You can also view on your computer
Learn about and download VLC from here.
IntroductionIt is also possible for you to watch these live broadcasts from your
own computer using a program called VLC. This is powerful, yet
easy to use, video viewer, that can be downloaded and installed on your
computer to capture the video data stream on our network and on let you
watch and hear it. The quality of the results that you will get
will depend upon the speed of your computer and the graphics card that
it has. It is expected that most computers that are 3 years old
or less will perform adequately. The data stream is being
multicast, which means that the data is only sent once no matter how
many people are watching.
Download and installing VLC
VLC, or the Video Lan Client, is a project of the VideoLAN team at
the Ecole Centrale Paris in France and assisting developers
around the world. The team has made this freely available
for download and use for a wide variety of operating
systems, including Windows, MacOS and several versions of
Linux. VLC is needed to watch the Jason broadcast and
it is also a very useful tool to for watching a number of
different video formats.
To download VLC to your computer, go to http://www.videolan.org
and select the client appropriate for your operating system.
After the download is complete, you can install it taking all the
Running and testing VLC
VLC is a very flexible video media player with many, many
options. The following steps are intended to guide through the
specific steps needed to prepare to watch the type of video that
will be used for the Jason multicast.
- Start VLC (on Windows double click on the orange and white traffic cone like icon.)
- Go the File menu on and select "Open Network Stream. . ."
- In the window that then appears select the option "UDP/Multicast" and enter either
184.108.40.206 (Research Channel) or 220.127.116.11 (UWTV) as an IP address. The default port of 1234 is fine.
should now by watching and hearing whatever presentations that these
channels happen to be showing. The picture should be clear and
free of video artifacts. If one of these addresses does not work,
then try the other as occasionally one or the other is "off the
air." These are much lower quality videos than will be sent from
Jason, so if you computer has trouble displaying them, it is probably
best to think about watching from one of the auditoriums.
Viewing the Jason multicast
After you have verified that VLC is working satisfactorily on your
computer, you can try watching the channel that Jason will use even
outside of the scheduled show times. It is not certain
what you will see or even that anything will be showing. Much of
the time, you will see a live, high definition video scene of the
University of Washington campus accompanied by a local radio
station. This is being multicast at the same resolution that will
be used by Jason (20 Mbits/sec). It should be sharp and free of
artifacts. If you a signifcant break up of the picture or large
splotchy areas, it is likely that your computer cannot process this
complex a video signal. Before giving up, however, try a while
later or see if others are getting the same results as it could be that
the technicians somewhere along the line are adjusting things.
To watch this high-definition video multicast follow the same steps 1-3 above except enter the IP address 18.104.22.168