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Learn how to share synced video across Windows computers on your home or office network.

VideoLAN (VLC) is an awesome media player that offers many features to its users for no cost. One of these features is the ability to stream videos across the same network. The steps are a little lengthy your first time through them, but are totally worth the time. So here's how to watch a synced video at home or work so everyone can enjoy it at the same time.

If you don't already have it, you can download VLC for free.

Setting up the server:

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Step 1: Open VLC and then open the Media menu. Select Stream from the list of options.

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Step 2: Click the Add button under the File tab. Browse to the file you'd like to stream. Note that if you wish to stream multiple files in a row, you'll first need to create a playlist file. If this is the case, you'll want to select that playlist here.

Step 3: Press the Stream button in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.

Step 4: In the new window that appears, click the Next button.

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Steps 5 and 6.

Step 5: Open the drop-down menu that is labeled New destination. Select RTP / MPEG Transport Stream from the list and click Add.

Step 6: Now you'll have to enter the local IP address of the device you'd like to allow streaming to. The base port can be left at its default.

Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each computer that will need access to the stream.

Tip: If you want to watch the video on the computer you're streaming from, you will need to add it using the same directions provided in steps 5 and 6.

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Steps 7 and 8.

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Step 9: Under Miscellaneous Options, check the option labeled Stream all elementary streams and SAP announce. Enter a name for the stream in the text box next to SAP announce and click the Stream button in the bottom right-hand corner.

Setting up the client:

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Step 1: Open VLC and click on the Show playlist button. If you don't see this button, you may be running an old copy of VLC.

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Steps 2 and 3.

Step 2: Expand the menu for Local Network and select Network streams (SAP) from the list.

Step 3: The stream you set up will appear in this list under the name given in step 9. Select it and hit play to begin streaming the video.

How do you stream videos at home or work? And what video player is your favorite?

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How do you stream videos at home or work? And what video player is your favorite?

I have the content stored on a NAS (Network-attached Storage). It's easily accessible from every connected computer that way. For video watch on my main tv I use a D-Link wireless media server. I have not spent time finding out how to stream video to my smartphone or Ipod yet.

As for video player preference. I tend to switch players a lot...

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One of the things is like about VLC is that it can read Firefox's .part files.

So all I need to do is start downloading a moive, and drag and drop it into VLC.

It's nice when you don't need to wait for your movie to download.

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