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    Stream from friend to friend program easy to make?

    So I'm trying to put together a small team or single individual to develop an extremely simple program that streams video from one single user to one other. The streamed video can be live or pre-recorded. I would imagine since its directly user to user there is no need for server interaction, but my knowledge here is limited.

    So my question is. Is it possible for a single programmer to write a program that can send real time video from one friend to another friend?

    Example:
    I go to the friends list of the program and select Bob. I click 'stream from...' then it allows me to pick from my web cam, or a saved file on the hard drive. I pick 'hard drive' and start streaming him a video of me cooking some food.

    I realize that sending Bob a single file or using YouTube etc. would be more efficient. But I'm trying to prove the logic here.

    I'm aware of bandwidth limitations, quality, etc. The main concern is, can a single programmer be hired to create a “seemingly” simple friends list with a stream video option within a time frame of roughly 6 months or less.

    Again, please don’t suggest other options. I’m well aware of them. This is for a project I’m putting together so I need to know if its possible to do on a small scale or requires a massive team with a huge budget.

    I appreciate any and all feedback that relates to the topic.

    Thanks in advance.

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    If you just want to stream a captured file, I would say yes, its pretty doable. You really would need to leverage alot of existing code / projects out there like FFMPEG, VLC. The programmer would have to be above average.
    For live video, things can get pretty complicated. You really have to know what you're doing to get things working right. You might be able to scrap a solution together but it won't be too good.

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