Play Streaming Video or Play Music on VLC Player on your PC, Mac, Linux or any mobile computing device like ipad,iPhone,Android from Dropbox using simple trick. This guide to Play Streaming Video or Play Music on VLC Player From Dropbox, principally follows the exact idea that we have described in our older guide on how to Play Rackspace Cloud Files Streaming Video on VLC Player.
Advantages and Disadvantages to Play Streaming Video or Play Music on VLC Player From Dropbox versus Cloud Files or Akamai
The biggest advantage of using Dropbox is that, it is free. By the way, Dropbox itself is going to deliver a dedicated music service. Dropbox actually can not be compared with Akamai or Rackspace Cloud Files if you are using the streaming url or using API based call to play privately hosted files. With Dropbox everything is public and basically if people discovers logically can bring a DMCA. Probably that never happens though. Speed is slower than Akamai or Rackspace Cloud Files but faster than YouTube streaming ! Dropbox uses Amazon as IaaS.
Steps To Play Streaming Video or Play Music on VLC Player From Dropbox
In order to Play Streaming Video or Play Music on VLC Player From Dropbox, you need to upload the video in Public folder. The supported video formats are – .3gp, .3gpp, .3gpp2, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .m4v, .mpg, .mkv, .mpeg, .vob, .flv, .mts, .m2t, .ts and .dv.
First upload it in Dropbox Public Folder and copy the full URL :
Open VLC Player, for example on Windows PC, Press Command + N on Mac or CTRL + N on Windows to bring the Network Protocol dialog box and paste the URL :
As you can see from the above screenshot, hitting the Play button after pasting the URL will load the video or music and will start to play.