Configure a FFmpeg Camera

A ffmpeg camera uses a camera, a video file, or a stream as a camera.

Navigate to the Config tab of your robot’s page in the Viam app. Click on the Components subtab and click Create component. Select the camera type, then select the ffmpeg model. Enter a name for your camera and click Create.

Configuration of a ffmpeg camera in the Viam app config builder.

Edit and fill in the attributes as applicable.

    "name": "<your-camera-name>",
    "type": "camera",
    "model" : "ffmpeg",
    "attributes": {
        "intrinsic_parameters": {
            "width_px": <int>,
            "height_px": <int>,
            "fx": <float>,
            "fy": <float>,
            "ppx": <float>,
            "ppy": <float>
        "distortion_parameters": {
            "rk1": <float>,
            "rk2": <float>,
            "rk3": <float>,
            "tp1": <float>,
            "tp2": <float>
        "debug": <boolean>,
        "video_path": "<your-video-path>",
        "input_kw_args": { ... },
        "filters": [
            "name": <string>,
            "args": [ "<first>", "<second>", ... ],
            "kw_args": { ... }
        "output_kw_args": { ... },

The following attributes are available for ffmpeg cameras:

video_pathstringRequiredThe file path to the color image.
intrinsic_parametersobjectOptionalThe intrinsic parameters of the camera used to do 2D <-> 3D projections:
  • width_px: The expected width of the aligned image in pixels.
  • height_px: The expected height of the aligned image in pixels.
  • fx: The image center x point.
  • fy: The image center y point.
  • ppx: The image focal x.
  • ppy: The image focal y.
distortion_parametersobjectOptionalModified Brown-Conrady parameters used to correct for distortions caused by the shape of the camera lens:
  • rk1: The radial distortion x.
  • rk2: The radial distortion y.
  • rk3: The radial distortion z.
  • tp1: The tangential distortion x.
  • tp2: The tangential distortion y.
debugbooleanOptionalEnables the debug outputs from the camera if true.
Default: false
input_kw_argsobjectOptionalThe input keyword arguments.
filtersarrayOptionalThe file path to the depth image. Array of filter objects that specify:
  • name: The name of the filter.
  • args: The arguments for the filter.
  • kw_args: Any keyword arguments for the filter.
output_kw_argsobjectOptionalThe output keyword arguments.

View the camera stream

Once your camera is configured and connected, go to the Control tab, and click on the camera’s dropdown menu. Then toggle the camera or the Point Cloud Data view to ON. If everything is configured correctly, you will see the live video feed from your camera. You can change the refresh frequency as needed to change bandwidth.

Example Camera view inside Viam app

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