How you can stream video to an iPad or iPhone using VLC Streamer

If your videos and music tracks are stored on a single computer, would it not be great a good way to stream them for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with no need to shell out for an entire-blown media server? Needless to say it might, and VLC Streamer is the app to help you do that.

As its name implies, VLC Streamer is predicated on VLC Media Player, meaning it’ll run most — if not all — video stored to your PC or Mac, without requiring conversion first. And if you are prepared to place up with ads, you can too get all of this functionality completely free. Here’s how.

Install VLC Streamer Helper

First, open the App Store in your iOS device and look for ‘VLC Streamer’. Select VLC Streamer Free and install it within the usual way.

Now switch for your computer, browse to the VLC Streamer Helper download page and download the Windows, Mac or Linux version of VLC Streamer Helper. Double-click the setup file and follow the prompts to put in this system. Once installed, Windows users should leave ‘Run VLC Streamer now’ ticked and click on Finish to configure the Helper. Mac users might want to manually launch it from the Applications folder.

Select video to stream

You can queue up video to stream from either your computer or your mobile. To take action using your computer, double-click VLC Streamer’s taskbar notification area icon (Windows), or click its menu bar icon and decide ‘Add movies’ (Mac). First, click the ‘Conversion quality’ drop-down menu and decide which resolution you would like to stream the movie in. Each setting, from ‘Low bandwidth’ to ‘Very high resolution’ comes with a proof that will help you choose the simplest one in your needs.

Once done, either click ‘Add movies’ to choose the video to stream, or open a separate folder window and drag the movie you must watch onto the ‘Drag movies here’ pane (as pictured above).

Wait and watch

You’ll see the movie appear within the queued movie box, with its status marked as ‘processing’. While it’s possible to look at movies as they’re processing, i like to recommend waiting until it’s marked as ‘complete’ before continuing.

You can queue up as many movies as you adore. Once you wait, switch to the Settings tab and tick ‘Start automatically’ if you want VLC Streamer Helper to run at startup, so it’s usually available when your computer’s switched on and connected. Now open VLC Streamer in your mobile, wait while your computer is detected and faucet it under ‘Visible computers’ (pictured above left). Your queued movie(s) should appear (pictured above right). Tap one to observe it.

Add videos remotely

You shouldn’t have to take a seat at your computer to queue up video to observe — you can too select content directly out of your iOS device.

Just tap ‘Add a movie’, then browse your computer’s entire drive for videos to observe (pictured above left). Tap one to pick it, then choose your conversion settings. You have got an identical four basic choices as present in VLC Streamer Helper, but switch to the Advanced tab and you may independently set the video width, video bit rate and audio bit rate from a sequence of decisions (pictured above right). Select the Manual tab to input these figures manually. Tap Watch! to view the video — the save option only works with the paid version of the app.

Advanced settings

If you encounter issues with playback, check the VLC Streamer wiki for troubleshooting advice. Most problems will also be resolved by tweaking the video’s conversion settings. Import the video again using different settings and if the issue persists, click ‘Advanced conversion settings’ in VLC Streamer Helper or tap Settings > Conversion Settings from the major menu within the iOS app to make further changes.