Do-It-Yourself Video-On-Demand with VideoLAN – Start breathing because there’s no answers coming. In my search for a simple and free way to make my own home video on demand streaming server, it would appear that such a thing does not exist, yet. VLC has the ability, but it doesn’t seem to be working 100%. Also, it would seem that the RTSP protocol is still in its infancy and implementations are not consistent across platforms/applications (maybe resulting the jitter that comes and goes that I cannot seem to resolve). Here’s some short instructions on how to get something up-and-running to play with:

Server setup command line:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” –ttl 12 -vvv –color -I telnet –telnet-password videolan –rtsp-host=

To Setup a new vod:
telnet localhost 4212
new Test vod enabled
setup Test input movie.avi

To launch VLC and request the VOD:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” rtsp://

1. The streamed video is intermittently jittery/jerky (streaming 1 or streaming 10; it doesn’t seem to matter).
2. I can’t see what I’m typing in the telnet session.

In case it matters, I did all this in Windows 7 from an elevated command prompt (run as administrator).