Is there a way to browse a media server (MediaTomb) with a media player (VLC)?

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Published on 2011-07-12T04:25:12Z Indexed on 2012/12/16 5:08 UTC
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I currently have an EEE PC set up with LinuxMint as my media server using MediaTomb.

I use VLC as my media player on another Windows computer to watch videos off the media server. It works fine, but the current process is:

  1. Open up browser and navigate to folder
  2. Find the file I want to play and copy URL
  3. Paste URL into VLC and watch.

This is fine for me on the PC, but it is a little troublesome for my parents to grasp (or for me to use on the phone).

Ideally I'd like to:

  1. Open up VLC
  2. Browse to the file (using VLC)
  3. Click/select to play

If there is any solution which is similar to this, please let me know. I'm willing to change the software on both server and client to accommodate (although it somewhat depends on which formats are supported on the server)

Side note:
I've tried searching online for this but I find a lot of jargon such as "media server/centre", media streaming, DLNA, UPNP and feel that some people are either using them interchangeably or incorrectly.

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