Ever wanted to synchronize audio playback over multiple devices? I have. VLC is the key player in this use case:
I have a laptop/pc in my bedroom and a server/media centre in the living area.
I have shared central storage, so both computers can access the media.
I also have RDP, VNC and PowerShell remoting enabled so that I can remotely control one from the other.
VLC is installed on both.
Edit: My little cousin didn’t get it at a glance, and he’s tech savvy – so maybe this will help explain why/how it’s used:
[4:40:36 PM] Kyle nolastname: pretty neat but, what for?
[4:47:18 PM] William (Rex) Hardin: Well, right now for instance
[4:47:30 PM] William (Rex) Hardin: I’m playing an audio stream on both my speaker setup in my bedroom
[4:47:36 PM] William (Rex) Hardin: and my speaker setup in the living room
[4:47:43 PM] William (Rex) Hardin: and they’re both in sync
[4:47:53 PM] William (Rex) Hardin: I can walk between the rooms, and not notice and difference
Here’s how we’ll utilize VLC’s multicast streaming services to synchronize audio playback on multiple networked devices.
Configure the Media Server
Step 1: Start a Stream
Step 2: Open the Stream
In my case, I RDP to my other clients in the house/apartment and repeat “Step 2: Open the Stream”. This should go without saying, but you only need one instance of VLC on your additional computers where you want to listen to the stream.