I have an aquarium camera which streams over RTSP. Unfortunately when I access the IP address, the stream wants to load a VLC plugin. I want to be able to share this stream with others without the need to install software or plugins etc. The only way I can find to do this is either use a paid for service (not ideal) or take the stream, transcode it to a web friendly stream, making the new stream accessible.

Is it possible to make a raspberry pi the middle man here? I found some information but not sure if it's the best solution:


The camera is connected via USB to a wifi hub box which is in turn connected to my home network via wifi. I would be looking at connecting the Pi to my router via cable.

Thanks in advance.

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You can store streams on the raspberry pi drive by:

ffmpeg -i "rtsp://yourRtspStreamSource" -hls_time 3 -hls_wrap 10 "yourOutputDir/streaming.m3u8"  

And then, re-stream streaming.m3u8 over HTTP:

ffmpeg -re -i "yourOutputDir/streaming.m3u8" -pix_fmt yuv420p -vsync 1 -threads 0 -vcodec libx264 -r 30 -g 60 -sc_threshold 0 -b:v 512k -bufsize 640k -maxrate 640k -preset veryfast -profile:v baseline -tune film -acodec aac -b:a 128k -ac 2 -ar 48000 -af "aresample=async=1:min_hard_comp=0.100000:first_pts=0" -bsf:v h264_mp4toannexb -f mpegts udp://  

I haven't tested it but must work. It gives the RTSP streams and saves to streaming.m3u8 then re-stream the streaming.m3u8 to your localhost.

More information:

Convert rtsp-stream into http stream
Re-stream using FFmpeg

  • Hi thanks for your suggestion. This appears to be working. The part I'm stuck on is accessing the re-stream, which is probably just my lack of knowledge in Linux and networks! I have the following outputs: drive.google.com/…
    – Chrizh
    Feb 11, 2020 at 18:58
  • I just skim what you did and my suggestion is fire commands as root user by running su.
    – M. Rostami
    Feb 12, 2020 at 0:33

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