Discussion in 'Hyperion Hardware' started by Frank_V, 4 August 2017.
Is there anything i can do to get this to work
or do i need to find another one ?
I wondered this myself with testing a MJPG grabber. Then I came upon this ( https://github.com/hyperion-project/hyperion/issues/163 ).
Then looked for a compatible grabber.
Well, it is possible, just with a bit of extra work. I am not sure how easy would it be with open/libreelec since you need to compile extra kernel module, I've made it with arch linux.
The USB grabber I have uses uvcvide kernel module, it is available in default arch install.
Next step - get v4l2loopback from https://github.com/umlaeute/v4l2loopback , compile and install (you'll need to install make and gcc packages for this).
# modprobe v4l2loopback
You'll get /dev/video1 device created, this is a virtual video device.
Now we can use gstreamer to convert mjpeg stream from /dev/video0 into hyperion compatible stream on /dev/video1.
I am using this command (needs gstreamer, gst-plugins-good and gstramer-plugins-bad packages):
# /usr/bin/gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video0 io-mode=2 ! image/jpeg, width=640, height=480, framerate=15/1 ! jpegparse ! jpegdec ! videoconvert ! video/x-raw, format=UYVY ! v4l2sink device=/dev/video1
I am grabbing [email protected], you can check available formats/sizes/fps with
# v4l2-ctl --list-formats-ext -d /dev/video0
I am using raspberry pi 1 B and this command uses 50-70%. With 30fps there are a lot of dropped frames, and hyperion doesn't work with smaller image size. Due to this command, there is 50-70 ms delay (estimate for RPi)
When making json conf file, it is important to set grabber device to /dev/video1 and:
"standard" : "no-change"
under "grabber-v4l2" section. When using HyperCon.jar to create json file the only options are 'PAL' and 'NTSC' so you'll need to change this setting in the text editor.
I am using 4 for sizeDecimation and 1 for frameDecimation (since grabber already works on half the fps).
Start hyperion now and it should work
It might also be good advice to disable hyperion automatic start
#systemctl disable hyperion
If hyperion tries to start before /dev/video1 exists it will crash and try to start again and again....
if hyperion starts before gstreamer command, gstreamer command will not be able to open /dev/video1 device and hyperion will not get any input.
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