I want to send video to webcam device on Ubuntu which is loaded on /dev/video0

I've already seen this command that send desktop to it but is there any way to send video to it?

ffmpeg -f x11grab -r 15 -s 1280x720 -i :0.0+0,0 -vcodec rawvideo -pix_fmt yuv420p -threads 0 -f v4l2 /dev/video0

I should mention that i specifically want to use ffmpeg command.

  • It's my understanding that a webcam is an video input device so I would say no. What webcam do you have that supports receiving video? – Elder Geek Feb 8 '17 at 19:12
  • @ElderGeek there is no webcam.it is virtual one which need to have video on it. – dsddd Feb 8 '17 at 19:15
  • HAve you tried using a pipe? – Elder Geek Feb 8 '17 at 19:25
  • Information is available here – Elder Geek Feb 8 '17 at 19:29
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    Possible duplicate of Fake a webcam using a video loopback device? (although not necessarily using ffmpeg). – llogan Feb 8 '17 at 19:39

You can do this with v4l2loopback. If it's not in the repository for your Ubuntu version you can compile it:

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall
wget https://github.com/umlaeute/v4l2loopback/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
cd v4l2loopback-master
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=v4l2loopback --pkgversion="$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)-git" --default
sudo modprobe v4l2loopback

Now run ffmpeg. Example for desktop:

ffmpeg -f x11grab -framerate 15 -video_size 1280x720 -i :0.0 -f v4l2 /dev/video0

Example for a video input:

ffmpeg -re -i input.mp4 -map 0:v -f v4l2 /dev/video0

You can view it with ffplay:

ffplay /dev/video0

Note that the actual video number may vary depending if an existing device is already using /dev/video0.

  • where can i specify my video ? – dsddd Feb 8 '17 at 21:08
  • @dsddd Example updated. – llogan Feb 8 '17 at 21:13

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