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Is it possible to send a command from one Raspberry Pi, to another, and open up a video file with VLC, using Python?

This is my idea that involves this:

Raspberry Pi 1, has a web server on, where user can select what movie they would like to watch - This is using Python and web.py -> Command is sent to Raspberry Pi 2 -> Plays movie through VLC.

I know to use Paramiko to use SSH between the 2 RPi's, but what command can I use to open up a video file with VLC?

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It is unclear from your question exactly what you are asking. Why involve 2 Pis?

IN any event VLC will be very slow - try the command line viewer omxplayer which uses the GPU, and is included in Rabpbian.

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