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 you must first configure the FFmpeg integration, then add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: ffmpeg

Configuration Variables

input string Required

An FFmpeg-compatible input file, stream, or feed.

name string (Optional)

Override the name of your camera.

extra_arguments string (Optional, default: -pred 1)

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. Default is lossless.

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