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Live stream from your desktop

It provides guidance to test live streaming (mostly RTMP, mpeg-dash or hls) or vod from your own desktop using FFmpeg, it's pretty useful for testing and learning purposes.

MacOS

Tested with:

  • MacOS High Siera 10.13, 10.15.2, Ubuntu 18.04
  • Warning: The video asset used for looping streaming is more than hundreds of MBs.

Requirements

docker
wget
curl

Simulating HLS / DASH with multiple renditions/resolutions and DVR

HLS

Run this server in one of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_http_server.sh | sh

Run this encoder in another of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_hls_abr_live_stream.sh | sh

Access the stream at http://localhost:8080/master.m3u8 or at clappr's demo page

DASH

Run this server in one of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_http_server.sh | sh

Run this encoder in another of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_dash_abr_live_stream.sh | sh

Access the stream at http://localhost:8080/out.mpd or go to dashjs's demo page

Simulating an HLS and MPEG-DASH live streaming for latency comparison

HLS

Run this server in one of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_http_server.sh | sh

Run this encoder in another of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_hls_low_latency_live_stream.sh | sh

Access the stream at http://localhost:8080/stream.m3u8 or at clappr's demo page

MPEG-DASH

Run this server in one of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_http_server.sh | sh

Run this encoder in another of your tabs:

curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/leandromoreira/live-stream-from-desktop/master/start_mpeg_dash_low_latency_live_stream.sh | sh

Access the stream at http://localhost:8080/stream.mpd

Requirements

# I assume you have brew already

# or you could use curl
brew install wget
brew install ffmpeg
brew install node

# the http server
npm install http-server -g

#  WARNING IT IS A HUGE download file (263M)
wget -O bunny_1080p_30fps.mp4 http://distribution.bbb3d.renderfarming.net/video/mp4/bbb_sunflower_1080p_30fps_normal.mp4

Sending live RTMP from your local machine

Single Bitrate

From a pseudo FFmpeg video source color bar and generated audio signal made of a sine wave with amplitude 1/8.

ffmpeg -hide_banner \
-re -f lavfi -i "testsrc2=size=1280x720:rate=30,format=yuv420p" \
-f lavfi -i "sine=frequency=1000:sample_rate=4800" \
-c:v libx264 -preset ultrafast -tune zerolatency -profile:v high \
-b:v 1400k -bufsize 2800k -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
-c:a aac -b:a 128k -f flv rtmp://<HOST>:1935/live/<STREAM>

From a file.

ffmpeg -stream_loop -1 \
-re -i <YOUR_VIDEO>.mp4  -c:v libx264 \
-x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 -tune zerolatency \
-s 1280x720 -b:v 1400k -bufsize 2800k \
-f flv rtmp://<HOST>:1935/live/<STREAM>

Multiple Bitrates

From a pseudo FFmpeg video source color bar and generated audio signal made of a sine wave with amplitude 1/8.

ffmpeg -hide_banner \
-re -f lavfi -i "testsrc2=size=1280x720:rate=30,format=yuv420p" \
-f lavfi -i "sine=frequency=1000:sample_rate=4800" \
-c:v libx264 -preset ultrafast -tune zerolatency -profile:v high \
-b:v 1400k -bufsize 2800k -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
-c:a aac -b:a 128k -f flv rtmp://<HOST>:1935/live/<STREAM> \
-c:v libx264 -preset ultrafast -tune zerolatency -profile:v high \
-b:v 750k -bufsize 1500k -s 640x360 -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
-c:a aac -b:a 128k -f flv rtmp://<HOST>:1935/live/<STREAM> 

From a file.

ffmpeg -stream_loop -1 \
-re -i <YOUR_VIDEO>.mp4  -c:v libx264 \
-x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 -tune zerolatency \
-s 1280x720 -b:v 1400k -bufsize 2800k \
-f flv rtmp://<HOST>:1935/live/<STREAM> \
-x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 -tune zerolatency \
-s 640x360 -b:v 750k -bufsize 1500k \
-f flv rtmp://<HOST>:1935/live/<STREAM>

Simulating a MPEG-DASH live streaming from a file

Open a terminal and run the ffmpeg command:

ffmpeg -stream_loop -1 -re -i bunny_1080p_30fps.mp4 \
       -c:v libx264 -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
       -preset superfast -profile:v baseline -level 3.0 \
       -tune zerolatency -s 1280x720 -b:v 1400k \
       -bufsize 1400k -use_timeline 1 -use_template 1 \
       -init_seg_name init-\$RepresentationID\$.mp4 \
       -min_seg_duration 2000000 -media_seg_name test-\$RepresentationID\$-\$Number\$.mp4 \
       -f dash stream.mpd

In another tab, run the following command to fire up the server:

http-server -a :: -p 8081 --cors -c-1

Now you can test this with your player (using the URL http://localhost:8081/stream.mpd).

