Foscam camera RTSP to Youtube live streaming with ffmpeg drawtext overlay

#!/bin/bash

# Rtsp to youtube streaming with ffmpeg

VBR="1000k" # Bitrate of the output video, bandwidth 1000k = 1Mbit/s
QUAL="ultrafast" # Encoding speed
YOUTUBE_URL="rtmp://a.rtmp.youtube.com/live2" # RTMP youtube URL
THREADS="0" # Number of cores, insert 0 for ffmpeg to autoselect, more threads = more FPS

CAMUSER="user"
CAMPASS="password"
CAMIP="192.168.0.2"
CAMPORT="88"
VIDEOCHANNEL="videoSub" # videoMain and VideoSub for Foscam cameras

SOURCE="rtsp://${CAMUSER}:${CAMPASS}@${CAMIP}:${CAMPORT}/${VIDEOCHANNEL}" # Camera source
KEY="xxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx" # Youtube account key

# To download fonts
# wget -O /usr/local/share/fonts/open-sans.zip "https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/download/open-sans";unzip open-sans.zip
FONT="/usr/local/share/fonts/OpenSans-Regular.ttf"
FONTSIZE="15"

# Text allingment
x="5"
y="60"

# Other
box="1" # enable box
boxcolor="black@0.5" # box background color with transparency factor
textfile="ffmpeg.txt"
reloadtext="1" # Reload textfile after each frame, usefull for overlaying changing data 
# like weather info. To update the textfile while streaming, you need to use mv command or a crash
# is going to happen when you update the textfile.
# Example:
# wget -q https://something.com/ -O - | grep somevalue > ffmpegraw.txt; mv ffmpegraw.txt ffmpeg.txt
boxborderwidth="5"

# Ffmpeg with drawtext, 
    ffmpeg -loglevel panic \
    -f lavfi -i anullsrc \
    -rtsp_transport tcp \
    -i "$SOURCE" \
    -vcodec libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p -preset $QUAL -g 20 -b:v $VBR \
    -vf "drawtext="fontfile=${FONT}":textfile=${textfile}:x=${x}:y=${y}:reload=${reloadtext}: \
    fontcolor=white:fontsize=${FONTSIZE}:box=${box}:boxborderw=${boxborderwidth}:boxcolor=${boxcolor}" \
    -threads $THREADS -bufsize 512k \
    -f flv "$YOUTUBE_URL/$KEY"

# Copy stream only, don't encode
#ffmpeg \
#    -f lavfi -i anullsrc \
#    -rtsp_transport tcp \
#    -i "$SOURCE" \
#    -vcodec libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p -preset $QUAL -g 20 -c:v copy -b:v $VBR \
#    -f flv "$YOUTUBE_URL/$KEY"

Overlayed data over webcam stream example:

To run the script in background you need to add nohup otherwise ffmpeg will hang.

nohup bash this_script.sh &

Ffmpeg likes to crash from time to time. Create a script to check for ffmpeg process and restart it if there is no process running.

#!/bin/bash
#
# Description: Checks for existing ffmpeg process and starts one if needed
#
script=/path/to/first_script.sh

if ! pgrep -x "ffmpeg" > /dev/null
then
    /bin/bash $script > /dev/null 2>&1 &
fi

Save script as check_ffmpeg.sh

chmod +x check_ffmpeg.sh

Run the script with crontab every minute.

crontab -e
* * * * * sudo bash /path_to_script/check_ffmpeg.sh

1 comment

  1. Hello. I want to do similar except overlay the data on jpg’s pulled every 10sec via rtsp. when I insert fps=1/10 I get “unable to find a suitable output format for…”
    I can capture single image from the rtsp stream using -frames:v 1. However, I get the same error. Only works with a video . Any suggestions?
    My goal is to overlay weather data on my webcam timelapse that is created from rtsp capture of jpg every 10sec, then make mp4 from those files every hour.
    thanks,

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