FFmpeg Camera

The ffmpeg platform allows you to use any video feed as a camera in Home Assistant via FFmpeg. This video source must support multiple simultaneous reads, because for every concurrent Home Assistant user, a connection will be made to the source every 10 seconds. Normally this should not be a problem.

To enable your FFmpeg feed in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: ffmpeg

Configuration variables:

  • input (Required): An FFmpeg-compatible input file, stream, or feed.
  • name (Optional): Override the name of your camera.
  • extra_arguments (Optional): Extra options to pass to ffmpeg, e.g., image quality or video filter options.

Image quality

You can control the image quality with extra_arguments -q:v 2-32 or with lossless option -pred 1.

If you are running into trouble with this sensor, please refer to the Troubleshooting section.