Re: Streaming Video from a Debian box
On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:54:09AM -0500, Kent West wrote:
> Do I understand that there's no pre-packaged Debian solution for
> streaming videos from the Debian/apache box to other clients, similar to
> how YouTube streams videos?
> I found Icecast, but the official site indicated it's an audio streamer
> only, although I saw a reference or two elsewhere about it possibly
> streaming theora files. (Which would work, if I can convert my
> Mac-generated .mp4 file into theora. (I only used the Mac for its iMovie
> app; openmovieeditor crashed on me, and seemed ... "weak".))
> I also found Apple's Darwin, but that just seems .., tainted ,..
> somehow, and I'm not sure it would work anyway.
> So, what's the solution for setting up my own Youtube-like service on my
> Debian box?
So... by streaming, do you mean live video? If so, the solutions the others
have given are fine.
If you're looking to setup something "Youtube-like", where there are a bunch of
videos and people can watch them, you just need to embed an FLV player in
webpages. A quick Google turned up this:
The "Maxi" player looks decent. If you Google for "free flv player" or "open
source flv player" and I'm sure you'll find more if that one isn't good enough.
The tricky bit of Youtube (other than bandwidth) is getting the videos into FLV
format. When someone uploads a video, you'll have to set up queued processing
to convert it to FLV in the right sizes, etc. Of course, if you're the only
one doing uploads, then that's not really an issue.
Eric Gerlach, Network Administrator
Federation of Students
University of Waterloo
p: (519) 888-4567 x36329