The FFmpeg component allows other Home Assistant components to process video and audio streams. This component supports all FFmpeg versions since 3.0.0; if you have a older version, please update.
You need the
ffmpeg binary in your system path. On Debian 8 or Raspbian (Jessie) you can install it from debian-backports. If you want hardware acceleration support on a Raspberry Pi, you will need to build from source by yourself. Windows binaries are available on the FFmpeg website.
To set it up, add the following information to your
- ffmpeg_bin (Optional): Default ‘ffmpeg’. The name or path to the
- run_test (Optional): Default True. Check if
inputis usable by ffmpeg.
To get the binary on Raspbian Debian Jessie Lite on a RPi you need to perform the following:
$ sudo apt-get install libav-tools
This will get a forked version of ffmpeg called avconv, once this is installed you need to use the following in the configuration:
ffmpeg: ffmpeg_bin: /usr/bin/avconv
In most cases,
ffmpeg automatically detects all needed options to read a video or audio stream or file. But it is possible in rare cases that you will need to set options to help
First check that your stream is playable by
ffmpeg outside of Home Assistant with (use option
-vn to disable video or audio stream):
$ ffmpeg -i INPUT -an -f null -
Now you should be able to see what is going wrong. The following list contains some common problems and solutions:
[rtsp @ ...] UDP timeout, retrying with TCP: You need to set an RTSP transport in the configuration with:
input: -rtsp_transport tcp -i INPUT
[rtsp @ ...] Could not find codec parameters for stream 0 (Video: ..., none): unspecified size: FFmpeg needs more data or time for autodetection (the default is 5 seconds). You can set the
probesizeoptions to experiment with giving FFmpeg more leeway. If you find the needed value, you can set it with:
input: -analyzeduration xy -probesize xy -i INPUT. More information about this can be found here.