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Is There a Way to Watch a Video as it is Recording on a LAN?

Would like to watch videos that are currently being recorded on one computer on my LAN from another computer on the same LAN. Is there a way to do this?

I can use network sharing and I can see the video file increasing in size as it's being recorded but I can only play to the point the recording was at when I started watching. Any way around this problem besides starting over and over again and again? Media Server? Network Drive?

I'm using Windows 7 64 bit.

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Would like to watch videos that are currently being recorded on one computer on my LAN from another computer on the same LAN. Is there a way to do this?

I can use network sharing and I can see the video file increasing in size as it's being recorded but I can only play to the point the recording was at when I started watching. Any way around this problem besides starting over and over again and again? Media Server? Network Drive?

I'm using Windows 7 64 bit.

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This sounds like it would really depend on what is doing the recording. The problem is that when you are recording to say a single file (you mentioned you can see it growing) that file is more than likely locked by the application that is doing the recording. At the same time a lot of the file can / will be stored in memory and not actually written to the disc in real time. So unless the application supports some kind of a streaming / live view (like with Security Cameras) it might not be possible.

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The recording program may very well have the file locked but it still lets me watch the video up to the point where it had already recorded when I started watching the video. For example, if 15 minutes have been recorded when I start watching then I can only watch 15 minutes of the video even though 15 minutes more has been written to the video file by the time I watch the first 15 minutes. Apparently, the viewing program assumes the file is complete when opened so it doesn't attempt to play any more than the file size when opened.

Just thought there might be some way around that gotcha.

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I found an answer to my problem.

I installed the newest versions of VLC and MPC-HC, and, unlike my older versions, they will continue to play a file being recorded unless the file is locked as funhouse69 suggested and then they won't play it at all.

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