Streaming to ActiveX for Windows Media Player

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This page describes how to stream to ActiveX for Windows Media Player. Other "how to" pages

Use case

  • Stream from a webcam on computer A (running Microsoft Windows) to
  • Computer B (running Linux) which broadcasts the stream to
  • Computer C (running Microsoft Windows) with a web browser and Windows Media Player


Computer A

Configure your capture device as follows:

Type Codec
Video codec DIV3 or possibly WMV
Audio codec mp3
Container ASF
  • Use communication settings that Windows Media Player recognizes, such as:
Item Suggested value
Transport MMSH
Address Computer A's IP address, say
Port Any value over 8000, say 8123

Computer B

  • Install vlc (e.g., via yum) or build from source
  • Invoke vlc with the command line options to stream to via a port (e.g., 8456) on computer B (with IP address
vlc -vvv mmsh:// --sout='#standard{access=mmsh,mux=asfh,url=}'
  • Embed the following in a web page (e.g., in /home/myaccount/public_html/bcast.htm) to be served from computer B:
<OBJECT id="Player" width="320" height="240" CLASSID="CLSID:6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6" type="application/x-oleobject">
<PARAM NAME="SendPlayStateChangeEvents" VALUE="True">
<PARAM NAME="AutoStart" VALUE="True">
<PARAM name="uiMode" value="full">
<PARAM name="PlayCount" value="9999">
<PARAM NAME="stretchtofit" value="true">

Computer C

  • Browse the web page from computer B (e.g.,

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