded for it, as opposed to the directory structure / file structure of the fie system where the files are stored.
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abubin

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Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:30 am

Re: VLC as DLNA player

oh yeah...didn't thought of that. Still, would rather use conventional method for watching videos online or offline if using pc/mac. DLNA technology is not there yet to take over such method.
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kappclark

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Post Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:56 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

Works like a champ - thx for posting this ..

I can get the streams on my computer upstairs ... ethernet to be sure..

I am glad to know VLC has added the DLNA feature ...
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Xmantium

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Post Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:50 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

Wow!! Really nice find!! :D

I just happen to Google "Windows DNLA video player" and found this post! :)
Zip is there any chance you can change "Windows Media Player" to "VLC Media Player" when it detects VLC?
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zip

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Post Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:05 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

It's probably Windows Media Player that gets detected. I only support 1 device per IP so the last that connects to Serviio is the one in the list. You'd have to disable media sharing in Windows to get rid of WMP.
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lunokhod

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Post Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:25 am

Re: VLC as DLNA player

I can't seem to get any further than the Serviio Icon appearing in VLC... no folders, flies, etc. are visible.
I know Serviio is working 'cause I can access my media on my WDTV Live and Integra AV amplifier.

What am I doing wrong?
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jhb50

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Post Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:41 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

VLC is slow to get the info. Just click on Serviio and wait a few minutes. The list of folders should appear.
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Post Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:49 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

jhb50 wrote:VLC is slow to get the info. Just click on Serviio and wait a few minutes. The list of folders should appear.

Veryyyyyyyyyy slow.
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lunokhod

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Post Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

Thanks for that... yes it works!

You would think that with all the processing power of a modern PC that this might be a little quicker?

Thanks for the input guys!
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will

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Post Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:56 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

The reason it is so slow is that VLC requests information about EVERY folder/virtual folder and its contents in on go, rather than requesting it as it is needed. This is tbh a really poor implementation as it makes it very slow, is unneeded as its unlikely that the user would want to look at every folder, and means you have to restart VLC if you add any new files.
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candyflip

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Post Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:52 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

hello,

does Vlc support .srt over DLNA?
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jhb50

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Post Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:59 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

Why don't you try it and see?
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candyflip

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Post Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

jhb50 wrote:Why don't you try it?


because i tried it, and i have no subtitles :(

i dont know if this is serviio or vlc problem
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Post Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:56 pm

Re: VLC as DLNA player

Try to give the IP where your VLC is running a Vier profile, or wdtv. The generic profile has no subtitles.
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