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The purpose with ffplayout is to provide a 24/7 broadcasting solution that plays a json playlist for every day, while keeping the current playlist editable.

Check ffplayout-frontend: web-based GUI for ffplayout


  • have all values in a separate config file
  • dynamic playlist
  • replace missing playlist or clip with a dummy clip
  • playing clips from watched folder
  • send emails with error message
  • overlay a logo
  • overlay text, controllable through messenger over libzmq
  • EBU R128 loudness normalization (single pass) (experimental)
  • loop clip in playlist which out value is higher then its duration, see also Loop Clip
  • loop playlist infinitely
  • trim and fade the last clip, to get full 24 hours
  • when playlist is not 24 hours long, loop filler clip until time is full
  • set custom day start, so you can have playlist for example: from 6am to 6am, instate of 0am to 12pm
  • normal system requirements and no special tools
  • no GPU power is needed
  • stream to server or play on desktop
  • on posix systems ffplayout can reload config with SIGHUP
  • logging to files, or colored output to console
  • add filters to input, if is necessary to match output stream:
    • yadif (deinterlacing)
    • pad (letterbox or pillarbox to fit aspect)
    • fps (change fps)
    • scale (fit target resolution)
    • aevalsrc (if video have no audio)
    • apad (add silence if audio duration is to short)
    • tpad (add black frames if video duration is to short)
  • add custom filters
  • add custom arguments
  • different types of output:
    • stream
    • desktop
    • HLS
    • custom
  • Multi Channel


  • python version 3.6+
  • python module watchdog (only when playlist_mode: False)
  • python module colorama if you are on windows
  • python modules PyYAML, requests, supervisor
  • ffmpeg v4.2+ and ffprobe (ffplay if you want to play on desktop)
  • if you want to overlay text, ffmpeg needs to have libzmq
  • RAM and CPU depends on video resolution, minimum 4 threads and 3GB RAM for 720p are recommend

JSON Playlist Example

    "channel": "Test 1",
    "date": "2019-03-05",
    "program": [{
            "in": 0,
            "out": 647.68,
            "duration": 647.68,
            "source": "/Media/clip1.mp4"
        }, {
            "in": 0,
            "out": 149,
            "duration": 149,
            "source": "/Media/clip2.mp4"
        }, {
            "in": 0,
            "out": 114.72,
            "duration": 114.72,
            "source": "/Media/clip3.mp4",
            "category": "advertisement"
        }, {
            "in": 0,
            "out": 2531.36,
            "duration": 2531.36,
            "source": "/Media/clip4.mp4",
            "category": ""

If you need a simple playlist generator check: playlist-generator

The playlist can be extend, to use custom attributes in your filters.


(Endless) streaming over multiple days will only work when config have day_start value and the length value is 24 hours. If you need only some hours for every day, use a cron job, or something similar.

Remote source from URL

You can use sources from remote URL in that way:

            "in": 0,
            "out": 149,
            "duration": 149,
            "source": ""

But be careful with it, better test it multiple times!

More informations in Wiki



Start with Arguments

ffplayout also allows the passing of parameters:

  • -c, --config use given config file
  • -f, --folder use folder for playing
  • -l, --log for user-defined log path, none for console output
  • -i, --loop loop playlist infinitely
  • -m, --mode set output mode: desktop, hls, stream, ...
  • -p, --playlist for playlist file
  • -s, --start set start time in hh:mm:ss, now for start with first
  • -t, --length set length in hh:mm:ss, none for no length check

You can run the command like:

./ -l none -p ~/playlist.json -d -s now -t none -m desktop

Multi Channel

For streaming multiple channels you need to use python supervisorD. A systemd service for it you found in docs folder.

To configure every channel create your ffplayout yaml configs under /etc/ffplayout with naming them ffplayout-001.yml, ffplayout-002.yml and so on. Then copy and edit the supervisor config /supervisor/conf.d/engine-001.conf with the same numbering.

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