Simulating an HLS live streaming from a file

Open a terminal and run the ffmpeg command:

ffmpeg -stream_loop -1 -re -i bunny_1080p_30fps.mp4 -c:v libx264 \
          -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
          -tune zerolatency -s 1280x720 \
          -b:v 1400k -bufsize 1400k \
          -hls_start_number_source epoch -f hls stream.m3u8

In another tab, run the following command to fire up the server:

http-server -a :: -p 8081 --cors -c-1

Now you can test this with your player (using the URL http://localhost:8081/stream.m3u8).

Simulating a MPEG-DASH live streaming from MacOS camera

Open a terminal and run the ffmpeg command:

ffmpeg -re -pix_fmt uyvy422 -f avfoundation -i "0" -pix_fmt yuv420p \
       -c:v libx264 -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
       -preset superfast -profile:v baseline -level 3.0 \
       -tune zerolatency -s 1280x720 -b:v 1400k \
       -bufsize 1400k -use_timeline 1 -use_template 1 \
       -init_seg_name init-\$RepresentationID\$.mp4 \
       -min_seg_duration 2000000 -media_seg_name test-\$RepresentationID\$-\$Number\$.mp4 \
       -f dash stream.mpd

In another tab, run the following command to fire up the server:

http-server -a :: -p 8081 --cors -c-1

Now you can test this with your player (using the URL http://localhost:8081/stream.mpd).

Simulating a HLS live streaming from MacOS camera

Playing Camera/Mic in FFplay

ffplay  -f avfoundation -video_device_index 0 -audio_device_index 0 \
        -pixel_format uyvy422 -framerate 30 -video_size 1280x720 -i "default"

MacOS Camera/Mic to HLS

Open a terminal and run the ffmpeg command:

ffmpeg  -f avfoundation -video_device_index 0 -audio_device_index 0 \
        -pixel_format uyvy422 -framerate 30 -video_size 640x480 -i "default" \
        -c:v libx264 -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
        -tune zerolatency -b:v 1000k -bufsize 2000k \
        -c:a aac -b:a 128k \
        -hls_time 5 -hls_start_number_source epoch \
        -f hls stream.m3u8

In another tab, run the following command to fire up the server:

http-server -a :: -p 8081 --cors -c-1

Now you can test this with your player (using the URL http://localhost:8081/stream.m3u8).

MacOS Camera/Mic to Twitch/Youtube/RTMP

Open a terminal and run the ffmpeg command:

ffmpeg  -f avfoundation -video_device_index 0 -audio_device_index 0 \
        -pixel_format uyvy422 -framerate 30 -video_size 640x480 -i "default" \
        -c:v libx264 -x264opts keyint=30:min-keyint=30:scenecut=-1 \
        -tune zerolatency -b:v 600k -bufsize 1200k -preset superfast \
        -c:a aac -b:a 128k \
        -f flv rtmp://yourserver:1935/live/yourstream_key

Bonus Round:

FFmpeg generating noise from /dev/random

It generates video and audio from /dev/urandom device, it produces a stream that looks A LOT like an old analog TV noise.

In analog video and television, is a random dot pixel pattern of static displayed when no transmission signal is obtained by the antenna receiver

# if you mess with the -video_size you can have bigger/smaller noise patterns than this. :D
ffmpeg -f rawvideo -pixel_format rgb8 -video_size 640x360 \
       -framerate 60 -i /dev/urandom \
       -f u8 -ar 48100 -ac 1 -i /dev/urandom \
       -sws_flags neighbor -s 640x360 urandom.mp4       

old tv noise

FFmpeg generating video from FFmpeg binary program

# you can replace the binary by any large binary chunk of data (library...)
ffmpeg -f rawvideo -pixel_format rgb8 -video_size 32x23 \
       -framerate 60 -i /usr/local/Cellar/ffmpeg/4.3_2/bin/ffmpeg \
       -f u8 -ar 48100 -ac 1 -i /usr/local/Cellar/ffmpeg/4.3_2/bin/ffmpeg \
       -sws_flags neighbor -s 640x360 -t 5s -pix_fmt yuv420p ffmpeg.mp4

FFmpeg generating video from Mandelbrot set

ffplay -f lavfi -i mandelbrot=size=640x320:rate=60 \
       -vf "drawtext = text = 'UTC %{gmtime}':fontsize=24:fontcolor=white:[email protected]:x=(w-text_w)/2:y=4:box=1:boxborderw=5"

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